Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 21-minute featurette "Olaf's Frozen Adventure." It's the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.
- Josh Gad as Olaf
- Kristen Bell as Anna
- Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen
- Jonathan Groff as Kristoff
The short was announced to air on ABC in late 2017 as a television special. As development increased, however, the project was deemed "too cinematic" for television, thus became a theatrical featurette. Emmy award-winning directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton are set to direct the project, while Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) is set to produce.
Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were too busy to helm the music for the project, but were directly involved in the choosing of the songwriting duo Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel. Four original songs were composed for the special.
When speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the feauturette, executive producer John Lasseter explained that the short will coexist alongside the original 2013 Frozen and the 2015 short Frozen Fever as one coherent story-arc for Anna and Elsa, which will all coalesce in the 2019 full-length feature sequel, Frozen 2.
- This will be the first animated Frozen project not to be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, produced by Peter Del Vecho, or to feature music written by the Lopez couple. Christophe Beck will return to compose the music score, however.
- Some of Kristoff's backstory will be explored in the special.
- This will be the first Disney featurette to be theatrically released since 1990's Mickey Mouse short The Prince and the Pauper.
- This will be the second non-Pixar short to be theatrically released with a Pixar film after 1990's Roger Rabbit short Roller Coaster Rabbit (which was theatrically reissued with Toy Story back in 1995).
- This will be the second theatrical Frozen short after Frozen Fever.
- The painting of young Anna and Elsa with King Agnarr and Queen Iduna seen in the castle is based on a piece of concept art for the original Frozen (a notable difference is that the hair color in the concept art was changed to match the final designs of Agnarr and Iduna in the film).
- A plush doll of Nessie from The Ballad of Nessie can be seen amongst the gifts on Olaf and Sven's sleigh.
- This will be the first Frozen film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, unlike the Frozen films were produced in 2.24:1.
- The short will depict a scene in which Olaf observers traditional celebrations of Hanukkah. This is actually historically inaccurate, as the Norwegian government was anti-semitic in this time period, so the holiday would not have been openly practiced. Judaism was finally made legal in 1851, twelve years after the movie takes place, although the Jewish population was, and remains to this day, highly sparse.
- ↑ "Christophe Beck Scoring Disney's Olaf's Frozen Adventure". Film Music Reporter (June 15, 2017).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Snetiker, Marc (June 13, 2017). "John Lasseter talks Olaf's Frozen Adventure, debuts first look". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on June 13, 2017.
- ↑ Trumbore, Dave (June 13, 2017). "Witness the First Trailer for 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' Featuring Josh Gad".. Collider.com. Retrieved on June 13, 2017.
- ↑ "Disney announces Frozen holiday special".. disney.com (February 9, 2016). Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
- ↑ "ABC to Air FROZEN Holiday Special in 2017; Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell & Josh Gad to Return!".. Broadway world (February 9, 2016). Retrieved on February 23, 2016.