What did Olaf experience right after Elsa created him, when he finally “lets go” and builds his ice palace? And when did Anna and Kristoff find him in the woods? How did Olaf learn to love summer? Until now, we didn't know where Olaf came from, the innocent and insightful summer-loving snowman from Frozen, the 2013 Oscar®-winning Disney film and the 2019 sequel.
On October 23, we will finally discover his origins on Disney + in Once Upon a Snowman, the new short film from Walt Disney Animation Studios that tells the first steps of Olaf as he comes to life and seeks his identity in the snowy mountains outside of Arendelle.
Once upon a time there was a snowman is directed by Trent Correy (animation supervisor for “Olaf” in Frozen 2) and Dan Abraham (the veteran artist who designed the musical sequence “When I Am Older” for Olaf in Frozen 2) and is produced by Nicole Hearon (associate producer in Frozen 2 and Vaiana) with Peter Del Vecho (producer of Frozen 2, Frozen and the upcoming release Raya and the last dragon). Award-winning actor Josh Gad is voiced by Olaf in his original version.
“This idea began to take shape when I was an animator on the first installment of Frozen,” said director Trent Correy. “Dan Abraham and I are very grateful and excited to have the opportunity to direct this short and to work with our fantastic colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”
“Josh Gad is the voice of Olaf in the‘ Frozen ’movies and is, hands down, one of the best voice performances of an animated character,” said director Dan Abraham. “Having the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth has been a privilege and a milestone in my career.”
Once upon a time there was a snowman The animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios premieres exclusively on Disney + on October 23.
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