‘Frozen’ Animated Short on Disney+ to Explore Snowman Olaf’s Origins

September 9, 2020
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How can a summer-loving snowman come to exist?

Disney+ will shed light on this question in “Once Upon a Snowman,” a new animated short about the origins of Olaf, the snowman from “Frozen.”

The project will premiere on the streaming platform on Oct. 23, reports Deadline.

Available just in time for the holidays, the short probes Olaf’s past, taking a look at how he came to love summer and his search for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.

Josh Gad, who previously voiced Olaf in “Frozen” (2013) and “Frozen 2” (2019), is reprising his role in “Once Upon a Snowman.”

The animation supervisor for Olaf in “Frozen 2,” Trent Correy, will direct the short along with story artist Dan Abraham, who worked on Olaf’s “When I Am Older” musical sequence in the 2019 film.

“This is an idea that started to form when I was an animator on the first ‘Frozen,’” said Correy. “Dan Abraham and I are so grateful and excited to have had the opportunity to direct this short, working with our incredible colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”

Abraham lauded his co-director and expressed his excitement for the origin story animation.

“Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the Frozen films,” Abraham said. “To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”

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