So evidently there’s more to Olaf’s creation story then Elsa just made him with snow magic. Disney+ has announced that on October 23, the new Frozen short Once Upon a Snowman will premiere on their streaming platform. The inimitable Josh Gad (of course) returns as Olaf. The short is directed by Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, two folks who are very well versed in Olaf having helped with his story for the first two Frozen films. Nicole Hearon, associate producer from Frozen 2 and Moana, is on full producer credit for this one.
Here’s the synopsis and some quotes from the directors:
What happened to Olaf within the moments after Elsa created him as she was “letting it go” and building her ice palace, and when Anna and Kristoff first meet him in the forest? And how did Olaf learn to love Summer? The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in the Academy Award®-winning 2013 Disney animated feature, Frozen, and its acclaimed 2019 sequel, are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman. The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.
“This is an idea that started to form when I was an animator on the first Frozen,” said director Trent 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.”
“Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the ‘Frozen’ films,” said director Dan Abraham. “To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated short, “Once Upon A Snowman,” debuts exclusively on Disney+ October 23, 2020