One of my favorite Disney characters is the cute and cuddly Olaf. He’s a bundle of joy and so much fun for the holiday season. If you went to see COCO in theaters (of course you did!) then you’ve already seen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure but I’m excited to announce that it will be making its broadcast television debut! You can catch it Thursday, December 14, at 8pm EST on ABC!
I shared a lot about Olaf’s Frozen Adventures a few weeks ago when we met with the Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson! The featurette joins the Emmy® Award-winning ‘Prep & Landing’ for an Hour of Walt Disney Animation Studios Holiday Specials During the ’25 Days of Christmas’ Celebration! What’s been your favorite so far for ABC’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ Celebration? Two of our favorites as a family tradition are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, Frozen, the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00pm EST.
In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. 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 Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”
Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities. While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past. It’s a dream come true for all of us.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and is produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”). The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.
Learning to Draw Olaf
While at the Walt Disney Animation Studios a few weeks ago I was able to learn more about the making of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and even had a drawing demo from Animator Michael Franceschi and Animation Supervisor Chad Sellers! They even taught us how to draw Olaf!
They discussed how making the 20-minute featurette took over a year to make. They took us through a timeline of creating the drawings and how it all comes together. It is so neat to see how they create the expressions for each character in the show.
You can see my drawing in the paper below! I’m still waiting on a call from the animation team! haha!
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure airs Thursday, December 14, at 8pm EST on ABC!
Check out the trailer for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure below:
We also have an amazing COCO gift guide that includes great gift ideas from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure!
Check out our Frozen kids breakfast party where we make Olaf pancakes here.