Once upon a Snowman
Duration: 8 Minutes
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directors: Trent Correy, Dan Abraham
Writers: Dan Abraham, Trent Correy
Produced by: Peter Del Vecho, Nicole P. Hearon
Production Company: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Music: Christophe Beck, Jeff Morrow
Animation Department: Kathleen M. Bailey, Dave Hardin, Luis Labrador, Gregory Smith, Alexander Snow
Editing: Jeff Draheim
Released On: 23 October 2020
Star Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Plot: The plot of the movie is just about Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.
About the question as to who is Olaf? He is an innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman from the Frozen.
Review: In order to know more about Olaf, one will have to take a dig in the original story of 2013's Frozen.
Olaf, the summer-loving snowman of ‘Frozen’ fame, has been stealing scenes since Queen Elsa conjured him with her ice powers in Disney’s Oscar-winning 2013 animated blockbuster. This movie serves as a missing piece that tells the untold story of the loveable snowman as he searches for his identity in the snowy mountains surrounding Arendelle. Taking place at the same time as several key events in that now animated classic, this charming short comes at a perfect time with the holidays fast approaching.
Directors Trent Correy (the animation supervisor for Olaf in Frozen 2) and Dan Abraham (a veteran story artist who did the storyboards for Olaf's "When I Am Older" song in the sequel) make an impact with this eight-minute short. This movie is full of big laughs, inspired visuals, and clever cameos to be found.
The story of Olaf is crafted in such a way that since it takes place during the events of Frozen, the snowman is inserted into a number of key scenes from that, some of which actually add a new layer to what we saw back in 2013. However, he also gets to spend time with other familiar faces, and that's perhaps when this movie is at its best. After appearing Olaf is sent down the mountainside to meet up with Oaken, the wolves, and come very close to meeting Anna, Kristoff, and Sven.
At this point, it should go without saying that Josh Gad is terrific as the voice of Olaf, and he brings his all to this short film, as per usual. Gad hits every note perfectly in this trip back to see the “untold origins” of Olaf, and it follows some of the early scenes in the film to fill in the blanks.
Olaf is a character everyone seems to love (quite rightly), and the credit for that is split between Disney Animation's enjoyable visual style and Gad's performance.
This short movie is big on heart. Surely, the film could have been 20 minutes, but at 8 minutes, it is just a fun little adventure. It is an enjoyable, heart-warming experience, with a pinch of simplicity. And if you are a Frozen fan already, then you are going to love it, and kids will have a blast with this latest visit to the world these beloved characters inhabit.
‘Once Upon A Snowman’ also has heart, it references some of the big songs of the first Frozen movie, and it is frankly just great having a short that is pretty much all about Olaf!