Walt Disney Animation Studios heads back to Arendelle this holiday season, unwrapping “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” an all-new 21-minute featurette. With four new original songs, the featurette welcomes back to the big screen the characters that audiences fell in love with in 2013’s Oscar®-winning feature “Frozen.”
Directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, the team behind the Emmy®-winning television special “Prep & Landing,” the featurette kicks off about six months after the feature concludes. “Olaf is still brand new to the world,” says Wermers-Skelton. “And Anna and Elsa only recently reunited after being separated for most of their lives. We wondered how they might approach their first holiday together.”
Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions to save this first Christmas for his friends. “But it turns out, traditions are personal,” says Deters. “What one family treasures might seem completely bizarre to another. So Olaf just grabs everything he can. He’ll do anything for his friends.”
The directors and story team worked with songwriters Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson to create a seamless story. According to screenwriter Jac Schaeffer, the collaboration is unique to the filmmaking industry. “I’m used to working in a room all by myself,” she says. “But Disney animation is truly a team sport. In the beginning, we would all get together in the story room for eight hours a day and talk about concepts, themes and the story arc. We figured out exactly where the songs would go and what they would convey. There were so many smart, talented, kindhearted people throwing out a lot of funny, touching ideas.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” welcomes the original cast and characters back to Arendelle, 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 “Spring Awakening,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”). “They all understand their characters so well,” says Wermers-Skelton. “They have an incredible sense for what their characters are feeling every step of the way.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens for a limited time in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.