If you have questions about the Frozen universe, Becky Bresee and Peter del Vecho can answer them. She was a supervising animator on the first film and the head of animation on the second. He is the producer of the entire franchise. Now, she’s the head of animation and he’s a producer and creative consultant for Once Upon a Snowman, a new prequel short film about Olaf the talking snowman’s first day of existence.

I spoke with Bresee and del Vecho ahead of the short’s streaming premiere and learned the key to telling an Olaf story, why they had to entirely recreate familiar scenes from scratch, and how the pandemic has changed the animation process. Once Upon a Snowman is streaming now on Disney+.

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Once Upon a Snowman Clip

Remember when the runtime Pixar’s Coco was increased by nearly a third of the film’s total length due to the fact that Disney attached the 22-minute short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to it? It was a brutal experience, especially for families who just wanted to take their kids to see a Pixar movie.

Well, Disney is at it again with a new Frozen short film focusing on Olaf. Thankfully, Once Upon a Snowman clocks in around only seven minutes, and you can watch one minute of it right now Read More »

Once Upon a Snowman Director Interview

What happened to Olaf the talking snowman in the window of time between his creation and his first meeting with Anna during Frozen? The new Disney short Once Upon a Snowman answers that question. It turns out that Josh Gad’s warm hug-loving character had a bit of an adventure, full of hijinks and existence-defining moments. And according to directors Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, it was all inspired by Back to the Future Part II.

Once Upon a Snowman is streaming now on Disney+, so before or after you watch it, you can read our interview with the filmmakers, who shared their inspiration for the short, how they made Olaf work as a central character, and whether there’s a bit of Looney Tunes in their Disney character.

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once upon a snowman trailer

Everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman has another animated short dedicated just to him. In Once Upon a Snowman, we finally get to see Olaf’s unseen origins in a Frozen prequel short film coming to Disney+ this month. Watch the Once Upon a Snowman trailer below.

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once upon a snowman

Normal life may have been put on hold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but Disney animators have been far from frozen in place. In fact, they’ve been busy as ever, putting out Disney+ animated shorts made entirely from home, usually revolving around everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. At the beginning of lockdown, the Disney Animation team banded together to give us a series of Frozen shorts, titled Olaf at Home, and now, as Hollywood begins to kick back into gear, they’ve given us yet another animated short film revolving around Olaf. Specifically, showing us the unseen origins of the sentient snowman with the new short, Once Upon a Snowman.

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