Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen continues to be a worldwide phenomenon ever since its release in 2013. Grossing over $1 billion worldwide, an animated short has since been released, and plans for a sequel are currently in development. But for those who can’t get enough of the film and are just waiting to see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf once more, there’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
The 21-minute animated featurette will be shown in front of Pixar’s Coco, and will be available for a very limited time. Now the studio has released the first trailer for the featurette, which will also be run in front of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3, beginning this Friday, June 16. Check out the trailer below.
Here’s what Pixar head John Lasseter had to say about having a Disney featurette be introduced before Coco:
“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco.’ It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”
Indeed, based on the both trailers there’s a strong family tradition theme tied into both. Both seem to be searching for their own sense of tradition. One is lost and the other having never been there in the first place. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will have four new songs performed by the original cast and characters of Frozen. In it, Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) is searching all over Arendelle to find the best family holiday traditions as Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) celebrate their first holiday season together without their parents. Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) will also be in the featurette.
“People forget that the first movie took place in the middle of summer, so this is really the first holiday season after the girls have come together, but what they’re realizing is that because they were separated for so long, they don’t have any family traditions.”
What’s interesting about this featurette is that it was designed to air on ABC, the Disney-owned broadcasting station. However, Lasseter and the filmmakers decided that it was too cinematic to be seen on TV screens, and decided that it deserved a theatrical release. Which is why it will be attached to showings of Coco. This will make it the first Disney-related short to appear before a Pixar flick. The reverse happened when the Toy Story short Small Fry appeared before The Muppets.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Prep & Landing). Of it, Wermers-Skelton said:
“We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors who know their characters inside and out. We can’t wait for audiences to see the featurette, enjoy their performances, and hear the incredible new songs written by Elyssa and Kate.”
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” 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 this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.