Big news about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – have you heard? You know that adorable featurette that could only be seen before Disney Pixar’s COCO? Well fire up the sleds and holiday spirit, because Olaf’s Frozen Adventure television debut is coming! I’ve got all the details for you, plus a bonus Olaf animation demonstration where we learned all about the animation process and how to draw Olaf. Mine looked like Olaf on fire, but hey, I tried.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Television Debut
So who, what, where, when? I shared Fun Facts about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in an earlier post, so if you haven’t seen it, you know what to look for!
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” television debut is part of Disney|ABC Television’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in “Frozen.” Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.
In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf 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.”
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Animation Demonstration
Animators Michael Franceschi and Chad Sellers were kind enough to show us the animation process. Remember that Olaf’s Frozen Adventure took almost 2 years to make – for a 21-minute featurette! I won’t call it a Pixar short, because well, it’s not exactly short. It was pretty fascinating how many details go into it and frankly, how long the process takes. Check out this video from my friend, Sarah from Savoring the Good, when they talk about the digital progression of a specific scene in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Olaf Drawing Demonstration
We were also treated to an Olaf drawing demonstration by Michael Franceschi. I thought it was going to be like the classes at the Animation Building in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They are a little slower in that process. I apparently signed up for the advanced class.
Look how cute and Olaf-like that is! And here’s what I came up with…
Bless it. Olaf’s arms are like a mile long. It was a lot of fun, and I have a new found appreciation for animators and artists everywhere. I wish I was blessed with those talents, but I can certainly admire them!
Don’t forget to watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Television Debut on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST) on ABC!
Thank you, Disney, for inviting and hosting me during the Pixar Coco Event. All opinions about how much work I need in the drawing department are my own.