Like all die-hard Disney fans, we have been waiting impatiently for a Frozen sequel.
After hearing persistent rumors for the past year, it was finally confirmed. Frozen 2 will hit theaters in 2019.
But to whet our appetites while we all wait; Disney is releasing Olaf’s Frozen Adventure this Thanksgiving. Originally slated to be a television special, Pixar’s moviemakers decided to make it a featurette instead. ‘The 21-minute long movie directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters features Olaf and Sven teaming up to save Anna and Elsa’s first Christmas.
We got a chance to see it during a press junket and loved it. In fact, we are pretty sure you’ll like it too after you read the ways Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will melt your hearts.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Heartwarming Story
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a 3D computer-animated flick produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story re-introduces spectators to Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel who live in Arendelle after their parents have passed away.
As the holiday season approaches; the sisters realize that they don’t holiday rituals to help them celebrate. But no worries! Their friends Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven (Jonathan Groff) save the day by embarking on an epic adventure to find the perfect tradition for them.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is one of those movies that everyone can understand. The plot is easy to follow, and we found the dialogue and music engaging. The storyline flows without becoming overly saccharine. In fact, it offers a right balance between the humor and action scenes. Unlike Frozen, this one focuses mostly on Olaf and the life lessons he learns during his quest to find authentic family traditions.
As a skilled comedian, Josh Gad adds depth and humanity to his character. In fact, he is so adorable you forget that he is not a person but a snowman. Olaf’s charming personality will make you laugh, tear up and definitely steal your heart.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Wholesome Message
As a Disney movie, it not only is heartwarming but also comes with an important message.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is all about family ties and the holiday traditions. As the sisters discover, most of Arendelle’s citizens are proud of their family traditions and can’t wait for the holidays.
The film aims to remind viewers that old family traditions should not be abandoned but cherished. Whether it is knitting gifts, baking cookies or decorating Christmas trees- holiday traditions help bring families together.Furthermore, using the sisters’ quest as inspiration, the movie encourages families to celebrate their own traditions along with creating new ones.
Apart from the uplifting message, we found the dialogue witty and funny. Amazingly the writers managed to keep it entirely PG. Furthermore, the film’s pace is artfully steady. So, there are no story gaps or dull moments.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Animation and Catchy Tunes
When it comes to animation, this latest film is beautifully executed. The vivid colors along with the attention to the smallest of details make the final product delightful to watch on the big screen.
The movie’s score composed by Christophe Beck and Jeff Morrow complements the plot and animation. But topping it, all are Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson’s four new songs.
“Ring In The Season,” features Anna and Elsa getting ready for the big Christmas party. It is perfect for the movie’s big finale.”That Time Of The Year” sung by Olaf shows him going house to house asking strangers for their holiday traditions. The song is cute, but what gives the song its edge is watching the hilarious way it is incorporated into the movie.“The Ballad of Flemmingrad ” is a beautiful folk ballad that may not sound much at first but certainly grows on you. It tells a Trolls story that will make listeners smile when they hear the lyrics.
Which brings me to “When We Are Together.” This one has Elsa and Anna, singing about family and being together for Christmas. Though it isn’t as melodious as ‘ Let it Go’ it is the most catchy of the four. Consider yourselves warned! ” “When We’re Together ‘promises to become the new car karaoke favorite.
Disney totally hit the spot with this featurette. It is bound to become the next holiday classic. Moreover, shown before Pixar’s Coco it provides the perfect holiday movie fix.
Your kids are sure to catch that frozen fever all over again after seeing the movie. So, if you want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping; make sure you put Olaf’s Frozen Adventure soundtrack along with some of the figurine toys on your list.
OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE opens in theatres everywhere in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film COCO on Nov. 22nd!
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Disclaimer: We were invited to Disney Studios Olaf’s Frozen Adventure press junket at Disney Studios, but all opinions are our own.