Once Upon A Snowman Filmmaker Interview: Olaf Is Back!


During the Once Upon A Snowman filmmaker interview I learned all about this new Frozen short featuring Olaf and coming to Disney+!

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Once Upon A Snowman is a new Frozen short featuring everyone’s favorite snowman – Olaf! It is coming to Disney+ later on Friday October 23rd and is super cute and fun! If you love Olaf, you will love this short! As Trent Correy pointed out during the interview, in Frozen we see Elsa create Olaf, and then we don’t see him again for twenty minutes. This short shows us what happened during that time, and even let’s us in on why this snowman loves Summer so much! 

There are so many other fun facts and inside information that I found out during the Once Upon A Snowman interview. I love getting behind the scenes information about movies and shows, so this was really cool to be a part of. 

Participating Talent:

  • Trent Correy (Director / Writer)
  • Dan Abraham (Director / Writer)
  • Peter Del Vecho (Creative Consultant)
  • Becky Bresee (Head of Animation)

While I feel like I learned a LOT throughout the whole event, I chose some of my favorite moments to share with you here. You can watch the Once Upon A Snowman press junket in its entirety below to get all the details though! 


What Inspired This Olaf Story?

Trent’s first film as an animator at Disney was on Frozen as a crowd animator. His very first character he got to animate was Olaf, so of course he holds a special place in his heart. I mentioned above that Trent pointed out Olaf was created and then disappears for twenty minutes, and that is what inspired him to write and direct Once Upon A Snowman. 

“Elsa makes Olaf and it’s beautiful — and then she walks away. I was like ‘There’s gotta be a story there.’ I love Pinocchio, I love Bambi, and I want to see what Olaf’s first steps are like.” – Trent Correy

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Josh Gad Becoming Olaf Again

We all know that Josh Gad is absolutely hilarious. So of course, we wanted to know how much of the short is from the script, and how much of it is improv from Josh.

“Josh is just as funny in the movie and on social media as he is in person. He is hilarious. Dan and I were in the recording booth — not with him, behind glass — and the hardest part about that was trying not to laugh so we didn’t mess up the take.” – Trent Correy

“I know the line in the script, when he’s looking at himself in the mirror, was ‘I kinda look like a Trevor.’ and Josh was the one that turned it into ‘I kinda look like a Fernando… or a Trevor.’ like he was searching a little bit more. And leave it to Josh to come up the most random funny name that would not really fit Olaf.” – Dan Abraham

Trent added that when you get Josh and Olaf together, he makes the script come to life. Having met Josh before, I can say that this does not surprise me one bit. Josh even went to the wrap party for Once Upon A Snowman with his whole family!

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How Did It Feel To Step Back Into The World Of Frozen?

Once Upon A Snowman was made after Frozen 2 was released, which means that the filmmakers had to step back into the world of the first Frozen. To me, this is a really cool concept and I assumed it would almost feel like going back in time, at least a little bit. So I asked the filmmakers what it was like to step back into that world.

“It was easy. We know each other so well. The setting is like a family. So this extra little bit of time to spend with each other and with the characters, so I was really excited.”  – Becky Bresee

“You get to the end of these productions and you are like oh no, I actually don’t want it to be over. We kept it going and then towards the end of our short we were like any one else have any more ideas?” – Trent Correy

One of my favorite little Easter Eggs from Frozen that we see in this short is that Oaken is actually selling Anna’s coronation dress (for a hefty price if I might add). So there are lots of little things like that taken from Frozen and put into Once Upon A Snowman. We are back in that world of Frozen, but seeing it all through Olaf’s perspective now, which is a ton of fun!

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About Once Upon A Snowman

The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in the Academy Award®-winning 2013 Disney animated feature, Frozen, and its acclaimed 2019 sequel, are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman. The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.

Once Upon a Snowman is directed by Trent Correy (animation supervisor, “Olaf” in Frozen 2) and Dan Abraham (veteran story artist who boarded Olaf’s “When I Am Older” musical sequence in Frozen 2).

Once Upon A Snowman comes exclusively on Disney+ October 23, 2020.

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