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‘Olaf Presents’ Poster Has the ‘Frozen’ Snowman Recreating Disney Classics

‘Olaf Presents’ Poster Has the ‘Frozen’ Snowman Recreating Disney Classics

Disney has recently released a brand new poster for the new collection of shorts, Olaf Presents. The new series features Olaf stepping into the spotlight as he goes from snowman to showman, while taking on the roles of producer, actor, costumer, and set builder for his unique “retelling” of five favorite Disney animated tales. The charismatic and versatile Olaf will demonstrate his theatrical flair, as he takes on such iconic roles as a mermaid, a genie, a lion king (and most of the parts in between), as he entertains Arendelle with his delightful abbreviated versions of these beloved tales. You can check out the new recently released poster below.

The new animated series is based on the scene from Frozen 2 when Olaf recounts the events of the first film to the Northuldra, and at the end of the story later on to Marshmallow and the Snowgies. Josh Gad returns to voice Olaf with veteran Disney animator Hyrum Osmund directing, and Jennifer Newfield producing. Also returning to voice alongside Josh Gad, is Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, and Frank Welker as Sven. If you haven’t already, you can also watch the official trailer for Olaf Presents below.

Ahead of the series premiere, Olaf Presents director Hyrum Osmond, producer Jennifer Newfield, and lead star Josh Gad had recently spoken with members of the press about the origins of the new collection of shorts. Olaf Presents are silly takes on classic Disney films, allowing Gad’s Olaf to recreate some beloved films. “Revisiting moments from all of the films was a joy,” Gad recalled. “Specifically, the movies I grew up with. I was at that perfect age during the second golden age of Disney Animation. I remember seeing The Little Mermaid in the theater and being like, what is this? It feels like a Broadway show on the screen. It was like the first time I can remember applauding in a theatre after the songs were done. So, getting to go back and specifically revisit those films, was a dream come true. Getting to play in the footsteps of my idol, Robin Williams in the world of Aladdin. Hyrum and Jen can tell you that that was sort of like, a pinch myself, very emotional experience.”

Producer Jennifer Newfield agreed, noting that being able to play with those elements was a massive joy. “I think that was the theme throughout the entire production,” Newfield stated. “I think that our collaboration efforts, kind of in the way that we went about it were in that way… We knew that we could take liberties, which is not often the case, especially in animation. We have to be very precise with our decisions. I think the playfulness the whole way through, from the scriptwriting to the recording sessions, all the way to animators really being able to kind of take the reins a little bit… to be able to just enjoy that freedom is so nice.”

For director Hyrum Osmond, the joy came from getting different takes on musical numbers like “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. “For me, and this kind of goes a little bit with what Josh was saying, those movies were the reason I wanted to be an animation,” Osmond shared. “I saw Aladdin like eight times in the theatre. I remember being blown away by these films. That was a special thing, almost a bit of a tribute to those films that were so inspirational… Taking the liberty to not take ourselves too seriously. I think that is so fun, especially when you start telling these things from the perspective of this pure, sort of naïve Olaf, the way he sees it. You can’t help but have some of these fun moments.”

Josh Gad also noted, “What I love about what we’ve been able to do with Olaf is — it is imperative to me, and I think everyone involved in the franchise — that none of these characters, and in particular Olaf, stay stagnant. There’s an element of growth and development. I like to think in the first Frozen, Olaf’s a newborn,” Gad continued. “He’s innocent and has so many questions. In Frozen 2, he’s an adolescent. He starts to go through this existential crisis. I think in each of the shorts and along the way, there’s this subtle growth happening in him that I think is important to keep him interesting and dynamic. It never feels like you’re just seeing him do the same thing again and again. There are new wrinkles. As long as we have opportunities for original elements to bring him, then I think the sky’s the limit with [Olaf].”

Jennifer Newfield then added, “What’s so nice too is with this project of building off of ourselves as Disney — using some of the tales we’ve told that are familiar, and building off of fairytales that existed even before the time of Olaf. He is building on that. So, the self-referential piece of it almost grows with his knowledge and self-awareness, and his ability to blindly do things and have fun poking at a certain logic or type of thing everyone’s okay with is a part of growing up. I can see that in this project too.”

This silly sense of style and comedy in the shorts also allowed for a freeing production experience and brought a larger collaborative element. “As a lot of people probably have noticed, the common collective idea of that sequence in Frozen 2 that we bounced off of people were craving it,” Newfield said. “It was all already seeded. We knew that something needed to get bigger and become of it… [Osmond] knew that there were other people in the studio who also had that same thought, and brought in a lot of brainstorming sessions, which I loved, us being able to bounce the ideas around… The scripts got so long because we were packing in all these amazing moments.” Observing the five films that were chosen to be adapted into the shorts, Hyrum Osmond explained, “They were pretty locked in very early. It just felt right. Like, these five… And there is more to tell. These five, it felt like these are the ones [for now].”

In the five new collection of shorts, Olaf will retell the unique stories originating from Tangled, The Lion King, Moana, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Each segment will show Olaf poking light fun at the classic stories while also embracing the spirit of the films that defined a generation of Disney fans. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Olaf Presents launched exclusively on Disney+ on Friday November 12, 2021, in celebration of Disney+ Day, which was also on November 12.

Topics: Frozen, Disney Plus

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