Disney will leave no stone or troll unturned when it comes to the mysteries of “Frozen”. When fans began asking, “Why does Elsa have powers? And why does Anna not?” a sequel — 2019’s “Frozen 2″ — was born. Now, a new short film will fill in the origin story for everyone’s favourite chatty snowman.

Arriving on Disney+ on Oct. 23, “Once Upon a Snowman” will reveal what happened to Olaf (as always, voiced by Josh Gad) in the time between Elsa creating him mid-“Let It Go” and before he first bumps into Anna and Kristoff. The short is also set to answer one of the franchise’s biggest questions: Why does Olaf love summer so much?

This is an idea that started to form when I was an animator on the first ‘Frozen’,” says director Trent Correy, with co-director Dan Abraham adding, “Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the Frozen films. To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”

This is the second official “Frozen” short — after 2015’s “Frozen Fever” — and the latest project revolving around Olaf, following the 2017 holiday special “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”, and the series of Olaf-centric clips made in quarantine earlier this year, titled “At Home With Olaf”.

Photo: Disney+
Photo: Disney+

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