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The Making of Once Upon a Snowman
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DescriptionJoin director Dan Abraham, director Trent Correy, head of animation Becky Bresee, associate producer Jim Hasman, and story artist Seth Boyden as they discuss the making of their studio’s latest CG animated short film, Once Upon a Snowman. They’ll discuss the original project pitch, how they transitioned directly from the Frozen 2 production onto the short, and how they had to dig out the “time machine,” a computer from the original Frozen production, to once again animate some of that film’s famous scenes.

In Once Upon a Snowman, now available on Disney+, Olaf, the bouncy, irascible, and playful summer-loving snowman from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s award-winning Frozen franchise, returns in a gorgeously animated and charmingly funny new animated short. Josh Gad is back to voice everyone’s favorite winter sidekick though this time, he’s a bit more ponderous and inquisitive as he questions his own identity, as well as choice of noses. The film shares the previously untold origins of the innocent and insightful snowman we first met in the studios’ 2013 Academy Award-winning Frozen, and its 2019 follow-up, Frozen 2. In the new film, written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, we see Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity, mit and sans sausage nose, in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.