At the Disney Pixar press event for Coco, I had the opportunity to screen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Today on Theresa’s Reviews, I’m sharing the details of my Olaf drawing demo with animator Michael Franceschi and animation supervisor Chad Sellers. Also, I’m excited I can finally share some special Disney news! After Olaf’s limited run in theaters, it is coming to television.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure TV Air Date Announcement
You can see Olaf’s Frozen Adventure when it makes its broadcast television debut on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network.
The featurette will join Emmy® Award-winning ‘Prep and Landing’ (2011) for a delightful hour of Walt Disney Animation Studios holiday specials during the 25 Days of Christmas celebration.
This airing was first announced during production in early 2016, and it follows the featurette’s recently completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney Pixar’s hit feature Coco. With four new original songs, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure welcomes back the beloved characters and cast who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time.
Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says, “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities. While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past. It’s a dream come true for all of us.”
Drawing Demo From Disney Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Animator Michael Franceschi and Animation Supervisor Chad Sellers
After I screened the featurette at the Disney Animation Studios building, I got a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of Olaf. Animator Michael Franceschi and animation supervisor Chad Sellers showed us the different stages of animation.
The Stages Of Making Animation For Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
After watching the movie, it was neat to see a scene taken apart into its most raw form as a sketch.
The animators explained that before sketching, they meeting with the directors. They talk about the point of the scene and they look over the storyboards. Next, they translate the storyboards to 3D, while thinking about hitting key poses, timing, and space.
According to the animators, sketching in the computer is similar to moving puppets. First, you do the blocking, which in animation, means creating key poses to place the characters and props in the scene.
After blocking out the ideas, the animators sell the ideas to the directors. People give feedback. Since a lot can change, the animators work with small bits at a time. They only create every four frames because it’s easier to make changes. This makes the scene look choppy, but they can add in the detail later.
The subtleties you see on screen take a lot of work! In fact, the animators said they even act out different scenes. This helps them make sure they really get the character correct.
Check out this video another blogger, Sarah Mock, took to show the digital progression of creating Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Olaf Drawing Lesson
Next, Michael Franceschi and Chad Sellers demonstrated how to draw Olaf! Their sketching process on the screen went so fast. I enjoyed seeing the software Disney animation uses. Disney has Academy Award® winning software! Seeing this unique combination of the arts and technological innovation was very impressive.
My drawing ended up not looking anywhere near as adorable and friendly as the professional one, but I was happy that I made an attempt to follow along with the tutorial! Afterwards, I was able to get the signatures of Michael Franceschi and Chad Sellers on my drawing.
Visiting the Disney Animation building to learn how to draw Olaf was an incredible experience! I might not become a professional artist anytime soon, but I have a ton of respect for the animators who work so hard to make the movies my family loves.
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More About Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It is the first holiday season since the gates reopened. Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and is produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”). The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.