It’s that time of year again. And if you are anything like me it’s the time you most look forward to. Yes, the time to sing our hearts out and sing along to Frozen music! This holiday season Disney is presenting Olaf’s Frozen Adventure a new featurette that will open in front of Disney Pixar’s Coco that features some amazing new music from the blockbuster franchise.
I had the ultimate experience recently where I got to meet the songwriters from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and hear them sing “WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER” the culminating song in the short film. “What we really wanted to hit home is that it doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of gifts are under the tree. It’s really about togetherness.” said Kate Anderson one of the film’s music writers. “It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of our ‘to-dos’ during the holidays,” adds Kristen Bell who voices Anna. “It can become overwhelming and we can get lost in the details. We can easily lose sight of the fact that the holidays are simply about unity. They are about coming together and enjoying the company of our loved ones. ‘When We’re Together’ is about recognizing just this—that despite the chaos all around us, simply being together is what the holidays are about.”
“‘THAT TIME OF YEAR’ is so wonderful because it is what I call a ‘learning’ song,” says Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf. “Olaf is learning about all of the traditions that Arendelle partakes in and as a result, it provides us with a comic lens with which to see how someone who has never seen or heard of any of these rituals might interpret them for the first time. Unlike ‘In Summer,’ which was all about Olaf’s naïveté about what happens to snowmen in heat, this song is about educating Olaf and giving him an opportunity to take on these traditions in a way only he can.”
“RING IN THE SEASON” establishes that it’s the holidays and Anna and Elsa have a big surprise in the works. “That’s the big opening number,” says Anderson. “This is the first Christmas in forever for Anna and Elsa, and it’s the first in Arendelle since Elsa opened the gates. They are bringing back the kingdom’s old tradition of ringing the Yule Bell to mark the start of the holiday season.” Adds Elyssa Samsel another film songwriter, “Anna is just bursting with enthusiasm, while Elsa is happy, but more controlled. We wanted to stay true to the characters with the established musical vocabulary. Kristen [Bell] has quicker, shorter, bouncier phrases, while Idina [Menzel] has some long notes that make you feel like your heart will burst.” “Olaf is just taking it all in,” says Anderson. “This is his first Christmas ever, and he has a lot of questions.”
Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.
This is a must see!
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OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE opens in theatres everywhere in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film COCO on Nov. 22nd!
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