Is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Worth the Hate?

People loved Coco but hated the Frozen short before it. Are people overreacting or is it really as bad as they say? Doug gives his thoughts on Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

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  1. I wasn’t aware this was getting such hate until now and yeah, it really sounds more the result of contexts the content. While I certainly wasn’t as good as Coco, I’d say it was a lot better than so many of the made for tv animated Christmas specials that are churned out every year.

    The animation was gorgeous, the were song lush (with cleaver lyrics about different family traditions), and the story was well structured in having with a good message. Everyone stayed in character and while there may have been too much Olaf (which you could see coming from the title) they rightfully didn’t make it all about him. Plus unlike a lot of other goofy supporting characters, Olaf always seem like he’s about ready to burn out (literally and figuratively). So even if you don’t like him, you can be sure he’s going to get toasted in one form of other.

    Yes whenever a holiday cartoon is a spin off (and sometimes even when it isn’t), there’s going to be a very commercial aspect and when it’s comes to something that been marketed as much Frozen it’s easy to get sick of them. But I think the biggest problem is that it was usually long for a short and right before an eagerly awaited feature. If it had just played on ABC or some other Disney network, it would have been fine.

  2. I do agree with people when they say this short is too long. Now, compare this to Disney’s other long theatrical shorts, specifically The Small One and The Prince and the Pauper. They worked because their story lines worked for their run time. This on the other hand felt like it was doing everything in its power to stretch out its admittedly paper thin plot so it wound up being longer than it needed to be. But even so, I still enjoyed the short. I thought it was cute. I just don’t think it really needed to be 21 minutes.

  3. I didn’t even hear about the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure backlash. I also didn’t know that people used to show shorts before movies. I thought that was an exclusively Pixar/Disney thing. O.O

    • The Real Silverstar

      Well, I don’t know how old you are, but that practice has been going on loooooong before the days of Disney/Pixar. Many of the cartoons we enjoy today, such as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Woody Woodpecker, Mickey Mouse and the Gang etc, originally aired theatrically before feature films. They wouldn’t be repackaged for network and syndicated television until much later.

  4. Why even call “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” a short? Twenty one minutes is not short; that’s the average length of a TV special, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Disney airs it as a TV special sometime this month. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think the main reason people are complaining about it is because it was simply too long and there was no reason to run something of that length before a feature.

    I heard that some theaters in Mexico have been playing Coco without the Olaf special because people were walking out of the theater believing that they had gone to the wrong movie.

    • Well, the funny thing is it was originally supposed to be a TV special on ABC. I’ll give them some credit. At least unlike every other time they decided to release a made-for-TV feature to theaters, this looks worthy of a theatrical release. Right, Doug’s First Movie, Return to Neverland, Jungle Book 2 and the Planes movies?

  5. Did anyone really care that much about Frozen–it seems it was the song that got all the attention.

    • Honestly I thought it was okay. I felt that they should have stuck with the original plans of making Elsa the villain of the movie, and her sister had to help her. But after they heard “Let it Go” they rewrote the film to what we have now.

  6. I heard that Disney originally planned to have Samuel L. Jackson play the role of Elsa. They were going to call the movie “Frozone.”

  7. I must be one of those few people that really didn’t have an issue with Frozen or this short. I guess because I haven’t been bombarded with Frozen stuff like others have since that movie came out. In fact I didn’t see Frozen until almost a year after it was released. The short I thought was cute, funny, had a good message, and overall worked in context to the overall Frozen universe. Would it have worked better on it’s own, maybe but by the time Coco finally started and really got going I had mostly forgotten about it. I also was crying near the end of Coco I won’t lie and it really takes a lot to get me to cry so if you haven’t seen Coco do yourself a favor and go see it.

  8. If the short had been 7 minutes like most of the shorts in front of the Pixar films, or the old Looney Tunes shorts, it would have been fine. But at a full three times that length? It was way too much, especially for an audience not expecting it at all.

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