Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are back in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a half-hour adventure short by Disney Animation Studios that continues the fun of their blockbuster (and unavoidable) smash-hit Frozen. The princesses have this huge feast planned for the people of their city to ring in the holiday season. Their plans fail when they realize they forgot to take into account that the families making up their land may have their own holiday traditions to attend.
Wanting to cheer the girls up, Olaf the magical snowman goes door-to-door collecting holiday traditions in an attempt to set up the perfect holiday surprise for the girls. Of course, Olaf being Olaf, his well-meant adventure takes a turn for the worst and the sisters must work together to rescue him.
With a 21-minute runtime, I was itching for this short to be over so I could start watching Coco! However, I was pleasantly surprised by a very funny mini-film brimming with all-new songs and an educational experience as we learn all about different cultures and how they celebrate “that time of year.”
I’m sure I wasn’t alone in hoping for a reprise of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman”, but this story did a good job of keeping me entertained and felt like a great tie-in with the Frozen world. It was an interesting surprise as I wasn’t expecting a pre-film animation to be this delightful – these are usually reserved as DVD bonus features than padding child-friendly theatrical experiences. So, be warned that if you’re seeing Coco the movie starts a bit later than anticipated… but Olaf’s Frozen Adventure brings enough laughter and heart to make the extra wait endurable.