Once Upon a Snowman is a midquel short film released on October 23, 2020 on Disney+.[2] It takes place during the events of Frozen, serving as an origin story for Olaf.

Sypnosis

Once Upon a Snowman is the untold story of how Olaf came to life and set out to find his destiny.

Plot

During Elsa's song "Let It Go", Olaf the snowman is brought to life. Before he can do anything, however, she releases her cape, which flies and knocks him down the mountain side until he crashes into a tree. Not knowing who he is, or why he is alive, he decides to find an identity for himself. He comes upon Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna (where Kristoff can audibly be heard singing "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" from the barn) and gets flattened by the front door by Anna, who exits not noticing him and carrying a bag of carrots (which she will eventually give to Kristoff and Sven as payment).

Olaf enters the Post and meets Oaken, who does not seem all that surprised by the appearance of a talking snowman. Olaf asks for a nose, possibly a carrot, for his face, but Oaken explains that he sold the last batch and decides to help him out by trying a variety of other objects. One of the objects is a stereoscope that features images of "summer". Olaf is immediately taken by it and wants to experience it before settling on a sausage for his nose.

As Olaf happily leaves with his new nose, a pack of wolves suddenly appear and begin to chase him through the snowy tundra, during which Anna and Kristoff can be heard arguing with each other over the concept of love. Olaf passes by them, again unnoticed, which gets the wolves to suddenly shift their attention to them. Olaf continues to slide and witnesses Anna, Kristoff, and Sven making a leap across the gorge while ditching their sleigh. Olaf makes it to the bottom, where he spots one of the carrots that gets dropped, but it gets crushed by the sleigh.

Olaf's sausage nose breaks, which saddens him. Upon seeing one of the wolves whimpering pitifully at his nose, he gives it to him, believing that he needs it more than him. The wolf happily licks and snuggles with him before leaving. Olaf comments that it felt like a warm hug, which suddenly causes him to remember Anna and Elsa's time playing together as children. Finally realizing who he is, he comments "I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs."

During the credits, Olaf is seen coming across Anna, Kristoff and Sven who will eventually give him his iconic carrot nose.

Cast

Trivia

  • This is the first Frozen film not to feature an original song or the word Frozen in the title.
  • This short has a handful of inconsistencies.
    • Kristoff's sled exploded near Olaf, but he wasn't near the sled in the original film.
    • When Kristoff argues to Anna about Hans, the sled moves fast in the film, while it goes slow in the short.
    • In the film when Anna says "I never knew winter could be so beautiful." Olaf replies to her right by her while the short shows he isn't anywhere near her also there is no hill background.
    • When Olaf jumps into the air the short shows the sky is clear blue while the movie showed it's dark and Olaf is nowhere to be seen.
    • When Olaf lead the wolves to Anna and the others the sky isn't dark enough and when the wolves turned their attention they were going down a hill while the film shows this isn't the case also Anna, Kristoff, Sven reacted immediately rather than a seconds.
    • Anna's body structure resembles more of Frozen II rather than the first film.
    • Elsa's cape flew into the air the short shows it hit Olaf at high speed this is impossible by the short's logic.
  • This is the first time Anna's winter dress is shown in a short, making her the final main character to have their first film's outfit features. Elsa wore hers in Frozen Fever while Kristoff donned his in Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
  • Some of the images from Oaken’s stereoscope are pulled from scenes in Tangled and Moana.
  • This short reveals the anagram of Wandering Oaken's as "Naked Norwegians."

Video

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References


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Films: FrozenFrozen FeverOlaf's Frozen AdventureFrozen IIArendelle Castle Yule LogAt Home With OlafMyth: A Frozen TaleOnce Upon a Snowman

Video games: Frozen: Olaf's QuestFrozen Free FallDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzKingdom Hearts IIIFrozen Adventures
Music: Frozen soundtrackFrozen musical soundtrackFrozen Fever soundtrackOlaf's Frozen Adventure soundtrackDisney Karaoke: FrozenFrozen II soundtrackMyth: A Frozen Tale soundtrackOnce Upon a Snowman soundtrack
Books: The Art of FrozenA Sister More Like MePhantoms of ArendelleA Frozen HeartAnna and Elsa's Secret PlaytimeAcross the SeaFrozen Spring FeverMelting HeartsComic BooksAnna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic:Disney Princess BeginningsThe Art of Frozen II

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Arendelle: World of FrozenFantasy SpringsAnna and Elsa's Frozen FantasyCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingFrozen Ever AfterIt's a Small WorldStorybook Land Canal BoatsWandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs

Entertainment: Disney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicFor the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along CelebrationFrozen: Live at the HyperionGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookRoyal Theatre
Shops: Anna & Elsa's Boutique
Parade: Disney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeFrozen Royal Welcome ParadeMagic HappensMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint the Night ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
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Summer: Frozen Summer Fun!
Christmas: A Frozen Holiday WishDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of Christmas“Frozen” Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyWorld of Color: Winter Dreams

Characters
Frozen: AnnaElsaKristoffHansOlafSvenThe Duke of WeseltonGrand PabbieMarshmallowKing AgnarrQueen IdunaErik and FrancisTrollsBuldaOakenSitronWolvesKaiCastle GuardsHans' Brothers

Frozen Fever: Snowgies
Frozen II: Lieutenant MattiasNorthuldraYelanaHoneymarenRyderThe NokkBruniGaleEarth GiantsKing RuneardSpirits of the Enchanted Forest

Locations
ArendelleElsa's Ice PalaceThe Southern IslesWeseltonArendelle CastleValley of the Living RockArendelle ChapelWandering Oaken's Trading Post and SaunaThe North MountainThe Enchanted ForestAhtohallan
Songs
Frozen: VuelieFrozen HeartDo You Want to Build a Snowman?For the First Time in ForeverLove is an Open DoorLet It GoReindeer(s) Are Better Than PeopleIn SummerFixer Upper

Frozen Fever: Making Today a Perfect Day
Olaf's Frozen Adventure: Ring in the SeasonThe Ballad of FlemmingradThat Time of YearWhen We're Together
Frozen II: All Is FoundSome Things Never ChangeInto the UnknownWhen I Am OlderLost In The WoodsShow YourselfThe Next Right Thing
Musical: Let the Sun Shine OnA Little Bit of YouHidden FolkHans of the Southern IslesQueen AnointedDangerous to DreamWhat Do You Know About Love?HyggeI Can't Lose YouKristoff LullabyMonsterTrue LoveColder by the Minute
At Home with Olaf: I Am With You
Deleted: Love Can't Be DeniedWe Know BetterSpring PageantMore Than Just the SpareYou're YouLife's Too ShortReindeer(s) RemixWhen Everything Falls ApartResolutionHomeI Seek the TruthUnmeltable MeGet This RightSee the Sky

Objects
Kristoff's SledRoyal Ship (Frozen)Elsa's TiaraYule BellIduna's ScarfRuneard's Dam
See Also
Ice HotelMusicalThe Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated ClassicFrozen: The Official MagazineDisney On IceAs Told by EmojiFrozen: Northern LightsInto the Unknown: Making Frozen IIFrozen (franchise)


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