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Once Upon a Snowman (2020)

Filling the tiniest of cracks of Frozen lore: What happened in the time between “Let It Go” and Anna/Kristoff bumping into Olaf in Frozen? What caused him to latch onto the notion of summer and warm hugs? Did he try to get a nose before Anna/Kristoff gave him a carrot?

It’s utterly inconsequential storytelling, 100% fan service, with ugly seams where the new story crosses paths with the original Frozen footage. Olaf is the most annoying part of the Frozen franchise, best used sparingly, so a whole origin story was totally unneeded (since we more or less knew what it was anyways) and unpleasant.

To be honest, I’m bumping this up a mark from what I would have because this short gets a lot of fun out of Olaf’s malleable, Mr. Potato Head-esque character design with more vibrant character animation than he gets in either of the feature films. And I liked the nose gag.

Is It Good?

Not Good (2/8)

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