‘At Home With Olaf’: The Adorable Snowman From ‘Frozen 2’ Shares Joys Of Life In Special Digital Series

“At Home With Olaf” [Walt Disney Animation Studios]

From actors reading storybooks, musicians performing online concerts, to footballers sharing their workout sessions. These are but a few things that entertainers have been doing in their homes for our enjoyment as we #stayhome for the safety of ourselves and others during this global Covid-19 pandemic.

Being a big fan of animation especially Disney’s Frozen though, the Disney Animation digital series, At Home with Olaf, easily won my heart and my vote for “Best Entertainment Series That Sparks Joy” during this quarantine period.

At Home with Olaf: “Alone in the Forest”

Featuring the adorable snowman from the blockbuster animated franchise—of which the sequel, Frozen 2, is now officially the highest-grossing animated film of all-time with a staggering global intake of $1.45 billion (S$2.07b)—the series shows a mostly isolated Olaf embracing ordinary things in life such as watching leaves fall, sitting on a swing, admiring a sunrise, etc, and radiating nothing but pure joy.

Frozen Charm Created At Home
No longer than a minute, each short was lovingly created at home by Olaf artist Hyrum Osmond, voiced from home by Olaf actor Josh Gad, and worked on by a host of Disney animators also from their respective homes. Since the series began on April 6, 2020, there has been at least a dozen episodes released, all absolutely cute and charming with a subtle underlying message that we should enjoy the mundane things around us—which we often take for granted—while we can.

Next to “Alone In The Forest” (where Olaf elegantly dances to ‘The Sugar Plum Fairy Theme” from The Nutcracker) and “Gymnastics” (self-explanatory), my favorite episode so far is “Sunrise” where we see the cool snowman greeting the morning sun in Arendelle (and not melting thanks to his new Frozen 2 permafrost from Elsa). Check it out below.

At Home with Olaf can be viewed on all Disney Animation’s social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. New shorts are usually released daily, if not every other day. Enjoy!
#athomewitholaf #DisneyMagicMoments

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Update (May 14, 2020): On May 2, fans were reasonably sad to learn that “Sounds” will be the 20th and last instalment of the adorable “At Home With Olaf” series, created entirely at home by the people behind the very successful Frozen franchise.

Well, there was still one last surprise: on May 13, a 3-minute music video that has Olaf, after looking out on an Arendelle with empty streets, writing and singing a heartwarming song entitled “I Am With You”, written no less by Frozen and Frozen 2‘s Oscar-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Olaf then asked Gale the wind spirit to deliver the lyrics as a letter to one and all, adding “I’ll see you soon”.

Including scenes from various Disney animated classics, you can watch the lovely video below:




‘Frozen 2’ Fun @ Singapore Changi Airport

Look out for a giant Olaf at Singapore Changi Airport T2!

If you or your kids are big fans of Disney’s Frozen 2, do make your way down to Singapore Changi Airport where there are loads of fun Instagram-worthy opportunities with the lovable characters from the blockbuster animated film, which has since grossed over US$1 billion (S$1.36b) at the global box office.

The main highlight of A Frozen Wonderland At Changi is located at the airport’s Terminal 3 Departure Hall (in front of Departure Immigration). Here you will find a handful of life-sized sets inspired by the enchanting film featuring key characters namely Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and Grand Pabbie.

Every night till Jan 5, 2020, there will be an entralling light, sound and snow show at 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm, which primarily tells the story of Frozen 2, in which Queen Elsa and company go in search of a mystery voice she’s been hearing that or who may save the kingdom of Arendelle from grave danger. Needless to say, spoilers galore at the attraction (and this blog post) if you have yet to see the film!

Grand Pabbie, the wise old troll, should be the first figure you see if you approach the set from the front as he’s extremely well lit.

Over to the right, you will find Anna and Olaf in a boat, depicting the scene when Elsa sent them away for their safety.

At a lovely autumn-inspired spot, and besides four elemental pillars, you will find macho Kristoff and his faithful reindeer, Sven, in the midst of life-like looking trees and plants and in a great rush to find his beloved Anna.

Last but not least, on the biggest structure, you will find the getting-more-powerful Queen Elsa tackling Nokk, the mythical water horse spirit, in stormy seas. This set has a big part to play during the daily show, so make sure you have a good view of it during the performance!

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Each show will end with a dramatic snowfall scenario that everyone of all ages thoroughly enjoyed! It’s mainly soap suds in case you are wondering!

This moment lasted quite long and, have to say, my pal and I had great fun taking wefies and being covered in “snow”, as did everyone around us!

OTHER FROZEN 2 SIGHTINGS…

Elsewhere in T3 Departure Hall, you will find an Enchanted Forest as well as an Arendelle Castle, where you can pose with cardboard cut-outs of Elsa and Anna, or check out these utterly cute 1-metre-tall plushies of Olaf and Sven.

These sections have areas and activities primarily designed for kids, but you would require a pass (and probably need to spend some money on a single receipt that kind of thing.) Visit https://frozenwonderland.changiairport.com/ for more information on how one can participate.

Over at Jewel, there is also some Frozen 2 content. At the Cloud9 Piazza on Level 5, there is an Arendelle-inspired festival market with a few stalls selling Frozen 2 merchandise. But the draw is definitely these life-sized models of Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. An Olaf figure can also be found at one of the festival’s gates.

For a great shot of the lovable snowman though, you have to pop to Terminal 2 for this larger-than-life, 3-metre-tall, spinning Olaf which is easily a big draw. Don’t miss it!

A Frozen Wonderland At Changi will be at T3, T2 and Jewel until Jan 5, 2020.
For more information, visit https://frozenwonderland.changiairport.com/.

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2 Treats in 2017 for ‘Frozen’ Fans

frozen-cast                                               Till Frozen 2 comes along… (Credit: Disney)

Since its launch in 2013, Disney’s Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time, grossing more than $1.27 billion in box office sales worldwide. Yet, its much-anticipated sequel is seemingly still on ice (pun intended).

But a #Frozen2 there will be, as #Disney has officially confirmed it in early 2015, just that we are unlikely to see it before *gulp* 2019, as it was not included in the House of Mouse’s theatrical schedules for 2017 and 2018.

Of course, there was the 2015 short film, Frozen Fever, but let’s face it: That was just an appetizer (plus we were rather distracted by Queen Elsa’s bad cold and her mischievous snots — or snowgies as they are called — cute as they may be.)

frozen-2-elsa-snots                                                 Elsa’s snowgies in ‘Frozen Fever’ (Credit: Disney)

There was also the LEGO Frozen Northern Lights series of shorts on the Disney Channel, which featured building block versions of key characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on a quest to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear from the kingdom of Arendelle’s sight. It’s a cute (and extremely corny) series, meant for very young kids, but it’s not quite like the real thing.

frozen_northern-lights                                               LEGO Frozen Northern Lights (Credit: Disney)

Till the eagerly-awaited sequel comes along, here are two things Frozen fans can look forward to in 2017:

1. OLAF’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

frozen-olaf                           Olaf the adorable snowman gets his own special (Credit: Disney)

This Christmas, a Frozen TV special, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, is set to air on the ABC network in the US of A. Focus will be on the lovable snowman, with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven also set to return, including the original voice cast of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. New songs can be expected too, woo-hoo!

2. ‘Frozen’ Goes to Broadway

frozen-broadway-musical-logo                                                                    (Credit: Disney)

There’s already Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, now meet Frozen — The Broadway Musical. The stage musical adaptation of the hit movie will take its bow at the St. James Theater in New York in Spring 2018. Prior to that, a two-month test run will take place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017.

Much is expected from the musical, as it is written by the same Oscar-winning team behind the 2013 film — book by Jennifer Lee, screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, responsible for the film’s brilliant songs including the stirring “Let It Go.”

The cast has yet to be confirmed, but just for the fun of it, which current pop star do you think is best to play either Elsa or Anna? For instance, Dove Cameron, who was impressive playing Amber in Hairspray Live!, could make a nice Elsa. Let me know in a comment below!

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