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.
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!
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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: