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Last month when I visited Disney Animation Studios, we interviewed the filmmakers behind Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The 22-minute short is adorable and perfect for the holiday season. It had a limited run in front of Coco in theaters, but now it will air on television, so everyone can watch!
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure television debut is part of Disney|ABC Television’s 25 Days of Christmas celebration on Thursday, Dec. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST). It airs on ABC and the featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) from the original Frozen. Then you’ll see Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special Prep & Landing at 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.
The story takes place six months after Frozen ended, and Anna and Elsa have found their groove – well, except when it comes to celebrating Christmas. They don’t seem to have any traditions. Olaf takes it upon himself to find one for them, and chaos ensues, of course! Yay!
Part of our own Frozen Adventure was to take part in a drawing class led by Animator Michael Franceschi and Animation Supervisor Chad Sellers. We each we equipped with a drawing pad and a pencil and followed along with their direction.
But before we put the lead to the paper, we were given a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into putting together a feature like this. Did you know the animators actually recreate the scene in order to capture each and every facial expression? They actually pose, walk, stand, cry – all of it in order to really feel what the character is going through, that way they can animate it true to form.
They REALLY get into their job for our entertainment benefit!
Here we are really to get rolling. And here is how mine turned out.
How to Draw Olaf
Alright, you can draw Olaf too! I found this lesson, so you can follow along.
There is one incredibly crafty moment in the special – look for a scene of a scarf. Then come back here and watch this video, they literally hand colored each little pixel to create each of the characters in woven appearance.
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In order to create more than 600 frames of animation in this sequence from “Olaf's Frozen Adventure,” every character pose and background was painted on a predefined grid pattern. All of these painted assets were then assembled and animated (in sync with music) frame by frame, exported to a texture map, and then applied to a scarf model to accomplish this unique final aesthetic. #TechTuesday