Frozen Update: Olaf Christmas Special to Premiere in 2017

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Ever since Walt Disney Films released Frozen in 2013, fans have been anxiously waiting for a sequel. A short follow-up, Frozen Fever, premiered in 2015. The seven-minute short was released in front of Disney’s live-action Cinderella remake. Frozen 2 is officially in the works but probably won’t hit theaters until 2018 at the earliest. Don’t worry, though. More Frozen is coming! Olaf is set to star in his own Christmas special next winter.

Frozen 2 & The Olaf Christmas Special

Olaf and Anna from Disney's Frozen
Image Credit: Disney

While she was doing press for her new NBC show, The Good Place, actress Kristen Bell revealed new details. Bell played Anna in Frozen and Frozen Fever. She’s expected back for Frozen 2, as well. Here’s an excerpt of Collider‘s interview regarding the sequel:

Collider:  How are things going with Frozen 2? Back in May, you told one of my colleagues that you were about to start recording dialogue for the sequel. Have you done a lot of that recording, since then?

KRISTEN BELL:  We haven’t, actually. I thought we were about to start recording, but I was mistaken. So, we haven’t begun yet. They’re putting the finishing touches on the script. We record, as those characters, often. At the change of season at the parks, whether it’s for Disneyland, Epcot, or when Japan opens, we will record new voices for our characters, but we actually haven’t started recording for the second Frozen. But what we have been working on is an Olaf Christmas special that we’re doing for next year (airing on ABC). We’ve recorded that already, which has been a lot of fun to work on.

Are there new songs in that special, or did you just do voice recording for that?

BELL:  There’s new music, as well. Yeah, there are new songs.

iTech Post says that Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Sven are expected to return for the Christmas special. Broadway star Idina Menzel gave voice to Elsa and performed the famous song, “Let it Go.” Glee co-star Jonathan Groff was behind the voice of Kristoff.

Who’s Behind the New Olaf Christmas Special?

The new Frozen Christmas special will be directed by the team of Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. Deters and Wermers-Skelton have previously collaborated on the Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. They also wrote and directed the Christmas-themed Prep & Landing short films for Disney.

Tangled and Big Hero 6 producer Roy Conli will produce the new special. Frozen co-writer and co-director Jennifer Lee will serve as executive producer.

The music for Frozen and Frozen Fever was written by Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. There’s no word yet on whether the new songs for the Olaf Christmas special will be from the Lopez’s. Robert Lopez co-created the Broadway Hit Book of Mormon with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. He also co-created the hit Avenue Q.

When and How Long?

Although the runtime for the Olaf special hasn’t been revealed yet, most holiday specials are 30 minutes long. Though once you take out the commercials, the length can actually be 22 minutes or less. The Olaf Christmas special will likely stick to this format. It should air on ABC next December.

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