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– by Emmanuel Gomez

In addition to its excellent features, Pixar is well known for it’s great short films like For the Birds, Geri’s Game, Tin Toy and so many others. Audiences have come to expect them before their feature films. Two weeks ago with the release of Pixar’s Coco, audiences were “treated” with a different short film experience.

Everyone who has gone to see Coco knows that after the commercials and previews, there was a 22 minute short film titled Olaf’s Frozen Adventure that did not sit well with audiences. The length of the film had several audiences members around the country wondering if they were in the right theater or upset at the fact that it took so long to get to what they had paid to see. Some fans had even hit to social media to advise people to show up late.

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This was a very strange short film to add with Coco as it wasn’t even made by Pixar, but by Walt Disney Animation. Usually Pixar shorts do not go over seven minutes, this one was a little over three times the length.

But how did these films end up together? Yahoo Entertainment talked with Coco‘s director Adrian Molina about the reason.

“This year, we came out with two films: We had Cars 3 in the summer, and then Coco in the fall,” Molina said. “Attached to Cars 3 was Lou, a [Pixar] short that we had developed in the studio. But for Coco, we didn’t have anything ready for it. And so Disney [Animation] contacted us and said, ‘We’ve got this Frozen short, and it’s kind of in the same wheelhouse in that it deals with the themes of family traditions and knowing what your family traditions are.’ And were like, oh, that sounds like a nice pairing.”

So it looks like Pixar had it’s hands full with the two feature films this year and they did not develop a short to go along with Coco. As for the 22 minute run time Molina said, “It is longer than any short that has preceded one of our films before. So that was a little bit of an experiment.”

With all that said audiences will only have to put up with the short film for a few days as Disney is scheduled to pull the short film on December 7th from theaters.

It is important to note that it’s not being pulled due to the backlash from audiences, but because it was always intended to be a limited time release. Coco scored a “fresh”97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while Oalf’s Frozen Adventure scored a 38 percent. What did you think of the length of the short film? Did it bug you or is this being overblown? Let us know below!

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Source: Yahoo Entertainment

  • Victor Roa

    …… it’s still 22 minutes long, it’s a tv special in front of a feature film to children with weak bladders and all they can say is “we didn’t have anything ready”? At some point they are going to shave down frozen short into just the song because Coco had won the Oscar for best animated shot.

  • SaiyanHeretic

    I loved it, but then I’m an adult a mature person’s attention span. To me, both OFA and Coco moved at a brisk pace and it did not feel like 2+ hours combined. I’ve been to 90 minute movies which felt more torturously slow.

  • AndyInCleveland

    This is studio BS. Disney can’t say that they were concerned about anti-Hispanic sentiments in the red-states, so they placed Olaf there to help ensure a good opening weekend.

    Instead we get “we didn’t have anything else ready to go…”