Once Upon a Snowman is the story of Olaf (Josh Gad), the comedically jubilant friend who loves warm hugs from the Frozen series. The 8-minute vignette gives an inside look to the events that transpired after Elsa (Idina Menzel) unleashed the Let It Go ballad and created her snow pal with a casual hand flick. From that point (and as one might expect), Olaf goes on a comedic misadventure of self-discovery set against the backdrop of concurrent beats from the Frozen movie up until his eventual bump-in with Anna (Kristen Bell).
What works in Once Upon a Snowman is its joyous nature and light-hearted humor. To call the whole affair “Olaf-ian” would be accurate for those familiar with the character as the entirety of the short is focused on his signature traits of silliness, naivety, sincerity, and physical comedy. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy this bite-sized origin tale which certainly isn’t necessary by any means but succeeds at creating laughs and smiles.
While perhaps obvious, individuals who are either unfamiliar or less than enamored with Frozen are unlikely to enjoy Once Upon a Snowman as much as others. This particular story is meant to complement the original narrative by offering a new facet rather than serving as any sort of entry point to the franchise.
Once Upon a Snowman is available on Disney+ starting at October 23rd and comes highly recommended for people who hold the lovable Olaf close to their heart.