Olaf's Frozen Adventure

Movie review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, charming holiday special is better than you heard.
  • G
  • 2018
  • 22 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Viewers will learn more about Norwegian traditions like making lefse and hanging evergreen boughs for Christmas. 

Positive Messages

Special is built around a family's search for traditions to bring them back together, surely a noble holiday goal; families are shown enjoying each other and the season in a variety of joyous ways. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

A nod is made toward diversity when Olaf sings "Hi, Shalom!" to a Jewish family dancing and spinning a dreidel, and then "Happy solstice!" during a musical number. Elsa and Anna show their sweet sisterly bond in a scene where Elsa walks out during an emotional moment, then returns and knocks on Anna's bedroom door to apologize. 

Violence & Scariness

Kids may be concerned when Olaf melts in a sauna; he is easily brought back to life when friends collect his water in a bucket and then throw him out into the snow. In another scene, Olaf and Sven the reindeer slide down a mountain and almost into a giant crevasse (where the sleigh they're pulling falls); later, Olaf is chased through dark and shadowy woods by howling wolves with shiny teeth. 

Sexy Stuff

Very mild innuendo will probably pass over kids' heads: When Kristoff tells Elsa to lick the troll for good luck, Olaf says "You're a princess, you don't have to settle." Mr. Wandering Oaken invites Olaf in for a Christmas sauna where everyone's in towels; later, Olaf asks for one of the towels and Mr. Oaken whips his off (we don't actually see him naked).

Language

No cursing, but one "Oh, darn it." In a slightly off-color joke, Olaf eats a fruitcake that then emerges from his backside, at which point Olaf says, "That went right through me." Later, he drops the fruitcake off in an outhouse. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At one house Olaf goes to, to ask about holiday traditions, men clink steins together and drink from them in a toast; it's unclear just what's in the steins. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a half-hour holiday short based on characters from Frozen. It features a talking snowman's quest to find new holiday traditions for his friends Elsa and Anna. It's sweet and suitable for younger children and whole-family viewing, with a few caveats. There are a few scenes young or sensitive kids may find scary: Sven the reindeer and Olaf slide down a mountain and over a giant chasm; the sleigh they were pulling falls into the gorge. In other scenes, Olaf is chased through the woods by big wolves with big teeth, and he melts in a sauna (no Frosty the Snowman trauma here, though: He is quickly revived when his friends collect the water and throw him into the snow). There are also a few off-color references that equate a fruitcake with poop (Olaf eats it and it appears, steaming, behind him, at which point he says, "It went right through me!"). Olaf also says "Oh, darn it" once. Otherwise, this special is sweet and mild, with great messages about family togetherness and enjoying Christmas, Hanukkah, and wintertime. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymovielover756 December 27, 2017

AMAZING

I have seen this three times and it still AMAZES! Perfect for any age.
Adult Written byElizabeth B. February 12, 2018

Holiday Classic

Wonderful story with beautiful animation. The characters are wholesome, and the story is just the right mix of holiday magic and adventure. Add the great musi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byHah198 January 18, 2018

One of the Best movies

Frozens movie is the best movies ever and in these movies there are alot of great massges
Teen, 14 years old Written byWendytheNymph16 January 15, 2018

An Ok 22 minute EPISODE in Theatres!!!!

I Know It got Pulled off.of theatres like last month, but When when my sister and i were Watching coco(Which i love.), it didn't get pulled off. When I wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Holiday special OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE picks up during the very first holiday season in Arendelle after the re-opening of the castle gates (and the events in the movie Frozen). When a party that Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) throw goes awry, the sisters discover they've forgotten all their holiday traditions. It's up to Olaf (Josh Gad) to visit all the families in Arendelle to discover traditions that he can bring to Elsa and Anna. But when Olaf almost doesn't make it back from his journey, our friends discover that the true meaning of the holidays is togetherness. 

Is it any good?

Widely derided when it appeared as a (pretty long) short before Coco, this holiday special is both charming and delightful when it stands on its own. Surely you must spare some pity for all those who worked on Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which, like all animated features, took years and lots of care to craft, only to be received with nearly universal mockery from viewers and critics alike. The problem, it turns out, is that 22 minutes is too long for a pre-movie short, but it's just right for a holiday special to watch after dinner and before wrapping presents. Olaf is as silly and quippy as he was in Frozen, dashing off slightly salty asides that will make parents smile (and may pass over kids' heads); Anna and Elsa are as sweet, even if the stakes for this special are considerably lower than the apocalyptic winter scenario Frozen was built around. 

The special's four songs are no "Let It Go," but they're fine, tuneful, hummable enough, and kids will love the holiday traditions Olaf explores: Knitting socks! Rolling lefse! Gathering with your friends and family for a festive holiday sauna! Watching together may encourage discussions of your own family traditions: What do you do every year and why? When Elsa and Anna sing that "I will always feel at home when we're together, it's my favorite time of year," it may even make you lean over and squeeze someone's hand. What more could you ask for from a holiday special? 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Olaf's Frozen Adventure's message. What do the characters learn over the course of the movie? How can you apply these lessons to your own life?

  • Holiday movies and TV shows often feature music. Why? Do you still hear songs from holiday movies and TV shows played on the radio or elsewhere, even years after the movie or TV show came out? 

Movie details

For kids who love Disney characters

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