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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Viewers see Olaf's curiosity guide his journey of self-discovery, and he overcomes many obstacles to find out who he is. The story creatively entwines with that of Frozen.
Positive Role Models
Olaf's generous spirit and ever-positive nature is on full display here as he always sees the best in people and situations, no matter how dire. His perseverance pays off in the end when he comes to remember his own sweet personality.
Violence & Scariness
Poor Olaf endures numerous accidents and calamities, including falling from cliffs, being chased by hungry wolves, being smashed by a door, and witnessing an explosion very nearby. Happily, though, he always escapes unscathed and (eventually) in one piece.
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"Butt" on one occasion.
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Products & Purchases
This short is the origin story of one of Frozen's most recognizable characters and retells several scenes from Olaf's point of view.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Once Upon a Snowman is a short origin story in which Olaf of Frozen fame (voiced, as always, by Josh Gad) comes to life and rediscovers his identity. The story is geared toward viewers who've seen the original movie; without that context, little of how it reframes familiar scenes from Olaf's point of view will make sense. Olaf's journey is one of much peril, and sensitive viewers may worry at seeing him tumble from cliffs, break into his separate snowman parts, be chased by hungry wolves, and so on. But his eventual success affirms the value of perseverance and of self-discovery and awareness.
Is It Any Good?
The breakout star of the Frozen stories gets his own spotlight in this adorable origin story whose only fault is being far too short for fans' liking. Innocent and joyful Olaf never disappoints, and Once Upon a Snowman is no exception. He's immediately likable, being honest in his insecurities and ever willing to trust that even the most worrisome predicament will have a silver lining. In other words, he's Olaf, even before he realizes who that is and what that means.
This short is exceedingly efficient with its time and manages to integrate Elsa, Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), the hungry wolves, and even Oaken (Chris Williams) -- who gets a very welcome and delightful new scene of his own -- into Olaf's story. Frozen fans of all ages will want to watch to become better acquainted with this favorite character whose affinity for summer and warm hugs makes him so endearing.
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