Disney/Pixar’s new film Coco has become a critically beloved darling adored by audiences, but the heavily criticized short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure screened in front of the film is slated to be pulled from theaters. The story of a Mexican family and their connections to Dia De Los Muertos was paired with a short taking place in Arendelle with Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, and their beloved snowman Olaf from the iconic film.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure takes place during the holidays in Arendelle, focusing on Olaf helping Anna and Elsa design a festive celebration for themselves. While the film features four new songs and the original cast members, it has been met with a degree of controversy from audiences. The short is 21 minutes long, making it the longest short film ever put in front of a Pixar offering. When compared to other shorts like Lava – a Pixar short with a runtime of 7 minutes – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure becomes an oddity.
According to Reddit, audiences and Pixar fans wanting to see Coco will no longer have to worry about a 21-minute gap before the film, in addition to the attached previews. A Redditor who claimed to work for a movie theater shared that theaters received a note asking them to stop showing Olaf’s Frozen Adventure beginning Friday, December 8th. It’s unclear if this is because of poor audience feedback or if Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was intended to be a limited release from the beginning. Check out the note below.
Please note that the run of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure playing before COCO will end after 12/7. Starting on Friday 12/8 no more Olaf shorts should be up on screen. With the extra 22 minutes of running time back, we would appreciate if you could get in an extra show if possible.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – originally intended to be a television special – has become critically panned, with audiences annoyed that they had to sit for an additional 20 minutes before getting to the film. These additional minutes should allow theaters to offer an extra screening of Coco, giving more people a chance to see the film and hear its beautiful message as well as sharing in Mexican culture. Hopefully, the addition of a another showing for Coco will give families who might be afraid that their kids wouldn’t be able to sit still during Olaf a chance to enjoy Coco and its acclaimed music.
As for Olaf and the cast of Arendelle, Disney would probably be wise to send Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to the TV spot that it was originally planned for, so that audiences can experience Olaf’s search for traditions for Elsa and Anna at their leisure and in the comfort of their own home. Frozen’s characters remain generally popular, so there’s no reason to believe that Disney fans wouldn’t respond a bit better to seeing the short in that environment.
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