The co-director of Disney’s Frozen has confessed that she wanted to drop the popular snowman character Olaf during the production process.
Jennifer Lee, who is also Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation, joined the team on the 2013 film while it was in development.
After seeing an early cut, Lee was apparently less than thrilled with Olaf and wanted him removed from the story.
“My first note was ‘Kill the snowman,'” she noted.
However, an animated collaborator then created a three-page script with actor Josh Gad in mind, who plays the voice of Olaf. Luckily, Lee was apparently impressed with Gad and Olaf’s character was saved, so a diversity Report.
Lee accepted the Los Angeles Press Club’s Distinguished Storyteller Award on Sunday (December 4) at the 15th Annual Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, presented to her personally by Gad.
In her speech, Lee told the actor that she looks forward to many more creative adventures together.
In the film, fearless optimist Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven (Frank Welker) on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers they possess trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Along the way, they meet comedic snowman Olaf.
In Olaf’s song “Im Sommer”, the snowman expresses a desire to sunbathe and enjoy the warm weather like others.
Frozen won two Academy Awards and earned more than $1.2 billion (£978 million) worldwide. 2019, Frozen 2 had the biggest premiere for an animated film in history at the worldwide box office.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/frozen-director-olaf-cut-jennifer-lee-b2238896.html Frozen director Jennifer Lee admits she wanted to take the ax from Olaf