Olaf is one of the main characters in Disney's Frozen. He makes his first debut in MCF and the Ice Queen where his role is the same. He has made frequent appearances in MCF stories since then. He is voiced by Josh Gad.
When Anna and Elsa were children, Elsa would use her snow magic to play with Anna. A favorite pastime activity for the two sisters was building snowmen. On one such occasion, Elsa helped Anna build their own snowman they named Olaf to play with. Many years later, Elsa would exile herself from Arendelle after her magic was discovered and deemed dangerous. In the midst of embracing her abilities at her new ice palace home, Elsa recreates Olaf, but because of her magic, he is enchanted and given life. Olaf then wanders around the mountains alone and blissfully lost, until he bumps into Anna, Kristoff, and Sven the reindeer, who seek to bring Elsa back to Arendelle so that she can bring back summer after she accidentally caused an eternal winter. Extremely giddy with the idea of summer and its warmth, Olaf happily guides the two to Elsa's castle, though Anna refrains from telling him about the dangers of summer for a snowman, leaving Olaf comically in the dark. After a short journey, Olaf and the others find Elsa's ice palace, but the Snow Queen isn't too thrilled about the idea of returning to Arendelle, telling Anna to leave and enjoy her life where she belongs. Anna refuses to leave without her sister, but the stubbornness only makes Elsa uncomfortable, causing her to lose control over her powes once again and accidentally freeze Anna's heart. She then orders them to leave once more, and once again, Anna refuses. In order to keep them away, Elsa creates a personal bodyguard named Marshmallow, a giant snowman. Olaf is thrilled to see him, but is immediately kicked out along with Anna and Kristoff. After Anna tries his patience, Marshmallow chases after the group. Olaf tries to stop him, but is thrown over a cliff, which Anna and Kristoff fall over, as well, though they all survive. Once they recover their energy, Kristoff notices Anna'a hair turning white, rather alarmingly. To help, he takes the gang to a valley filled with mystical trolls. The king of the trolls, Pabbie, informs Anna that if she doesn't perform an act of true love, she'll freeze to death. The friends immediately rush back to Arendelle, believing a kiss from Hans, a prince Anna's engaged to, will break the curse.
Along the way, Olaf is accidentally separated from the group, and informs them that he'll meet with them at the palace. When he arrives, he finds Anna in the parlor, on the ground and quickly dying. She tells him Hans betrayed her, and Olaf doesn't hesitate to start a fire to keep the princess warm. Fearing he'll melt, Anna tells Olaf to leave, but not wanting to abandon his friend, the snowman stays by her side, nearly melting during this time. Suddenly, the parlor's window bursts open due to the strong winter winds, and Olaf rushes to close it. Before he does, he notices Kristoff and Sven rushing back to the palace. Knowing Kristoff is truly the one the loves Anna, the two try to head out to meet him.
However, the powerful storm blows Olaf away, and once he reunites with everyone, he finds Elsa mourning for Anna, who unfortunately froze to death sacrificing her life to save Elsa from Hans. Fortunately, that was an act of true love, and the ice is thawed, restoring Anna's life, as well as saving the entire kingdom, bringing back summer. Overjoyed, Olaf smiles with glee, but quickly melts due to the summer heat. Elsa restores him and gives him a small little cloud to hover over his body and keep him completely cool, finally allowing the snowman to live his dream of experiencing summer and all its wonders. During the kingdom celebration, Olaf is seen throughout the village enjoying the sights and sounds of the warm season, taking a whiff of some flowers. The pollen causes him to sneeze, however, and his carrot nose lands directly into Sven's mouth. The reindeer doesn't hesitate to suck it up, saddening the snowman. However, this was only a playful trick, and Sven immediately places the carrot back onto Olaf's face, where it belongs, prompting the overjoyed snowman to hug his friend affectionately. At the end Olaf and Elsa help Anna ice skate. Olaf is last seen in the palace courtyard, enjoying the newly made ice skating rink created by Elsa for the kingdom's enjoyment.
MCF and the Ice Queen
In MCF and the Ice Queen his role is the same in the movie and forms a small bond with Annie.
- MCF and the Ice Queen (Debut)
- A MCF Christmas (Upcoming)
- Olaf may have been inspired by The Snowman, another Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, where the eponymous snowman falls in love with a warm stove but cannot be with it because he would melt from it. As a result, he does not enjoy the cold weather. The snowman eventually melts away due to the change in weather.
- In the film, Olaf's elbows were specifically animated to never move with the exception of his fantasy sequence during In Summer.
- Olaf was specially designed to appear as if a child had created him, with an uneven shape and such, which is a reference to how Elsa models him at the beginning of Frozen when she and Anna are young.
- Olaf unintentionally showed Elsa how strong her powers are when he sees her at her ice castle. While she created him earlier, she had no idea he had come to life. This evidently was the inspiration for Marshmallow.
- Olaf is very similar to Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. They are both an object which is impossible to be alive (Lumiere is a candelabra while Olaf is a snowman) and are very close to the protagonist(s). They are both sidekicks to the main protagonist and almost get melted. However, they are also opposites since Lumiere is a candelabra and has control over fire and heat, while Olaf is a snowman and needs to stay in the cold.
- Olaf has received positive praise from the critics and some have called him the best Disney Sidekick alongside Sebastian, Lumiere, Genie and Timon.
- As stated by Detective88, Olaf is a little simular to Louis from "The Princess and the Frog".
- In "A MCF Christmas", he calls Raina by Selena, making it a nod to him mistakingly misname Kristoff as Sven and referencing Raina's voice actress Selena Gomez. Ironically later near the end of the story he calls Seamus, Kristoff and Doyle "Sven, Sven and Seamus" much like how he does in MCF and the Ice Queen.
- In "A MCF Christmas" Olaf gains a girlfriend named Eliana who is basically a female version of Olaf. The authoress confirmed that Eliana was inspired by Crystal from Frosty's Winter Wonderland whom Frosty marries.