If you’ve been to the theaters recently to watch Pixar’s Coco film, then you probably know the madness that is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The 22-minute short film plays before Coco, and it starts right after you watch 10 minutes of trailers. As much as I loved Coco, I hated the Frozen short film more.
And I’m not alone. Thousands of fans have been complaining about the short film online. Many people went on their social media accounts to warn their friends and family to arrive 20 minutes late.
While Coco has been receiving wonderful reviews (97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) Olaf’s Frozen Adventure has a terrible 38 percent audience score. And look, it’s not that the short film is THAT bad. It’s the runtime that has everyone pissed off. If this film was 5-10 minutes long, no one would be complaining.
But 22 minutes? After 10 minutes of trailers? That’s too much. Coco co-director Adrian Molina explained why Disney made the decision to place the short film in front of Coco…
“This year, we came out with two films: We had Cars 3 in the summer, and then Coco in the fall. Attached to Cars 3 was Lou, a [Pixar] short that we had developed in the studio. But for Coco, we didn’t have anything ready for it. And so Disney [Animation] contacted us and said, ‘We’ve got this Frozen short, and it’s kind of in the same wheelhouse in that it deals with the themes of family traditions and knowing what your family traditions are.’ And were like, oh, that sounds like a nice pairing.
It is longer than any short that has preceded one of our films before. So that was a little bit of an experiment.”
The good news is that Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was always going to be a limited release, which means it was never planned to be in front of Coco during its entire theater run. Disney told theaters this weekend to remove the short film, so if you wait a week or two to watch Coco, you’ll be able to avoid the 22-minute short.[mashshare]