Remember the Nightmare Before Christmas song What’s This?
Well, picture that song but about Christmas traditions, and sung by an affable snowman instead of a brooding skeleton.
There you have the new tune in the post-Frozen short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (hitting theaters with Pixar’s new film Coco, Nov. 22).
Josh Gad, the genial voice of Frozen sidekick Olaf, surprised Disney fans at the D23 Expo convention Friday when he debuted the song, which is one of four that will appear in the short.
Here’s the song set-up as explained by Frozen’s Anna, Kristen Bell, who introduced it from the stage.
As villagers head home to enjoy their holidays, Frozen sisters Elsa and Anna “realize that because they were separated for so long, they don’t actually have any family traditions of their own,” Bell said. “It breaks Olaf’s heart, so he decides to take it upon himself to cheer them up.”
The short follows Olaf and reindeer Sven, as they go door-to-door asking villagers about their own family traditions.
Gad performed the song live (after Bell pretended the audio for a promised clip had technical difficulties), and belted lyrics about holiday traditions, including these:
“Hanging all your socks above an open fire. That sounds safe!”
“Wait up for a chubby man to shimmy down your chimney. Breaking and entering, OK on Christmas!”
“You cut down a tree and then you dress its corpse with candles? I love it!”
After the performance, Gad joined Bell and Disney/Pixar animation chief John Lasseter on the Anaheim Convention Center stage during the D23 Expo animation presentation.
“I’m so glad that we are here tonight to right a wrong, John,” Gad said to Lasseter. “At last, Olaf, like Luke Skywalker before him, is front and center. I believe the Latin word is ‘star.'”
Bell chimed in, “It’s an ensemble film, Josh.”
To which Gad replied, “From where I’m standing, I don’t see the words Ensemble’s Frozen Adventure.”
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