A few weeks back, something unusual happened. Disney screened their latest Pixar movie, Coco, for critics, but omitted the accompanying short film that would play before it in theaters. There was a slight grumbling among our community, because the Disney shorts are often charming, and frequently frontrunners in the Oscar’s animated shorts category. Plus, this meant we couldn’t write about the latest Arendelle adventure, or—in this case—warn audiences about it.
Just so y’all know. The Pixar SHORT with the Frozen bitches that plays before CoCo is THIRTY MINUTES of singing torture— Darkwing Duck (@CurlyMacchiato) November 22, 2017
PSA to everyone about that FROZEN short in front of COCO: they didn’t show it to critics so we couldn’t warn you— Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) November 24, 2017
Playing ahead of Coco, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” clocks in at a whopping 21-minutes (but feels like twice as long), and according to those who were subjected to it opening weekend, it is absolutely awful. Twitter was full of strong reactions.
Coco is spectacular but unfortunately the Frozen short that precedes it will eat your brain from the inside, then spit the amygdaloid rind that remains thereafter down your throat.— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) November 23, 2017
My 8-year old nephew, after the excruciating 20 minute Frozen short in front of Coco: “Nobody asked for that”— Nicholas Gurewitch (@PerryFellow) November 25, 2017
After the first ten hours of the Frozen short had passed, I turned to my friend next to me, horror and confusion in my eyes and asked “is this life now?”— Jhonen Vasquez (@JhonenV) November 26, 2017
The seemingly endless, deeply mediocre Frozen 'short' they force you watch before CoCo is a hate crime— Patrick Sullivan (@PatchNavillus) November 24, 2017
They say in the moment before you die a 22 minute Frozen short flashes before your eyes.— Arnie Niekamp (@misterarnie) November 26, 2017
First things first, the Frozen short at the beginning of the film was WAY too long. My mom had to ask me 5 times if we were in the right movie.— Dón Carlos 🇸🇻 (@vivacarlitos_) November 23, 2017
shout out to disney for making my life harder. i had about 70 confused customers who thought they were in the wrong theater since disney decided to put a 20 minute frozen short before coco.— Hannah (@hestntalien) November 22, 2017
Just so we’re clear, the Frozen short originally WAS planned to be a TV special. How much more money it brought in for Coco, I can’t say, but it’s offensive that executives wouldn’t let a Latinx film live on its own— Alexis (@lexxolivia) November 25, 2017
Someone in our audience involuntarily exclaiming "oh my GODDDDD" when Elsa started to sing again was the hardest I've laughed at the theater in 2017 https://t.co/pBVngdwnfg— Ross Kroeber (@RossKroeber) November 24, 2017
I’m going to say it, since no one else will. The Frozen short in front of Coco is a giant piece of frozen shit. Olof made me want to punch myself in the face.— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) November 26, 2017
Coco is a fantastic movie about the battle and balance between culture, tradition and the individual.— Matthew Federman (@matthewfederman) November 26, 2017
The Frozen short before Coco is about how two privileged white girls that live in a castle develop traditions bereft of culture—and immediately force them on the town.
Jesus Christ this Frozen short before Coco really took us all hostage didn't it— StarDave (@DaveWestry) November 26, 2017
"They put a 21 minute Frozen short in front of Coco" is a great encapsulation of what 2017 has felt like.— Keifer (@KeiferLirette) November 25, 2017
So, this Frozen short is almost universally dubbed the worst Disney short, but let us never forget the infuriating and sexist nonsense of “Lava.”
So many people are hating the Olaf Frozen short before Coco and I’m still wondering how singing volcanos fuck.— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) November 26, 2017