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Disney's Senior Animator Shows How Frozen's Olaf Was Animated

Hyrum Osmond showed the behind-the-scenes of the character's speech before the "In Summer" song.

It's always a rare and unforgettable occasion when 3D Animators hailing from top-tier animation studios like Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and others, offer a sneak peek into the world of production and show how the big-budget animated movies beloved by millions looked during their early stages.

Hyrum Osmond, a Senior Animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Head of Animation on Moana, and Director of the Olaf Presents series, has recently treated us to such an experience, showcasing how one of the scenes from Disney's beloved animated film Frozen looked during its initial animation passes.

With a three-minute demo, the artist demonstrated how Olaf's speech before the "In Summer" song looked at different stages, showing the initial blockout, the first and second animation passes, character blockout, technical animation, and more. According to the demo's description, the animation was set up by Osmond himself, with the artist noting that "this might actually be the most enjoyable shot I've had the privilege to animate."

And here's how the final animation looks in the final movie:

Besides Olaf, the author also animated Donut Cops from Wreck It Ralph:

A transformation shot from a teaser trailer for Moana:

Rhino from Bolt:

And much, much more. We highly encourage you to visit Hyrum Osmond's LinkedIn page to check out more of the artist's awesome works.

Earlier, Tony Bonilla, a talented Animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios, also shared a behind-the-scenes look at one of the studio's movies, a 2021 musical fantasy comedy film Encanto, showing that even big-league animation studios often break the rules in order to achieve a perfect shot:

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