UPDATE: Since we first published this article, Jennifer Lee, writer and director of Frozen and Frozen 2, has made clarity out of confusion concerning Olaf’s height with a tweet she just posted. Many fans had heard that Olaf stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, but Lee says there must have been a typo because she thinks Olaf is closer to 3 feet 4 inches.
Okay, I keep getting asked about Olaf's height. I'm guessing 5'4" is a typo from something. If it said 3'4" I'd buy it. How tall is Anna and Elsa? From what I remember, Anna is 5'5" and Elsa is 5'7". I could be off an inch or two, but not a foot or two. Xx
— Jennifer Lee (@alittlejelee) December 11, 2019
Ok, so maybe Jennifer Lee isn’t sure of Olaf’s exact measurements, but since she says she’d buy the 3 feet 4 inches theory, we’ll go along with that too. After all, she’s the writer behind the frosty franchise that has seen success unlike any other animated picture of our time. We think she would probably know best.
Really? Five feet, four inches “tall” is hardly tall at all by most standards.
That’s exactly what fans learned about Olaf in a post on the Olaf Frozen Fandom Wiki page that has since been edited. Not only would that be tall for a snowman, but it would ultimately mean that Anna and Elsa are closer to 11 feet tall. Shocking.
According to the wiki page (before its revision), “Olaf went with Anna and Elsa to the courtyard to greet the citizens and wait for the Yule bell to arrive. While waiting, he borrowed a ruler from a citizen and found out he was 5 foot 4 inches tall,” apparently referring to a storyline from a Frozen featurette titled, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. But if you take a moment to watch the featurette, you will probably disagree with the aforementioned measurements.
And this revelation has some Disney fans taking to Twitter to share their thoughts about Olaf‘s, um, height. Many compared their own height to that of the cheery little snowman, and some of their responses are hilarious.
But one Tumblr user, “goldfishturtle,” has mixed her affinity for controversy with a little analysis and logic and arrived at her own conclusions about Olaf’s actual height that might make some of those Twitter users feel a little better.
In her blog, goldfishturtle explains her method for determining the height of Anna and Elsa’s frosty friend. She says that Anna’s height is based on assumed measurements from the door at Oaken’s Trading Post.
“A conversion rate between [real life] height and ‘verse’ height for this particular scene was created,” she blogs. “For every inch measured with a ruler, the equivalent height in verse is ~11.07 since it is assumed the doorknob is 3 feet off the floor. I can then calculate Anna’s height as shown in the second photo. The gap between her head and the six-foot mark is approximately 11.8 inches which is rounded then to one.”
“From there on,” she continues, “I created a conversion knowing Anna’s height by measuring her with a ruler, measuring the second character with a ruler I can apply the conversion and calculate their heights.”
She uses this method to then calculate Olaf’s height, which she says is about two feet, six inches tall (or short), whichever the case may be.
And we’re thinking that height might just be a bit more realistic. For a snowman named Olaf, anyway.
What do you think Frozen and Frozen 2 would be like without Olaf? And what if he did have bones? And what if he’s really 5’4″? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.