‘Frozen’ Documentary Cameras Made Josh Gad Nervous

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Josh Gad, who voices Olaf the snowman in the Frozen franchise, has opened up about feeling nervous while filming the upcoming six-part Frozen docuseries, Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2.

The documentary gives Disney fans an all-access look at the making of the blockbuster animated sequel, which follows Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven’s adventures three years after the events of the first film (though Frozen 2 came out six years after the original 2013 Frozen film released). Camera crews were allowed to shoot any behind-the-scenes footage they wanted of the voice acting cast, including Gad, Idina Menzel (Elsa), and Kristin Bell (Anna).

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Gad said, “I’m not going to lie, I was so intimidated with the cameras around because you feel so vulnerable.”

The comic actor continued, discussing how he had to do multiple takes of Olaf’s song “When I Am Older”: I had to come back and re-sing it. I’m not Idina. She goes up in front of 50,000 people and she goes ‘oh that was a small audience.’ I get intimidated if there are more than three people in a room while I’m singing.”

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Gad also went on to talk about how he gets into character when he portrays Olaf, who has become a beloved character in the Disney fandom. He said, “My Frozen process is so intimate and when I am creating music or lines for Olaf, it’s like our brain trust needs to be this (makes together sign with his hands) or I start to feel a little naked and I can’t experiment and play.”

Fans of Frozen 2 already know how incredibly successful the follow-up movie was. It grossed $1.45 billion, making it second only to Disney’s 1994 The Lion King as the highest grossing animated film of all time.

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Megan Harding, director of the Frozen sequel documentary series, said of the new Disney+ original content, “Right from the very start, there was an incredible commitment that we all wanted to make something that was very different to a traditional behind-the-scenes special.

She continued, “These movies [animated feature films] don’t just come out fully formed, they are hard-won by many talented people and that meant that people had to be honest and brave and fearless when we came by, which everyone was.”

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 will be available for streaming on Disney+ on June 26. Collider has already called the series “brilliantly candid,” so fans of Frozen characters are sure to love it.

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What do you think about Josh Gad’s nerves while filming the Frozen documentary series? Are you surprised since he has such a confident persona in his animated movie appearances?

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