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Tear Jerker / Olaf's Frozen Adventure

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"It was long ago, they would ring the bell
we could hear it chime through Arendelle
I remember the way that I felt back then
We would ring in the season
We would ring in the season..."

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  • The full length version of "The Ballad of Flemingrad," which reveals that the titular troll was killed trying to flee from prejudiced humans.
  • All of the songs in Olaf's Frozen Adventure are charming. Although they have been written by different songwriters to the rest of the film franchise, they seem rather traditional to the film's setting in Norway.
  • The 'Ring in the Season' reprise, sang by Elsa. Elsa reminisces the time when the Arendelle royal family (Agdar, Iduna, Elsa and Anna) were together with the townspeople, eager to start the holiday season by ringing the Yule Bell.
    • Just the flashback focusing in on young seven-year-old Elsa and three-year-old Anna. Seeing them happy, blissfully ignorant of what miserable lives they would have to lead for the next thirteen years or so, separated from each other.
  • Anna says during "Ring in the Season", "And it's the first Christmas I remember to date." Because the family halted their celebrations when she was so young, she hasn't had a Christmas since she was too young to remember it.
  • Elsa blames herself for their family not having any special traditions around the winter holidays since she was separated from Anna most of the time when they were growing up.
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    • Even worse: the supplementary materials and learn that Elsa was born on the Winter Solstice (which is on either December 21st or 22nd ), just a few days before Christmas—this means that Elsa has not only been missing out on Christmas but her own birthday as well.
  • Elsa shuts the door before Anna can respond. Unlike Christmases before, Elsa does leave the room and eventually finds Anna in the attic, but it does show how regretful she is about the missed Christmases.
  • Anna and Elsa work so hard to make a beautiful surprise Christmas party for their subjects, only for everyone to go home to celebrate the holidays without even seeing what the royal family made for them. A harsh way for the sisters to learn that Arendelle went on without them for the past thirteen years.
  • Seeing Olaf after he has been brutally attacked by wolves, and at the same time, seriously considering remaining lost in the woods thinking people would be better without him. Olaf's ten-second reprise of "That Time Of Year" adds up to it.
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  • Right after Anna jokes that Elsa's trunk of old toys will only contain stacks of satin gloves, the trunk is opened to reveal...stacks of neatly pressed satin gloves, along with a stuffed animal (Sir Jorgenbjorgen), as the only visible mementos of Elsa's childhood. Thankfully, there was something else in that trunk.
  • Sir Jorgenbjorgen raises his own string of Fridge Tearjerkers:
    • First is that Anna doesn't recognize him right away. Clearly meaning it had been a long time since she saw Elsa at an age where she’d have a stuffed animal. Most people would at least vaguely remember one or two toys their siblings had in the past. Seems strange that Anna wouldn’t at least remember that Elsa had a stuffed puffin. Even though she had her memories altered by the trolls, one doubts Grand Pabbie saw any harm in her remembering a small detail like that. So while she might not remember his name, she’d at least know about him, especially given how much Elsa cherished him. But why doesn’t she? The simple answer for this is that Elsa got Sir Jorgenbjorgen after the separation. We see Anna had both princess dolls, so maybe their parents saw just how sad and lonely Elsa was and they tried their best to at least make her feel a little less lonely.
    • A breakdown of the puffin's name just makes it worse: Jørgen is the Norwegian form of George, which is typically associated with St. George, i.e., the guy who slew a dragon. Saint George is the patron saint of England and is typically used to represent Good triumphing over Evil, bravery, and protection. And Björg means to “help, save, or rescue”. Which raises a whole new can of worms about Elsa's isolation.
  • The song 'When We're Together' has the amazing quality of the hit 'Let It Go' (only that this song hasn't gained much fame). Led by Elsa and Anna, the whole cast eventually joins in and the song is a wonderful finish to a long short film! Happy tears of joy will ensue...
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