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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

After Theater Viewer Frustration, 'Olaf' Comes to TV

Olaf's Frozen Adventure air on December 14 and 19, 2017 on ABC.
Olaf likes to give warm hugs. (Disney)

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For a limited time, Disney paired the short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure along with Coco, currently playing in theaters. But many parents were unaware and unprepared that was the case and were upset to have to sit through the Frozen film before getting to the “good” picture. Disney’s plan all along was to have Olaf play in theaters a short time and then “surprise” TV viewers with news that the short would become a Christmas special afterward. The plan may have backfired as some folks may be getting burned out on the Frozen franchise, but true fans (and there are a lot of them) are thrilled knowing that Olaf and the gang will be back on the small screen Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) of the 2013 Oscar-winning Frozen. During the special, Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (who also worked on the Prep & Landing holiday special which will air afterward) and is produced by Roy Conli. The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure repeats on Tuesday, December 19.

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