While Disney is known for its Easter eggs, they clearly missed out on a prime opportunity to give Olaf the meta cameo he deserved in Beauty and the Beast. After all, the actor who plays LeFou, Josh Gad, also voiced Olaf in Frozen. I mean the cameo would have been obvious, but Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon deprived us of serious Olaf screen time.
Gad tells People that he tried to convince Condon to include a cameo of everyone’s favorite talking snowman. In the interview, Gad explains the cameo he envisioned for Olaf. “There’s a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill.”
This would have been Disney gold. But unfortunately this was cut from the actual film. Thanks a lot, Condon. But I guess you did recreate the tale as old as time into a live-action masterpiece. So yeah, thanks a lot, Condon.
Fortunately though, Condon did include several covert references to other beloved Disney movies. After all, Teen Vogue reports that Beauty and the Beast included a call out to The Hunchback of Notre Dame. To refrain from giving away too many spoilers, let’s just say the Notre Dame cathedral can be spotted during the live-action Disney film. While the scene itself is only briefly visible, the imagery in the distance is clear. If you’re a Disney fanatic, you’ll be able to spot this reference easily. If not, it will just give you an excuse to rewatch Beauty and the Beast in theaters another dozen times.
Though Beauty and the Beauty is decorated with nearly a dozen Easter eggs, I still wish Olaf’s cameo made the cut. I don’t care how it happens; it just needs to happen.