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I was re-watching Frozen and when I had a crazy thought. I realized that Anna and then Elsa both acknowledge that they created Olaf when they were young.

I was wondering if Olaf was sentient when he was created by the sisters before, since we know that Elsa had her ice powers since childhood. Olaf has bits of information about both princesses but sometimes acts clueless about them.

  • I felt my answer was pretty convincing, featuring a canon quote that directly answers the question asked. Is there anything else you'd want me to address before considering an acceptance? – Valorum Sep 22 '17 at 11:18
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No. Olaf wasn't sentient before Elsa's 'magical accident' in the film, at least according to the Disney authorised tie-in book Anna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic: Memory and Magic.

As evening fell, the girls stopped skating. It was time to build a special snowman for Anna’s birthday. Elsa swirled her fingers through the air. She created a mound of her famous snowman snow.

Together, Anna and Elsa rolled the snow into three giant snowballs. Elsa stacked them on top of each other. Anna was excited. She wanted to stick on the button eyes and carrot nose, but she was too short. Elsa created a small set of ice steps for her sister. Anna climbed the steps and made the snowman’s face.

That night, Elsa led a sleepy Anna to bed. She tucked her little sister in and said good night. Anna drifted off to sleep.

The next morning, Anna ran to Elsa’s bedroom and shared her dream. In it, she’d sung and danced with an enchanted snowman. She asked Elsa if she could use her powers to make their snowman dance. Elsa smiled. She told Anna that she couldn’t make a dancing snowman, but they could always pretend. Together, they could imagine anything.

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