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Disney Shows What You Can Do, Even Working From Home

Disney Shows What You Can Do, Even Working From Home

Today, the company released a digital short film featuring everyone's favorite animated snowman, Olaf. That's not, in and of itself, that big of a de

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Today, the company released a digital short film featuring everyone’s favorite animated snowman, Olaf. That’s not, in and of itself, that big of a deal until you realize that the entire thing was made by two people working from home.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Disney had released Frozen II on its streaming service, Disney+, a few months early for people who were suddenly stuck at home as their states imposed ‘stay at home’ orders. Now, it appears the company has again decided to delight its customers with something special. But it’s the way it did it that is the real delight.

Josh Gad, who voices the character of Olaf in both Frozen films, wrote and recorded his voice from home. Hyrum Osmond, the animator who oversees the animation of Olaf in Frozen and led the animation for Moana, worked from home to create this 50-second piece that is as fun as it is simple.

Here’s the thing: Just because your work situation might have changed, doesn’t mean your work has to. Also, it doesn’t mean that work can’t be a little, well, fun. Yes, things are different right now. Millions of Americans are suddenly trying to figure out how to work from home.

Many of them are used to the structure of an office and the familiarity of a set schedule. Now, instead of structure, there’s ‘flexibility.’ Instead of a set schedule, most of the time there’s just borderline chaos. Especially if you have children.

But, since when does creativity require an office? Since when does being productive mean sitting in a cubicle? If nothing else, the current situation for thousands–if not millions–of small businesses should disabuse us of that idea for good.

Imagine, just for a minute, the pitch meeting for this project. “Hey, let’s just make something fun that our fans will love!” 

“Okay, I’ve got some time, let’s do it. You write it, I’ll bring it to life!” 

I have no idea if that’s how it happened, but that’s how I imagine it anyway. This is Disney, after all. And, according to the company, this was just the first in a “series,” meaning we can expect to see more fun like this, created at home.

The challenge for your business is to think creatively about what you can do right now, where you are, with the tools you have. What can you bring to life?

Oh, and try to have a little fun.

Published on: Apr 7, 2020

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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