Olaf from Frozen comes to life in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Benoît Sabourin, a 21-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, says he devoted more than 200 hours to building a giant version of Olaf, the snowman from the popular children’s movie Frozen.

'Real-life' version of character from Frozen movie is an estimated 20 feet high

Benoît Sabourin says he used a 'sketchy ladder' to build the giant snowman on his front lawn in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. (Submitted by Benoît Sabourin)

Benoît​ Sabourin is likely one of the few people in Quebec hoping for sub-zero temperatures to continue.

The 21-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu built an enormous "real-life" version of Olaf, the snowman from the popular children's movie Frozen, on his front lawn.

“I was walking around town and I noticed that not many kids were building stuff outside, so I decided to build this huge snowman to inspire kids to build snowmen next year,” Sabourin told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak on Monday.  

Daybroke spoke to Benoît Sabourin, a 21-year old resident of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, who built a giant snowman in his front yard. The snowman is over 20 feet tall and is modeled after the character Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen. 6:07

Sabourin began building the snow man in February at 438 Savard St. and has devoted over 200 hours to the project.

He constructed the snowman by adding block of snow upon blocks of snow and, when it grew too tall to reach, climbing up what he described as a "sketchy ladder." 

“I wouldn't be able to say exactly how tall it is because my measuring tape is not long enough, but it's probably about 20 feet high,” he said. 

Benoît​ Sabourin says children are 'just overwhelmed by the size' of his 20-foot snowman in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. (Submitted by Eithne Sheeran)

Sabourin has also documented the evolution of his work on video and is hopeful that Disney, Frozen's creator, will take notice once the full story is posted online.

His hard work has already had a positive impact on local residents.

Crowds gathered over the weekend to see the giant 'real-life' version of Olaf. (Submitted by Eithne Sheeran)

Sabourin said more than 1,000 people came by his home to take photos on Sunday.

“The kids are just overwhelmed by the size,” he said.

“It's fun to see their smiles.”


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