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With the Coronavirus Outbreak forcing Disney to shut down their film releases for the month of March (and possibly everything in April as well) it looks like the only thing the studio can release is going to be released digitally.
As per Collider, Disney has decided to make Frozen II available on Disney+ 3 months before it was initially going to come to the platform. This is a statement from new CEO Bob Chapek:
“‘Frozen 2 has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time, and we are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device.”
Frozen II has been available on Disney+ since Saturday, but Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand can expect the film to come to their platforms on Tuesday, March 17.
This movie is probably the first of a handful of other films that could be coming to the platform early. With movie theaters being shut down because of fears of the virus spreading, Disney can’t do anything but put all their focus on Disney+. Then again, they can only put out finished films already; as productions all over the world have been shut down amid Coronavirus concerns.
We don’t know how long things are going to stay this way for now, but hopefully we can all go back to our original grooves come April. For now, I guess it’s best to wash your hands, keep social distancing, and not touch your face so much.