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'Frozen 2' Is Coming to Disney+ 3 Months Early

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By Adreon Patterson

Disney+ announced on Friday that Frozen 2's streaming release date would be pushed up three months early to accommodate those dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Disney felt the family-friendly film would bring “some fun and joy during this challenging period.”

Released in November 2019, the sequel to the 2013 Disney animated hit Frozen went on to outdo its predecessor by grossing $1'4 billion worldwide, becoming the 2nd highest-grossing animated film of all time. It earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

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Since February, the 2019 megahit sequel to 2013's Frozen has been available to rent or purchase. Frozen 2 was originally scheduled for release on Disney’s streaming service in June.

But now it will be available on Disney+ in the U.S. beginning March 15.

The critically-acclaimed animated film was set to be one of the selling points of the Disney streaming platform as it pushed for Disney lovers to subscribe to access Disney's vast catalog due to limited availability on other streamers.

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Disney's new CEO Bob Chapek made the case for releasing the hit film earlier than expected.

Chapek said in a statement, “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."

The House of Mouse seemed to want to ease the panic surrounding the pandemic.

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Frozen 2's release to Disney+ came as the company announced the delayed theatrical release of their live-action Mulan adaptation on Thursday due to the scare surrounding the coronavirus.

The live-action film was scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 27. The announcement came the same day as the Walt Disney theme parks were shut down for the rest of March over coronavirus concerns.

On Friday, Disney announced they were halting production on all of its in-production projects — including the live-action Little Mermaid, The Last Duel and a slate of Marvel films.

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In a statement to Variety, Disney spoke on delaying all its productions.

“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time,” Disney said in the statement. “We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

Like many production companies, Disney seems to be putting health over profit.

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