Disney will bring forward the scheduled release of Frozen 2 on their streaming service.
Disney+ subscribers will get a chance to watch the second helping of Frozen from Sunday, as the entertainment giant looks to bring “some fun and joy during this challenging period.”
In a statement, Disney bosses said they wanted to provide families with a surprise as more people begin to self-isolate against the worldwide spread of coronavirus .
On Friday the virus was declared a national emergency in the US while in the UK mass gatherings are on the verge of being banned.
Animated musical fantasy Frozen 2 – a sequel to the 2013 original – arrived in cinemas in November and grossed $1.4 billion at the global box office.
The voice cast includes Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said: “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.
“We are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device.”
From Tuesday the film will be available to stream in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Disney+ will launch in the UK on 24th March.
Meanwhile Disney has been forced to halt all production on its live action films due to the growing COVID-19 concerns.
Work on Marvel’s Shang-Chi, The Little Mermaid, Home Alone, Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, Peter Pan & Wendy, the new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie, and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel has ground to a halt.
In an official statement, the studio said production will be shut down for “a short time,” though it remains unclear if or when work on the projects will resume.
Their statement reads: “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.
“We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
Disney has also postponed the release of the highly anticipated live-action movie Mulan , which was due to hit cinemas on March 27.
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