'Frozen 2' to air on Disney Plus three months early 'during this challenging period'

The Walt Disney Company is hoping to make self-isolation more entertaining

As the US declares a national emergency to control the spread of Covid-19, The Walt Disney Company is hoping to spread "some fun and joy during this challenging period" by releasing its animated sequel Frozen 2 three months ahead of schedule on its streaming service Disney Plus.

Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said of the decision: "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."

While Disney Plus is not available in the UAE yet, the film will be available on the service internationally on Tuesday, March 17. It is already available for rental or to buy on global platforms such as Amazon and iTunes.

Last year, the drama-fantasy became the highest-earning animated film of all time, bringing in $1.4 billion (Dh5.1bn) at the global box office. It features the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.

Priyanka Chopra played the lead role of Elsa in the Hindi version of the film, which was released in November.