In January, word spread of a new virus known as “SARS-CoV-2” was causing a disease named “coronavirus disease 2019.” The virus quickly jumped from nation to nation, shutting down many aspects of life as we know it along the way. Now, most of the world is being asked to socially isolate from their friends and extended family to stop the spread. And that means spending an awful lot of time at home.
Thankfully, Disney Plus is picking up the entertainment slack. On Saturday, March 15, the company announced plans to stream Frozen 2 a full three months early to bring “families with some fun and joy during this challenging time.”
“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,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared in a statement.
According to the announcement, the movie will be available starting today, Sunday, March 15.
And Chapek wasn’t the only one who was excited to share the news.
Actress Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in the film, shared a screenshot of the film on Instagram along with the caption, “Your sisters will be here for you during crazy time! Surprise! #Frozen2 is coming early to #DisneyPlus. Start streaming this Sunday.”
Of course, nothing is really this altruistic. As The Verge noted, executives at Disney Plus likely saw an opportunity to bring on more subscribers as schools shut down and more and more people are working from home. But hey, who cares, as long as we get to enjoy something that brings us joy for a moment, right?
This does, however, also beg the question of what else may be released early due to coronavirus. On Friday, journalist Evan Ross Katz asked Bravo’s Andy Cohen if he’d consider releasing The Real Housewives of New York just a bit early, to which Cohen replied, “It’s on the table, but complicated.”
Elsa and Anna will do for now!