A te reo Māori version of Disney's 'Frozen' is coming and it's sooner than you might think

NZ 05/07/2022

The extremely successful Disney film ‘Frozen’ is getting a Te Reo Māori remake and is being re-released in Aotearoa cinemas.

It comes after the amazing collaboration between Matewa Media and The Walt Disney Studios in 2017 when Moana was re-released as ‘Moana Reo Māori’.

The adaption of the ‘Frozen’ film comes after the release of ‘The Lion King Reo Māori’ last month.

Now, Rob Ruha has taken to Instagram to confirm that production is underway for ‘Frozen Reo Māori’ by giving us a sneak peek behind his Music Directing role.

Rob Ruha shares Frozen Reo Maori bts
(SOURCE: Rob Ruha's Instagram Story)

‘Jojo Rabbit’ producer Chelsea Winstanley, and ‘Rurangi’ producer Tweedie Waititi have been on the production for the Māori language versions of the animated features, set to premiere for Kiwi and Australian audiences later year. 

Winstanley said in a statement: "It was always our dream to dub more Disney films that our tāmariki love into te Reo Māori."

We are thrilled to continue this journey with The Walt Disney Company, it clearly demonstrates their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

"Kia taorotia te reo Māori ki ngā uri puta noa, puta noa! For our language to thrive it must reach the hearts and homes of our people," Waititi added. 

‘Frozen Reo Māori’ is set to hit the big screen in September, just in time for 'Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori language week’. In the mean time, who wants to come watch The Lion King with us?