Don’t let the talking snowman, troll-like talking rock things or Elsa’s magical powers fool you: a woman claims Frozen is ripped off from her actual life story.
Isabella Tanikumi is, according to TMZ, filing a lawsuit worth a gigantic $250 million against Disney for plagiarism, claiming the story is not lifted from Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale but her own autobiography, published in 2010. It’s about growing up in the Andean mountains of Peru, apparently, although how it ties in with the supernatural elements of the highest-grossing animated movie of all time remains to be seen.
Frozen has grossed an astronomical $1.2 billion at the global box office, making a significant profit on its relatively modest $150 million budget. Its lead song ‘Let It Go’, performed by Idina Menzel, has also become a chart hit in several territories including the UK, and at time of writing is still in the Top 60 on our iTunes listings, 10 months after the film’s first cinematic release.
The synopsis for Tanikumi’s book Yearnings Of The Heart reads: “This is a compelling, introspective account of the life of Isabella Tanikumi, who takes her readers on a journey through various phases of her remarkable life- from her family’s survival during the devastating earthquake of 1970 in Huaraz, Peru, to the trials of overcoming heartbreaks of her youth. Conquering personal insecurities led to exploring the reaches of her intellect while facing the tragic, and untimely death of her beloved sister, Laura.
Disney’s Frozen (Photo: PR)
“Despite language barriers and the consequent obstacles of fitting in, Tanikumi wittily narrates her struggles with her assimilation into American life and culture. Forging many enduring friendships most notably with Julie, who rescued her from the depths of grief. Tanikumi also interweaves a dialogue with her long lost love Eduardo. This novel tacitily and expressly addresses Eduardo as a salient recipient of her reflections. Ultimately, Tanikumi is able to share her gratitude and joy as well as her insatiable thirst for life.”
Not sure we see any similarities at all, but maybe we need to read it to find out…