Last year, Disney got it all right with their animated film Frozen. One year later, the company is being sued for the same movie, since a woman claims it's a rip-off of her life story. Weird as it may seem, Isabella Tanukumi really does think so and is seeking justice.
Disney spent $150 million to create Frozen, but managed to profit $1.2 billion from it, globally. The author wrote her very own autobiography back in 2010. She has now come to claim that Disney's hit animated movie is not based on Has Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, but her own book, Yearnings of the Heart. As a result, she is now suing the company for $250 million. The synopsis of her own book 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. 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 that I have read the book or anything, but her claims seem a bit far-fetched. If Frozen actually did steal from her autobiography, it would be obvious in the synopsis. I think Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf would at least get a mention, wouldn't they?
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