WAS THE STORY FOR “FROZEN” PLAGIARIZED?
A Peruvian author is claiming Disney plagiarized the story for “Frozen” from her work. She claims the tale was not taken from a Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, but from her book entitled, “Yearnings of the Heart.”
Isabella Tanikumi, whose birth name is Amy Gonzalez, has filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement worth $250 million against Disney. The little-known author claims Disney copied the story, characters and plots of her 2010 novel and turned it into “Frozen” — the studio’s highest grossing animated movie of all time.
According to Amazon’s synopsis of the autobiography, it is a “compelling, introspective account of the life of Isabella Tanikumi, who takes her readers on a journey through her remarkable life – from her family’s survival during the devastating earthquake of 1970 in Peru, to the trials of facing the tragic and untimely death of her beloved older sister Laura.”
In the lawsuit, filed recently in New Jersey, Isabella claims Disney plagiarized her own life story in 18 different ways. “I recently purchased and viewed your movie ‘Frozen’ with my daughter and was appalled at what I observed,” Isabella wrote. Her published and copyrighted work, deals with “the story of two sisters who have tragedies, romances, conflicts, isolation and loneliness and there are significant similarities with your movie.”
A critical part of “Frozen’s” movie plot is when Elsa accidently hurts Anna with her wintry magic. According to Isabella, that is not an original Disney idea. Isabella claims her sister has no memory of an accident she caused that did severe damage to Isabella’s face.
Disney’s “Frozen” has grossed an astronomical $1.2 billion at the global box office, and its lead song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, gave songwriter Robert Lopez the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) wins. But that hit soundtrack, Isabella claims, is also plagiarized from portions of her stories.
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