Peruvian born Isabella Tanikumi is an author from New Jersey and she is suing Disney for $250 million in a claim that they stole her life story to create the musical Frozen.
She claims that the story was stolen from her autobiographical novel Yearnings of the Heart, while the writer of Frozen argues that the film is loosely based on The Snow Queen, a novel by Christian Anderson. The summary for that can be found on IMDb and reads,
“"When a princess with the power to turn things into ice curses her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition." This story is exactly what is depicted in the story of Frozen.
Tanikumi self- published her novel through FriesenPress in 2011.
Since the time that the lawsuit was filed, represented by her attorney husband William T. Anastasio, her book has received reviews on Amazon. Get this, the reviews comment on how she stole ideas from Frozen.
Some examples of the comments by reviewers are:
"My favorite part of the story is where tries to make a quick buck off Disney."
"My favorite part of the book was when Elsa left the kingdom and started singing as fiercely as she could, 'LET IT GOOOOOO, LET IT GOOOO!' and built an ice kingdom for herself. Olaf the Snowman was also very funny. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was as if this book was telling the same exact story as the Disney movie Frozen, except that it's not because they're totally different and this book is irrelevant."
Tanikumi doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of support, as fans of Frozen crawl out from hidden places to throw shade on her claims.
We shall see what happens, but are certain that Disney’s legal defense team is already involved, with no worries at all. At least she is getting some publicity for her novel and life.