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Woman sues Disney, claiming Frozen was copied from her life story

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Sep 25, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
A woman is suing Disney for $250 million for allegedly stealing her life story for the plot of the hit animated film Frozen. Isabella Tanikumi said that the plot was taken from an autobiography about her childhood in the mountains of Peru. She claims that the plot, the characters and the story are all from her book, not from Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen as Disney has said.

Her book, Yearnings of the Heart can be found on Amazon, which posts the following description:

"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 rescues her from the depths of grief. Tanikumi also interweaves a dialogue with her long lost love Eduardo. This novel tacitly 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."

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