Woman sues Disney, claims 'Frozen' based on her life story

A New Jersey-based author Isabella Tanikumi has filed a USD 250 million lawsuit against Disney.

PTI| Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 11:05 AM IST
Woman sues Disney, claims 'Frozen' based on her life story

Los Angeles: A New Jersey-based author Isabella Tanikumi has filed a USD 250 million lawsuit against Disney.

She claimed the studio ripped off her books 'Living My Truth' and 'Yearning of the Heart' for its hit animated film 'Frozen. She alleged the movie about a princess who is feuding with her sister is based on her life story, reportedly.

According to the woman, the Mouse House took elements like "characters, plots, subplots and storyline" from her books.

The alleged similarities include details on the village as well as the story about an older sister who accidentally hurt her younger sister and the younger losing her memory.
 

Tanikumi also claimed that two male characters named Hans and Christoff in her book inspired the male characters in the film. The woman additionally cites "hands to the sky with sprinkles" to compare her book cover to the film's DVD cover.

The Plaintiff is seeking to get Disney to "cease and desist from any and all sales, distribution and marketing of 'Frozen' in any media front, as well as money damages in the amount of USD 250 million together with costs of suit, and such other relief as the court may deem appropriate."

In response to the lawsuit, a representative for Disney said, "This is beyond ridiculous, she needs to let it go."