Disney's "Frozen" is the story of "The Snow Queen", penned by Hans Christian Andersen, right? Turns out, it's not! Peruvian author Isabella Tanikumi claims the highest grossing animated movie ever is actually based on her life.
It's difficult to believe Tanikumi's tale, especially since the plot revolves around a magical snow queen and her sister Anna's attempt to save her kingdom from eternal winter, with the help of an ice harvester Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and Olaf, the talking, dancing snowman, who loves summer.
In an epic journey encountering Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls, the trio race to find the snow queen, Elsa and bring her back to the kingdom and break the curse.
Tanikumi has however, claimed that Disney plagiarised the story, characters and plots from her autobiographical book,"Yearnings of the Heart", published in 2010, and turned it into "Frozen". She is suing Disney for a whopping $250 million according to TMZ.
Tanikumi's autobiography, "Yearnings of the Heart", is described on Amazon by the Women's Literary Society of America as "an endearing and heart-wrenching account that takes the reader on a romantic and spiritual journey."
Her autobiography details her transition from life in the Andes Mountains to American culture and is described as "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 Huaraz earthquake of 1970 in Peru, to the trials of overcoming heartbreaks of her youth."
While the book would undoubtedly make for an interesting read, it still is unlikely to be anywhere similar to the storyline of "Frozen". Many fans of the animated movie have asked the woman to take a page from "Frozen" and "Let it Go".
Miss Clairemont says, "Seriously, Yearnings of the Heart is not like Frozen. That lady is going to lose that lawsuit!"
Austin Chesshire tweeted, "Disney is being sued by a lady who says #Frozen is her life story and they stole it...so wait, Olaf is real?!?!? #LetItGo", while Florida-based radio station B1039Radio wanted to see how Tanikumi would explain Olaf, "I'd like to see how she explains the talking snowman. Joe #B1039 http://fb.me/3ik4MdEBl"
— PersonaHipster Lamar (@Lamar_108) September 24, 2014
As for the Disney's "Frozen" franchise, its phenomenal success has called for a short film Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, titled "Frozen Fever". The project, which details Elsa's birthday and the celebration everyone is planning for her, is expected to be released next year.