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Frozen has a lot of themes that people can relate to. The bond between sisters. Meddling relatives who think they know better when it comes to your love life. The importance of waiting for true love.
And, then there are those magical moments that could only come from a Disney film — not real life. Talking snowmen. The ability to freeze things with your touch. Trolls. Being tricked by some dastardly prince.
Unless, of course, you're Isabella Tanikumi. The author filed a $250 million lawsuit against Disney, claiming that Frozen is based on her life story, not Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.
Tanikumi wrote an autobiography in 2010, an eBook called Yearnings of the Heart. Below is a summary obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
"This is 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 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...Forging many enduring friendships most notably with Julie, who rescued her from the depths of grief. Tanikumi also interweaves a dialogue with her long lost love Eduardo. This novel tacitily 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."
Okay, so she had a sister. The Andes can get pretty cold in winter. There's a love story and a happy ending. Other than that, we've got nothing. Nice try, Tanikumi.
As Joan Cusack wisely said in Working Girl, "Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn't make me Madonna. Never will." Being a redhead who likes to swim doesn't make you Ariel. Doing chores doesn't make you Cinderella. And, having a sister and a sad story doesn't make you Elsa or Anna or even Olaf. (Entertainment Tonight )
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