A Woman Alleged That Disney Stole Her Life Story For Frozen
Frozen, if you can remember anything beyond that fucking song, was loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen story from the 1800s. Or that's what Disney wants you to think. In reality, or at least in the reality that Isabella Tanikumi lives in, Frozen is a blatant ripoff of her 2010 autobiography, appropriately titled Living My Truth.
By now you're probably recalling how Frozen featured magic, a talking snowman, and several elaborate musical numbers. But any thieving hack can invent supplementary details like those. Only a true artist can invent the elements that Tanikumi claimed Disney stole, including the fact that both stories take place in a village at the base of a snow-covered mountain, feature loving sisters who are close in age, and use open gates as metaphors. Perhaps the biggest gotcha is that both stories contain a key scene set under the moon, because we all know that only the bravest artists use the moon in their work, while most fear and shun it.
Tanikumi sued for $250 million and the immediate cessation of sales of all Frozen merchandise, which at their peak represented 37 percent of America's GDP. Because honestly, what's more likely? That Disney injected some common tropes and their own trademark style into a fairy tale, or that a gigantic corporation capable of employing as many writers as its black heart desires stumbled across a book self-published in Peru and decided that they had to steal this groundbreaking idea about sisters who go on an adventure?
Walt Disney Pictures"I rode in a sleigh once, this is plagiarism! ... Well, a bus, but close enough."
Now, there is a whole genre of frivolous lawsuit wherein the creator of an obscure work will sue the creator of a popular work to get free publicity (a small army of hacks sued J.K. Rowling for the attention). But given that Tanikumi's books aren't easily available, she's been going on about this for years, and she's been alleging that Facebook is suppressing her rambling demands for justice, she appears to be a true believer.
On one hand, her claims are beyond inane, and while the government keeps reminding us that we're not legal experts, it seems like the ruling should obviously be in Disney's favor. On the other hand, Disney responded to the suit by telling Tanikumi to "let it go," so we demand that the courts award her a billion dollars.
A Man Demanded Recreated Wedding Photos From His Photographer, Even Though He's Already Divorced
Lawsuits over the quality of wedding photos are common. Some complaints are legitimate, while others are from people who are upset that photography is not magic. And if you think that's a joke, let's have a look at the case of Todd Remis.
Remis was married in 2003, and sued the studio that handled his wedding photography in 2009, alleging that they took shoddy photos, left the ceremony prematurely, and failed to honor a handshake agreement to touch up some shots. Why it took Remis six years to notice these flaws was unexplained, but save your bafflement for what follows. First Remis demanded a refund, with interest. When the studio responded with photos which they said proved they'd stayed throughout the whole affair, and a bill of their own for an unpaid chunk of their original fee, Remis responded with a lawsuit.