Disney settles Frozen copyright lawsuit over short film The Snowman
The lawsuit over Frozen? Looks like Disney’s, well, let it go.
After attempting twice to have the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by The Snowman creator Kelly WIlson tossed out of court, the Walt Disney Company has reached a deal with the short film director. In a document obtained by EW, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria wrote that the court “was advised on June 10, 2015 that the parties have resolved this case.”
Wilson filed the suit in March 2014, alleging that the 2013 Disney hit was substantially similar to her short film, The Snowman, pointing out the comparisons between Frozen‘s teaser trailer (with Olaf and Sven slipping around on ice) and her work. In April, when Disney failed to have the suit dismissed, Chhabria wrote, “The connection between The Snowman and people involved in creating the Frozen trailer is fairly close.”
With the settlement, Disney can fully move forward with the planned Frozen sequel.