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Disney Sued For Copyright Over 'Frozen 2' Song

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on November 3, 2022 at 12:15 PM EDT

"Frozen" quickly became one of Disney's biggest animated movies. Starring Kristen Bell(Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and others, the award-winning film became so popular that the company went on to release a sequel within a few years, "Frozen 2."

Now, a lawsuit against Disney and songwriter Robert Lopez has been filed as a man is accusing the company and two-time EGOT winner of stealing his song.

Daniel Grigson, a musician and songwriter, has filed a lawsuit claiming his 2001 song, "That Girl," is identical to the "Frozen 2" hit song, "Some Things Never Change."

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"Dad, Disney Took Your Song."

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Daniel Grigson was watching "Frozen 2" with his daughter in theaters in November 2019 when the song, "Some Things Never Change" began to play. That is when Grigson was overwhelmed with shock and even stood up out of his seat as the song sounded identical to his song from decades ago, according to TMZ.

The songwriter says his "eyes were wide open while standing in the theater." Ultimately, he sat back down but claims his 11-year-old daughter then leaned over to him and said, "Dad, Disney took your song," referencing Grigson's song "That Girl" from 2001.

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Grigson decided to hire an analyst to compare "Some Things Never Change" and "That Girl ." The analyst dissected both songs and concluded that not only do the two songs sound alike, but both tracks are also extremely "similar on a technical level."

Per the legal documents, obtained by TMZ, the "Some Things Never Change" beat, rhythm, feel, theme, and words all caught Grigson by surprise because it's "basically identical to his song."

Grigson is seeking the profits made from "Some Things Never Change," and demands Disney to stop using the song. Disney, nor Robert Lopez, has not commented on the lawsuit at this time.

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Disney's 'Frozen 2'

LOS ANGELES - NOV 7: Kristen Bell at the "Frozen 2" LA Premiere at the Dolby Theater on November 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA

“Frozen” made over a billion dollars worldwide and, according to Box Office Mojo, it is ranked as the sixth highest-grossing film of 2013. Thanks to its success, Disney released a sequel, "Frozen 2," in 2019.

"Frozen 2" stars, Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and is described as:

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In "Frozen," Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In "Frozen 2," she must hope they are enough.

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The film is currently streaming on Disney's streaming service, Disney+.

At this time, there is no word on if a third film will be releaed, but Kristen Bell jokingly said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”, “I would like to officially announce, with zero authority, ‘Frozen 3’.”

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Jonathan Groff at the World premiere of "Frozen 2" held at the Dolby Theatre on November 7, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.
Jonathan Groff at the World premiere of "Frozen 2" held at the Dolby Theatre on November 7, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.

Kristen Bell was recently inducted into the Disney Legends, alongside her “Frozen” family, Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) at Disney’s D23 event earlier this month.

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