The Legend of Sarila - Frozen
The Legend of Sarila – Frozen
When it comes to fairy tales and folk tales on film, Disney has cornered the market. In the 1990s, several companies cashed in on the popularity of big budget Disney films by stocking bargain bins and Blockbuster shelves with movies like The Secret of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Secret of Mulan, or Young Pocahontas. This kind of cheap, animated knockoff continued in the early era of Netflix with movies like Chop Kick Panda or Tappy Toes, which both resembled big budget animated movies (Kung Fu Panda and Happy Feet, respectively).
One of these movies is The Legend of Sarila, an animated Canadian film that was picked up for American distribution by Phase 4 films and retitled Frozen Land, with a logo that closely resembled Disney’s Frozen. Film titles can’t be trademarked, but Disney sued Phase 4, which has also released films such as Alien Uprising and Uwe Boll’s Blubberella, for swiping its logo. Phase 4 settled out of court, made a payment to Disney, and promised to revert the film to its original title.
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