A number of hit Disney moves have been based off classic fairy tales, but now a Peruvian writer is claiming the studio stole the idea for Frozen from her autobiography.
Isabella Tanikumi, who was born Amy Gonzalez, filed a lawsuit with the District Court of New Jersey last week, claiming that Disney took 18 different things from her 2010 book Yearnings of the Heart for the film.
According Fox News Latino on Thursday, Tanikumi included a statement to Disney with her suit.
"I recently purchased and viewed your movie Frozen with my daughter and was appalled at what I observed," claimed Tanikumi, who insisted that the relationship between the Disney sisters Elsa and Anna is based on that of her and her sister Laura. Both the characters and their alleged real-life counterparts were involved in an "accident" which caused "embarrassment and fear" on the part of one of the sisters. Tanikumi also believes that the Disney love interests Hans and Kristoff are based off the Hans and Kristoff in her and Laura.
The writer went on to state that her book is "the story of two sisters who have tragedies, romances, conflicts, isolation and loneliness and there are significant similarities with your movie."
The lawsuit does not only claim that the storyline for the film was stolen. It also claims that the movie's soundtrack, which received critical acclaim and earned Disney an Oscar, is also the result of theft.
"I am aware that writers in the music industry have taken portions of my stories to develop songs for popular artists and these writers may have corroborated with the writers of Frozen," declared Tanikumi.
It is uncertain at this time how Disney will go about handling the lawsuit, which is currently seeking $250 million for copyright infringement.