Updated 11:47 PM EST, Mon, Jan 18, 2021

'Frozen 2' Release Date, Cast & Plot: Is Movie Based on Real Life? Peruvian Author Claims So; Sues Disney for $250 Million

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A Peruvian woman is claiming that Disney based the story of its hit film, "Frozen," on her 2010 autobiography. Author, Isabella Tanikumi AKA L. Amy Gonzales, is suing the fairy-tale enterprise for $250 million dollars.

Fox News Latino reported that the Latina is claiming that the story wasn't based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen," rather her auto-bio titled, "Yearnings of the Heart."

Citing copyright infringement, Amazon describes Tanikumi's story in its synopsis as a "compelling, introspective account of the life of Isabella Tanikumi, who takes her readers on a journey through various phases of her remarkable life - from her family's survival during the devastating earthquake of 1970 in Huaraz, Peru, to the trials of overcoming the reaches of her intellect while facing the tragic and untimely death of her beloved older sister Laura."

"I recently purchased and viewed your movie 'Frozen' with my daughter and was appalled at what I observed," wrote Isabella, per Fox News Latino, in a text supplementary to the suit. 

The author believes that there are striking similarities in her story and that of the sisterhood of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and explained, "the story of two sisters who have tragedies, romances, conflicts, isolation and loneliness and there are significant similarities with your movie."

More than the status of the sister's relationship, the writer also cites likeness in the film's plot and actual events in her life. As an example, both in the film and her book, as she claims, one of the sisters experiences a childhood accident that were concealed out of embarrassment and fear. Additionally, according to Fox News Latino, when it comes to romance, she believes Hans and Kristoff were based on two of her true-to-life romantic interests, Hans and Christoff.

With regards to the death caused by a severe accident, she notes that the only difference between her story and the film is when Anna comes back to life in the film, while in her book, Laura passes away.

"'The Snow Queen', tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer and a snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter," summarized E! News of the story Disney says it based "Frozen" from. 

E! News further reported that through her attorney, William T. Anastasio, Tanikumi shared a copy of the author's complaint and wishes for her privacy. 

"Ms. Tanikumi is a very private individual and does not wish to be interviewed at this time. As the case moves through the Courts I am sure more information will become available concerning her claims," said attorney Anastasio.

"Frozen," released in 2013, has become the highest grossing animated film of all time and has taken in over $ 1.2 billion worldwide. No details on the sequel, including a possible plot or release date, have been revealed but many believe that if one is in the works, leading ladies Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel would reprise their roles.

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