It is safe to say that almost all children grew up with Disney movies that made us laugh, cry, and feel all other types of emotions. Get ready for these shocking fan theories that will completely blow you away and make you question everything Disney you believed in as a child.
Get ready, because this one is a whopper that will blow your mind. This particular fan theory connects Tarzan, the Little Mermaid, Frozen, and Tangled all into one. Fans believe that Elsa and Anna's parents died on their way to Rapunzel and Flynn's wedding that takes place at the end of Tangled. In fact, many believe that these two families were related (with the Queen from Tangled and the King from Frozen being siblings), evident by the fact that magical powers seem to commonly occur in blonde children (Rapunzel and Elsa). There was also a very obvious cameo of Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel at Queen Elsa's coronation, proving that the two princesses are indeed in the same universe. In addition, it is believed that the sunken ship of Elsa and Anna's parents is the very ship Ariel from The Little Mermaid explores. A less popular theory also claims that the King and Queen of Arendelle survived the shipwreck and start a new life in the jungle where they had a baby boy who would become Tarzan (source).
One of Disney's most infamous films is Song of the South because it was criticized for its racist depictions of African Americans in the Reconstruction Era. Some fans out there believe that Disney's recent success Zootopia was a rewritten version of Song of the South as a way of redemption. If you look closely, there is striking resemblance between Br'er Rabbit and Judy Hopps in terms of coloring and clothing. In addition, Zootopia has been applauded for its address of race and prejudice, which happens to be the complete opposite reaction Song of the South incurred (source).
Get ready for this Toy Story theory that will lasso you in and throw you for a loop. Jessie was introduced in Toy Story 2 as a big-hearted toy with a mysterious past. We do not know much about Jessie except that she was abandoned by her mysterious former owner, Emily. There is a popular fan theory out there claiming that Andy's mom is actually Emily, the adult version of a little girl who has moved on from toys. Fans have noticed that the hat that Andy is wearing in one scene differs from Woody's hat yet is surprisingly similar to Jessie's hat, a hat he could have gotten from his mom. In Jessie's flashbacks to her former owner's room, there is that same hat along with wall decorations indicating it could have been from the time when Andy's mother was a child. Could this even be an allusion to what will happen to Andy in the future (source)?
Many believe that the story of Up is actually Carl's journey into the Afterlife, starting with him dying in his sleep after being told he had 24 hours to move to a nursing home. Fans claim that scientifically, there were not enough balloons to float his house or rip it out of its foundation. Many see Russell as Carl's guardian angel or spiritual guide who is there to help Carl with his transition to the afterlife. In addition, Kevin, the colorful bird they meet, could be seen as a god-like figure for Carl who only appears when he needs him. The house itself is Carl's remaining attachment to the physical world, something he ends up letting go in the end . Do you think this theory is one you could believe without it crushing all your dreams (source)?
I know we all can't wait for the release of Finding Dory, especially since Dory is such a mysterious character with an unknown past. A popular fan theory suggests that Dory's short term memory is a result of her witnessing her family being massacred. Many believe that her famous line "just keep swimming" comes from either her mother or father telling her to run away from the gruesome attack. We may not know if this is true, so looks like we'll have to see Finding Dory to find out (source)!
The Boo Theory is loaded with ideas of what Boo grew up to be after Monsters, Inc ended. Many believe that she is the young version of Violet in the Incredibles, reinforced by the idea that Boo seems to almost teleport from one location to another when she first meets Sully. Since Sully is happy at the end of Monsters, Inc when the door opens, it is presumed that he has both found and been in constant contact with Boo. This allows Boo to time travel through doors and time, which has led to another popular theory claiming that Boo is the witch from Brave. Not only does the witch in Brave contact Merida through little blue wisps, but she has a carving of Sully in her shop (source).
Did you ever think Jane and Belle look eerily alike? Well, you aren't the only one! Many fans believe that Jane from Tarzan is actually Belle from Beauty and the Beasts great, great, great, grand-daughter. They both possess similar kooky fathers and soft spots for beasts. In addition, there is no denying the similar resemblance and similar choices in yellow dresses. Some even believe that the connecting familial link between the two is the Duke of Weselton from Frozen, who has some serious resemblance to Jane's father (source).
We all love Aladdin, whether it be for the beautiful love story or Aladdin's spunky character himself. There are many interpretations attempting to address what time period Aladdin is truly from, one of which claims the story takes place in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world. What evidence is there to support this? When the genie is first released from the lamp, he exclaims that "10,000 years will give you such a crick in the neck," setting a very futuristic time frame for the story. Some also claim that the magic rug resembles hover-craft technology and that Rajah the tiger is not a normal animal but a result of a nuclear mutation due to his ability to communicate with humans. The name Agrabah, some fans claim, is a futuristic combination of the names Egypt, Arabia, and Afghanistan used to generalize that entire area after countries have been rendered useless in a post-apocalyptic society (source).
Don't believe Aladdin was set in the future? Don't worry, there are other theories that address the origins of this story. Some firmly believe that the story Belle from Beauty and the Beast is describes in the library is Aladdin, proving that Aladdin was set a long time ago in the past. In the library, Belle describes her favorite story as a heart-wrenching plot with a "far off place, daring sword fights, magic spells, and a prince in disguise" referring respectively to Agrabah, Aladdin's fighting scenes, the genie, and Aladdin's eventual claim to the throne. Another theory claims that the entire Aladdin story was made up by the merchant in the beginning as a ploy to sell an old lamp. If that theory is true, talk about some amazing salesman skills (source)!
Ever wonder if there was more to Toy Story than just fun-filled adventures? Many believe that Toy Story is an allegory for the struggles producer and animator John Lasseter experienced with Disney. John Lasseter was an animator for Disney until he was fired for wanting to use more advanced computer graphic design. Lasseter went on to found Pixar and help produce Toy Story. In Toy Story, Woody (a traditional kid's toy) is threatened by Buzz Lightyear who represents a much more futuristic and popular kid's toy. Although the two struggle, they unite through the realization that they make Andy happy, much like how Pixar and Disney unite despite odds to continue making kids smile with their animations (source).