Are you a fan of Disney movies, you know, animation motion pictures like the recently released and award-winning Frozen, and Rapunzel’s Tangled, and The Little Mermaid, then this is for you – something that’s ridiculous… and a whole lot of fun.
The wonderful worlds of Disney and Pixar have ardent fans, and then there are these guys. Immersed in the Magic Kingdom, the web is crawling with super sleuths who dig deep into the nitty-gritty storytelling, finding secret, hidden links between the characters and plotlines, in search of some over-arching master plan lurking beneath the pastel surface.
Here are some of the best Disney-related theories currently being discussed and debated:
If you paid attention to detail while watching Frozen, there’s a moment in the movie where you can see Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene, the protagonists of Tangled, arriving for Elsa’s coronation.Look familiar? It’s Rapunzel (post haircut) and Eugene from Tangled!
Geographically, this isn’t too hard to justify. “Tangled” arguably takes place in Germany (the story of Rapunzel is originally a German fairy tale) and “Frozen” seems to take place in Norway (based on various architectural/cultural nods throughout as well as the Scandinavian setting of its origin fable, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”).
But why are Rapunzel and Flynn at the party? This is where it gets fun. A presented theory posits that Elsa and Anna’s parents from “Frozen” were en route to Rapunzel’s return celebration when their ship sank. As the boat sailed from Norway to Germany, it would’ve passed near Denmark, which is where it sank.
Consider us sold.
If you remember, in “Aladdin” (1992), the hyperactive, near-mad Genie dismisses Aladdin’s clothes as “so third century.” But if the Genie has been trapped in the lamp for over 10,000 years, how does he know about third century fashion trends? And, come to think of it, how is he able to do impersonations of such 20th century personalities as Jack Nicholson and Groucho Marx?
That’s because, per a concept laid out on silentcommentaryarchive.tumblr.com, “Aladdin” actually takes place in the future — at least 10,300 A.D. It’s “a post-apocalyptic world where only Arabic (and some Greek) culture [has] survived” and where “the name ‘Arabia’ has been corrupted to ‘Agrabah.'”
The theory also semi-explains the changes over the centuries that have affected the Islamic religion and the presence of “technological marvels” like flying carpets and genetically engineered parrots that sound like Gilbert Gottfried.
To quote Iago himself, “What the HE–?”