Disney has been brightening the lives of children and families for decades. Disney has grown in popularity, in recent years, possible due to the nostalgic “90’s kids” who grew up during the “Disney Renaissance” (1989 – 2000) are now enjoying these great films with their own children. With the popularity of the Internet and many nostalgic people watching these films a lot closer than ever, several subliminal messages have been found in these films and several conspiracy theories have emerged. Many of these theories are just fan fiction and thoughts, however, some of these have actually been confirmed or hinted at being true by many of the people who created the stories.
Ariel and Hercules are Cousins
Ariel’s father is King Triton, the son of Poseidon. Poseidon is Zeus’s brother. Hercules is the son of Zeus. King Triton and Hercules are first cousins, making Ariel and Hercules first cousins once removed.
Jessie’s Owner was Andy’s Mom
Andy wears a Jessie hat, not a Woody hat in the original Toy Story; Emily probably wanted to share a piece of her childhood when she got him Woody, one of the Roundup Gang. Also, Emily decorated her room with ‘60s era pop culture so she’d be the right age, in her thirties, when the Toy Story trilogy begins.
Anna and Elsa are Rapunzel’s cousins, the blondes in the family are magic
When King Agnarr and Queen Iduna sail off, they may have been heading to Rapunzel’s wedding. When Rapunzel turned up for Elsa’s coronation, fans definitely saw these two events as a sign that Anna, Elsa, and Rapunzel are related. They argue that Rapunzel wouldn’t make the dangerous journey from Germany just for any royalty. There’s also a theory that the blonde cousins carry the magic in the family. Rapunzel’s superpower hair and Elsa’s freeze ray powers are no accident. And King Agnarr and Queen Iduna may have very good reasons for hiding their daughter away after seeing what happened to her cousin Rapunzel.
Tarzan is technically Anna and Elsa’s Brother
The co-director director of Frozen, Chris Buck, reignited the rumor during a Reddit AMA. The theory goes like this: The King Agnarr and the pregnant queen of Arrendelle survived their shipwreck and ended up in the jungle. Although Queen Iduna gives birth to a boy who turns out to be Tarzan, she and her husband don’t fare so well. Buck explains it, “They end up building a tree house and a leopard kills them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas. So in my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan.” Buck encourages Disney fans to connect as many dots as their hearts desire.
Ariel may have found the sunken ship of Anna and Elsa’s parents
A theory puts the sunken ship carrying Elsa and Anna’s parents somewhere around Atlantica. There are similarities between the King and Queen’s ship and Ariel’s shipwreck. Geographically, it would make sense, as well, because The King and Queen would be travelling from Norway to Germany, which would mean they would be sailing right by Denmark, home of “The Little Mermaid” Author, Hans Christian Andersen.
Did Captain Hook kill Ariel’s mom?
There’s a striking mermaid in Peter Pan who looks a lot like Ariel and could very well be Athena, who was killed by pirates. The two films’ release dates help bolster the theory as well. The Little Mermaid was released in 1989, when Ariel was 16. Peter Pan was released in 1953 and the unnamed red headed mermaid would have been 36. Ariel was born in 1973. So maybe Athena was killed as a result of the actions of Captain Hook? Also, in later “Little Mermaid” films, there are references to Ariel’s mother being killed by humans – specifically pirates, which is why Triton is so against the humans and the surface world.
Someone was Murdered in “The Emperor’s New Groove”
Kuzco’s journey into the scary jungle is made scarier by this theory: Only animals who were once humans can talk. So when the fly gets caught in the spider’s web and screams, “Help me! Help me!” it’s revealed that he or she used to be human and was turned into a fly – so the spider is eating a person.
Bing Bong from “Inside Out” was a monster from “Monsters Inc.”
He saved Joy so she could save Riley, but the good news is that maybe he’s not gone forever. We learn from Monsters, Inc. that children outgrow their childhood fears, so the theory holds that Bing Bong was a monster from Monsters, Inc. and didn’t really perish inside Riley’s mind, it was only her memory of him died. Hopefully, he’ll live on behind the door of another child.
Carl may have died early in “Up”
Depending on who you ask, this theory could be seen as either very sweet or incredibly sad and depressing. Just before Carl goes to the retirement home, he passes away in his sleep and the rest of the movie is his journey through the afterlife. Russell, according to this theory, is an angel guiding Carl and will get his wings/badge when he has reunited Carl with Ellie.
Jane from “Tarzan” is Belle and Beasts Granddaughter
Here’s why fans believe this. Jane understands Tarzan, so she must be fluent in Beast, like her grandmother; they resemble each other; and Jane has some pretty fancy plates in the jungle that seem like something her grandmother would have handed down. Also, there is a Gaston-like character in Tarzan.
“Braves” witch is Boo from “Monster’s Inc.”
Boo learned a thing or two during her time with Sulley and Mike. One of those things being that she knows how magical doors work. The theory holds that when Boo grows up, she begins her search for Sulley. One of the doors she goes through takes her to Brave’s world, way before Sulley’s time. While she hangs out in Merida’s world, she still searches for him while gaining full knowledge of the will-of-the-wisps. This explains the way she disappears when she goes through the wooden doors. Plus, she’s carved herself a Sulley to remind herself of her old friend.
Nemo is dead the whole movie
This bummer of a theory holds that Nemo died along with his mother Coral and the rest of his potential siblings, and that the movie is Marlin’s journey to cope with his grief – literally the five stages of grief. There’s also a hint in the name “Nemo”; it means “nothing” in Latin.
Aladdin happens in the future
Due to the all the pop culture references, the story may very well take place way in the future. It’s possible that there, jokes about the ‘90s and flying carpets are a thing. Another theory holds that the lamp salesman was merely pitching a tall tale just to make a sale.
Mother Gothel from “Tangled” is the Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
Either Disney is having us on, saying that all power-hungry witches are the same, or the Evil Queen is Mother Gothel. There’s the dagger they both use; Gothel keeps hers in a box, while the Evil Queen gave hers to the Huntsman to end Snow White. Then there’s the obsession with perpetual youth, and when they both turn into crones, they look pretty similar.
Andy’s Parents are Divorced
It’s not entirely obvious watching the movie but, the hints are there. For example, there are no pictures of his father in the house and Andy’s sister is a baby so there is no way he passed away a long time ago. If Andy’s father is out of the picture it would explain why his mother doesn’t wear a ring and why he looks to a cowboy toy as a male figure. The most obvious proof of this theory is that the family is moving to a smaller house.
Riley from “Inside Out” is possibly Bi-sexual
All of Riley’s mom’s emotions are female. All her father’s are male. All the teacher’s are female. But Riley’s are three female, two male. Does that indicate something about her future sexual personality? Granted, she does have a fantasy male boyfriend, but all that indicates is that she’s contemplating boyfriends. But we don’t see her with any boy. She bumps into one at one point, but we don’t see her display any sort of romantic reaction. We see her with female friends, but no males.
Boo is in “Toy Story 3”
This is a different theory from the previously mentioned one. At the end of “Monsters, Inc.” it doesn’t show boo when Sully comes back into her room some time later. One other hint that this girl is Boo is that she called Sully “kitty” and she is playing with a cat toy.
Genie and salesman from “Aladdin” the same person
Ron Clements and John Musker, co-directors of Aladdin, spoke with E! News and they confirmed what some fans have long thought about the peddler in the beginning of the film. “I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie,” Clements said. “That’s true!” He continued, “That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin [Williams] did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that’s an urban legend that actually is true.” This particular theory gained traction for two reasons — one, Clements already said, was because Williams voiced both roles, and the other was that the peddler and the Genie each had four fingers. So, there you have it. As the peddler (or, rather, Genie) says, it is not what is outside, but what is inside the counts.