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Magical Fan Theories About Movies From Disney's Golden Age That Make Us Nostalgic

List RulesVote up the most interesting fan theories about Disney movies from the Golden Age.

So many of our childhoods are firmly rooted in the Disney classics. Specifically Disney's "Golden Age" of films - Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories. From unanswered questions to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding some of our favorite classic Disney films.

Which fan theory do you find most believable? Vote up your favorites!

  • 1

    Captain Hook Was Once A Lost Boy

    Photo: Peter Pan / RKO Radio Pictures

    From a Redditor:

    Peter Pan's rivalry with Captain Hook and the symbolism of the Crocodile. It's known that in the original story, the Lost Boys didn't stay young forever but that Peter killed them when they came of age. My theory is that Hook kidnaps the boys before Peter can kill them and takes them aboard the Jolly Roger to join his pirate crew. The rivalry started when Hook became the first Lost Boy to escape his fate and escalated because Hook keeps returning to rescue his brothers when their number comes up. Peter is the real villain and Hook is the hero.

    The crocodile who swallowed the clock represents Time. During Hook's first fight with Peter, the Captain's hand was severed and devoured by the crocodile, symbolizing that he was now a grown up. The croc (Time) took a piece of Hook and will pursue him until he eats the rest of him. Hook laments the same thing all adults do; Time will eat him piece by piece if it has too until he's been devoured completely.

    Interesting theory?
  • 2

    Dumbo Was The Son Of The World's Most Famous Elephant

    Photo: Dumbo / RKO Radio Pictures

    From Redditor u/Falcoteer:

    My wife and I watched Disney's Dumbo again recently, and something finally clicked in my mind: Dumbo is another example of a Disney hero who is missing a parent. Dumbo's mother is referred to as Mrs. Jumbo throughout the film. Jumbo was a real elephant. The real Jumbo was killed in a train accident while traveling with P.T. Barnum's circus. He had been a very popular elephant through his time there. Given that the movie doesn't give an exact year, it's not unreasonable to think that maybe it was intended that Dumbo was indeed the son of the world's most famous elephant.

    It would go a long way toward explaining why the circus kept a deformed little elephant around even before they knew what to do with him. He would have been good advertising just by his presence. On a side note: Mrs. Jumbo also seems to somewhat tie in with other elephants who attacked people, including Mary, who was hanged. There would have been a bit of paranoia about a "mad elephant," so the scenes of her in the jail car make a lot of sense in that context.

    Interesting theory?
  • 3

    Maleficent And The Fairies Can Modify Each Other's Magic But Cannot Defy It

    Photo: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution

    From Redditor u/jbafofi4:

    When I first watched Sleeping Beauty I got the impression that Merryweather couldn’t undo Maleficent's death curse because Maleficent was just extremely powerful. So she had to settle with softening the curse to be a sleeping one. But then I was rewatching the ending and I realized something: Maleficent didn’t even attempt to rectify the sleeping spell. Why? Because she couldn’t.

    I think that once the spell has been casted or modified it has to play it out and nothing can stop it. Maleficent cursed Aurora to prick her finger and fall dead and nothing can stop that, so Merryweather changes it to sleep instead of death with the addition that she can be awoken with true loves kiss. Nothing can stop that.

    So Maleficent instead just keeps Phillip in her dungeon. The spell will occur, she even calls it destiny to him, but the most she can do is keep him alive until he’s old and decrepit and then allow him to fulfill destiny.

    Interesting theory?
  • 4

    Prince Phillip's Sword Becomes The Sword In The Stone

    From Redditor u/strider820:

    I was watching Sleeping Beauty with my kids and noticed something. When the prince kills Maleficent with his sword, it stays in the dragon as she dies. The last time we see the sword, it appears to be embedded in the stone ground. So, could it be that it ends up being the sword in the stone years later?

    Interesting theory?