Weirdly Persuasive Fan Theories About Disney Animated Movies 

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Vote up the Disney theories that actually sound plausible.

Are you one of those Disney fan theory collectors or obsessors who loves looking for all of the Disney movie connections and sharing your wizardry with others? Then you may know some of these theories. But if you’re brand new to the world of Disney theories, consider this list your very own Disney Theory 101.

Did you hear the one about Boo from Monsters, Inc. showing up in Brave as the witch? Or the one about Andy’s mom from Toy Story actually being Jessie’s owner, Emily? And what about the brutal slaying in The Emperor’s New Groove? That spider committed straight-up homicide.

There are some odd Disney movie theories out there too, so brace yourself. Some fans believe that Carl passes at the beginning of Up and that the rest of the film is his journey through the afterlife to reunite with his beloved Ellie.

Some Disney fan theories are just fun, though. Bing Bong could be alive and well in the Monsters, Inc. universe even though he faded from Riley’s mind in Inside Out. Plus, there are some pretty interesting Disney movie connections that make Elsa, Anna, and Rapunzel cousins, as well as Ariel and Hercules. Delve into this Disney theory list and capture even more Disney magic than you knew these movies held.

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That Was A Slaying In 'The Emperor’s New Groove'
That Was A Slaying In 'T... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weirdly Persuasive Fan Theories About Disney Animated Movies
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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 he or she used to be human and was turned into a fly — so the spider is eating a person.

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Did Ariel See The Evidence Of King Agnarr And Queen Iduna’s Sunken Ship?
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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. But then again, maybe all ships look kind of the same.

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Elsa And Anna’s Mom And Dad Are Also Tarzan’s Parents
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This rumor has been floating around for a while, but the co-director director of Frozen, Chris Buck, reignited the rumor during a Reddit AMA. The theory goes like this: 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 [slays] them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas. So in my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan — but on the other side of that island are surfing penguins, to tie in a non-Disney movie, Surf’s Up. That’s my fun little world.” 

Buck encourages Disney fans to connect as many dots as their hearts desire.

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Belle And Beast's Granddaughter Is Tarzan’s Jane
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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.

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