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Magical Fan Theories From The Disney Renaissance That We Can't Stop Thinking About

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Basically all of our childhoods are firmly rooted in the Disney classics. Specifically Disney's "Renaissance" films - The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, to name a few. 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!

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    Lilo's Obsession With Pudge The Fish Stems From Her Parent's Death

    Photo: Lilo & Stitch / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/bubblesxtreme:

    As you might remember, we first see Lilo being late to her dance class and she states that it was because she had to feed Pudge the fish. When asked why, she claims that Pudge controls the weather. Now, at first I thought this was entirely used as an introduction to Lilo as a way to make her seem odd, but I think that it has a purpose in the plot line. Later on in the movie, Lilo tells stitch that her parents died when they went for a car ride on a stormy night, so it's entirely possible that Lilo believes Pudge controls the weather and that he is the reason for it raining the night her parents died and now she feeds him so that he'll keep it from raining.

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    Genie Made Aladdin's Father The King Of Thieves In Order To Make Him A Prince

    Photo: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/IndividualMushroom3:

    In Aladdin, one of the wishes is "Genie, I wish for you to make me a prince". Then we see how Genie dresses Aladdin like a prince and throws him a parade. The wish wasn't "make me LOOK like a prince" though. The only way to make him a prince is to make his mother a queen (impossible she is dead) or his father a king.

    So in this moment Genie makes Aladdin's father the King of thieves. This wish doesn't expire either. In the end a plothole is that Aladdin should be a prince and be able to marry Jasmine. Yet as a prince of thieves he is not a qualified prince (an heir to a kingdom) for the princess. Genie (unconciously?) made his father the king of thieves. If Aladdin had just wished to be a king or a sultan there wouldn't have been a problem. There are many ways to become a king (just look at Game of Thrones *sigh*), but a prince needs a royal parent.

    Genies are also known to twist wishes. Maybe that's just how his magic workes. To twist seemingly good wishes:

    • "I wish I was the most attractive human in the world" - You are now the only human. Everyone else is dead. (You look the same...)
    • "I wish I was rich" - Your mother dies and leaves you a lot of money.
    • "I wish I was a prince" - Your father is the king of thieves now.
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    The Gargoyles Are A Hallucination In Quasimodo's Mind

    Photo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/Racecarlock:

    Quasimoto has been locked in that tower for YEARS. That level of isolation would probably break anyone, so, in desparation, one day, Quasimoto's psyche simply locked onto three stone gargoyles the church had as decorations and made three wacky, humorous friends out of them simply to keep Quasimodo sane. Also, it doesn't appear that Frollo, despite his overall abuse, ever tried to smash down Quasimodo's childlike imagination, possibly due to neglect and Quasimodo simply hiding his new imaginary buddies for fear of execution or something.

    I mean, think about it. Do they help out in action scenes? What about whenever Quasimodo's just interacting with the other characters? They're in the parade at the end, a bit, but they're still far away up on the tower, where no one but Quasimodo would even notice them. It also makes sense that the gargoyles are so lighthearted and comedic in an otherwise bleak movie. What else would a child create to keep them from going mad with loneliness? Or rather, more mad with loneliness? We do see during the movie that Frollo has kept Quasimodo in a childlike mindset as well, lending additional credence to the theory.

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    Iago’s Superior Intelligence May Be The Result Of Jafar’s Sorcerous Experiments

    Photo: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/richrashjr:

    Iago might be the smartest mortal character in the movie. He is not just able to speak, but also to think and scheme and is generally knowledgeable. He seems to have been expecting the disappointing results from the thief in regards to entering the Cave of Wonders. He has the foresight to try to eliminate Jasmine before she becomes a real threat. He can mimic voices and personalities better than the Genie. He sneaks in and steals the lamp in all of 5 minutes. Overall, he is far more capable than any of the other animals (and most of the humans too).

    Abu and Rajah (and presumably most animals in this world) are somewhat anthropomorphic, but still much lower in mental capacity compared to humans. This would justify why the Sultan always treats Iago like a regular parrot.

    • Abu has a bit of personality, he berates Aladdin (in monkey screech) for getting distracted by a pretty lady, he brings a key to the prison. When put in a novel situation though, (elephant) he really struggles, and spends most of his time failing to find a way to peel a banana.
    • Rajah is even more limited in how he interacts with Jasmine and is basically a guard dog.
    • The flamingo Iago knocks down (sweeping the leg, that’s a smart move to use on a flamingo...) is only capable of grunting amorously.

    Perhaps Jafar found a spell to summon a familiar or increase the intelligence of a pet he already had. We know he had a secret lab where he performed the “find my Aladdin” spell. But if he succeeded, why is it a big secret? Iago always pretends to be a “regular parrot” in front of everyone except when he is alone with Jafar.

    Jafar must have realized Iago would be incredibly useful as a spy. (That might be why he got a parrot in the first place but was disappointed with the results with a normal bird.) An innocent looking bird who has all the intelligence of Gilbert Gottfried. A parrot who can not just repeat words, but really understand and initiate conversation and mimic people perfectly and solve complex problems on his own. This is why the Sultan is never allowed to see Iago “break character” since spying on him is probably Iago’s number one priority, and also why Iago is so sick of those damn crackers after spending so much time alone with the Sultan.

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