Fun Fan Theories From Movies About Fairy Tales That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Movies about fairy-tales have always been a favorite genre amongst fans, especially when they're rooted in favorites from childhood. From well known classics with a twist, to brand new reimagainings, fans are always invested. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding a few of the best fairy tale films.

Check out these fairy tale movie fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!


  • From Redditor u/TricksterPriestJace:

    Maleficent's curse on Aurora in Maleficent starts with "she will indeed grow in grace and beauty, loved by all who meet her." Maleficent then meets Aurora and falls in love with her. A maternal love instead of a romantic love, but still love. But the curse is self defeating. Meeting Aurora is to love her.

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  • From Redditor u/cklamath

    The first thing that stands out, is that Smee references a sworn affidavit from a "T. Bell", which specifies that Peter is in fact, Peter Pan. This is after Peter wakes up on a strange land, wanting to get his kidd back, and Tink knows exactly where to go, who to talk to, and how to act.

    So it seems like Tink brought Peter right to Hook and Smee. Why? Why wouldn't she just visit Grandma Wendy's house and talk to Peter there, like old times? Well, because of his family. He not only forgot thr magic of Neverland, but also has a wife and kids, and would not willingly leave them behind to return to Neverland with Tink. So she plans a way to drive a wedge between them all. This must be why she sent Hook to kidnap the children.

    I also suspect that Tink has been following Peter periodically throughout his adulthood, and was aware of when he would be returning to Wendy's in London. One of Hook's methods to manipulate Jack was to remind him that his father repeatedly misses his baseball games. How did Hook know that unless he had reliable outside information, say, from a sworn affidavit? How else would Hook have known where and when to grab the kids? How would he have known that all the adults would be out of the house for the evening? And why did he take Jack's baseball? Tink must have fed all the pertinent information to her co-conspirators beforehand. Why else would Hook male a deal with her and shake on it, publically, if not just for theatrics?

    Toward the end of the movie, Tink jogs Peter's memory. He remembers his life with Tink, his adventures in Neverland, his childhood. Then, Tink confesses her love for him. At that point, Peter nearly forgets about his wife and kids, until Tink ACCIDENTALLY reminds him! So it becomes painfully obvious that she is a master manipulator and has allies in the Lost Boys, Wendy, Hook, and Smee. She's a boss. She put the whole thing together to bring Peter back and love out the rest of her delusion with him.

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  • From Redditor u/cscool12:

    Okay, so I was watching the Wizard of Oz, and I noticed the extreme similarities to Alice in Wonderland and Coraline, like how there's a female protagonist and non female antagonist, etc. It then occurred to me that the Wicked Witch of the West wasn't the villain! The Good Witch was!

    She waited until the end to tell Dorothy about the shoes, just like how other lying female protagonists lie in Coraline and Alice in wonderland.

    Let's see... She sent Dorothy on a deadly mission to the Wizard who asked her to kill the Wicked Witch. That's not how good guys work.

    The Good Witch was inexplicably right there when the good Witch of the East was killed by the falling house. I wonder... How does a house stay intact in a tornado and "coincidently" land on a witch? I fully believe that Glinda the Good Witch has the capability to use this kind of magic.

    I also wonder how the hot air balloon containing the Wizard was blown away so oddly... Unless you consider the fact that Glinda immediately showed up afterwards.

    I actually believe that Glinda brought Dorothy from Kansas to get rid of all of Oz's other rulers so Glinda could reign supreme. Dorothy somehow killed the Western Witch using only water, her house landed on the Eastern Witch, the hot air balloon with the Wizard just blew away... But why didn't Glinda just get rid of them herself?

    Well, of course because the Munchkins wouldn't want to be led by a murderous psychopath.

    The only thing that goes against this conspiracy is that the Wizard of Oz could've been a dream. Although going back to Coraline as a reference, most of the inhabitants of Oz are parallel as characters back in Kansas, except the Good Witch. Sure you THINK she's meant to be Auntie Em... But unlike all of the other characters being played by the same actors in both Oz and Kansas, Auntie Em's actress is NOT the same actress as Glinda's. Which makes me think that it's like Coraline, where there is a truly evil witch faking everything.

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  • From Redditor u/BrokenEye3:

    tldr: The Nothing is cyclical, and stopping it dooms Fantasia

    The Neverending Story describes a fantasy world called Fantasia which is created and sustained by the imaginations of people in the real world. The main conflict in the film is that Fantasia is slowly being erased by a force known as "the Nothing". We're lead to believe that this is brought about by the fact that people in the real world are becoming less and less imaginative. In the end, the real-world protagonist, Bastian stops the Nothing and "saves" Fantasia by imagining it back into existence, exactly as it was.

    But to me, this doesn't hold up.

    Imagination isn't static. Quite the opposite, in fact. It's constantly changing as people imagine new things that have never been imagined before, and reimagining old things in new ways. It thrives on creativity and abhors inflexibility.

    I believe, therefore, that the Nothing is not actually erasing Fantasia completely, merely erasing Fantasia as it currently exists to make room for Fantasia's next incarnation. It's a natural consequence of the generation that imagined the things which currently make up that embodied collective imagination dying off and taking their specific fantasies with them, one fantasy at a time, while the next generation is coming up with new fantasies to fill that space. The Nothing isn't a void at all, but a blank slate waiting to be filled by the new and wonderful fruits of future creativity. While some parts of Fantasia may indeed vanish forever, many will inevitably reappear in slightly different form, and those that are truly lost will inevitably be replaced by areas which are totally new.

    Stopping this cycle goes against the very nature of imagination and defies the natural order of how Fantasia is supposed to work. By imagining Fantasia back into existence exactly as it was and vowing to prevent that version of Fantasia from ever disappearing, Bastian has become the very thing he hates, sacrificing his gift for imagination by dedicating himself to imaging exactly what others have already imagined before him, exactly as those others imagined it, and by extension, never, ever imagining anything new. Even new variations on the same themes are out of the question for him. And by eliminating the Nothing, he's deprived others of the canvas onto which to pour their own ideas, forcing mankind's collective fantasies into an unnatural stagnant state. Instead of preventing Fantasia from dying out, he's prevented it from ever truly living.

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  • From Redditor u/HydrationWhisKey:

    What led me to this conclusion:

    • Ditchwater Sal (witch that has princess Una prisoner) is an anagram for Witched Astral.

    Support:

    • -She has a unique name, especially considering the other witches have names rooted in mythology: Lamia, Mormo, and Empusa.
    • -The scene where stars are whispering to Tristan shows that the last star to fall had red hair, just like Ditchwater Sal.
    • -They never say/show that the last star died, just that they cut out her heart.
    • -Lamia went straight to Ditchwater Sal first to find where Yvaine was.
    • -The witch sisters live in a crater in the middle of a field with no other geological formations that would explain terrain like that. Where they landed
    • -Normal people who eat/have a star's heart have everlasting life. Witches have everlasting life since they are astral beings, but since they have no heart, they decay.

    How this theory would be wrong:

    • -Yvaine does not recognize Ditchwater Sal, considering that she would have been the last star to fall, she should be well known. Much less the other witches who would be fallen stars as well.
    • -The sister witches aged way faster than Ditchwater Sal even though she would have lost her heart and they would have been reguvinated at the same time.
    • -Ditchwater Sal at first doesn't recognize Lamia, the witch that cut her heart out.
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  • From Redditor u/aqua_zesty_man:

    Merlin, disguised as a youth, stole Kay's sword from their tent, to set Arthur up for drawing the sword.

    (1) The youth vanishes and escapes with seemingly unnatural speed--and by sheer coincidence runs off in the exact direction of The Stone where a thief could have been apprehended by some do-gooder knight or pious pilgrim.

    (2) Right when Arthur's time to prove himself the king, Merlin so casually strolls back into the picture. Uncanny good timing, or did he already know what was about to happen?

    (3) Merlin has the power to disguise other people, why not himself?

    (4) Arthur would have never tried to draw the sword from the stone any other way. He would have been too deferent to his elders to seek his own chance to draw the sword, and too humble to desire personal glory in its success. He was also apologetic once he got 'caught' drawing the sword without permission.

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