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Fan Theories That Make Us Think Twice About The Movies We Loved Growing Up

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A lot of movies we just can't seem to let go of are those we watched growing up. Everyone has a favorite film or two that they watched over and over growing up and still think about to this day. Of course, there will always be plot-points that felt unfinished or characters who we're forever curious about, which is where fan theories come in. We managed to round up a few of the best fan theories surrounding some of the childhood movies that we hold dear.

Which movie fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites!

  • Photo: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/mybustersword:

    Wonka said he wanted the winner to go to a child, one pure and innocent and won't just abuse the factory for selfish reasons. But, who wins the 4 tickets? A rich spoiled brat who would ruin the factory with selfish desires, a gluttonous pig who would eat everything in sight, a hyper competitive pseudo athlete that would drive for recognition and not secrecy, and a violent boy who is obsessed with pop culture. None of these fit with Wonkas narrative, or rather what is needed for the factory.

    So what does he do? Well originally he releases these tickets one at a time as they are found. After number 1 is found he let's 2 out in the world and so on. He might have control over where they go, regionally, but left it up to chance generally. That explains why Slugworth had the general area down. And why someone like Veruca Salt who bought thousands of cases, only had one chance to win.

    The last ticket, however, goes to Charlie. Who apparently lives in the same town as the factory. As his tickets are found one by one, Wonka saw the other candidates and did not like them. Charlie was one that--given to the local popular candyman, could have chosen the "worthy" child. I think Wonka always intended for the tickets to be random and a true contest, but became fearful once he saw the 4 winners on television, and planted the 5th one to help stack the odds to someone he would favor. That would also explain why Wonka got so mad at Charlie at the end of the film. He didn't care at all about the other 4 kids when they messed up or got hurt, because he always banked on Charlie. And when Charlie turns out to be just as selfish and a liar as the others he initially thinks he got 5 duds.

    Interesting theory?
  • From Redditor u/Bkwordguy:

    When we see Danny watching TV it's always Looney Tunes, specifically the "Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show." His nickname is "Doc," and Halloran does a Bugs Bunny impression when they first meet. Danny constantly cruises the hotel halls like the Road Runner, thereby also showing he's in good shape for a kid.

    When Jack finally snaps Danny puts all his exercise and cartoon knowledge into action. His evasion of his father is pure Looney Tunes-style, like the Road Runner vs. the Coyote. He outsmarts his dad in a very cartoon way by covering his tracks, leaving him to die in a very slapstick way. We even get an aftermath shot of Jack frozen to death like an idiot, just like how the Coyote is often smashed flat or folded like an accordion in defeat.

    Interesting theory?
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    Doc And Marty Are Friends Because Doc Was Looking For An Assistant

    Photo: Back to the Future / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Primetime22:

    Doc and Marty’s relationship is one of the biggest mysteries of the entire series: how did a 17 year old wannabe rock star/slacker wind up befriending an elderly mad scientist? It’s never explained in detail, but given that Back to the Future is often cited as a “perfect script” that sets up all of its dominos very well, I think there are a few small context clues in the first film that kind of hint at the answer.

    The first thing we see in the movie is Marty cranking up an amplifier in Doc’s garage, destroying it in the process. Doc calls Marty shortly after to warn him not to use the amplifier at the moment due to the fact that it might explode. This implies that the amplifier is actually for Marty, he isn’t just messing around with something of Doc’s haphazardly without permission. A few scenes later, Jennifer asks Marty about a demo tape he recorded of his music. I think this is the key to the solution.

    Doc needed an assistant. Marty needed a recording studio. Doc likely put some ad in the paper for work but many people likely turned him away due to low pay (Doc poured his entire fortune into his experiments). Marty saw the ad and met with Doc, only to realize that Doc could help him with equipment he needs to record his music. Their agreement is that Doc will allow Marty to use his garage and technology (amplifiers, recording equipment, microphones, etc), and in return Marty will assist Doc with his experiments for what is probably low or no pay. Through this business arrangement, the two clearly bonded, became unlikely friends, and the rest is history (or multiple histories).

    Interesting theory?
  • From Redditor u/thecircularblue:

    During the interrogation scene, Smith is using double meaning to be truthful with Neo about the reality of the Matrix.

    Here are some examples, in paraphrase: He tells Neo that he has two lives. - One is as an average citizen as Anderson and the other in computers as Neo. Anderson lives and is integrated into the Matrix. Neo lives in computers (in the simulation and cocoon) - this applies as Neo is aware of and searching for the Matrix as if it were some artifact or piece of information. He says one life has a future and the other doesn't. - Neo's Anderson simulation will go on if he cooperates. If not, he'll be dumped from his cocoon. He accuses Neo of being guilty of virtually every computer crime they have a law for. - He doesn't mean virtually (nearly or all), he basically means it in terms of the virtual reality simulation that they're in.

    He refers to Morpheus as an individual. - He means individual as someone who's freed themselves from the Matrix, as opposed to someone who isn't free and is part of the "hive". When he says that Morpheus is considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive, he's actually referring to the opinions of higher level AI entities in the Machine City or real world. He offers Neo a "fresh start" in exchange for cooperating in capturing Morpheus. - It doesn't mean granting him immunity or letting him go free. He means a computer / program restart or reboot. They would restart him, and everything else enough around him enough so that no one would have any memory of what happened - they'll "wipe the slate clean." They show this just after this scene to some extent when they reset Neo to thinking he's waking up in bed and thinking that the entire encounter was a dream.

    All this fits with the end of the scene. Or, the the parallel is revealed when he tells Neo that he won't be able to speak. He isn't threatening him with violence, he's rewriting his avatar code to erase his mouth. It may be that the agents can't lie. They have to tell the truth, or lie by omission, as part of the choice characteristic that's integral to the Matrix functioning properly. This is also referenced at the beginning of the film when Smith says they'll need a search running. It isn't a legal investigation. It means an autonomous set search query program being activated.

    Interesting theory?