15 Fan Theories That Absolutely Ruin Our Favorite Childhood Movies 

Jason Bancroft
Updated April 13, 2020 1.6k votes 419 voters 24.1k views 15 items

The movies we love when we're kids tend to stick with us for the rest of our lives, which is why there are some many fan theories about these childhood movies. Sure, as we get older we may realize there's a plot hole or two, but ultimately, these movies shaped who we are today. Whether Toy Story taught you about the importance of friendship or Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory taught you the importance of not drinking out of a chocolate river, these movies impart wisdom that molded generations. Somewhat hilariously and some not so funny, a few people out there have tarnished our favorite movies by coming up with fan theories that ruin childhood movies. 

Yes, some people across Reddit have taken moments out of beloved childhood films completely out of context and warped them into something twisted. There are certainly bad fan theories that change childhood movies, but some of these are pretty plausible if you think about it. 

Be careful going forward. Once you read some of these theories, you may not be able to watch these films the same way ever again. Check out these fan theories that ruined kids movies. Who knows? Maybe one of these will inspire you to create your own theory and post it onto Reddit. 

Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Fan Theories That Absolutely Ruin Our Favorite Childhood Movies
Photo:  The Walt Disney Company

Finding Nemo begins with a barracuda attack, leaving Marlin with only Nemo. However, Redditor /u/darklighter5000 suggests that actually everyone died. Marlin only imagined that one egg survived so that he could give himself a reason to keep going. 

The entire movie from there is an allegory for the five stages of grief with Marlin starting in denial by not letting Nemo go to school and ending with acceptance when he allows things to be the way they are. And the biggest kicker of all is that in Latin, "Nemo" translates to "No one."

Good theory?

More Finding Nemo 

#19 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #29 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Fan Theories That Absolutely Ruin Our Favorite Childhood Movies
Photo:  Universal

Redditor /u/911roofer came up with this fan theory when Steven Spielberg mentioned that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is actually 300 years old. Many people speculated that E.T. is like a child or domesticated animal in the way he behaves. But what if he was a confused old man who didn't know what was going on?

E.T. is surprisingly smart, but he's also startled easily and can't comprehend the concept of "stay hidden" although he understands other pieces of English. Many people who develop senility remain sharp in some ways but lose their grasp in other ways. 

Good theory?

More E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 

The Dark Story Behind The Canceled Sequel To 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' #50 of 120 Movies That Need Sequelslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Fan Theories That Absolutely Ruin Our Favorite Childhood Movies
Photo:  Paramount

Willy Wonka gives all the children on the tour an appropriate punishment for their rude behavior except for Charlie who recieves the chocolate factory. But Redditor /u/MasterLawlz suggests that this was the worst punishment of them all. 

Running the factory obviously took a serious mental toll on Wonka. He doesn't have any family or friends. He's been cooped up there for years with the Oompa Loompas. Charlie is the only one gullible enough to take control of the factory whereas the other kids would've run it into the ground or sold it for cash. Once Charlie's family is gone, he'll experience the same fate as Wonka. 

Good theory?

More Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 

Grandpa Joe Was The Worst Person In ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ And We All Know It #45 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #129 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Fan Theories That Absolutely Ruin Our Favorite Childhood Movies
Photo:  Universal

Redditor /u/tickleboi36 posits that the reason the movie The Cat in the Hat is so weird is because the titular character drugged the kids. The Redditor suggests that the Cat is actually just some guy walking home from a rave when he comes across the kids' house. 

He drugs the kids at some point, and they experience the acid trip of a lifetime. They see this regular guy as a cat as well as the fish coming alive. It would explain the end of the film when the house magically returns back to normal. It's the kids coming down from their wild trip.

Good theory?

More The Cat in the Hat 

#8 of 11 The 12 Most Iconic Hats in Movie History #25 of 25 The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films #33 of 47 The Best Family Comedy Movies On Netflix