14 Ludicrously Well-Thought-Out Fan Theories About Shows For Children

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Vote up the fan theories that will forever change the way you think about these kid's shows.

Children's shows are designed to teach digestible, fun, engaging, and interactive lessons, but this often does not result in compelling television for the parents. Perhaps that is why there are so many weird, albeit well-thought-out fan theories for countless cartoons. Most of these are probably the product of bored parents trying their best to stay awake during the thirteenth daily repetition of shows like Doc McStuffins, Thomas & Friends, or Little Einsteins.

That said, this isn't a collection of flimsy, half-baked conjectures; these are the best toddler show fan theories the Internet has to offer. Kid's shows with weird fan theories can sometimes feature ideas that are a bit odd, or off-the-wall, but these actually make a lot of sense. Try and poke holes into any of these fan theories about kids shows, and vote up the most interesting and plausible entries. 


  • Every Character In 'Winnie The Pooh' Depicts A Mental Illness
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    Part of the magic of Winnie The Pooh is its diverse ensemble cast of flawed, yet lovable characters that have to share a world despite all their respective dispositions. One famous theory by the Canadian Medical Association posits that each character represents a different mental illness, all manifesting inside of Christopher Robin's head.

    Eeyore is clearly depressed, Piglet exhibits classic traits of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Tigger has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Owl has Dyslexia, Pooh has a substance abuse problem, and Christopher Robin is, of course, schizophrenic. Every storyline that revolves around Piglet is about his constant worrying; Pooh has an insatiable hunger for "hunny;" Owl is constantly trying to overcompensate for his misgivings despite being brilliant; Tigger is always trapped in his own world (which changes daily); Eeyore is, well, Eeyore.

    It all seems to add up, and this theory makes the show more interesting, instead of darker, terrifying, or ridiculous. 

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  • It should go without saying that most shows take place from the main character's perspective, but Courage The Cowardly Dog takes place from the skewed perspective of its main character (a dog). In the same way that the Rugrats's crazy adventures are usually innocuous events in reality, the events in Courage The Cowardly Dog only happen from the perspective of Courage, as he understands it.

    The theory states that Courage is merely a normal dog, and that "all the villains in the show are normal people" that seem menacing to a small animal. Further supporting this theory is the show's setting of "Nowhere, Kansas." The humans don't actually live in the middle of "Nowhere," but rather, his owners are much too old to take him for regular walks.

    Following up, another Redditor added that this theory makes sense because "[it] explains why Courage always feels like he has to 'protect' his owners from all the scary things, even though the owners are very nonchalant about all of the situations, and act like everything is normal and Courage is freaking out for apparently no reason."

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  • Caillou Is Dead
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    According to this fan theory, Caillou, the adorable four-year-old who helps teach toddlers how to overcome everyday challenges, is actually dead. At the age of four, Caillou was diagnosed with terminal cancer and chemo therapy left him bald. 

    The theory coldly states that, "His parents, who want him to be as happy as possible, generally let him get away with whatever he wants. The result is that Caillou appears to be a whiny brat, but the parents are aware that there is no point to correcting the behavior."

    The entire show has a dream-like white border, signifying that Caillou exists in the memories and imaginations of the stuffed animals and people who miss him. 

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  • This fan theory is actually part of a bigger, generalized hypothesis about the Disney/Pixar universes, which states that the Cars and Planes movies take place in a post-apocalyptic world where sentient machines have become the primary species on Earth.

    Two episodes of Little Einsteins feature a "Great Sky Race," similar to the one in Planes. This race stars two of the plane models from Planes, while also featuring an audience of other sentient vehicles. 

    In the context of this Disney/Pixar theory – and knowing that in the Little Einsteins's universe, the Little Einsteins are the only humans – it's possible that the kids have been tasked with preserving humanity. This explains why every episode features the children discussing some part of human history and why all the other characters are either mythical creatures or sentient machines. The children are also hyper-intelligent, which implies that they might have been genetically engineered.

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