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13 Wild Disney Movie Theories That’ll Change Everything You Thought You Knew

Even Walt is shook.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the craziest Disney movie theories they know of. Here are the soul-shaking results.

Not all submissions are from Community users.

1. Peter Pan is the angel of death who holds children's hands on the way to heaven, aka Neverland, when they die.


That's why they never get older: You can't grow up when you're DEAD. Don't believe this theory? Well, author J.M. Barrie left the ownership of the original story to a children's hospital. He'd read it to kids who were terminally ill, so they wouldn't be afraid of dying. 😭 Seems to line up, folks!


2. Jane from Tarzan is actually the great-granddaughter of Belle from Beauty and the Beast.


The ladies look so much alike, and they even both wear yellow. Jane could understand Tarzan, who was animal or beast-like, just as well as Belle understood Beast.

Also, this moment in Tarzan could suggest Jane inherited fine china from Belle:


3. Mother Gothel from Tangled is the Evil Stepmother from Snow White.


The theory is that the evil queen in Snow White didn't truly die at the end of the movie, but instead moved away and created an entire new life as Mother Gothel. Plus both are dark-cloaked, evilly protective "mothers" who are obsessed with being young forever.


4. Elsa, Anna, and Tarzan are siblings.


One of the co-directors of Frozen said the king and queen of Arendelle were on the boat for long enough to give birth to a little boy before they got shipwrecked on an island and eaten by a leopard. Their little boy was Tarzan.


5. Chip is Prince Adam's illegitimate son who was given to Mrs. Potts.


So here's the thing: There's no way teapots can give birth. Sorry, teapot birth truthers. One blogger created the fascinating theory that Prince Adam was seduced by the Enchantress and then her child was taken from her, because it was tacky to have royal babies roaming around outside the castle. So when she cursed the castle, it's only logical that her son was included in the curse.


6. Elsa and Rapunzel are twins, and Anna isn't Elsa's real sister.


There are so many small details that prove this: Elsa and Rapunzel are the same age, they're both left-handed, and they both have weird powers. Oh, and Elsa supposedly created Anna with the power of love. JUST TRUST THE THEORY.


7. Hercules and Ariel are first cousins once removed.


Hercules's father is Zeus, whose brother is Poseidon, whose son is Triton, whose daughter is Ariel!


8. Elsa inherited her powers from her grandfather, who was cursed with them.


Her dad gives her gloves — which are believed to be magical — and tells her they "might help" with her condition. How would he know that unless he was familiar with the curse?

—Elizabeth Burdzy, Facebook

9. Alice is just tripping for the entirety of Alice In Wonderland.


The drug references in this movie have been long debated, because the original author was not a drug user at all. Also, the original cartoon Disney film was released in the '50s, which was a time where many people experimented with drugs. Who's to say? We could fight about it forever.


10. Frozen is actually a political statement about climate change.


A U.S. official even tried to get Disney to teach kids about climate change using the film's characters, but it got turned down.

11. Aladdin is not years in the past, but is actually set 10,000 years in the future.

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When Genie comes out of the bottle, he talks about being imprisoned for 10,000 years, but knows to make jokes about modern pop culture. That would mean he was trapped in the bottle in the present, so the movie is set 10,000 years after. And in Aladdin's companion video game, there are modern stop signs buried in the sand.


12. Frozen and The Shining are the same exact movie.

Disney / Warner Bros.

One blogger writes, "The main character [in each movie] is a danger to family members, whose volatility increases after a long isolation inside a giant, ornate, high-ceilinged building in a cold, desolate landscape." WILD.

13. And The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan take place in the same universe, and Captain Hook killed Ariel's mom.


When you think of it geographically, it makes sense: Denmark and England are so close to each other that Neverland could be somewhere in-between. And the core of this theory is that Ariel's mother Athena can be seen in Peter Pan, and since we know both mermaids were killed by pirates, and there are many pirates in Neverland... you do the sad math.


Check out some wild Pixar theories here.

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