7 Disney Fan Theories That Will Have You Completely Reconsidering Your Childhood Favs

If there’s one internet rabbit hole that’s easy to fall all the way down, it’s fan theories about popular television shows and films. I love how people’s minds work, and honestly, some of them are so plausible it’s hard to believe the creators didn’t have it in mind all along.

These 7 theories are about Disney films, though, so beware – reading forward might make it impossible to view your childhood favorites in the same way ever again.

7. Mother Gothel from Tangled is the same witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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According to this theory, Mother Gothel and The Evil Queen are the same person because they are both obsessed with beauty and having a youthful appearance forever.

The two characters have plenty of similarities, and well, now that I’m reading it…it’s starting to make a lot of sense.

6. Lilo and Nani’s parents were CIA.

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In the first movie, Cobra Bubbles was originally a CIA agent before he randomly left that career and became a social worker. It makes no sense that he would switch from a CIA agent to a social worker, right?

Well, basically, Lilo’s parent(s) were coworkers of Cobra, which explains why Lilo was never taken out of her living situation, and Nani was allowed to take care of Lilo.

5. Tarzan is Anna and Elsa’s long-lost brother.

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Frozen director Jennifer Lee revealed a theory from her codirector, Chris Buck, who also worked on Tarzan. According to Chris, the king and queen didn’t die during a shipwreck/in a storm. They were actually deserted on a jungle island.

What’s another story where someone is stranded on a jungle island? Tarzan! It’s possible that King Agnarr and Queen Iduna’s ship veered off the water due to the storm, and they never got it back, so they stayed and raised Tarzan until leopards ate them.

That would mean that Tarzan is Elsa and Anna’s long-lost brother.

4. Finding Nemo is actually about Marlin’s grief journey after losing ALL his eggs.

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You may be familiar with this theory already, but to those who aren’t, buckle up. So, it’s believed that Nemo died along with all of the other eggs at the beginning of the movie, and everything else in the movie takes place in Marlin’s subconscious as he tries to accept the fact that his son is dead.

Throughout the rest of the movie, we see Marlin go through each of the stages of grief.

3. That every single Pixar movie is connected.

In 2013, Jen Negroni created the Pixar theory that states that each Pixar movie is taking place in the same universe but at different times. Although this theory is pretty much confirmed at this point, it felt wrong not to include it.

It all makes so much sense when you read the entire thing and connect the dots!

2. Hei Hei is actually a demigod.

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Hei Hei is always there with Moana, keeping her safe, in a sense. This clever theory suggests that Hei Hei is actually a guardian sent by the gods to help Moana on her quest, which she does.

Hei Hei appears to have stayed the same age since Moana was a baby, and he survives plenty of dangerous situations, further showing that just maybe he’s actually a demigod.

1. Bing Bong from Inside Out is actually a monster from Monster’s Inc.

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Going along with the theory of each Pixar movie being connected, it is believed that Bing Bong isn’t Riley’s imaginary friend, but he’s actually a monster from Monster’s, Inc. This theory states that he would visit her all the time when she was 3 years old, and she actually remembered a friendly monster instead of creating an imaginary friend.

So if this theory is true, even though in Riley’s memory Bing Bong died, Bing Bong is still alive and travels back in time to make other kids laugh.

Well, there you have it, and if you’re anything like me, your wheels are turning.

Which of these really caught you off guard? Which will you be searching out rabbit holes to fall into online for more thoughts? Let us know in the comments!