In the lead up to some big Disney blockbusters being released this year, we took a look back at some of the farfetched fan theories and Disney conspiracies that have hatched over time.
We also took the opportunity to seek out and showcase the allusive Disney and Pixar Easter eggs.
Let’s see if our findings blow your mind, and how many Disney Easter Eggs you’d already spotted.
#1 Who was Ariel’s mum and why isn’t she around?
No, it’s not a case of mermaid abandonment, King Triton once had a Queen and between them, they had seven daughters.
Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina and Ariel.
After watching prequels of The Little Mermaid we learn that the Queen was killed by humans, hence King Tritons distaste for them in the original movie.
Upon researching further, people have come to the conclusion that the killer was actually Captain Hook, and that the Queen once lived in Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland.
This, of course, is all based on the fact that there is a redheaded mermaid in Peter Pan, and Ariel and her mum also have red hair.
Easter Egg: King Triton makes an appearance in the Princess and the Frog Mardi Gras parade.
#2 Greek Mythology Makes Ariel and Hercules Cousins
If we think about it, it’s not that difficult to believe.
Hercules’ father is Zeus.
Zeus’ brother is Poseidon.
Poseidon’s son is Triton and Triton’s daughter is Ariel.
Making Ariel and Hercules first cousins. Simple really (?)
Easter Egg: Simba’s Evil Uncle Scar makes an appearance in this Greece-based movie, as a pelt which Hercules wears whilst having his portrait painted.
#3 Speaking of Relatives, Were Elsa, Anna and . . . Tarzan Siblings?
Turns out, according to this popular Disney conspiracy, yes.
Elsa and Anna’s parents supposedly survived the shipwreck and went on to become Tarzan’s mum and dad.
Fans believe the King and Queen of Arendelle made it onto an island after the Queen had a baby boy at sea.
They built a treehouse out of driftwood and boat parts and, just when life started to look peachy, they were eaten by leopards.
That’s some unlucky streak if you ask us.
#4 But wait there’s more . . .
Here we discover a popular Disney conspiracy with the help of one of those cheeky hidden Easter eggs too.
The theory has it that Jane is actually the granddaughter of Belle and the Beast.
What are we basing this on?
The appearance of the once-enchanted tea set of course, at Jane and her father’s camp in Tarzan.
#5 More on Belle
We understand that Beauty and the Beast the movie was set in a rural village in France right?
Belle was obviously suffering Wanderlust at some point though, as she can be seen waltzing the streets of old Paree “with her nose stuck in a book” in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Trés, intriguing hmm?
#6 Andy’s Mom is Evil!
That’s right, as Toy Story 4 gets closer to its UK premier you should all be made aware of the fact that Andy’s mom is the enemy of toys everywhere.
The heart-breaking story of when Jessie’s owner, Emily, cruelly grew up and dumped her in a box takes an unexpected turn when we learn, Emily is Andy’s mom!
The timeline fits, as Jessie remembers a 70s teenage bedroom, and then there’s Andy’s own cowboy hat which is not like woodies, but more like Jessies.
The same hat as Emily is seen wearing, only without the white trim, years earlier in the memory.
This Disney/Pixar conspiracy fits like a glove and goes on to explain how Andy has such an old school doll, that has been in the family for years.
Easter Egg: A Buzz Lightyear figure appears on the floor of the dentist’s waiting room in Finding Nemo.
#7 White Rabbits, Drugs and Rock n Roll?
A common theory, even before the Disney movie was created, was that Alice in Wonderland was a metaphor for a drugs experience after taking LSD.
People believed that Alice’s repeated eating and drinking of strange substances, and the whole concept of Wonderland, outlined the authors own drug-induced state whilst writing the novel.
The story was written when the use of opiates was legal after all.
#8 Aladdin Never Really Happened
Well, of course, we know the story itself is more than likely 100% fictional.
Flying carpets and genies aside, this Disney conspiracy actually suggests that the entire movie was a yarn spun by the clever salesman from the start.
It’s understood that the little guy is just desperately trying to make a sale and that the whole story was concocted as a clever marketing ploy to sell what is essentially an ordinary lamp!
Well, we bought it.
#9 Snow White’s Stepmother went on to Torment Another “Daughter”
It should come as no surprise, that the Evil Stepmother and Queen from Snow White, would come back and bite someone else in the ass.
Hell-bent on remaining young and beautiful forever Snow White’s Stepmother is said to be no other than Mother Gothel in Tangled.
There are some striking physical similarities, and both older ladies look identical, give or take a pixel or two.
Then there’s the obvious disdain towards the young and beautiful, as well as the mistreatment of the young girls in their care.
Sold! The Evil Queen is definitely Mother Gothel.
We, the human race are not long for this world!
According to Disney and Pixar, one day our vastly intelligent cars will take over the world, destroy the human race, and take our place as the dominant lifeforms on earth.
Dark we know but in a kind of i-Robot way, we can sort of see this happening.
To Be King or Not to Be King? That is The Question
Disney had to get his stories from somewhere, but who would believe that the Bard would serve as inspiration for one of the best Disney movies of all time.
Rumour has it, Disney used the Shakespearian masterpiece, Hamlet, to base the plot of the Lion King on.
Both main characters are princes, there are somewhat shady/murderous uncles in both movies, Simba and Hamlet’s fathers die and reappear as ghosts.
There is a battle to the death with their uncles, although in true Disney spirit Simba doesn’t actually do the murdering himself.
There are plenty more references to draw upon, but it’s safe to say Disney hedged his bets that one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, would bring only good things to the Lion King story.
Can You Spot These Cleverly Concealed Disney Easter Eggs?
As well as all these fascinating Disney conspiracies, there are also a few more Easter Eggs that we challenge you to hunt out, when enjoying a day of Disney movie watching.
When the Sultan in Aladdin is busy stacking up his tower of tiny toys, keep your eyes peeled for a familiar figure amongst the pile. The Beast can be glimpsed snarling out of one side.
After baby Boo, is safely delivered back into her room at the teary goodbye ending to Monsters Inc. she excitedly shows Sully her toys and one of them is a stuffed version of Nemo.
An inspiration to young women everywhere, Mulan even appears in Lani’s bedroom, on a poster in Lilo and Stitch and Mulan is also the name of the local Chinese restaurant.
Rapunzel didn’t really have a chance, but she got her happily ever after in the end, despite the cursed spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty being stored in her tower.
Perhaps inspired when Mike and Sully were banished to the Himalayas, or maybe he’d popped in on one of the children to make them laugh at some time. Either way there is a wooden carving of Mike Wazowski on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (and Sauna) counter in Frozen.
Another amazing Disney movie film adaption Dumbo has arrived on our screens recently but see if you can spot the bubble blowing pachyderm in Basil the Great Mouse detective as the mice snoop around the London toy store.
See if you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the audience when King Triton enters the underwater concert room. The three of them are standing there under the sea, no scuba gear and just waiting for the show to start.
And lastly, it seems that even in San Fran Sokyo Hans is a hated and wanted individual as his picture appears in a wanted poster in the police station of Big Hero 6.
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