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Top 10 Strangest Disney Theories

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp

Well… we certainly never thought about it THAT way. From Peter Pan as the angel of death to Tamatoa as Ursula, WatchMojo is counting down the strangest and most mind-blowing Disney theories.

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Top 10 Strangest Disney Theories


Well… we certainly never thought about it THAT way. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten strangest Disney theories.



For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the weirdest, most insane, and most mind-boggling Disney theories. These theories are the ones that feel oddly plausible but are nevertheless extremely unorthodox, silly, or troubling. We’ll be ranking our choices based on a combination of how odd the theory itself is and for how much sense it actually makes.



#10: “Aladdin” Takes Place in a Post-Apocalyptic Future


“Aladdin” (1992)

Like “Cars,” some believe that “Aladdin” takes place in the distant future - well, after conventional, modern society has broken down. Genie calls Aladdin’s fashion “so third century” and impersonates 20th century celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson. Yet he mentions that he’s been in the lamp for 10,000 years. If the Genie was around between the 70s and 2000s for Schwarzenegger and Nicholson and was subsequently imprisoned for 10,000 years, that means that “Aladdin” must take place sometime around the late 11,000s or early 12,000s AD. It’s possible that there was some sort of disaster that wiped out modern technology, resulting in a futuristic society that looks deceptively antiquated.





#9: Carl Was Dead the Whole Time


“Up” (2009)

Fans love them some “x was dead the whole time” theories. If it’s not Nemo being dead and Marlin experiencing the five stages of grief, it’s Carl dying at the beginning of “Up.” According to the theory, Carl dies in his sleep after being notified that he needs to move. Russell is simply Carl’s guardian angel who has taken the form of he and Ellie’s desired child. He’s looking for his final “merit badge,” a metaphor for angel wings. And the floating house is an obvious metaphor for Carl leaving the physical world and entering heaven and the afterlife. We mean, a house being lifted by balloons? This theory is starting to make sense.







#8: Peter Pan Is the Angel of Death


“Peter Pan” (1953)

Jeez. If it’s not characters secretly being dead, it’s characters being the Angel of Death. What is the obsession with death, here? According to this incredibly dark yet comforting theory, Peter Pan is actually an angel of death who takes dead children to Never Land, aka the afterlife. You obviously never grow old in the afterlife, which explains the Lost Boys. This may sound like silly nonsense, until you consider that the character’s creator, J.M. Barrie, gave the rights to Peter Pan to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, a hospital for sick children. Were Peter Pan and Never Land Barrie’s way of comforting terminally ill children? We’re not saying yes, but we are saying… maybe.





#7: Tamatoa Is… Ursula


“Moana” (2016) & “The Little Mermaid” (1989)

Both “Moana” and “The Little Mermaid” are centered around the ocean, so of course fans are going to find some kind of link between the two, no matter how strange. This theory posits that they share the same universe. Both Tamatoa and Ursula share a distinct purple hue, have very flamboyant personalities, and multiple limbs. However, since “Moana” takes place later, Tamatoa isn’t exactly Ursula as we once knew her - she’s been reincarnated. We’re not sure how this explains Tamatoa being a crab instead of a human-octopus hybrid, but hey, we didn’t say it was a perfect theory. Speaking of imperfect theories, there’s apparently one claiming Tamatoa is actually Ursula’s grandson, since he mentions eating his enormous grandmother…





#6: Gaston Killed Bambi’s Mother


“Beauty and the Beast” (1991) & “Bambi” (1942)



If you thought Bambi’s mother’s death couldn’t get any more depressing, think again, because it is entirely possible that Gaston was the human who pulled the trigger. We never see the hunter who kills Bambi’s mother, which obviously opens the possibility that it could have been anyone. We also see a doe drinking from a stream at the beginning of “Beauty and the Beast” and find out Gaston is an accomplished hunter. Did he one day manage to snag himself a doe in the nearby woods? To make this connection even stronger, it’s entirely possible that one of the heads in the tavern belongs to Bambi’s mother. As if we needed any more reasons to HATE Gaston.





#5: The Prince Is Death


“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

And here we are go with the death stuff. Either Disney fans are some truly dour people, or Disney loves them some cryptic metaphors. This theory suggests that Snow White’s Prince is the personification of death. You see, the apple that the Queen gave Snow worked a little too well and killed her. The Prince, aka the Grim Reaper, appears and kisses her, awakening her to take her away to the afterlife. Snow is then given a moment to say goodbye to the dwarfs before departing. And what do they depart on? A white horse, an obvious reference to the Biblical pale horse and its rider, Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.





#4: Dopey & Geppetto Are the Same Person


“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) & “Pinocchio” (1940)

You may think that Dopey was just another dwarf, but what if he was actually a young Geppetto? First argument: appearances. There’s no denying that the two look alike, from the wide, oval eyes to the big ears to the bulbous, red clown nose. The two also share similar personality traits, such as their clumsiness and agitation. Then there’s the fact that Dopey doesn’t talk – he’s simply too young for speech. It’s possible that the dwarves took in a child, mistaking it for one of their own, and subsequently gave Geppetto the boot when he got older. He moved to Italy, became a woodworker, and the rest is history.





#3: Ariel’s Mother Was Killed by Captain Hook


“The Little Mermaid” (1989) & “Peter Pan” (1953)

This one is strange, but damn if there isn’t a lot of evidence to back it up. One of the mermaids in Never Land looks an awful lot like Ariel, complete with the signature red hair. In the prequel to “The Little Mermaid,” “Ariel’s Beginning,” it’s established that Ariel’s mother was killed by pirates. Captain Hook, a pirate, hates mermaids. And Triton hates humans, obviously due to a human (Captain Hook) murdering his wife. If we’re to believe the “Never Land equals the afterlife” theory, then it’s obvious that Ariel’s mother is there and is still being terrorized by her murderer. Now that is one unfortunate afterlife.





#2: Chip Is Beast’s Illegitimate Son


“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

“Beauty and the Beast” contains some of Disney’s most timeless characters, including the adorable mother-son tea set Mrs. Potts and Chip. But what if Chip isn’t Mrs. Potts’s son? After all, Mrs. Potts seems far too old to have a child that age. And she clearly did not give birth as a teapot. According to one version of this theory, the Prince was seduced by and impregnated the Enchantress, and when the child was hidden away for being illegitimate, the Enchantress cursed the castle and everyone in it, including her own son. Mrs. Potts simply raised him as her own because she’s the sweet, old maternal type who doesn’t want a kid to grow up without a mother.







#1: Boo Grew Up to Be a Witch


“Monsters, Inc.” (2001) & “Brave” (2012)

The ending to “Monsters, Inc.” is perfect. But what if there is A LOT more to Boo’s story? This incredibly strange and convoluted theory states that Boo eventually lost contact with Sully and somehow traveled back in time to visit the will-o’-the-wisps, the source of dimension-hopping energy or... something. She is now trying in vain to cultivate this magic so she can create time and dimension-hopping doorways in an attempt to find Sulley and Monstropolis. If you look closely, you can even see a carving of Sully in The Witch’s woodshop in “Brave”, which is a clear dedication to her old friend. This theory is seriously convoluted, but hey, it’s all in good fun.



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