30 Disney Movies That Share A World

Are all Disney movies connected?

Walt Disney’s films are littered with so many references and connections I was surprised I was the first to try mapping them in one unified Disney world.

I’ve stuck to major Disney movies and sequels, but I do appreciate the Disney Channel/XD/Junior cross-overs that many people have pointed out in the comments.

Also, because Jon Negroni did such a fantastic job with The Pixar Theory I’ve resist the urge to include connections between the Disney and Pixar worlds.

To see how Frozen fits in to the unified Disneyverse, read: The Frozen Theory.

All that aside, please enjoy my Disney theory…

Disney movies clearly don’t take place in our world.

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Disney world map couresy of DeviantArt’s theantilove.

Theirs is a world where animals communicate verbally with one another (including with other species and a handful of gifted humans). It’s a place where man, beast and mythological creature regularly express their hopes and desires through song (if only to themselves), and where magic exists, and can benefit those who respect it, and punish those that don’t. Also, there are aliens.

But what if I were to tell you that these were all characteristics of one coherent world? That every Disney film could be linked back to a single coherent timeline? That would be stupid, right? Well, obviously. So I’ve settled on 30.

1. The Lion King

Lion

It starts…

The Lion King represents the earliest point in my Disney timeline. The untouched Savannah and lack of evidence of any human existence give the film’s ‘Circle of Life’ message a timeless feel. (The Lion King plays quite a simple role in the Disney Theory – with two notable exceptions. If you want to see where it gets weird, you should go read The Lion King Theory)

However, through a certain cameo in another Disney movie, we are given a clear time period, as well as definitive proof that Pride Rock isn’t entirely safe from human hand…

2. Hercules

2 Hercules ft Lion King

To catch a big-cat predator.

In Hercules, we see the hero of Ancient Greece throw a distinctive lion skin at Phil’s feet. Since it’s fairly unlikely that Greek hunters happened across Pride Rock within days of Simba’s final showdown, we can assume Scar was merely wounded by falling in to a pit of cackling hyenas, and later proved easy prey for some Grecian adventurer. (Greece is, of course, close enough to Africa that a hero might brave Poseidon’s wrath. But more from him later.)

Following The Lion King, we can travel a little further afield…

3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

3a Hunchback ft Lion

Googling ‘Stoned Pumbaa’ can prove educational.

It’s not Pumbaa himself, but since Notre Dame started construction about 1500 years after the time of Ancient Greece we can assume the model for this gargoyle was a descendent of the big guy. It’s also one of two appearances from a warthog in Quasimodo’s Paris. The second of which is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, and connects us to two other Disney classics…

2:43-2:50

4. Beauty and the Beast

3b Hunchback ft Beauty Aladdin Lion

‘Disney Sniper’ is a dark game guys.

Here we have three Disney cameos in one: a screenshot-defying appearance of a Pumbaa-looking boar, carried on a spit; a trader shaking out Aladdin’s friend Carpet; and a clearly-defined Belle, ‘nose stuck in a book’, walking through Paris.

Following the Disneyverse web of connections is inherently disjointed and prone to tangents, but if we allow ourselves to be momentarily distracted from the many links between Aladdin and Disney’s two French-set movies, we can follow the Beauty and the Beast lead to explore:

‘The Bambi’s Mother Paradox’

4.1 Beauty ft Bambi

Bambi’s mother – chilling in the clearing like she’s not the cause of countless childhood traumas.


5. Bambi

Here we have Bambi’s mother appearing in Beauty and the Beast, looking exactly as she does in her movie (as well childrens’ nightmares the world over). But while the likeness is uncanny, Bambi can’t be set in 18th Century France…

6. The Jungle Book

4.2 Jungle Book ft Bambi

Come on! At least look at your surroundings before chowing down!!

Nor can it take place in 19th Century India, despite Bambi’s mother appearing as prey for a hungry Sheer Kahn. The reason for this is simple…

 7. The Rescuers

4.3 Rescuers ft Bambi

Dude, just enjoy this mother/son time while it lasts.

Because here she is in The Rescuers, drinking 20th Century Bayou water with her soon-to-be-orphaned son (whose age corroborates that this is the same time-period as the early part of Bambi). So can Bambi’s mother travel through time? The answer comes later.

First, back to Aladdin and his French connection…

8. Aladdin

5 Aladdin ft Beautya

That crocodile totally farted.

Finding a Beast figure hidden among the Sultan’s tower of exotic creatures proves how far the myth of the cursed prince has travelled outside of Europe. For those keeping track, Carpet’s appearance in The Hunchback of Notre Dame means this is set before he finds himself in The Cave of Wonders, and Belle’s appearance must be after she finally gets to leave Beauty and the Beast’s ‘provincial town’ – making Beauty and the Beast the earliest of the three and Aladdin the latest.

5b Hunchback ft Aladdin

In prison, personal grooming is the first thing to go.

Also, the ‘I’m free’ guy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame may be a fan favourite, but the similarities between him and Jafar’s beggar disguise make him suspicious. While the guy must have been locked up for something, Frollo’s Paris is so unjust it’s easy to believe he could have been unfairly imprisoned, and his consistent failure at escape is what hardens him in to the amoral Jafar (meaning ‘Jafar’ is the disguise, and this is his true appearance).

Aladdin’s magical characters therefore give us a useful gateway to what we will call…

‘The Flexible Time Theory’

5.1 Aladdin ft Pocahontas

Genie painting with all the colours of the wind.


9. Pocahontas

Genie displays many of anachronisms (and whatever the dimensional version is – see his references to our world) typical of magical characters in the Disneyverse. His appearance in Aladdin and the King of Thieves does not mean Pocahontas is set in the same time period; instead it’s an insight in to how users of magic in the Disneyverse can access different times and places.

Genie’s schizophrenic persona may not be from centuries trapped in a lamp (though that can’t help), but could actually be a symptom of the madness that Disney’s magical characters suffer thanks to their ability to perceive events outside of a linear timeline.

This understanding of magic is especially relevant when we look at Aladdin’s next connection:

10. The Princess and the Frog

6a Princess ft Aladdin 1

6b Princess ft Aladdin 2

For a lamp that hasn’t been rubbed in centuries it really keeps its shine.

Four centuries later, we still see Carpet and the lamp turning up wherever the magic is. The fact that voodoo-priestess, Mama Odie has it could mean many thing: it could be Genie’s old lamp, or another genie’s lamp, or, Odie is yet to reach through the timeline and place it in the Cave of Memories for Aladdin to find. Many magic users in the Disneyverse seem to look through time, so with these artefacts constantly reappearing throughout time in impossibly good condition, perhaps it’s possible to reach through it as well.

To find more about how the Disney timeline isn’t always as direct as you think, follow the link to:

11 to 20 - aka.
The Disney Princess Theory

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32 Responses to 30 Disney Movies That Share A World

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  2. MrJM says:

    But nothing tying them to “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”?

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  4. Chris says:

    Waaaaay better than Nolanverse

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  5. Leaf says:

    Kingdom…Hearts.

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    • Joshubuh says:

      Fair point, though in Kingdom Hearts Sora often appears in the middle of a Disney movies’ narrative, interacting with main characters in pivotal scenes which are different to the films and sometimes changing the path of the story significantly. Therefore I have to assume the Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts are alternative versions to the movies’ Disneyverse.

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      • Alexis Lopez says:

        I;m starting to think kh is somehow connected to making the disney universe…

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      • Zindark says:

        Easy connection and fits with your computer program theory. Given in Kingdom Hearts the technology exist to make holographic worlds. Example, Roxas’ Twilight town. Couldn’t the Disney Universe be a computer program run by King Mickey and the rest of the core Disney characters?

        Also in a side note. Beauty and the Beast could completely come after Aladdin.
        The beast toy can be explained as a toy of an actual beast, that had the appearance of the Beast, in the Disney timeline pre-Aladdin. The Enchantress, when cursing Prince Adam, changed him into the form of a beast known to her not one of her own imagination.
        How did she know what the beast looked like? As you stated the magic users of the Disney universe seek to have the ability to traverse time and she could have either seen the beast itself or at least a toy that had been made of him. As for Jafar being the I’m free guy. What if that is still him post “All Powerful Genie” and in some sort of revenge wish. Because lets face it, from the master’s point of view in the genie-master relationship, how great a genie would Jafar really be.

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  8. Jessibear says:

    Also think I noticed wreck it ralph at the bar in tangled.

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  9. great disney blog! i just started one as well! check it out here: http://goingdisney.wordpress.com/

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  10. hannahmystic says:

    This is incredible! I can’t imagine how long it must’ve taken to tie all the easter eggs togehter, and I especially loved your theory on one of the Porters going into the film industry. I like to think that the witch (“enchantress”) from the Beauty and the Beast prologue made the rounds, since we see dancing silverwear during the “Unbirthday” scene of wonderland.

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  11. This can’t be true, the pixar theory makes more sense than this.

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  12. Kali says:

    Yup, the only answer I have to this that makes sense is Kingdom Hearts. I think that game is a lot bigger than people realize and will tie into all this somehow. It’s the only logical explanation.

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  14. Stephen says:

    Clearly the elephants is farting into the alligators mouth. Please fix your caption. The alligator clearly didn’t fart

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  15. Avagirl14 says:

    There is one thing they didnt mention in this which i had to actually look to believe it myself. In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as king Triton is coming into the theater you see the crowd below him cheering as he comes in. Amongst all of those merfolk you spot, donald, goofy, and mickey. i say right there is some form of proof kingdom hearts does exist, tying all of these worlds and universes together in some form.

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  16. coltonloeb says:

    couldnt the lamp have come from france aswell because the movie “princes and the frog” is set in new orleans.

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  17. I think the penguin in #8 is from Mary Poppins and the crocodile from Peter Pan.

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  18. adria259 says:

    Reblogged this on Reflections in Space.

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  19. victoria says:

    Could all disney movies be connected and do you think they are ?? Also will you write something about that .. and could all disney movies and all pixar movies be connected ??

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  20. jseguin says:

    hercules and alladin are in the same time and world 100%. in hercules the animated series, which chronicles the teenage years of hercules, there is an episode where jafar and hades team up, and alladin and hercules team up. which means that alladin is a young man id say around 24 25 when hercules is just a teenager. it is also proof that they are from the same world.

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  21. Alexis Lopez says:

    This is a small thought, but what if the disney movie’s plots are some sort of recreation of whats happened in the kingdom hearts universe ? maybe it involves time travel(If you follow the kh saga)

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    • Nikhil Rajkumar says:

      Do you think this Disneyverse, in any way, fits in with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? What about your video game theory?

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  22. lilrose798 says:

    Not to mention, the ‘I’m Free’ guy bears a resemblance to the guy that used the “Tall glass of water” pickup line on Mother Gothel. . .

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  24. problem with all of these is it’s just easter eggs for the viewers to be like oh look! but it doesn’t tie anything together storywise. just like how Mrs. Potts and Chip were in the camp scene of Tarzan.

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  25. MagicGoldenFlower524 says:

    What Kevin said. I’m all for making theories and dealing with cameos, like Rapunzel in Frozen and (here’s where I disagree with Kevin) the teaset in the camp. But most cameos like Pinnochio in Tangled, the half a million Magic Carpet cameos, and the other stuff like that is just there so that people can brag to their friends that they found them. But if that’s what you like to do, then I guess I’m not one to judge. Carry on.

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  26. BrightEyes says:

    Shouldn’t the Little Mermaid link to Denmark on the map as mentioned in the Frozen-theory?

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