There’s no getting around it. When it comes to the Disney universe, Robin Hood is a problem.
A dedicated blogger can obsessively connect, say, 30+ Disney movies in to a single coherent universe, and still have no idea how to connect all that to a world of anthropomorphic animals living in medieval Britain (and believe me, I tried).
Take for example King Richard – who is clearly a lion, but not in the same way Mufasa is a lion. Robin Hood is definitely a fox, but not in the same way Tod in The Fox In The Hound is a fox. At every turn, the Disney classic defied all attempts to link it to anything.
Then came Zootopia.
A world of right and wrong. Outlaws and justice. Foxes and bunnies who wore clothes and did jobs just like people. Obviously this is no coincidence.
Following news of the cancellation of a Kingdom Hearts game for iOS, concept art began to emerge for the proposed Disney worlds that would have appeared in ‘Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys‘.
As well as returning to series favourites like Neverland, Agrabah and the Seven Dwarves’ Mines, the art revealed locations from four Disney franchises that had not yet appeared in the expansive universe of Kingdom Hearts.
In this article, I’ll share both the concept art for Fragmented Keys as well as art by the fans who want to see these worlds realised, and then I’ll propose four more franchises that this direction could take Disney when it comes to laying out the worlds for Kingdom Hearts III.
The worlds of Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys
In 30 Disney Movies That Share A World I presented the theory that the worlds of the Disney universe are all part a big alien experiment featuring endlessly connected, repeating narratives.
Wreck-It Ralph blew that theory out of the water, showing that Tangled – and therefore Frozen, Tarzan and basically every Disney favourite – are actually linked worlds in a giant computer program that plays out every time someone pays to play it again.
And then Big Hero 6 was released. An astounding, action-packed Disney blockbuster that pulls no punches and proves to be an even bigger departure from the Disney canon than anybody realised…
Because Wreck It Ralph is just a game in the ‘real’ world of Big Hero 6.
In a recent interview, Idina Menzel (voice of Frozen‘s Elsa) was asked about the potential for Frozen 2 as well as a stage musical adaptation, and Menzel replied that “they’re all in the works“.
Although the only currently confirmed Frozen animated project is ‘Frozen Fever‘ – a short film about Anna’s birthday set for a Spring 2015 release – earlier in the month, director Chris Buck also said to PopSugar that he thought there were “other stories to tell”.
When your movie becomes the highest grossing animated film of all time a sequel is obviously going to be an appealing prospect. And certainly their fellow creators seems to be up for it. As far back as March, musical duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accepted their Best Original Song Oscar singing ‘Happy Oscar to you/Let’s do Frozen 2’.
So if there is a Frozen sequel, what will it be about? Will the franchise go back to its original source? If so…
What is left of the ‘Snow Queen’ fairy-tale for Frozen 2?
A popular (and quite possibly the first) Disney theory argues that Disney’s Aladdin is set in the distant future, rather than the past, and that this can be proven by a handful of hints dropped by Genie in the movie.
I already have my own theories about Genie and his flexible approach to linear time, but since this idea has so many supporters it’s at least worthy of some consideration.
Is Aladdin Actually Living In A Post-Apocalyptic World?
Some enterprising individuals at allfancydress.com have produced an infographic that connects all 74 Disney movies in a pleasing Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon-esque way, only using Frozen as the lynch-pin.
More after the jump!
As an obvious fan of Disney Theories and fan speculation I’m always on the look out for interesting theories that might shed light on popular Disney movies.
So when people suddenly start talking about the link between the death of Walt Disney’s mother and the fictional deaths of mothers in his films I’m definitely going to listen.
In this article I explore this Disney mother theory in full, question it, and explain what I think Disney theories are about and why real tragedies are not part of the fun.
What’s Happening To Disney Mothers?
Aish over at disneysnewgroove.tumblr.com has put together a timeline that could finally settle the arguments over the exact order of Disney movie settings.
The sequence differs greatly from my original Disney Theory but is so well put together you can’t fault her execution.
Disagree on any positions? Comments below.
Now a new idea is contradicting that theory by suggesting that a certain other Disney princess has superpowers too.
Because Frozen‘s Anna has super-strength.
Before we explore this theory, let’s look at the evidence:
We all know many of the most popular Disney movies are based on fairy tale classics, but how much of these tales have been ‘Disneyfied’ for family-friendly ratings?
See below for the shocking stories behind your Disney favourites. If you know any other fairy-tale origins I would love to read them in the comments.
Reddit is a perfect breeding ground for Disney theories (a fact previously proven true with The Frozen Theory).
This time the proposal comes from reddit-user, OstrichMadeOfClay:
‘In The Lion King, Mufasa is responsible for the drought.’
I thought this was worth exploring in more than 57 words, and the longer I looked, the more sense it made. So I present to you:
The Lion King Theory
One of the most contentious ideas I suggested in The Disney Theory was that there are some Disney films that also exist as fictional films within the Disneyverse.
Obviously this concept requires some brain-bending to make any sense, but the evidence supporting it seemed compelling enough for its own article.
While writing The Jane Theory the pieces really began to fall in to place. Here I discovered that the Disneyverse has its own Walt Disney, and that man is in fact:
Professor Archimedes Q. Porter
Let’s start from the beginning.
While looking for details to support the theory connecting Frozen‘s King and Queen to Tarzan‘s parents, I actually found more compelling evidence to suggest Tarzan‘s Jane is related to Belle.
Not one to walk away from a good Disney theory, I thought it was worth presenting that evidence.
So here it is:
The Jane Theory
In my Disney world article, I point out that a teapot looking like Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast appears in Tarzan. That theory suggests its another symptom of Disney’s erratic magical characters, but what if it wasn’t?
What if the tea-set Tarzan’s gorilla-friend Terk is drumming on is actually a centuries-old heirloom from the Porters’ noble past? In fact, it could be just one of the clues connecting Jane Porter to Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
In my Frozen Theory article, I explored the connections fans have found to link Frozen, Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
Since that article was posted, the writers and directors of Frozen, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have taken to Reddit to clarify some of these rumours.
While Lee confirmed that Elsa’s parents were going to a wedding in Frozen (a detail the Frozen Theory hinged upon), Buck threw out some tantalising details about what became of Elsa’s parents.
Or rather, who they became…
What happened to Elsa’s parents?
When the Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment in 2008, comic-book fans were understandably concerned that Iron Man and the Avengers would soon be making awkward Disney Channel crossovers and filling Disney Store shelves.
But what if I told you that these universes had already been inadvertently linked? That the worlds of Peter Pan and Peter Parker aren’t as distant as you’d think.
What if I told you…
It is possible to connect Frozen and Captain America in four simple steps.
Follow me, True Believers.
In the Disney Theory, I set out to connect various Disney movies to a single unified Disney Universe.
A popular response to this post was that I was too late – that the Disney worlds had already connected several years ago by a little Disney/Square-Enix crossover project called Kingdom Hearts.
As a gamer and Disney fan, I was definitely aware of the Kingdom Hearts series, but had written it off as an ‘alternative universe’. But spotting two certain Moogles in Wreck-It Ralph made me see that Kingdom Hearts is more significant to The Disney Theory than I realised.
So let me present:
The Kingdom Hearts Theory
In The Frozen Theory, I explored the connections that ‘prove’ Frozen, Tangled and The Little Mermaid all take place in the same world.
I loved how it challenged the concept of a single unified Disney world (and also how it connected to Tangled, The Little Mermaid and The Disney Princess Theory) but there was one little detail that I found even more fascinating than the possible family links between Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel.
That detail was Wreck-It Ralph…
How Wreck-It Ralph Breaks The Disney Theory
Recently, an imaginative redditor proposed a theory that connected the worlds of Frozen and Tangled.
Below I have compiled what I think are the best pieces of ‘evidence’ raised in support of the theory, as well as one key detail that I believe changes everything.
But first, the theory:
The Frozen Theory
It didn’t take long after the release of Frozen for the internet to spot a certain cameo during the song ‘For The First Time In Forever’.
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…