Fan Theories About Your Favorite Kid Flicks May Ruin Your Childhood
What was your favorite movie growing up? Whatever it was, it probably still holds a special place in your heart to this day. That’s the power of stories. The good ones stick with us, especially when we’re first introduced to them at such an impressionable age. However, it’s always fun when you’ve gone years (possibly even decades) without seeing some of these movies and look back on them with adult eyes. You start catching all sorts of things you never noticed when you were younger.
And we don’t just mean those jokes and images slipped in to amuse our parents while we force them to re-watch it with us for the twelve billionth time. You start to notice things that seem a bit odd, and you start forming theories in your mind to make sense of them. Most of these theories are pretty dark, and as you’d imagine, on the internet, you can find a ton of them. Be warned: many of these fan theories about your favorite kid movies will possibly ruin your childhood…
Nostalgia is a heck of a drug. It makes you look back on the past with some thick, prescription strength rose-tinted glasses.
But everything wasn’t as grand as you remember. These cartoons and kids movies from your youth can be interpreted in some pretty bleak ways.
Don’t believe us? Well, read on and see a whole new world of dying dreams, post-apocalyptic nightmares and hidden meanings in those stories you hold onto so dearly. Speaking of a whole new world…
This theory posits that this film is actually set in a desolate wasteland future after a catastrophic nuclear war.
Yeah, this isn’t set in the past at all. The post-apocalyptic theory comes from the Genie’s reference to Aladdin’s fashion and how he’s been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years.
That would put Aladdin in the year 10,300 at the earliest. There’s also Genie’s references to the 20th century in his jokes and songs. Plus, the Sega Genesis Aladdin game from 1993 also features an unexploded atomic bomb and tattered stop sign.
There’s a theory floating (or more accurately, making the rounds on the internet track) that this franchise is an unofficial sequel to Stephen King’s short story Trucks.
This was later adapted into the film Maximum Overdrive, but maybe this is the sequel to it. If you know the story, you see where we’re going.
In the short story, vehicles rebel against their human masters and seek to kill all the humans. Cars is set in a world populated entirely by vehicles, meaning they accomplished their goal.
Which adventure of the boy wizard does this theory pertain to? Well, the entire Harry Potter franchise.
Some have claimed that the entire plot was all the delusional fantasy of a neglected child who made up a story about wizards to make himself feel better about his current state.
That poor boy would have to have one heck of an imagination. Then again, when you’re forced to live under the stairs, you have nothing better to do.
This fan theory points out a ton of similarities between Kevin McCallister and (of all people) a famous film franchise’s serial killer.
Yup, the thought is that little Kevin grows up to become Jigsaw in the Saw movies. It makes way too much sense if you stop and think about it.
The traps Kevin designed as a kid could (and absolutely should) have totally killed the home invading bandits. His designs probably became more twisted and complex as he grew up.
'Winnie The Pooh'
Are Winnie and his friends just stuffed animals come to life in Christopher Robin’s imagination? Much, much darker than that.
An article diagnosed each of the central characters with a different psychological disorder. Pooh has ADHD, OCD and other impulsive tendencies.
Eeyore is clinically depressed, Piglet has generalized anxiety disorder, Owl is dyslexic and Tigger has ADHD. Christopher Robin himself? Schizophrenic for coming up with all of this as a means to deal with his mental illness.
These theories have been dark so far, but this one is particularly rough and will change how you look at it forever.
Okay, here goes: Nemo doesn’t exist. We know. Just sit with that thought for a minute and think about it. It adds up.
Marlin was so distraught over the loss of his wife and kids that, to cope, he imagined a single son survived. Yes, he interacts with Dory, but her memory makes her judgement suspect. Need more proof? “Nemo” translates to “no one” in Latin.
'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory'
Snowpiercer is a pretty dark flick, but it’s a standalone movie in its own universe, right?
Well, what if it’s a sequel to a well-known and beloved movie? This theory states that Snowpiercer is a sequel to the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Wilford is actually an adult Charlie who changed his name to be more Wonka-like. It’s a stretch, but after what Charlie went through as a kid, would you be surprised if he grew up and turned out like this?
It’s spread around online in numerous places that Mary Poppins is actually a Time Lord from Doctor Who.
The evidence of this wild claim? Her bag is bigger on the inside (like the T.A.R.D.I.S.) and she talks to animals. She also regenerated between her visits to the Banks family.
That’s why she doesn’t look exactly the same in the sequel. Also, she partly erased Jane and Michael’s memories, which is why they don’t remember everything about her. She’s no nanny… she’s a Doctor!
'My Neighbor Totoro'
Even if you’ve never seen this movie you absolutely have seen Totoro on T-shirts, book bags and as a stuffed animal.
He’s adorable and cuddly isn’t he? Well, he may also represent Death in the movie, collecting the souls of the deceased.
This means that Mei actually died when she disappeared near the end of the movie, and Satsuki committed suicide to join her. The sick mother later sees a glimpse of Totoro out her window, indicating that she too will die soon. Not so cute anymore, is he?
The entirety of the Pixar Theory is a bit of a long read, but absolutely worth it when you get some time.
It basically connects all of the Pixar movies together as though they’re taking place in the same universe.
They just occur at different points in time. So Brave is set in the past, and Cars is in that post-apocalyptic future. Speaking of creepy futures set in this one continuous Pixar universe…
The theory for this movie offers an explanation for the reason why Wall-E is the only robot left on Earth.
It’s because he killed his fellow robot companions. Sure, this cuddly little fella doesn’t look like a cold-blooded (cold-oiled?) murderer… but it’s always the ones you don’t suspect.
If you pay attention, you’ll notice he’s using the parts of dead robots to keep himself alive in the movie. Seems kind of creepy when you think about it, but he may have been the reason they were decommissioned… from living.
Remember how emotionally wrecked you were by the opening 10 minutes to this movie? Well, it’s about to get worse.
Now the whole film can leave you a blubbering mess when you subscribe to this theory about how Russell was actually a guardian angel from heaven.
What was he doing? Guiding Carl to the afterlife. The whole journey is transformational for Carl and, eventually, leads him back to Ellie. Dang it, who’s throwing onion juice in our eyeballs all of a sudden?
'Toy Story 2'
There’s a theory that says Wheezy is the secret villain of this movie, and it’s great in a deliciously evil sort of way.
Here it is: After being neglected and forced to watch Andy play with the other toys due to his broken squeaker, he becomes jealous.
He then deliberately puts himself in harms way, knowing that Woody would try and rescue him and be sold in the process. Using the characters weakness against him? That’s Bond villain levels of diabolical.
Okay, we’ve seen someone who’s a secret villain, so now how about seeing one where the villain is secretly not so bad.
What if Hans isn’t actually a bad guy, he was just cursed by the trolls? When you watch the movie, Hans is nothing but kind at the start.
He only changes after the song “Fixer Upper,” where the trolls decide they can “get the fiancé out of the way” so Kristoff and Anna can be together. Only then does Hans begin acting in evil. He’s not bad… he’s cursed!
By now, you’re probably beginning to see a pattern with these theories, so you can probably guess where this one is going.
The theory is about how Peter Pan is actually flying the spirits of dead children to Neverland.
In the theory, Neverland is actually heaven and all of the Lost Boys are ghosts who died as young boys and never had the chance to grow up. Wendy and her siblings are lucky they made it back home.
This one is way, way out there, but it’s fun to rewatch the movie and look for clues to this theory.
What is it? Syndrome from the first movie is actually Jack-Jack who traveled back in time to get revenge on his family after they reject him.
He loses his powers at some point and this is what he becomes. It’s a bigger stretch than even Mrs. Incredible is capable of, but the two look a lot alike, so we can’t help but think, “What if…?”
Here’s another thought about characters in the Pixar universe being not only connected, but the same exact person.
The theory is that Boo from Monsters, Inc. is really a younger Violet from The Incredibles.
That would help explain why she’s so good at hiding and appearing in random places throughout the original movie. It’s because she keeps turning invisible when Mike and Sully are looking for her. Of all the kids to work with, they picked a superhero!
So what do you think? Did thinking about your favorite kids’ films in this way completely retroactively taint your entire childhood?
We hope not. The movies can mean whatever you want to mean, as interpretation is subjective. They still mean whatever you want and need them to mean to you.
That being said, Aladdin is totally set in a nuclear wasteland. We will accept no arguments and this is officially cannon in our heads. This theory actually improves our childhood, so thanks, internet!