Is it really a fan theory if it comes from the director of the movie?
First, let’s back up: We all know the theory that connects Frozen to Tangled and The Little Mermaid, right? The one that says the King and Queen of Arendelle were actually en route to Rapunzel and Eugene’s wedding when they perished at sea? Hence, why the Tangled characters make a cameo in Frozen…
Look, they’re right there in the bottom left hand corner! Post-haircut!
Using our amateur cartography skills, we know Corona = Germany, Arendelle = Norway, and The Little Mermaid takes place off the coast of Denmark, so what if the sunken ship Ariel finds is actually the King and Queen’s?
Well, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee kind of confirmed the first part in a Reddit AMA, when they were asked point-blank where the King and Queen were going. As for the latter, you should be looking to a different Disney movie:
Buck recently reconfirmed his theory to MTV News, explaining, “When you’re working on [an animated] feature, you have a lot of time to think about stuff because it takes four years to make one.”
“I said, ’Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die.’ Yes, there was a shipwreck, but they were at sea a little bit longer than we think they were because the mother was pregnant, and she gave birth on the boat, to a little boy. They get shipwrecked, and somehow they really washed way far away from the Scandinavian waters, and they end up in the jungle. They end up building a tree house and a leopard kills them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas. So in my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan — but on the other side of that island are surfing penguins, to tie in a non-Disney movie, ’Surf’s Up.’ That’s my fun little world.”
Well…OK! “I say, whatever people want to believe, go for it,” Buck continued. “If you want to tie them all together, then do it. That’s the spirit of Disney.”
Meanwhile, we will add a Tarzan cameo to our wish list for Frozen 2.
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