Is there a Connection between Classic Disney Films?

Picture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Elsa from Frozen

Picture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Elsa from Frozen

Andy Ha, Staff Reporter

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Is there a connection between “Frozen,” “Tangled,” and “The Little Mermaid?” Maybe so, there is a theory that has appeared online of the possible connection between these three Disney films. Buzzfeed found this theory from a fan on tumblr which has since spread throughout the internet. Reading this article will change the way one looks at the three movies.

It begins with the movie “Frozen.” In the beginning of “Frozen,” when Anna is singing the song “For the First time in Forever” during the castle opening for Elsa’s coronation, we see Rapunzel and Eugene for a split second.

Rapunzel and Eugene in bottom left hand corner

Rapunzel and Eugene in bottom left hand corner

Does this look familiar at all? In the picture, Anna is singing and walking outside the castle as Eugene and Rapunzel, post haircut, is walking in the castle. The cameo is very brief, really brief. It’s so brief that if one were to blink, they would miss seeing the couple. But even though the cameo is small, it helps build up on the possible theory.

The possible theory being, “What if the king and queen of Arendelle were on their way to Rapunzel and Eugene’s wedding when their boat sank, and that’s why Rapunzel and Eugene felt the need to come to Elsa’s coronation ceremony?” The storyline of “Frozen” doesn’t go into much detail about exactly what happened to the king and queen other than that they were leaving for two weeks and that the ship got wrecked along the way. Which would make total sense, considering how the timeline of both films line up with each other. When the king and queen were on the ship that wrecked, the film jumped forward three years. If anyone remembers, “Tangled” was released in 2010 and “Frozen” was released in 2013, which leaves there being a three year gap.  And the theory continues saying that since the king and queen died on the way going to the wedding of Eugene and Rapunzel, the couple decided to go to the coronation. So as the storyline continues, it builds up even further on the possibility of the films being connected to one another.

 

Scene after the shipwreck

Scene after the shipwreck

Then there is the connection between “Frozen” and “The Little Mermaid.” Frozen takes place in the kingdom of Arendelle, which is said to be based of a Norwegian city. Tangled takes place in the kingdom of Corona, which supposedly is on the coast of Germany near Poland. Then The Little Mermaid setting is supposedly near Denmark. So with that being said, Germany, Norway, and Denmark are near each other. Which makes the connection even more plausible. “What if that sunken ship in “The Little Mermaid” is the King and Queen of Arendelle’s??” With the settings of the three films being close to each other, that means that the wrecked ship shown in “The Little Mermaid” could be the ship that the king and queen of Arendelle was on when it was destroyed.

The more the theory is explained the more that the theory is possible. But something that would basically debunk the theory is that “The Little Mermaid” was released back in 1989, while “Tangled” and “Frozen” was released in 2010 and 2013 respectively. With that though, there is no specific time period that is told in any of the films. So the theory still is possible.

The ship in Frozen and the ship in The Little Mermaid

The ship in Frozen and the ship in The Little Mermaid

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