Watch any Disney or Pixar film over the past ten years and you will find small easter-eggs pertaining to other popular Disney films. Fans have a few interesting theories of their own about the private lives of some of the more popular animated heroes, and one of them might be correct after all.
Earlier this week Chris Buck, the famed filmmaker that helped create Pocahontas and Frozen, talked about a well theorized connection between Frozen’s famous heroines and Tarzan.
Buck was one of the co-directors of the international sensation Frozen, and this week he spoke about a few of the more popular Disney conspiracy theories in a short interview with MTV News
It was just last year that Buck teased the family-ties between Frozen’s Anna and Elsa and Tarzan when Buck took part in a AMA session on Reddit in 2014.
When asked about the Frozen King and Queen of Arendelle, which were the Royal parents of Anna and Elsa who boarded a ship but never returned, Buck gave out a few teasers.
If you thought that the parents died on the open sea, then you were wrong according to Buck’s timeline. Buck said in the AMA, “They didn’t die on the boat. They got washed up on a shore in a jungle island. The queen gave birth to a baby boy. They build a treehouse. They get eaten by a leopard…”
Buck stopped short of confirming it directly a year ago but Disney fans probably remember that the Disney version of Tarzan involve two-parents that built a jungle treehouse before getting killed by a leopard.
Buck directed Frozen and Tarzan for Disney and said, “When you’re working on a feature, you have a lot of time to think about stuff because it takes four years to make one” Buck also told MTV News, “I think Jen and I were walking to a meeting, and I just start to tell her the entire story.” Jen Lee was the screenwriter at the time.
Buck continued, “I said, ’Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die.'”. The director then explained, “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.”
This connection does put a damper on another popular theory behind Frozen, one that involves the Royals of Frozen, Rapunzel of Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
In triple-threat theory, the parents from Frozen were sailing away to celebrate Rapunzel’s wedding, it was on that trip that their ship sank in the waters near Denmark. That shipwreck would then later become the popular scavenging spot of Ariel; under the sea.
That theory was backed-up by the fact that two characters, who almost exactly resemble Rapunzel and Flynn, can be seen at Elsa’s Coronation in Frozen.