ByAllison Kurthy, writer at

Disney has done it again, everyone. Using hidden clues throughout their movies, those tricky animators have managed to connect these three classic fairy tales (two by Hans Christian Anderson and one by the Brothers Grimm, in case you were wondering).

We all know about Easter eggs right? They're those hidden little references to other movies or pop culture. Disney and Pixar are popular for these tidbits.

Anyway, were any of you avid moviegoers able to spot two familiar characters near the beginning of [Frozen](movie:411685)?

Rapunzel and Flynn make a split-second appearance during the "For the First Time in Forever" sequence, meaning they are present at Queen Elsa's coronation.

But why would they show up here? Are they just tourists on their honeymoon?

A closer look at some movie details suggests otherwise.

Remember during the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" sequence when Anna and Elsa's parents both died in a shipwreck? Of course you do. You don't forget something like that. Theory suggests that the King and Queen were on their way to Rapunzel's coronation, which was the last scene in Tangled, when the ship sunk.

Hold on, hold on. How do we know they were going to the kingdom of Corona? There's no way we could know that!

Let's look at the release dates of these films. Tangled was released on November 24, 2010, while Frozen was released on November 27, 2013. That's about a three year gap.

Now look at the Frozen plot line. After the death of the King and Queen, the movie jumps ahead three years to the coronation of Elsa (confirmed by IMDB here).

Coincidence? Maybe. But think about this-- if two royal figures died on the way to your coronation, wouldn't you go to the coronation of their eldest (and orphaned) daughter? Assuming you're a good person, probably.

Now where does The Little Mermaid tie in?

Does this ship look familiar?

On the left is the ship that carried the Queen and King of Arendelle until their untimely death. On the right is the shipwreck in which Ariel finds her dinglehopper (aka a fork, for all you uncultured swines). While the ships may look a little different, think of the damage which water can inflict upon a wooden ship.

Are you seeing it now? Yep, the ship that was lost at sea in Frozen was the shipwreck pictured in The Little Mermaid.

Wait. How can we assume that these three movies didn't take place on opposite sides of the world?

Let's look at this map of Europe:

Pay attention to Norway, the North Sea, Germany, and Poland. Nothing else (I mean, did you really think any of these movies were set in Spain?).

Frozen was inspired by the town of Arendal, Norway. If you don't believe me, Walt Disney World in Florida has just closed the Maelstrom attraction in the Norway pavilion of EPCOT to make way for a Frozen attraction.

Looking at the architectural and costume design of Tangled, many Disney fans infer that the movie is set in either Germany or Poland. Pick one to be your favorite. It doesn't interfere with the theory.

This would mean that these kingdoms are just across the North Sea from each other. We can assume that The Little Mermaid takes place off the coast of Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen's homeland.

So, to recap:

The King and Queen of Arendelle (Norway) set sail to attend Rapunzel's coronation in Corona (Germany/Poland) but sink to their deaths somewhere in the middle of the North Sea. Three years later, Rapunzel and Flynn attend the coronation of the orphaned Elsa, probably because Rapunzel feels slightly guilty for being the reason Elsa and Anna's parents are now skeletons at the bottom of the North Sea.

Speaking of the bottom of the ocean, the sunken ship receives lots of water damage throughout time. It is visited by the young mermaid Ariel years later, who finds a dinglehopper in the wreck that was probably used by the King or Queen of Arendelle at some point.

And they all lived happily ever after. Except the King and Queen. The end.

What do you think? Is it plausible?


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