ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard all about the mind-blowing theory that connects the Disney animated classics, Frozen and Tarzan in a surprising way.

Now, Frozen co-director and Tarzan director, Chris Buck, has spoken up again to both confirm and debunk the theory in one fell swoop, but whose side of the story do you want to believe?

But, before we launch into the new information, let's have a quick recap of the original theory to make sure you guys are all up to speed.

The Original Frozen/Tarzan Theory

Everyone knows that Anna and Elsa's parents died at sea, but last year Frozen co-director, Chris Buck, totally blew everything we thought we knew about the former king and queen of Arendelle out of the water when he took part in a Reddit AMA. It was the quote written by Frozen co-creator Jennifer Lee that said it all:

You hear that?

"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."

It doesn't take an enormous Disney fanatic to realize that these references are pointing toward Tarzan, and more specifically, Tarzan, Elsa and Anna being siblings.

When you look at the images of both of the parents from the movies, there are differences in hair color (and obviously animation style), but the similarities between their facial structures are striking.

This theory also goes on to link Frozen to The Little Mermaid in a roundabout way, but I'll save that one for another time.

New Confirmation from Chris Buck

Chris Buck was behind both Frozen and Tarzan
Chris Buck was behind both Frozen and Tarzan

But, was Buck actually telling the truth when he let his theory go (sorry) during the Reddit AMA? Well, the answer is a little bit of a yes and no affair...

In a recent interview with MTV News, Buck explained that he really does believe in the theory that links his two Disney movies, even if it isn't official Disney cannon. He told interviewers that the whole thing came about because:

"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. I think Jen [Lee] and I were walking to a meeting, and I just start to tell her the entire story. 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."

So , there you have it, according to the co-creator of Frozen, Anna and Elsa's brother really is Tarzan, and nothing will sway him on the elaborate fantasy that he's crafted. Buck also revealed that he totally embraces the spirit of the homegrown fan theory by saying:

"I say, whatever people want to believe, go for it. If you want to tie them all together, then do it. That’s the spirit of Disney."

Seeing as Buck is the man behind both Tarzan and Frozen, I'm going to regard him as the leading expert and consider this theory confirmed.

(Source: MTV)


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