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Speculation has been wild about the potential plotlines for Frozen 2 - we've had links to the Wizard of Oz, possible Evil Elsa, and plenty of hints about Elsa's ice powers. So what's the latest buzz? Thanks to a theory that ties several Disney films together, there's rumours of a massive crossover film that will link Frozen with Tarzan and Tangled! But just how likely is it? Well, director Chris Buck would like to see it happen!

So What's The Connection?

Fans went wild when Tangled's Rapunzel and Flynn were spotted in the first Frozen film. Did you miss it?

Screencap from Frozen
Screencap from Frozen

See those people on the far left? Well, they seem to match Rapunzel and Flynn from the ending of Tangled, after Rapunzel's blonde hair has been cut off.

Though this may just be an Easter egg, a popular fan theory posits that the reason Rapunzel and Flynn were attending the coronation was to visit their cousin! This conclusion was reached after fans pointed out similarities between the parents in both these movies...

There's also the idea that when Elsa and Anna's parents died, they were on their own royal visit to Rapunzel and Flynn's wedding, when their ship was wrecked in the terrible storm. The connection was even drawn between Rapunzel's kidnapping and the King's fear that Elsa would be ostracised if her powers were discovered: after all, if your niece was kidnapped, you'd get over protective too!

All of this is fan speculation, but it's fun to think about, and it may actually have affected writer Jennifer Lee's planning for Frozen 2. This is what she had to say when asked what she thought about the theory...

"Fascinating. I love that one. That's all I'll say. Their imaginations are wonderful!"

That's all she'll say... for now. Ok, maybe it's just a vain hope that we'll get a crossover in Frozen 2 but the animators did put in Flynn and Rapunzel for a reason! It would be fantastic to see these characters interact, and thanks to Marvel's Cinematic Universe team up movies are all the rage right now! Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Rapunzel, and Flynn... could they be the Avengers of Disney? (Wait, the Avengers are the Avengers of Disney... uh, never mind.)

Epic team up
Epic team up

And actually, a crossover may not be as unlikely as you'd think, as we consider how the theory develops...

Lost Brother In The Jungle?

Going back to the shipwreck, some fans have theorised that the King and Queen managed to escape the wreckage and survived in a lifeboat, eventually drifting to the shores of Africa. Unfortunately they soon died, but not before the Queen gave birth to a son, who grew up to have his own adventure.

Yes, I'm talking about Tarzan. To be honest, this is the theory that doesn't really pan out for me. Firstly, though some fans have claimed a resemblance, the King and Queen don't look that similar to Tarzan's parents...

Tarzan's parents (left), the King & Queen (right)
Tarzan's parents (left), the King & Queen (right)

Also, the time periods are all wrong. Frozen is set in the 1840s, whereas Tarzan takes place sometime in the early 1900s. The clothes and technology are very different in the two films. But hey, that's just me. Chis Buck, however, loves the idea. He directed both Tarzan and Frozen, and he recently confessed that in his mind, the two films are linked.

"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. That's my fun little world."

Is this just a creator's imagination run riot? Or is Chris Buck dropping hints for future film possibilities? Ever since this quote was reported on, rumours have been flying like snowballs about a potential crossover film.

Well, the theories tie things up neatly, and Disney do own all these properties. It's certainly possible. BUT Frozen is a fantastic market in and of itself. If the writers bring in other films Disney are risking fans deserting the film because they don't like the idea of all the stories coming together. Then again, Elsa and Anna are supposed to be journeying off to distant lands in Frozen 2, and meeting up with old friends...

Our verdict: possible, but unlikely.

But what do you think: would you like to see a film bring these stories together, or is the idea just too outlandish? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!


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