Lately, we've all been swept up in the magic that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with its wonderful trailer captivating all of us as we eagerly await December. This feeling is similar to the one we felt just a year ago during our wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to hit our screens and reunite us with our favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away. In the aftermath of the movie that brought us back to our childhoods, fan theories began popping up all over the inter-webs.
You might have thought that was all over by now, but the internet never saw a correlation or fan theory it didn't like, so today we'll be looking at some interesting parallels (pointed out by reddit user TheReturnOfBobaFett) between a certain character in a classic animated film from the '90s and everyone's new favorite Force user, Rey.
The Story Of Rey Has Eerie Parallels To 'Anastasia'
Anastasia was a 20th Century Fox animated feature film that came out in 1997. Tonally, it's similar to the features Disney released during their Dark Age; it's frightening for young viewers, it deals with a serious subject matter, but it does so in a beautiful way. It stars the voice talents of Christopher Lloyd as the evil villain Rasputin and Meg Ryan as the titular character.
Some eagle-eyed fans out there have noticed that the characters of Anastasia and Rey share more than just a passing similarity. Their story arcs, personalities, are strengths seem to be mirrors of one another. If all of these parallels hold up, it could hint at the answer to the biggest question posed by The Force Awakens: Who are Rey's parents? Before we get into what might happen, let's look at the similarities that have already happened.
Keep in mind this is all speculative and for fun, so just go with it.
Both Of Their Life Stories Start The Same Way
As young children, Anastasia and Rey grew up without parents in their lives. They were effectively orphans, despite their real parents still being alive (if this theory proves true for Rey). They are each left in a remote, desolate place where they have to fend for themselves and face harsh situations.
Both Grow Up In Similar Harsh Circumstances
The closest thing either of our heroines have to a parent figure is a rude caretaker who forces them to work. In Rey's case it's the alien Unkar Plutt, who gives the people of Jakku horrible deals on the items they find him. For Anastasia, it's a bitter old woman named Phlegmenkoff. Both Rey and Anastasia wish to escape the place they've been trapped in for as long as they can remember. They yearn for a better life — little did they know that their destinies would turn out to be so exciting.
Both Encounter A Helpless Character Who Follows Them
Before their tremendous adventures can begin, however, they first come across a seemingly helpless character in need. In fact, a lot of parallels can be made between Pooka (the dog) and BB-8 (the robot). Both are comedic relief characters that rush headfirst into danger and help our heroes out whenever possible. But at the end of the day all they really want to do is play and maybe retrieve something for our heroines. Anastasia and Rey are both reluctant at first to allow the happy little fellows to follow them, but luckily for the audience Pooka and BB-8 are just too cute to say no to.
Both Meet Men Who Are Hiding Their Pasts
Anastasia was ahead of its time. Nearly 20 years before the makers of Star Wars felt comfortable putting the male protagonist on the back burner, Anastasia was proving females rule! In both films, the men who fall in love with our stars are hiding deep secrets. Finn is hiding that he's actually a Stormtrooper of the First Order and is seeking freedom and redemption. Dimitri, on the other hand, is essentially a con man. He and his business partner, Vladimir, are seeking to cash in on a reward for finding the princess Anastasia. Instead, they hold auditions for actresses who bear a resemblance to the princess (little do they know that Anastasia is the Anastasia).
Both Are Kidnapped By The Antagonist
Again the antagonists themselves share striking similarities to each other. Both control a mystical power that enables them to overpower our female leads. Anastasia and Rey both have the power to topple everything the villain has built, and therefor pose a major problem for the bad guy. The villains manage to corner our heroines while they are alone and capture them. Which leads us to our next point...
Both Male Protagonists Attempt To Rescue Them (And Fail)
The damsel in distress. It's such a cliché. However, in both of these films that cliché gets flipped on its head when the male co-stars are unable to protect the women from the villain. Both are severally wounded and the outcome doesn't look hopeful. This leads the former 'damsel' to fight for herself against the antagonist and in doing so it unlocks something hidden and powerful inside each of them.
Both Discover A Power They Didn't Know They Had
By being cornered, the heroines have to fight for themselves and each discovers a power she didn't realize she possessed. In Anastasia's case, this power is far more symbolic than physical. All her life she had lived as an orphan, told nobody cared about her and that she would never amount to anything. However, when she believes Dimitri is dead, it awakes in Anastasia a sense of anger that fuels a confidence and power she had never felt before. She fights Rasputin and kills him.
For Rey, it turns out she is a powerful Force-user. She is able to overcome the wounded Kylo Ren and fend him off long enough for the ground to split between them so she could escape with Finn.
Up to this point all of the above has actually happened in both movies, but here is where the theoretical aspect comes into play — at least for Ren, whose story is not yet complete.
Anastasia Was And Ren Will Be Reunited With Her Family As A Princess
All of these parallels have pointed to one huge piece of evidence for the popular theory that Rey is Han and Leia's daughter. Her story arc is eerily similar to Anastasia's, so why would this very last piece not also align? Even the framing and hair are similar if you look at the above pictures! In Anastasia, our young heroine is reunited with her royal mother and takes her rightful place as princess. If we are to believe that Anastasia and Rey are on the same paths, then Rey's hug with Leia is so much more important than most of us realize. They aren't just both grieving the death of Han Solo, but coming together after years of being apart, and a long-lost princess who didn't even realize she was of royalty being found again. Given all of this information, that ludicrous theory just got a little bit more believable.
Even if you don't agree with the last piece of the puzzle, all of the parellels above are still pretty interesting. If you would like to see most of the evidence in wonderful gif form, check out this link.