'Frozen' Fan Theories That Make Total Sense

by Kadeen Griffiths

Oh, I'm sorry, did you think that the world was done thinking about Frozen? Haha, you're so silly. Two years after the movie took the world by storm, it seems like there's always something new to discover about the film, or some new tease about the upcoming Frozen sequel for everyone to obsess over for another few months. But, hey, at least the "Let It Go" covers have tapered down to a halt. The latest thing to rock the fandom is a Reddit AMA from 2014 by co-director Chris Buck, in which Buck revealed that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa's little brother. The ongoing fan theory had posed the hypothesis that Anna and Elsa's parents didn't die in the shipwreck, but instead washed up on the island where they would eventually give birth to Tarzan and be killed by a cheetah. Now, to clarify, Buck claims Frozen and Tarzan are not officially linked, but..

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."

We're on to you, Buck. Anna and Elsa totally have a little brother. But that's far from the only Frozen fan theory to have gained steam in the fandom since the movie debuted. Here are seven other Frozen fan theories that every fan should be aware of, because some of them make a terrifying amount of sense.

1. Rapunzel Is Anna & Elsa's Cousin

As soon as everyone spied Rapunzel and Eugene from Tangled sneaking into (OK, walking into) Elsa's coronation, the fan theory that Rapunzel was related to the girls in some way was born. It helped that Anna, Elsa, and Rapunzel all appear to have been built from the same design models, so the three look exactly alike. Since Anna and Elsa probably would have mentioned if they had a third sister stashed in another kingdom somewhere — and, oh yeah, Rapunzel has her own set of parents — the theory that Rapunzel is Anna and Elsa's cousin was born.

2. Anna & Elsa's Parents Are In The Little Mermaid

This fan theory ties directly into the one above, and in fact continues the story. The mysterious voyage that Anna and Elsa's parents were going on was to Corona to see Rapunzel, but, as we all know, they never made it. Instead, they were shipwrecked — and their ship is the one at the bottom of the ocean that Ariel explores in The Little Mermaid. Why? Because Frozen is set in Norway, Tangled is set in Germany, and The Little Mermaid is set in Denmark, which is roughly halfway between those two countries. Frozen fans get deep.

3. Kristoff Is Wearing Sven's Mother

This fan theory is incredibly dark, but picked up a lot of steam earlier in 2015. Someone on Reddit noticed that Kristoff spends most of the movie rocking a fur felt, and theorized that Kristoff is wearing a reindeer pelt — specifically the pelt of Sven's mother. In fact, the theory takes this a step further and claims that the ice harvesters a young Kristoff was seen with at the beginning of the film killed Sven's mother and then gifted Kristoff with the pelt to keep him warm and the young reindeer to take care of. And that it explains why Sven is so loyal to Kristoff, being that Kristoff smells like his mother. Yeah...

4. Hans Has Flame Powers

This is a fan theory that comes up a lot in Frozen fanfiction, but is no less interesting. In this theory, Hans has fire powers as a contrast to Elsa's fire magic, which is supported by his fiery red hair, why he always wears gloves (conceal don't feel), and why he took off the gloves while he was putting out the fire place so that Anna would freeze to death. There's absolutely no support for this in canon (and you'd think Hans would have used those powers to combat Elsa if he had them), but it's still a pretty fun theory. Especially when people want to build a basis for a Hans/Elsa 'ship. (No, really.)

5. Frozen Is Actually The Shining

You can read a full step-by-step comparison breakdown on this fan theory, but basically the fact that The Shining and Frozen are both in remote mountainside settings, featuring two main characters locked up somewhere, and with plots that are initiated by an injury are just some of the reasons why some fans are waiting for some creepy twins to pop out of the woodwork in the isolated hallways Anna plays in as a kid.

6. Frozen Is Actually About Coming Out

This fan theory is one of the most popular, and most heartwarming. Some people see Elsa's struggle throughout the film as being analogous to one's struggle in coming to terms with one's sexuality and coming out of the closet. "Let It Go" has been adopted as the theme to many an LGBT teen, and the anxiety that Elsa feels, the horror that she expresses when Anna inadvertently reveals her ice magic to everyone, and the fact that she keeps trying to "conceal don't feel" are all things that many LGBT teens have gone through. If Frozen helps even one struggling teen, then it's pretty much the greatest Disney movie in history.

7. Anna Idolizes Joan Of Arc

This is another fan theory that comes up a lot in fanfiction, but the fact that Anna gives a shoutout to Joan of Arc during her first song of the film has many people believing that Anna idolizes Joan of Arc. Some even go so far as to make her adept with a sword as sort of a "normal" counterpart to Elsa's supernatural powers, which, to be fair, is supported by the movie. Look how easily she takes down a pack of wolves mostly by herself while Kristoff is freaking out and thinking she needs saving.

So, there you have it. While many fan theories are sure to crop up, and while there are many headcanons out there besides these, these are some of the most popular. Tarzan being Anna and Elsa's little brother now makes a strange sort of sense, now doesn't it?

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