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It's hard to believe that Frozen was released as far back as 2013. If you checked out the toy shop over Christmas, you'll know that Frozen fever hasn't abated at all in the three years since Disney released their animated hit, and that children (and adults) remain as enthusiastic about the adventures of Elsa and Anna as ever. Fans love to rewatch the classic film, and as time's gone by, we've seen countless fan theories develop. Now, one particularly notorious theory has gone all the way up to Frozen director Chris Buck, and has been debunked. What's going on?
The Fan Theory
It all started, oddly enough, with Chris Buck himself. Over on the official #Disney Frozen Reddit page, it was revealed that Anna and Elsa's parents didn't actually die at sea:
"According to Chris, 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..."
If that sounds familiar, it's with good reason. This is lifted straight from the plot of another Disney film, Tarzan, and suggests that Tarzan could actually be the younger brother of Anna and Elsa!
It's somewhat appropriate that Chris Buck, director of Frozen, was also director of Disney's Tarzan.
Now, in an interview with MTV, Chris Buck has talked a little more about this mind-blowing connection. Buck admits that, when you're working on a feature film, you have a lot of time to think about connections — he was working on Frozen for four years, after all! So it was that Buck began to link Frozen to Tarzan:
"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."
At first glance, this seems like something official — as though the director of Frozen has officially linked the two movies! Given Frozen included a teasing glimpse of characters from Tangled, it looks as though we have the foundations of a Disney shared universe! (Add to this another popular theory that The Little Mermaid explores the shipwreck, by the way, and you have some real fun!)
Read on, though, and Buck's response isn't quite so thrilling. As he talks, he adds that, "in my little head", on the other side of the island are surfing penguins. Buck is clearly just enjoying toying with fantastical ideas, just as any fan does. The fan-theory that Tarzan is related to Anna is about as canon as the idea that Tarzan lives on the same island as the penguins from Surf's Up (which isn't even a Disney property).
Sorry, Frozen fans — it doesn't look as though Frozen and Tarzan coexist after all! We can count the idea as just another fan-theory — although, entertainingly, this time round, the fan who came up with the theory is actually the director! Who knows, though? With another Frozen film in the works, and shared universes all the rage, maybe one day this fan-theory will make it into reality. For now, though, there's only one thing I can advise fans of this theory to do: