It’s time to put those Tarzan and Frozen theories on ice.
Among the dozens of Disney Animation conspiracy theories populating the Internet, one of the more popular ones claimed that Tarzan was the little brother of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. This speculation came after Chris Buck, who directed Tarzan and co-directed Frozen, claimed that the King and Queen of Arendelle did not die at sea, but actually washed up in a jungle. There, they gave birth to a baby boy and built a treehouse before being “eaten by a leopard.” That’s an almost word-for-word copy of Tarzan’s origin in Disney’s Tarzan cartoon from 1999, leading many to think that Tarzan and Frozen existed in the same universe.
But was Buck telling the truth, or just winding Disney fans up? The real answer, according to the filmmaker, is up anyone. As Buck told MTV recently:
“I said, ’Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die,'” he added. “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, while Disney doesn't officially condone the connection, the crossover is as real as each fan wants it to be.
“Whatever people want to believe, go for it," Buck said. "If you want to tie them all together, then do it. That’s the spirit of Disney.”
Do you think Tarzan and Frozen exist in the same universe? Share your theories in the comments!