Big news from the Disney kingdom is the confirmation of a long-held fan theory that the peddler from the opening song and intro to 1996's "Aladdin" is actually Genie setting the tone for the tale. The theory was strengthened by the fact that the peddler and the blue genie were both voiced by the late actor Robin Williams.
Only now have the directors of "Aladdin" confirmed what fans have been 100 percent sure about all these years. A big reveal was originally scripted to happen at the end when Genie was freed from the itty-bitty living space of his lamp, but story and editing changes made to the film left that part of the script out of the final version.
With one favorite fan theory confirmed once and for all, could it be that other Disney movie conspiracy theories are also right?
Here's a look at some Disney theories that keep tickling our imaginations.
"Aladdin" is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland
Reportedly, this is one of the first Disney fan theories ever to emerge. In addition to the link between the peddler and Genie, fans have theorized that "Aladdin" was not set in the ancient Middle East, but thousands of years in the future. The proof, according to fans, are Genie's first words out of the lamp: “Ten thousand years can give you such a crick in the neck!”
Going by that timeline, it's not possible for him to have been freed in the ancient world, but rather, in a far distant future when the Earth has been reduced to a post-apocalyptic desert. Flying carpets are actually future technology, like hoverboards.
Also, Genie did numerous impressions of people who did not exist yet in the ancient world. So he could have only known about them if they were from the past. Then again, Genie did have “phenomenal cosmic power” so who's to say he couldn't bend the space-time continuum at will?
The Beast in "Beauty and the Beast" was only exercising stranger-danger
The introductory narration at the beginning of "Beauty and the Beast" tells the story of how an old crone came to a castle on a stormy night and was turned away by a bratty prince. To teach the prince a lesson, she transformed into a sorceress and put the entire castle under an enchantment. She turned the prince into the Beast, giving him a rose that will bloom until he reaches the age of 21. If he hasn't found true love by then, the whole castle will remain enchanted forever. The rose was almost to its last bloom near the end of the story, so the Beast was not 21 yet when he met Belle.
Lumiere mentioned that they have been enchanted for 10 years, so that would make the Beast 11 years old when the old-crone-who-was-really-a-sorceress visited him.
Surely, in a castle without his parents and only his servants as his companions, the young prince had to exercise extra caution with strangers who come into his home asking for help. Isn't that what all parents teach their kids when they leave them home alone for the first time?
Jane is Belle and the Beast's granddaughter
Fast forward after that happily ever after, another fan theory about "Beauty and the Beast" holds that intelligent and animal-loving Jane from "Tarzan" is actually the granddaughter of the Beast and Belle. Considering that Belle was from a little French village (she was also spotted in an Easter egg in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," mingling with the crowd outside the cathedral) and the UK is just across the river, it's not too far of a stretch of the imagination to consider that perhaps, still alienated by the villagers for killing their hero Gaston, Belle and Prince Adam (the Beast's human name), were forced to flee to England.
The proof is in the mementos that Jane and her father brought to Africa with them. Among their belongings is a purple and white tea set that looks a whole lot like Mrs. Potts and Chip.
The sunken ship that Ariel visited was the one Elsa and Anna's parents were on as they were headed to a birthday celebration for a royal princess that went missing
In this rather elaborate fan theory, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna of Arendelle in Norway are actually the cousins of another European Disney Princess from Germany, Rapunzel. According to the theory, the sunken ship in "The Little Mermaid" was the one that Elsa and Anna's parents sailed in before it sank in the waters around Denmark. Flounder discovered it and brought Ariel to scavenge through it and find human wonders such as the "Dinglehopper" and the "Snarfblat."
Fans point out the Easter egg that animators put into "Frozen" — Rapunzel and Flynn being present at Elsa's royal coronation as proof that the princess is a relative, or is somehow connected to the family.
To take this theory even further, some have said — including the director of "Tarzan" on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread — that Elsa and Anna's parents did not meet a watery doom. They survived on a little boat and built a treehouse when they reached land. They lived in the jungle and had a baby boy, then got eaten by a leopard. Yes, some people want to believe that Tarzan is the Prince of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna's youngest brother.
But while the geography of Norway to Germany and Denmark might help make the princess connection plausible, this Prince Tarzan theory is quote easily dismissed, considering Africa, where "Tarzan" is set, is quite far off from those countries. Also, Tarzan's parents clearly hung up a British Union Jack flag on their treehouse.
Belle was reading a book about Aladdin
And to bring this list full circle, a neat fan theory suggests that the book Belle was reading at the beginning of "Beauty and the Beast" was actually the "The Arabian Nights" — particularly the story of "Aladdin and The Magic Lamp."
After all, Belle herself described the book she was so engrossed in as one about "far off places" (Agrabah), "daring sword fights" (Aladdin picked up his sword to fight Jafar), "magic spells" (Genie!), and "a prince in disguise" (Prince Ali).
Perhaps this could be another theory that Disney can confirm and put to rest.