10 Cartoon Conspiracy Theories
Do these toons from our childhood mean more than they seem?
(SPOT.ph) There used to be a time where kids and cartoons harmoniously co-existed. One where kids made it a daily habit to have their fill of purely innocent and cutesy storylines of caricatures whether it be on print or on the screens. Ah, those were indeed the glory days. Then these things called conspiracy theories started popping up all over the internet. Either people have just too much time in their hands or put their thinking caps on a way bit too tight, we’re not sure. All we know is that we suddenly aren’t so sure what to believe anymore (thankyou for ruining our childhood).
We revisit the cartoon conspiracy theories that broke our hearts, made our jaws drop or had us do a double take. And quite frankly, had our minds blown.
Charlie Brown from Peanuts
The Theory: Charlie Brown is dying of cancer
In Peanuts, Charlie Brown is bald (or more accurately, only has three strands of hair left), which explains that he's dying of cancer and that the whole comic (adapted into a series) is just him dreaming up everything. He tries to create a happier world, one with basically no adults or rules to hold him down. And yet, nothing works out for him. This is a manifestation of his sadness in real-life channeled into his dreams. Could the show’s iconic feel-good musical background be some sort of paradox?
The Theory: Garfield is hungry and homeless.
All this time, he was living outside an abandoned house, cold and with nothing to eat on his plate. Because of his hunger, he starts hallucinating about a good life wherein he is fed well, lives in a cozy house, and with an owner (Jon) to take care of him and a friend (Odie). Are Garfield's antics just good-natured fun or a twisted version of his reality?
Winnie the Pooh and Friends
The Theory: All the major characters are representations of mental illnesses
This is a theory that hits two birds in one stone. Supposedly, Pooh suffers from an eating disorder. Meanwhile his friend Piglet has a Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Tigger exhibits overhyperactivity or ADHD, Eeyore from depression, Owl is dyslexic, and Rabbit has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. But most surprising and controversial of all is Christopher Robin's schrizophenia. The entire plot of Winnie the Pooh is based on Christopher's detachment from reality that his stuffed toys are alive and they live in a Hundred-Acre Woods world. Each of the characters are individual representations of a child learning to deal with the outside world. Christopher Robin, then, could possibly project internal feelings and thoughts onto Winnie The Pooh and his furry animal friends.
We dare you to watch the ending that made 90’s kids tear up again as this theory takes it to a whole new level (and see the shards and pieces of everything you believed in come shattering down).
The Theory: The Frozen-Tangled-Little Mermaid-Tarzan Connection
There are currently two theories going around that sit with this popular Disney film about sibling love. And in this version, we're playing connect the dots between not one, not two, not three, but four..FOUR films. If one watches Frozen closely, he can notice Tangled's Rapunzel and Flynn in their quick cameo appearance at Elsa's coronation after her parents supposedly died at sea three years before her coronation. Do the math and you'll see that Tangled was released also three years before Frozen came out which only suggests that the then Arendelle king and queen were on their way to Flynn and Rapunzel's wedding. Now, remember the shipwreck that Arielle came across in the beginning of The Little Mermaid? Yup, you got it, same ship! A new touch to this conspiracy theory? The directors denied that the parents died on that shipwreck. Apparently, they washed up on the shore of a jungle and the queen later "gave birth to a baby boy" and built "a treehouse" before getting "eaten by a leopard." (Directors' words, not ours.) Enter opening credits of Tarzan.
If this theory is correct, then Tarzan is the long-lost brother of Elsa and Anna.
The Theory: Timmy is a sexually abused boy playing pretend with his fish
Timmy's godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, died in a car crash when he was younger. While still alive, they were the ones who stood as parent figures for him because Timmy's biological mom and dad mostly neglected him. Ever since the accident, he finds comfort in imagining Cosmo and Wanda's presence which is why he sees his goldfish pets as his godparents that continuously watch over him. Mr. Crocker, on the other hand, has always been making sexual advances on Timmy for years, hence his desperation to steal the "fairies" that represent Timmy's joy and innocence as a kid.
Fairies take on a whole new meaning.
The Powerpuff Girls
The Theory: Multiple Personality Disorder
The Powerpuff Girls are just manifestations of a Multiple Personality Disorder of a young girl. Blossom, the "smart and sound" one, is who she wants to be when she grows up. Bubbles, the cute little girl, symbolizes her innocence and playfulness as a child. Buttercup, the tough one, symbolizes all her pent-up anger and thoughts of vengeance. The girls and the whole Townsville situation are all hallucinatory by-products of her older brother's bullying. The older brother's abusive ways are due to the extra attention given to the young girl by their father which is manifested greatly, in the Townsville side of things, by Mojo Jojo, the Powerpuff Girls' greatest arch enemy. The other villains shown are the girl's "inner demons", the symptoms of abuse she suffered.
Oh, and the mayor? He's actually danger personified. The fact that the "mayor" calls nearly every single day is the constant underlying fear and anxiety she feels. She also creates the delusion of being a celebrated superhero in Townsville because of the abuse's effect on her self-esteem. Who knew sugar, spice, and everything nice could possibly be pretty deep?
Ed, Edd n’ Eddy
The Theory: The kids are dead and the neighborhood they live in is some kind of child purgatory
In the late 90s, Cartoon Network had a show that featured weird looking kids in a weird looking block. Ed, Edd, & Eddy is one of CN's original shows and ran on tv for a long time due to its extreme popularity. This theory proposed that each kid in the show comes from different periods in American history and killed in different circumstances. How they look like, in different forms of colors, odd shapes, looks, and the artifacts they carry around gives clues to how they died and how it was like in the period they lived in. The characters' common enemies, the Kanker sisters, who frequently bully all the other kids on the show are actually the demons assigned to torture them in purgatory. They're not dead but not alive either.
Well, they don’t have pink tongues and only dead people don’t have those. Quite sad if you think about it.
The Theory: The Rugrats babies were dead the whole time
Tommy, Chuckie, and the twins do not exist. That is according to this popular pop culture conspiracy from the hit show that started in the 90s. The babies are only part of Angelica's twisted imagination because her relationship with her parents isn't really all that great. Her mother chooses to ignore her while her relationship with her father is shallow and materialistic. In reality, Chuckie died with her mother in a car crash which is why Chaz is anxious most of the time. Tommy is actually a stillborn, causing Stu to face a down spiral of depression channeled into making toys in the basement for his son that never got a chance to live. The Devilles meanwhile had an abortion. Not knowing what the gender of her sibling was, Angelica invented two versions of the unborn child thus the presence of the twins.
There goes our faith in humanity.
The Theory: Toy Story and The Walking Dead basically have the same storyline
Toy Story theories started popping out like crazy all of a sudden. Remember the one where Andy's parents are going through a divorce when the first film took place? And the more recent one, which was already confirmed to be true: that the true identity of Andy's mom is Emily? Those theories are fascinating, sure, but this is a pretty fresh theory that interconnects two well-loved storylines. See the video for yourself. Coincidence or not, the similarities are eerie. (And there are a lot, by the way.)
All the Pixar Movies
The Theory: The Grand-Unification
The grand-unification Pixar theory is probably the mother of all conspiracy theories that connects different periods and different time zones of different characters in different dimensions. Fourteen Pixar movies apparently exist within the same universe, creating a timeline that spans from the 14th century to the future. Apparently, Boo from Monsters Inc. is where this timeline starts and ends. The cute little girl we see with Sully and friends is the same old lady (who has a penchant for magic) in Brave. The magic from the Will of the Wisps is the root and cause of why animals and nonliving things think like humans and act like one, the birth of superheroes (The Incredibles), and why the whole human race was in a spaceship by the time of Wall-E.
Jon Negroni’s theory sounds a bit too crazy but call us floored. It connects everything that our childhood has ever known and still continues to do so. We give a slow clap and a standing ovation to you, sir. You gave our childhood a much greater purpose and meaning and for that, we salute you.