The Frozen-Tangled-Little Mermaid Triangle


As an avid Disney fan (geek?), I've seen quite a few theories that connect various Disney and Pixar films, TV shows, and properties. It's no secret that Disney's animators love to throw in references to other cartoons along with Easter eggs for observant viewers, but some theorists spin elaborate and sometimes over-thought narratives linking movies together. Among the most extreme sits Jon Negroni's loveable yet wacky Pixar Theory - Negroni also devised the less outlandish idea that Jessie from Toy Story belonged to Andy's mother years before Andy took ownership of her.

Over the weekend, my brother brought to my attention an intriguing theory that links recent hit Frozen with Tangled and even The Little Mermaid. The theory stems from the screenshot above from Frozen. Who does newly crowned Queen Elsa greet, but post-haircut Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene? Rapunzel and Flynn's cameo in Frozen could be no more or less than a clever Easter egg reward for us observant Disney nuts, but this theory suggests more.

"What if the king and queen of Arendelle were on their way to Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding when their boat sank, and that's why Rapunzel and Eugene felt the need to come to Elsa's coronation ceremony?"

Frozen doesn't tell us much about where the king and queen of Arendelle were heading, just Elsa asking, "Do you have to go?" and Anna sending them off with, "See you in two weeks!"

[SPOILER ALERT] We don't know where Anna and Elsa's parents were going, but we know what happened to the ship - it sank.

Elsa's coronation takes place three years after the shipwreck. Know what else is three years? The time between the theatrical debuts of Tangled (2010) and Frozen (2013).

So how does The Little Mermaid fit in? Turns out Ariel swims around a shipwreck - a shipwreck that bears a bit of resemblance to the ship belonging to the king and queen of Arendelle. (Yes, I admit that part's a stretch, but bear with me.)