Disney fans sometimes come up with theories that several of the animated films actually take place in the same universe and are connected. One of the latest theories is a connection between "Frozen" (2013) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989), to which "The Little Mermaid" director John Musker couldn't deny the idea.
While celebrating the release of "Aladdin" (1992) Diamond Edition, directors Ron Clements and Musker discussed the possible connection between "The Little Mermaid" and "Frozen" in an interview with E! Online. Fans believe that the sunken ship Princess Ariel explored in the "The Little Mermaid" is the same boat that Princess Anna and Queen Elsa's parents shipwrecked in "Frozen." Musker smiled and said to ask "Frozen" director Chris Buck about it.
"We don't really know on our end with 'Frozen,' and I've never really asked him," Musker said. The director thought the idea was "interesting" and that "it's like fan fiction."
Watch "The Little Mermaid" shipwreck scene below:
According to Buzzfeed, there's a fan theory that not only ties together "Frozen" and "The Little Mermaid," but also the Disney film "Tangled" (2010) as well. The theory says that Anna and Elsa's parents were on their way to Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding when their boat was shipwrecked. This is why Rapunzel and Eugene showed up for Elsa's coronation in "Frozen."
"The Little Mermaid" connection isn't the first time "Frozen" has been involved in a Disney myth. Some fans believe that "Tarzan" (1999) is the long-lost brother of Anna and Elsa and he was born after their parents survived a shipwreck. The idea is they were later killed by a leopard, but their son went onto to survive and was raised by gorillas. “Frozen” co-director Chris Buck told MTV News in August the theory is a way for him to have some fun with the animated movies he's creates.
"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.”
Buck addressed this theory head on, but he hasn't touched on "The Little Mermaid" connection just yet. Could he have done this as an homage to "The Little Mermaid" or is the sunken ship a coincidence? Maybe we'll find out one day.