Most literary historians will know that Christopher Robin is based on A.A. Milne’s actual son, Christopher Robin Milne. Not satisfied with this very clear explanation for the events of Hundred Acre Wood involving a range of anthropomorphic animals.
Some diehard literalists believe that Christopher Robin is an inpatient of a mental health facility and that the characters – Tigger, Kanga, Piglet, Rabbit, and so forth – are patients he has imagined to be animals. Quite the unexpected turn for such a coming-of-age tale.
Timon Runs a Cult
This might be the ultimate fan conspiracy theory! Timon, the very charismatic mongoose that saves Simba along with his right-hand man, Pumbaa. Timon’s wily ways and natural charisma lead one fan to believe that he seems to find young and impressionable animals to follow him.
As stated by Pumbaa, Timon found him when he was “a young warthog” and had him adopt the chant of Hakuna Matata as he did Simba. Chanting, vulnerable outcasts, walking the landscape to a promised land… The fan might have a point.
Rafiki the Meteorologist Magician
An interesting observation about the health of the Pridelands is that when Mufasa is in charge everything is in balance. The circle of life flows unabated. When Scar takes over though, the Pridelands become a desolate wasteland. One fan theory is that Rafiki is responsible for the fertility of the region and can summon the weather to his bidding.
And, with obvious reason, Rafiki does not summon the rain while under Scar’s tyranny. Once Scar is ousted and Simba is king, Rafiki again works his magic and the land is restored.
Robin Hood and the Zootopia Dimension
Evolution might be in firm agreement with this fan theory. In Zootopia, a lion rules over the city. In Robin Hood, a lion rules – albeit it ruthlessly in contrast to Mayor Lionheart – over the kingdom that comprises Sherwood Forest. In Zootopia, a fox protagonist saves the day, and in Robin Hood well…a fox protagonist saved the day.
Fans have deduced that Zootopia is just the modern-day extension of Sherwood Forest where animals have evolved alongside each other to occupy very “human” attributes.
The genie in Aladdin undoubtedly is well acquainted with modern-day celebrities and cultural tropes. So much so that he impersonates them directly to Aladdin. Perhaps we were yet again bamboozled by the peddler? Fans have come to wonder if Aladdin isn’t set far in the future, one that has seen the 20th century come and go.
There is no semblance of modern-day technology in the movie yet the genie is well versed in an era of such.