For Genie to grant Aladdin’s wish to become a prince was not so straightforward it seems. Genie made it clear in the movie that there are rules to wishes. And bending the rules was not permitted.
Therefore, consider this: Aladdin wanted to be a prince but he had no blood to royalty. There is a loophole of sorts that the Genie could have worked with though and that was to make Aladdin’s father the King of Thieves, automatically making Aladdin a prince.
Iago’s Brave Origins
Merida’s magic time travels yet again! In a rarity for a Disney movie, Iago is the only animal that communicates like a human. With no backstory, fans were left trying to piece Iago’s history together. As Jafar’s right-hand man, Iago must know of magic.
And possibly have even been a practitioner of it himself. The theory goes that Iago was once a wizard himself, aligned with Jafar, who put Iago under a spell in order to hoard the magic of the lamp for himself.
Nala’s Ulterior Motives
Nothing like a romance to motivate someone. This applies to lions as well, apparently. In The Lion King, Simba is encouraged to return to Pride Rock after encountering Nala, the very enticing lioness.
Nala herself may not have been after Simba’s affections though and was only sent to beguile the young prince back to Pride Rock so the kingdom would be free of Scar and the hyenas’ reign of terror.
The Hyenas’ Revenge
We are simply expected to believe that the hyenas in The Lion King are de facto villains due to the plotline. But perhaps the hyenas had a reason to be so embittered with the lions? If anyone has watched a nature show, the rivalry between lions and hyenas is well documented.
Is it such a stretch to think that perhaps the lions banished the hyenas to the Badlands, away from abundant resources to have all for themselves? This makes the story one of hyena revenge rather than scars usurping.
Nala’s Curious Pupils
It might be a decade (or two) since watching the original The Lion King and the detail of this theory might need a revisit to the movie to be taken into consideration. Scar and Nala’s eye colors are almost identical – a bright, radiant green.
Now there are only two male lions in the movie. She cannot be Mufasa’s daughter as Simba and she becomes partners. This leaves the possibility open that Scar sired Nala! Plot twist after plot twist.