Last year during a Reddit AMA, Jennifer Lee, one of the co-directors of Disney’s Frozen, revealed that mind-blowing theory that connected Tangled and Frozen? According to her Frozen co-director, Chris Buck, Elsa and Anna’s parents didn’t die at sea like most believed, but instead, had a baby at sea before they were shipwrecked, and then they all washed up on the shores of a jungle island where they built a tree house to live in before meeting a tragic end when the parents were later eaten by a leopard.
Buck clarified the relationship during an interview with MTV this week.
“When you’re working on a feature, you have a lot of time to think about stuff because it takes four years to make one. I think Jen and I were walking to a meeting, and I just start to tell her the entire story … [I]n 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.”
Explaining his theory, he also revealed a major detail that makes the whole theory come together.
“I said, ‘Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die,'” he continued. “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.”
Yup, that’s right! Raised by gorillas. This is basically the key information needed to confirm Tarzan is Anna and Elsa’s little brother. Which is exactly what Chris thinks, too.
“In my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan… That’s my fun little world,”
he finished. Obviously this made hard-core Disney fanatics go absolutely crazy, but Chris was quick to insist that these are just his theories and nothing is official, and everyone should continue coming up with their own.
“Whatever people want to believe, go for it,” he said. “That’s the spirit of Disney.”
So even though its unconfirmed that the princess’ seem to have a vine-swinging sibling out there, the chances they’ll meet him onscreen anytime soon aren’t unlikely. Lee and Buck are developing the sequel to Frozen now, and since it takes four years to develop an animated flick, there’s still plenty of time to write him in!