There are many things in life which have been immersed in conspiracy theories. From extraterrestrials to Presidential assassinations, rumours and exploratory thought provoking questions fuel the interests of generations. This is a trend which seems unlikely to change as we humans inherently have inquiring and imaginative minds. Some however have gone a step further and have focused their attention to the unlikely subject of children’s entertainment. This is an area which is built on a foundation of innocence which is typically sheltered from the imperfect adult real world. With this in mind, we take a look at five of some of the most common theories which have attached themselves to this child orientated genre.
The Wizard of Oz
One of the most well loved films of all time, the 1939 MGM epic was a musical fantasy filmed in glorious Technicolor which was a breakaway from the black and white norm of the time. As we all know the story focuses on Dorothy’s adventure to Oz where she meets various characters on her way to see the Wizard so she can get back home to Kansas. The main theory here is that it is a political satire. The film, based on the book ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is said to relate to the Populist movement of the 1900’s. The emergence of the silver standard is represented as Dorothy wore silver shoes in the book as she walked over the yellow brick road which was supposed to be a ‘gold’ road. The poverty stricken Midwestern farmers and Industrialists are represented by the Scarecrow and Tin Man respectively. The less than brave lion is said to represent the US military at the time. Check out ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ for another Wizard of Oz type myth (supposedly the movie syncs perfectly with Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’).
Disney’s Post-Apocalyptic Aladdin
The theory here is that the story is set in the future. Aladdin seems to be set in times around the first century but certain parts of the tale seem to suggest otherwise. In one scene the Genie comments on the clothes that the Aladdin wears as being ‘so third century’ but since the Genie was locked in the lamp for over 10,000 years, he wouldn’t know what the third century AD was like unless he had seen more than one! It would certainly make sense of all his pop culture references. As a result, Disney’s Aladdin is set (at least!) in 11,989 AD. Or so some say.
SpongeBob Square Pants
A kid’s favourite with unique characters, this cartoon is one of the most popular offerings from the Nickelodeon network. It features the exploits of SpongeBob and his friends in their underwater community, Bikini Bottom. The theory is that the characters are the direct result of the atomic testing at Bikini Atoll in the 1940’s and 50’s. SpongeBob and his friends are actually mutants!
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Ok, this is as strange one but quite plausible. The inherent theme here is that Will is actually dead after being killed on that basketball court in Philly. That trip to Bel Air is actually him travelling to Heaven (represented here by ‘the good life’). The reason he only sees his parents every so often is because that is when they visit his grave. The cab driver incidentally is really God!
Winnie the Pooh
If feels almost sacrilegious to attach a conspiracy theory to this wonderful heart warming children’s tale but nothing these days is sacred. So here goes. Pooh and his friends are suffering from a range of psychiatric disorders. Pooh has ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ‘whereas poor old Eeyore has depression. Tigger is diagnosed with hyperactivity impulsivity and unfortunately Christopher Robin is a Schizophrenic!
As much as we love these theories, at Thorpe Park Breaks we’re having a pretty hard time actually believing them! What are your favourite conspiracy theories around your beloved childhood memories?