Some fans just can’t enjoy films for what they are. They can’t accept that they’re often just as simple as they appear, instead suggesting wild theories in their craving for deeper meaning. And sometimes, that means they believe Mary Poppins is a timelord. Obviously. Prepare your worlds to be overturned by these 15 mad conspiracy theories about beloved films…
1Toy Story 3 is about the Holocaust
Toy Story 3 is about the Holocaust According to Justin Hoffman of UGO.com, Disney actually employed this firm family favourite to retell the atrocities of the Holocaust, via a talking Mr Potato Head. His evidence? Andy abandons his toys like the Allies abandoned the Jews, Buzz’s “sanctuary in the attic” is an Anne Frank reference, and then there’s the incinerator at the end…
2Obi Wan Kenobi is a robot clone
Obi Wan Kenobi is a robot clone Star Wars theories may litter the dark corners of the internet but have you heard the one about Alec Guinness’ “OB-1” Kenobi actually being a numbered cyborg clone of Ewan Macgregor’s original Ben Kenobi? Ryan Parsons of CanMag says he was artificially created to fight in the Clone Wars, before fleeing to Tatooine and assuming Ben’s identity.
3Voldemort is Hitler
Voldemort is Hitler Naomi Pfefferman of the Jewish Journal says that the appearance of the purebloods is akin to Hitler’s ideal Aryans and David Heyman, producer of the Potter films, confirms the Nazi undertones: “Voldemort and his followers, the Death Eaters, are obsessed with the preservation of blood purity. They’re not Nazis but they recall the politics and attitudes of Nazi Germany.”
4The Pulp Fiction briefcase contains a soul
The Pulp Fiction briefcase contains a soul The golden glow of Ving Rhames’ suitcase has baffled many a fan. Well, fear not because fansite pulpfiction.com has the answer – the suitcase is in fact the soul of Marcellus Wallace, sold to the Devil for wealth and status. How? The 666 combination, biblical references from Samuel L Jackson, and of course, Wallace’s desperation to get it back.
5Mary Poppins is a timelord
Mary Poppins is a timelord Well, duh. We could have told you this one ourselves. It makes perfect sense – not only does she dress like The Doctor, carry a TARDIS bag, helps people and only ever makes fleeting visits, but she can totally bend the nature of time and space.
6The Pixar Theory
The Pixar Theory You’ll need a fair bit of spare time for this one, but it’s all there at www.pixartheory.com. Basically, one super-fan believes all Pixar movies take place in the same universe, and he connects the dots from ‘Brave’ to ‘Wall-E’ with his painstakingly executed “Pixar Theory.” Have a read and wait for your mind to be blown.
7Ferris Bueller never actually existed
Ferris Bueller never actually existed This theory has been lighting up the weird and wonderful world of Reddit for some time and it may just reel you in… for a second. What if Ferris was actually just a voice in hypochondriac friend Cameron’s head, so that he basically represents the ideal life he’s always wanted – carefree, confident etc? We’ll leave this one with you to mull over…
8The ending of ‘Minority Report’ is a fantasy created by Tom Cruise’s character while he languishes in captivity
The ending of ‘Minority Report’ is a fantasy created by Tom Cruise’s character while he languishes in captivity Well, this could help to explain the fact that the inmates’ brains are said to be “free to dream”, which is why none of them make any attempt to escape…
9Cobb’s totem in ‘Inception’ isn’t actually his spinning top, but his wedding ring
Cobb’s totem in ‘Inception’ isn’t actually his spinning top, but his wedding ring In other words, he takes off the ring in the “real world” but in the dream world he’s always seen wearing it. Is there any truth to this madness? Well, it does help clear up the mind-boggling ending as you do in fact get a brief glimpse of Cobb’s hand and…no ring
10“James Bond” isn’t a real person but actually just a codename, passed on from one MI6 agent after the other over the years
“James Bond” isn’t a real person but actually just a codename, passed on from one MI6 agent after the other over the years What if ‘Skyfall’s’ Bond never existed in the flesh? Sounds crazy, but this theory could help to explain the behavioural disparity across all the different Bonds. Why do they all look so different while perennial characters like M are subject to the ageing process?
11‘Labyrinth’ is a metaphor for a girl struggling with puberty
‘Labyrinth’ is a metaphor for a girl struggling with puberty This theory offers some serious food for thought; after all, the premise of the film is about a young girl taking responsibility for her life and then going off in search of a child. Like a teenage body, the labyrinth around her is constantly changing and challenging her along the way. That’s before we’ve even mentioned Jareth..
12‘Drag Me To Hell’ is actually a bulimic’s hallucinatory nightmare
‘Drag Me To Hell’ is actually a bulimic’s hallucinatory nightmare An old photo reveals a younger Christine to be heavier than she currently is and then there’s the fact that we never see her eating, plus all the many horrific things that happen to her which are somehow related to the digestive system – i.e. the delightful scene when a corpse throws up in her throat…
13RoboCop is actually Jesus
RoboCop is actually Jesus Well he is a staunch upholder of right and wrong…and there’s also the fact that actor Paul Verhoeven has actually come out and confirmed the theory; “It is about a guy who gets crucified in the first 50 minutes. And then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes, and then is like the supercop of the world.” We’ll be watching it in a whole new light from now on…
14Harry’s life as a wizard is actually an elaborate fantasy
Harry’s life as a wizard is actually an elaborate fantasy Another dazzling, it-was-all-a-dream fan theory which this time casts a conspiratorial light on Harry Potter. Was Harry just sitting under the Dursleys’ stairs the whole time, cooking up the saga up in his head? It’s basically a twist on ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.
15‘Aladdin’ is set in a post-apocalyptic universe
‘Aladdin’ is set in a post-apocalyptic universe Why would the Genie refer to Aladdin’s clothes as “so third century” and pull off myriad impressions of modern day pop culture icons if he had been inside his lamp for the last 10,000 years? Because – silly – the story takes place in a distant future, where “Arabia” is actually a global superpower. Genius.