Before the internet, the only way to find out hidden meanings or theories about your favorite movies and shows was to either find a way to track down the director or just go hang out with your stoner cousin. Thanks to the web, you can hang out with everyone’s stoner cousin all at once without any of the contact high! Here are 15 of the “so crazy it might just be true” movie and TV theories we could find in the darkest corners of the internet. Be warned, you’ll never watch these the same way again.
Garfield is actually dying of starvation, and just imagining Jon and Odie. There was a reference to this Halloween themed comic. Garfield woke up in a condemned and abandoned house. He calls out for Odie and Jon, but there is no answer. He then wills the illusion back on himself, and continues his delusions about his ‘family’.
2. The Rock
Sean Connery’s character in The Rock (John Patrick Mason) is actually James Bond. He got caught spying on America and was hidden away in various prisons. “This man does not exist. Not in the United States or Great Britain” says FBI Director Womack. This ties in with the theory of James Bond being a code name for different agents.
3. The Jetsons/Flintstones
The Jetsons and the Flintstones are two portions of the same society. The people living in Bedrock are actually members of a far future (one may say post-human) society that have rejected the day to day electronic assistance to live like their long-dead ancestors did (or at least what they think they lived like; history has lost a bit in translation). This explains the talking animals: They’re just synthetic creations. It’s been so long since any actual animal lived that didn’t have human communication bred/written into it that the “ferals” don’t realize how silly it is to be talking with creatures that didn’t even exist alongside early humans.
4. That 70s Show
That 70’s Show,“ is a vague sequel to "Happy Days”. At the end of Happy days, Richie and Ralph go off to the Korean war (or at least they are training for it). Fonzie stays behind. At this point you must remember that the Fonz was always the person who kept Richie 'cool’.
Flash Forward 20 years, Richie, (now 'Red’) Has become bitter after the war, and without the catalyst that was Arthur Fonzerelli, his friendship with fool neighbor, Bob (Ralph) has fallen apart. Happy Days was made in the 70s and set int he 50s. That 70’s Show was in the 90s and set in the 70s.
5. The Haunted Mansion
In the Haunted Mansion at Disney World/Disneyland, “you” commit suicide during the course of the ride and become a ghost.
At the beginning of the ride the ghost host (the narrator) says the only way to escape the mansion is to die, and he shows that he hanged himself. Near the end of the ride there’s a moment where the ride vehicle turns around backwards and you go off a balcony, which according to this theory represents you jumping to your death.
Before this part of the ride the ghosts are all trying to scare you, but afterwards they sing excitedly and invite you to party with them. (The Grim Grinnin’ Ghosts song.) The only human character in the ride, a groundskeeper, appears after the balcony drop. He faces toward the riders and seems terrified of you.
Could be totally accidental, could be an intentional subtlety by the designers, but either way I’ve never looked at that ride the same way since.
The ending to Inception isn’t actually mysterious, because the top isn’t Cobb’s totem. The top belonged to Mal. Cobb’s totem is his wedding ring because every time he’s dreaming he has his ring on since, in his dream, he’s still with his wife. In the last scene he isn’t wearing his wedding ring so it is actually reality.
7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka knew those children would die in his factory. After Augustus gets sucked up the shoot, they all hop on board the boat through the tunnel of doom. The boat doesn’t have two extra vacant seats though. It was designed with prior knowledge that they would lose two participants before that point. Later they drive a cream-spewing car with only four seats. Did they have another car waiting in the garage in case the others made it? Of course not. Willy Wonka uses children to make candy.
This one has been around for a while, but it’s so eerie it would be wrong not to share it.
In the theory, the only Rugrat that actually exists is Angelica. Her parents don’t pay any attention to her so, as a result she created all these imaginary babies for her to play with. The problem is that she doesn’t know how to properly play with them, so she comes off as bossy and mean. Each set of parents in the show have suffered from a terrible loss.
Tommy was stillborn. That’s why his dad is always working on toys and building things for him. He can’t process that he’ll never have this son, so that’s how he copes with it.
The DeVilles either had an abortion or lost an early pregnancy. Angelica was never sure if it would be a boy or a girl, so she decided to make it both. That’s where the twins came in.
Chuckie died, along with his mother. It was either during childbirth or when he was very little. This is the reason why his dad is always so nervous. He’s never recovered from losing his family so tragically.
9. Inspector Gadget
There are actually two Inspector Gadgets. The first was long thought to be dead, so a second was built, one with the same dog, niece, life. When the first returns from being presumably dead and sees he has been replaced, he snaps. He vows to destroy the man who took his place and assumes a new identity… Dr. Claw.
10. Scooby Doo
The original Scooby Doo series is set after a horrible economic depression. Everything is abandoned and falling apart, and all of the villains are people who would normally be really respected (professors, museum curators, celebrities) who have fallen into hard times just like everyone else. How many times have the gang helped someone NOT go out of business?
11. Harry Potter
Just like Voldemort, author JK Rowlings created seven Horcruxes of herself so she, too, will live forever. She did it in the form of Harry Potter books. A Horcrux is supposed to contain a part of your soul, so it would make sense that she would look at it as pouring a part of her soul into each book. But as most HP fans know, in order for Voldemort to create each Horcrux, someone had to die every time. Does that explain the deaths of Dobby, Dumbledore, Fred, Hedwig, Lupin, Snape, and Tonks?
Skynet could EASILY wipe out humanity with a virus or chemical attack, but instead uses elaborate terminators to battle with mankind. Why? Because it was built for one thing only; war. If they wipe out humanity they’ll have no purpose left. They don’t want to win necessarily; they just want to fight forever.
13. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
There is no Ferris Bueller.
Cameron has created an alternate personality for himself that has the confidence to do the things he thinks he could never pull off on his own. Another theory is that the whole movie takes place in Cameron’s head as he lying sick in bed. He imagines himself as Ferris, using Chicago as his playground and getting the prettiest girl.
14. Finding Nemo
In the beginning of Finding Nemo, the father imagines one son survived when in reality his whole family was destroyed.
The movie is an allegory of the father’s journey through the stages of grief:
Denial - he won’t let his son go to school because it’s not “safe” Anger - he scolds his son for venturing out of his control Bargaining - he puts up with an amnesiac travel buddy to help him find his son Despair - he sees his son flushed down the drain Acceptance - he learns to “let go” and let things be the way they are
Almost everyone in the story tells the father he has to “let go” of his son. His travels take him to the Land Down Under (aka Underworld). The movie ends with him saying goodbye as his son visually disappears into the void. And the kicker? “Nemo” means “nobody” in Latin (in 20,000 Leagues, Captain Nemo is messing with people who ask him what his name is)
15. Rebecca Black’s song Friday
This one isn’t a movie or TV show, but it’s eerily hilarious. The theory is that Rebecca Black’s song is actually about the Kennedy Assassination. The man driving the car JFK was in was named Samuel Kickin (Kickin in the front seat, sittin in the back seat…). The assassination occurred on a Friday, and after JFK was shot the secret service told Jackie Kennedy to “get down” (got to get down on Friday). The cold war and the spread of Communism are referenced (everybody’s Russian).
Finally, instead of eating a breakfast of eggs and sausage that morning, JFK opted for a bowl of Bran Flakes (got to have my bowl- got to have cereal). The following Monday, JFK was due to sign a law that provided bus transportation to all students (got to catch my bus…).