Many of us are happy to believe that our favourite childhood cartoons, movies and books are totally innocent.But a recent Reddit thread explored the darker side of cartoons including Spongebob Squarepants, Ed Edd and Eddy, and Rugrats.
The theories are compelling—and could change the way you view your favourite characters forever.
The Rugrats' Angelica is the only one who can talk to the babies because they are a figment of her imagination.
'She is spoiled, sad and lonely, because her mother is constantly working and has no time for her.
So how did it come about that Angelica would have to imagine these babies? Tommy died soon after child birth, a fact reflected by Stu never leaving the basement, inventing toys that his son will never play with. Chuckie died in the car crash along with his Mum, also reflected in the actions of his father; the crash has made him a pathetic nervous wreck most of the time.
Most interesting is Phil and Lil. There never where any twins, there was just one baby. However this baby was a still born, and Angelica never knew the sex of the still born, so she invented twins of different genders.'
In the Haunted Mansion at Disney theme parks, riders commit suicide during the course of the ride and become ghosts..
'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 only human character in the ride, a groundskeeper, appears after the balcony drop. He faces toward the riders and seems terrified of you.'
'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?'
'The existence of Spongebob and his strange friends is the result of radiation from nuclear arms testing that was performed on the Bikini Atoll in the late 40's and early 50's. Since they live under the atoll, the town is known as 'Bikini Bottom'.'
'Not only has he never tested the time machine, but he claims that many of his inventions have been failures.
So during the moment when he's about to find out if his life's work was a huge success, or a complete waste, he not only drives the Delorian towards himself, but grabs onto Marty when he tries to run away.
If that first time travel test was a failure, they both would have been killed. Which is exactly what Doc wanted had the experiment been a failure.'
'There was a reference to this in a 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'.'
'Pinky and The Brain One is a genius The other's insane.' Brain constantly plans to take over the world, suggesting he is insane. Pinky often finds ways to ruin these plans.. so.. who is the genius?'
'The planet Pandora functions as a giant and incredibly intelligent neural network, and essentially rewrites Jake Sully's mind to protect one of it's primary networking hubs. Right before he connects to the tree of knowledge (or whatever it was called), he's still talking like a marine. Then BAM, he connects to the planet, and suddenly everything is sacred, he's in love, et cetera.'
'She is so angry about being exiled that she decides to write books revealing the entirety of the magic world to the muggle world. To her dismay, the muggle world believes her stories to be fiction, but she becomes rich and famous anyway.'
Inspector Gadget is actually the second Inspector, built as a completely-robotic replacement after the first was lost in action. Upon return, he became Dr. Claw.
'He was loaded with his old memories, and nobody would have been the wiser, except that the original Inspector Gadget didn't actually die.
Upon returning from whatever disaster caused his bosses to give up on him as KIA, and now horribly disfigured, he discovers this replacement living his life, even with his dog and raising his niece. The original Inspector snaps, and vows to devote the rest of his life to the destruction of the ungodly replacement. He disavows everything he once knew and loved.'
Ed, Edd and Eddy's entire cast of kids are all dead and living in a purgatory of an eternal childhood cycle
'There's a complete lack of any adult agents in the purgatory. There are a number of explanations for their deaths, ranging from an explosion due to a gas-leak in the neighbourhood to apocalyptic ones such as nuclear explosion or the spread of a deadly disease that killed most of middle-America. Another theory suggests that the kids in the Cul-de-Sac are dead children from the neighbourhood, each from different times (Johnny and Rolf from the 40's, Kevin from the 90's, Naz from the 60's, Jimmy from the 00's, and so on).'
'All of the Smurfs wear white hats that resembled KKK hoods, except for the Grand Wizard of the smurfs, Papa Smurf, who wears a red hood.
They live in perfect harmony, but are constantly under threat from the evil big-nosed Jew, Gargamel, who wants to use them for his own twisted enrichment.'
'The driver of the car he was assassinated in's name was Samuel Kickin (Kickin in the front seat, sittin in the back seat...). The assassination occured on a Friday and when he was shot the Secret Service yelled at Jackie Kennedy to 'get down' (got to get down on Friday). Parts about the cold war and the spread of Communism are referenced (everybody's Russian) and to top it all off, in the hotel that morning JFK declined a breakfast of sausage, eggs and toast for a bowl of Bran Flakes instead (got to have my bowl--got to have cereal). Also, the following Monday JFK was supposed to sign a bill into law requiring all public schools to provide bus transportation for their students (got to catch my bus...)'
'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 realise how silly it is to be talking with creatures that didn't even exist alongside early humans.'
'The Island is Limbo and the adventures had by the crew are a series of trials to determine their redemption or damnation. The crew themselves were generally 'good people' and undeserving of eternal punishment, yet they revealed in sin and are 'unworthy' to enter Heaven... thus their banishment to Limbo.
What about Gilligan? All that can be said about Gilligan is no matter how the crew distracted him or how actively they sought to keep him from interfering with whatever plan of escape they had imagined, he somehow found a way to keep the crew trapped on the Island. This is because they never earned 'redemption'.'
'As Bella gets more entangled with Edward, she becomes less and less independent, more and more selfish. She is accepting of his abusive behaviour (stalking her on trips with her friends, removing parts from her car so that she can't go see Jacob, creeping into her window at night, emotional manipulation) to the point that when he completely abandons her (walking out on the trust and commitment they've built together, in spite of having vowed to remain with her no matter what), she is willing to take him back. Edward is clearly entirely morally bankrupt.'
'My personal explanation for why Charlie Brown in Peanuts is bald is he's dying of cancer and dreaming up everything. In the strip nothing ever works out for him and his life is a disaster, but he's simply channeling his sadness into his dreams.'
'The toons are black people living in the age of Jim Crow. They are trying to evict toons and build on the land of Toon Town, much like gentrification pushes poor people out of their neighborhoods. Many of the toons are performers, which is a nod to minstrel culture and the exploitation of blacks as novelties for entertainment. Jessica Rabbit is the toon that looks most like a human. She is a symbol for women of mixed racial heritage and the way that white men frequently felt confused about their desire for them. She's also a symbol of misogyny due to her marriage to an extremely toonish toon.'
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