Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped many fans from trying to plot the Disney universe. An early effort by Redditor translucentfish controversially put "Aladdin" in Saudi Arabia, and "Tangled" close to Germany. Twenty-six-year-old Eowyn Smith's recent map, which she posted with extensive citations on Deviantart, racked up thousands of comments and dozens of media mentions within days. Smith told the Huffington Post that she re-watched all of the Disney movies, noting wildlife, backgrounds and landscapes, in order to make the map. She was helped by fan blogs like Finding Corona and Finding Arendelle, which exist solely to hypothesize where the movies would take place in real life.
All this begs an obvious question: why? Aren't Disney movies enough as discrete, self-contained little pieces of art? Do we have to seek out further meaning? With their clue-sifting and screen-shotting and arcanely labeled diagrams, die-hard Disney theorists share something with their zanier, more paranoid cousins in the conspiracy world: a belief that some greater power is orchestrating everything, and they are the only ones in on the plot.
Of course, there's a big gap between blogging about the New World Order's political machinations and Disney's creative ones. The latter is, obviously, more fun. (Also saner.) That said, it's pretty absurd to think some god-like creative at Disney is lurking in the wings, anonymously plotting the interacting story arcs of hundreds of films and characters.
Then again, if the Tumblr hordes have time for that . . . why wouldn't Disney?