The LEGO Movie (2014)
One of the reasons we love The LEGO Movie so much is that it’s so cheery. Kinda weirdly cheery. Maybe even too cheery. One fan theory has a reason for this – the kids are all brainwashed. And when you think about it, it does make sense – the LEGO city is brandished with propaganda synonymous with Orwell. Remember, try smiling! Conform, because it’s the norm!
This one really makes us think. We all know and love Aladdin for being an Arabian adventure – but it seems that the landscape for the movie could have actually been the future. More specifically – life after the apocalypse. In the movie, Genie knows all about Tupperware, Arnold Schwarzenegger, cars and more. But how could he know that back in the day? In the official video game, there’s even an unexploded nuke and a stop sign. Well, this has changed everything.
Spirited Away (2001)
We all love Spirited Away, right? Well, this might change your mind. Sorry. One of the scenes in the movie focuses on a young girl cleaning some of the unpleasant clients in a bathtub and scrubbing the dirt and mud off of them. But this wasn’t just an act of kindness. In fact, many people believe that this act allegorizes child prostitution. In Japan, bathhouses were used as a code name and a ruse for brothels, with young girls often being forced to work there.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
How could Beauty and the Beast get any darker? The movie centers around a beautiful woman falling in love with a buffalo/bear/warthog/many animals. But we can get over this fact because it was one of our favorite movies growing up. But supposedly, there’s an even darker meaning to the movie. Howard Ashman, who wrote the lyrics for the musical numbers, was diagnosed with AIDS during the production of the movie. And it seems the movie has a lot of reference to the debilitating disease. The rose is a reference to the gradual and lonely decline in health of AIDS victims, and the ‘Kill the Beast’ song is a reference to society’s view over AIDS and its sufferers.
We love everything Tim Burton does, but his movies do have some pretty dark undertones. But the movie gets even darker when you delve deeper. The storyline is supposed to represent the circle of life and death – more specifically, death. The moral is to leave pets who die as they are – because otherwise you’d be stuck with dead/alive pet rats and cat-bats. And nobody wants those.