Top 10 Craziest Movie Fan Theories That Were Wrong

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Top 10 Craziest Movie Fan Theories That Were Wrong

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
Well there goes that idea! For this list, we'll be going over the most bizarre fan theories about films that ended up being incorrect, despite many feeling oddly plausible. Our countdown includes "Mad Max: Fury Road", “Ferris Bueller's Day Off”, “Toy Story”, and more!
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Top 10 Craziest Movie Fan Theories That Turned Out to Be Wrong


Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 craziest movie fan theories that turned out to be wrong.

For this list, we’ll be going over the most bizarre fan theories about films that ended up being incorrect, despite many feeling oddly plausible.

#10: Owen’s Origins

“Jurassic World” (2015)
In the original “Jurassic Park” film, Dr. Alan Grant gives an annoying kid a lesson about the respect he should feel for velociraptors. Fast forward 20 plus years, and “Jurassic World” stars Owen Grady, a trainer for living raptors at a fully functioning dinosaur park. Some fans have suggested that these two characters are one and the same, and that the boy took his newfound respect for these animals and made a career out of it. However, both Chris Pratt, who plays Owen, and Whit Hertford, who played the boy, have shot down this theory; leaving fans feeling ‘Blue’.

#9: The Day

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)
The movie is called “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” so naturally many fans were curious – which day is it? The legendary teenage ditcher and his friends do a lot of fun things while skipping school, including attending a baseball game. Some eagle-eyed fans figured out who was playing that day and decided on the date June 5, 1985. This does fit, given that the story seems to take place near the end of the school year. However, there’s also the small matter of the huge Von Steuben Parade that’s a major set-piece too! This event takes place in September and appears later in the movie. Life does move pretty fast, but we’re pretty sure you can’t fit that much time in one day!

#8: Sandy Is Dead

“Grease” (1978)
The conclusion of “Grease” sees lovebirds Sandy and Danny fly off into the sky in a car. That’s weird, right? Sure it’s a musical and people break into song randomly, but a flying car? One theory supposed that, since Sandy is said to have nearly drowned when she and Danny first met, that the whole film is a near-death hallucination. Sandy did drown, and her ascent in the convertible is actually her ascent to heaven. However, even if this idea is ‘the one that you want’, the musical’s writer Jim Jacobs has brought it down to Earth - claiming its inventor “must have been on acid.”

#7: Andy’s Late Father Owned Woody

“Toy Story” (1995)
“Toy Story” has sparked a ton of theories, such as why the toys have come to life in the first place. But one of the strangest has to do with its human characters. The rumored original source was supposedly the late Joe Ranft, once head of story for Pixar. It posits that Andy, the boy who owns Woody and the rest of the toys, was not Woody’s first owner. Instead, the Andy written on Woody’s boot refers to Andy’s father. The theory further states that Andy Sr. died of post-polio syndrome and passed his toys on to his son. However, “Toy Story” writer Andrew Stanton has ‘poisoned this water hole’, calling it “fake news.” “Somebody’s poisoned the water hole!”

#6: Donny Is Imaginary

“The Big Lebowski” (1998)
The two main protagonists of this hilarious movie are Walter and the Dude, although they’re sometimes joined by Donny, their bowling teammate. Far less assertive than his friends, Donny is frequently ignored by the duo, except when Walter tells him to shut up. This inspired the theory that Donny is just a figment of Walter’s imagination. The cast members have even mentioned it at a reunion. However, not only do the writer/directors the Coen brothers not abide with this idea, the movie doesn’t either! The Dude responds to Donny several times, and then there’s the memorable moment of Donny’s ashes being blown into the Dude’s face after his death. This theory will not stand, man! (like “This aggression will not stand, man!”)

#5: Max Isn’t Max

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)
When a character is recast, it’s bound to create concerns with continuity. Such was the case with the newest “Mad Max” film, which saw Tom Hardy take over the title role. However, some fans thought that his new appearance could be explained another way. The theory supposes that Hardy’s character is really an adult version of the unnamed Feral Kid from “The Road Warrior.” The biggest pieces of evidence are their mutual fondness for nonverbal communication, and a music box similar to the one that Max gave the Feral Kid showing up in “Fury Road.” Sadly, it was not a ‘lovely day’ when director George Miller debunked this theory, pointing out that “The Road Warrior”’s narrator is an adult Feral Kid.

#4: Harry Potter & the Imaginary Wizards

“Harry Potter” Franchise (2001-11)
The “Harry Potter” fandom is a large and devoted one, which has led to a plethora of wild theories. As tempting as it was to discuss the one where Dumbledore is secretly a time-traveling Ron, this one is even more insane – almost literally! According to some fans’ ideas, Harry is not a wizard at all, but rather a mentally ill young man whose abusive upbringing leads him to imagine his adventures at Hogwarts. The school is not for witches and wizards, but rather an asylum Harry is committed to. Voldemort, meanwhile, is an externalization of Harry’s darker impulses. J.K. Rowling has debunked this theory, however. Either way, of course guess, just because something is inside your head, doesn’t mean it isn’t real, right? [Dumbledore makes it clear to Harry that just because something is happening in his head doesn’t mean it isn’t real]

#3: Darth Jar Jar

“Star Wars” Franchise (1977-)
“Star Wars” has generated its own fair share of fan theories. While the idea that Supreme Leader Snoke was Palpatine’s legendary master Darth Plagueis was also off-the-wall, an even more unbelievable mastermind would have been Jar Jar Binks! The floppy-eared CGI comic relief character is a low point in the franchise in many people’s books, but some theorists have suggested that he was smarter than he seemed. The theory holds that Jar Jar was actually a Sith Lord, secretly influencing those around him with mind control to help bring Palpatine to power. Higher ups connected to the franchise like J.J. Abrams have debunked the theory, and given that Jar Jar was made to appeal to kids, it seems very unlikely.

#2: Pixar Universe

“Pixar” Films (1995-)
So all-encompassing that it’s usually just called “the Pixar theory,” this idea holds that every Pixar movie ever made is actually part of a shared universe. The origins of it are generally the easter eggs referencing previous movies that Pixar tends to put in their films, or background characters that look like old characters showing up in new movies. Theorists have used these minute connections to construct an elaborate timeline, with “Brave”’s magic giving people superpowers in “The Incredibles” and movies like “Cars” or “WALL-E” taking place in the distant future. However, Pixar animators and executives like Mark Nielson have revealed that the easter eggs are just winks at the audience and similar characters are just reused assets.

#1: The Codename

“Jame Bond” Franchise (1962-)
No, not 007 – we’re talking about the name Bond. James Bond. This popular theory suggests that like the real world role, “James Bond” is a codename passed on to different men within the story. Proponents point to the different actors who have played the part, as well as a few tongue in cheek references. However, even the movies themselves poke holes in this idea. For instance, continuity like the death of Bond’s wife, as well as recurring characters like Q and M illustrate that it’s different men as the same character. Additionally, “Casino Royale” being a definitive reboot origin story, as well as the appearance of the Bond family home in “Skyfall,” make it clear that the spy was born Bond, not made.
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