5 Disturbing Theories About Your Favorite Children's TV Shows.
These theories were originally featured on whatculture.com, in an article written by Freddie Rochez.
1. Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants is undoubtedly one of the weirder kids shows in existence. A sponge, living in a pineapple under the sea, with a cast of random weird friends. But there's an even weirder explanation for this. The show is actually a warning of the dangers of nuclear testing. It was created by a former marine biologist who used this as a way to spread his message.
Bikini Bottom's name comes from the name of a site of nuclear arms tests in the 1940s and 50s called Bikini Atoll. Since the show is located under Bikini Atoll, it is called Bikini Bottom. Though this was initially just speculation, it was confirmed in the SpongeBob movie when David Hasellhof returned Spongebob and Patrick to Bikini Bottom and what was in the background? You guessed it: Bikini Atoll.
This means that the entire odd and mutated cast is a result of the radiation that has seeped into the surrounding environment, and it explains several mysteries of the show. Pineapple that is able to grow under water? Radiation. Sentient sponge? Radiation. Sandy's spacesuit is even a hazmat suit left over from nuclear experiments on land. The Crusty Crab's burgers are all cooked over radioactive material, explaining how they are able to cook underwater. And Mr Crabs daughter is a whale because ah okay we're not sure about that one either.
Continue to the next page for a theory about The Flinstones!
2. The Flinstones
The Flinstones is based on the Modern West. References to modern technology, culture, and religion exist in everything they do, even their basic family structures. Ever wonder why? Well, one theory holds that this is because citizens of Bedrock are actually members of a distant future society. All of Western Society as we currently know it has collapsed after a series of nuclear disasters, and generations later, the survivors use the scarce resources they have left to model their civilization after what they remember of the 20th century.
A second, but related theory holds that the futuristic Jetsons exist in the same world. Society has divided into two groups - one that live in an ultra-advanced society while the others live on the fringes, void of technology,
Continue to the next page for a weird theory about The Care Bears.
3. The Care Bears
The Care Bears are known as the lovable, cuddly bears full of love and wonder. But theory has it that these bears are actually representations of Voodoo in the United States!
The name Care Bears is based on Carefours, a district of Port au Prince considered to be the capital of the Voodoo world. The bear's home, the cloud city of Care-a-Lot, is an idealized representation of the holy city of the Loa, the gods of the Voodoo religion.
There is a lot of similarity in the language used in the show and the religion. For example, the Care Bears constantly want to "Share until you care," while the Loa are believed to share (possess) the bodies of their worshipers. The Care Bears are identified as friends of children around the world, just as the Voodoo Loa are described as friendly spirits, or, simply, their friends. Lastly, the symbols on the Care Bear's stomachs are theorized to represent the sigils associated with the Loa.
Continue to the next page for a theory about Winnie The Pooh!
4. Winnie The Pooh
It is well known that Eeyore, of Winnie The Pooh, was clinically depressed. But not much attention has been given to the rest of the cast. It is theorized that actually, the entire group of friends are representations of mental disorders. It was even written about in an article by the Canadian Medical Association. Piglet has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Owl is Dyslexic, and Tigger has ADHD. Pooh has a whole gamut: ADHD, OCD, and Impulsive tendencies.
Lastly, we come to our dear Christopher Robin, the only human in our cast. Mr. Robin? Schizophrenic. The other characters are, after all, manifestations of his own imagination. With their myriad of mental issues, the different animals represent Christopher's own struggles as a child learning to function in society and interact with the world.
Continue to the last page for a theory about The Rugrats!
5. The Rugrats
This theory posits that the Rugrats aren't real. Well, obviously they're not real, they're cartoons, but within the context of the show, these characters are all products of Angelica's imagination. Angelica is a sad, lonely little girl with no friends and parents that are too focused on their careers to give them the attention she needs. She compensated for this by creating a series of younger friends that she could boss around, which could give her a sense of control in her life.
Even more disturbing, the theory says that Angelica based these characters on the dead children of her parents' childless friends. Chuckie died in the same crash that killed this mother, explaining why Chaz is a nervous wreck. Tommy was a stillborn, which is why Stu is constantly in the basement making toys for the son who never had a chance to live. The twins Lil and Phil were actually one baby. Their parents had an abortion, or possibly a miscarriage and, because Angelica didnt know the babys gender, decided to create one of each.
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