Did Disney’s animated film “Tangled” predict coronavirus?
The fairytale may have taken a page out of “The Simpson’s” playbook – the FOX series eerily predicts a vast majority of world events – by predicting that the world would be plagued by a virus that would force the public into self-quarantine and isolation.
The 2010 film focused on a modern-day Rapunzel (the Queen of Quarantine), who was kidnapped and locked away in a secluded tower for 18-years by the protective enchantress Mother Gothel, who wanted to preserve her youth.
Many have drawn comparisons between the Queen of Quarantine’s existence to the present-day practice of social distancing and self-quarantining.
But here’s where it gets a little too close for comfort. The village that Rapunzel is being kept away from is called -- wait for it -- Corona.
Many social media users made the connection that Rapunzel is to us as the village is to the current pandemic.
One fan tweeted: “So the movie from Disney Tangled the girl is not allowed out of the castle. The kingdom is called Corona. Coincidence!!’ I don’t think so.”
Another fan simply admitted she was “shook” by the connection.
However, one fan chose to look on the bright side as the quarantine eventually led Rapunzel to finding her prince, Flynn Rider, who comes to her rescue.
“Corona is an island kingdom and the birthplace of Rapunzel in Disney’s 2010 animated feature film, Tangled. After a significant period of isolation it is also where Rapunzal met her future husband/prince. Just saying,’” the user wrote.
While it’s fun to give into conspiracy theories and assume that Disney was trying to send us a warning message, the most likely explanation is that the town’s name and Rapunzel’s quarantine are mere coincidences.