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If you didn’t grow up on cartoons of some kind, you probably did not grow up on planet earth. Whether you were a Disney or Anime fan, the characters you grew up with never quite disappear. As soon as you find those dusty old DVDs, it all comes flooding back. Since the introduction of the internet, many of these classics have resurfaced and some old fans, now adults, have noticed a few details that just don’t belong. Here are a few and they are weird.

1. Angelica Imagined The Babies

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via Flavor Wire

The Rugrats were a wildly successful cartoon franchise in the 90’s with a current cult following. Naturally, alternate interpretations of the show have surfaced in recent years. One suggests that the only living child in the show is Angelica. According to this theory, the babies had existed at one point but all died in various ways. The children continue to live in Angelica’s wild imagination which explains why she is the only character who can understand both adults and babies.

2. Snow White Is Really About Cocaine

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via Giphy

This might just blow your childhood mind. Some keen internet Disney fans have suggested that each of the seven dwarves represent the symptoms of cocaine addiction. This is supported by the obvious connection in the name Snow White referring to the drug and the names of the dwarves representing effects of the drug: Sneezy, sleepy, happy, dopey, grumpy, bashful and finally, a trip to the Doc.

3. Arnolds Grandparents Are Really His Parents

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

Arnold from Hey Arnold was raised by his grandparents because his parents died when he was little. That is the way the story has gone until now. There is evidence to suggest that Arnold’s grandparents are his birth parents and, as they are far too old to safely have a child, Arnold was born with some health problems. Arnold Chiari Syndrome is a condition common to mature pregnancies and it’s symptoms include a misshapen head and psychological problems among other things. The fact that his name is Arnold makes this all the more weird.

4. The Flintstones Are Actually From The Future

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via Archaeology Mythbusting

The Flintstones has always been a cartoon about prehistoric times, or so we thought. There is a theory suggesting that this show is actually about the post-apocalyptic world. As the show aired between 1960 and 1966, the civilization-ending crap storm the Cold War threatened to deliver could have inspired such a concept. The characters on the show clearly use modern tools and equipment that may have remained after the destruction subsided.

5. Garfield Hallucinated Jon And Odie

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via Wikipedia

Garfield is one of the most popular and internationally appealing comics in history. Much like Angelica ofThe Rugrats, Garfield allegedly hallucinates Jon and Odie out of loneliness and slow starvation. The above strip takes place in an abandoned house where Garfield was apparently left to die. The rest is his mind’s attempt at sanity in a dire situation though self stimulation/ dilution.

6. The Smufs Are Nazis

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

The Smurfs are another old classic that has appealed to audiences around the world for three generations. When you look closely, however, you notice strange connections to various racist groups, mainly Nazis and the KKK. The Smifs have white pointed hats and, like the KKK, their leader wears a red pointed hat. They salute their leader with a gesture that closely resembles the Nazi ‘hail’ and the villain, Gargamel, is a character that embodies common Jewish stereotypes. He even has a cat named Azrael which just happens to be the name of the angel of death in Jewish tradition.

 

7. The Genie And The Merchant Are One And The Same

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via Topito

Both of these characters were voiced by the one and only Robin Williams (RIP) but they have more in common than that. One theory proposes that the genie, posing as the merchant, was selling his own lamp in search of someone kind enough to set him free.

8. The Kids From The Magic School Bus And Captain Planet Are One And The Same

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via The Mary Sue

There is a theory that these two shows are connected and the characters are the same people at different ages. The characters in each show correspond to the other and the timing supports this theory. Allegedly, Ms. Frizzle kidnapped the kids, took them to an island and brain-washed them into thinking they are at school and she is their teacher. She then proceeds to teach the kids about science in an elaborate plan to raise them to be Planeteers.

9. The Simpsons Predicted 9/11

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
via What Culture

No show in history has had as much of an impact on pop culture and, with that territory, comes loyal fans and their theories. This one holds some water as the above example is one of many clear allusions to the 9/11 attacks, years before they occurred. In this image, the $9 is positioned in such a way that the twin towers are the “11”. Can you say freaky?

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

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