Cartoon Mysteries: 7 Were Finally Solved, and 7 Others Still Confound Us

The world of cartoons that we are living in is full of mysteries and cartoons, which we all thoroughly enjoy from our childhood, are no exception to this rule. We bet that some of them have probably been the subject of multiple questions from you. For example, why does Garfield hates Mondays, or what is there like at ground level in The Jetsons? The series’ creators or other team members who worked on it have responded to some of the most frequently asked questions. Others, on the other hand, have remained unproven theories that make sense but that nobody has yet been able to confirm. Naturally, some issues remain open-ended and unresolved in their very nature.

Today, we want to share with you this list of popular online cartoon mysteries that have been solved and remain unsolved. Cartoon fans take these issues very seriously, and there have been many theories, rumors, and hotly debated discussions about them. We wondered if one of our viewers could provide some clarification.

Unsolved Mysteries

#1 Gravity Falls’ hidden message from Bill Cipher

Source: © Gravity Falls / Disney Television Animation

The series’ final villain, and the most dangerous character in Gravity Falls, is a demon who can enter and control a person’s mind. And, although he is meant to be killed in the 20th episode of the second season, he says before his death: “A-X-O-L-O-T-L! My time has come to burn! I invoke the ancient power that I may return!”  Fans have long wondered about this weird message, which must be played backward to be understood. Some of them feel that Bill Cipher was not beaten and that he could return at some point if the series had season 3.

#2 How can a fire be lit under the sea in SpongeBob Squarepants?

Source: © SpongeBob SquarePants / Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Even while we are aware that cartoons are just cartoons, how does it sound right to have a whole world at the bottom of the ocean where you can start a fire? SpongeBob has cooked, started fires, and there have even been wildfires in Bikini Bottom on different occasions. This raises another issue: how is it possible if there were electricity there as well?

#3 How can CatDog coexist?

Source: © CatDog / Nickelodeon

Siamese cats and dogs were featured in this Nickelodeon series, which was weird enough in itself. But suddenly, although having the same physical body, the two of them were completely distinct. This is because they were not only 2 different species, but also their personalities were different. How they could meet all of their needs was never made clear.

#4 What is the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty?

Source: © SpongeBob SquarePants / Nickelodeon Animation Studio

The Krabby Patty is the most well-known dish served at Bikini Bottom’s most popular restaurant. Although several competitors have attempted to replicate its success, nobody can figure out Krabby Patty’s recipe.  The Krabby Patty’s originator and owner, Mr. Krab, fervently guards the recipe’s secrecy, which his deadly competitor Plankton has frequently attempted to acquire. Long-time fans have conjectured about the mystery component, and some have concluded that it is crab meat. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the series, said that there was no meat in the dish. We can be confident that no animals were harmed in the preparation of this supper, even if the mystery has not yet been fully explained.

#5 Where do Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’s clothes disappear to when they put on their armor?

Source: © Saint Seiya / Toei Animation

Before wearing their armor, the Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac characters always appear in civilian attire. Then they are covered with a stretchable suit or armor. What happens to their clothing then? When they remove their armor, why do their regular garments occasionally resurface but not other times?

#6 Why can Goofy talk and Pluto can’t?

Source: © Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers / Walt Disney Pictures

When watching Mickey and his friends, one of the most common questions is why Goofy wears clothes and can talk while Pluto cannot. Aren’t they both supposed to be dogs? Some people even thought at first that Goofy was a cow rather than a dog. The rumor spread so quickly and widely on the internet that it reached the ears of Disney executives. They rejected this hypothesis and confirmed that Goofy is also a dog via the official Twitter account in an attempt to put an end to the rumor. But, no matter how certain we are that Goofy is a dog, there has yet to be a satisfactory explanation for Pluto’s inability to communicate.

#7 Why do the Flintstones celebrate Christmas?

Source: © A Flintstone Family Christmas / Hanna-Barbera

The Flintstones is a cartoon that has been seen by many generations and, surprisingly, does not appear to have aged at all. The Flintstones and the Rubbles narrative takes place during the Stone Age, which began around 2,800,000 years ago and lasted until around 3,000 BCE. Christmas was not widely celebrated in the West, at least in artwork, until the middle of the fourth century. This has also led to a popular fan hypothesis that the show takes place in a far-off future when humans have reverted to a caveman-inspired lifestyle, albeit one with a 1960s aesthetic.

Mysteries that have been solved

#8 Is Tarzan really Anna and Elsa’s younger brother?

Source: © Frozen 2 / Walt Disney Animation Studios, © Tarzan / Walt Disney Animation Studios

The king and queen of Arendelle, Anna and Elsa’s parents, are involved in an accident while crossing the seas in Frozen. Their ship sinks, and they both die. However, the hypothesis that links all Disney films led viewers to believe that Anna and Elsa’s parents could have survived the disaster. They were lost after using a lifeboat, according to them. The queen then gave birth to another child, whom we would later know as Tarzan. Given the evidence, it all appeared very logical, but on Tarzan’s twentieth anniversary, Chris Buck, the film’s co-director, rejected the rumor. He apologized for spreading the news on public television and stated that this theory was solely his own perspective.

#9 What dog breed is Scooby-Doo?

Source: © Scooby-Doo y Guess Who? / Cartoon Network

One of the most well-known and adored dogs on television is a Great Dane. However, there was always some doubt about whether this was real because the dog’s physical characteristics did not entirely fit a normal specimen of this breed. The cartoon’s designer, Iwao Takamoto, claimed that when he designed the character, he spoke to a Great Dane dog breeder, who provided him with pedigree dog characteristics. Takamoto, on the other hand, intended Scooby to be the opposite of a traditional Great Dane, so he created a character with a curved back, bowed legs, a short chin, and a very unique hue.

#10 What is there at ground level in the world of The Jetsons?

Source: © The Jetsons / Hanna-Barbera

People in The Jetsons live in high-rise buildings, drive flying cars, and spend practically their entire lives many meters above sea level. But what is going on at ground level during that time? Some episodes show what happens “down there.” Consider the one in which a homeless man is seen walking. There are also times when a bird prefers to walk on the asphalt rather than in the air because there is too much traffic.

#11 Where are Arnold’s parents?

Source: © Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie / Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Before the film Hey, Arnold!  The Jungle Movie was released, we didn’t know much about Arnold’s parents. According to the series, their names were Miles and Stella, and they disappeared while on a humanitarian trip in Central America, where they had gone to cure the people of a peculiar “sleeping sickness.” Only after the film’s premiere did we learn that Arnold’s parents were not completely lost. It turns out they were also affected by the mystery sleeping sickness, and he was eventually able to reunite with them and even bring them back home.

#12 Why are all Disney princesses motherless?

Source: © The Little Mermaid / Walt Disney Animation Studios, © Cinderella / Walt Disney Animation Studios, © Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs / Walt Disney Animation Studios

Another similarity among Disney princesses is that many of them are motherless.  When it comes to Disney characters, Snow White, Cinderella, Bella, Jasmine, and Ariel all have this in common. Don Hahn, a producer for Disney, stated in an interview that this was most likely because of a tragic accident that Walt Disney actually went through. He once bought a house for his parents and had it renovated. His mother’s death was caused by a gas leak, though. This may be a horrifyingly accurate explanation.

#13 Why does Garfield hate Mondays?

Source: © Garfield / CBS

Garfield, a cat who is equally lazy and greedy, spends all of his time sleeping on the couch and watching TV (when he isn’t eating, of course). His attitude to Mondays is, however, inversely correlated with his love of lasagna. But given that his days were generally the same, why did he hate them so much? “Garfield does not have a job, Garfield does not go to school and every day is the same. Nevertheless, every Monday is just a reminder that his life is the same old, same old cycling again and for some reason, even though his life is pretty much the same every day, on Mondays specifically, awful things tend to happen to him physically.” said creator Jim Davis.

#14 Why was Mr. Krabs’ daughter a whale?

Source: © SpongeBob SquarePants / Nickelodeon Animation Studio

The fact that Pearl and her father, Mr. Krabs, are two different species has never been directly addressed in a SpongeBob SquarePants episode. However, the production team made it clear that Mr. Krabs was married to a whale who gave birth to Pearl. Although the series creator, Stephen Hillenburg, received numerous letters asking him to tell the story of how a whale turned out to be a crab’s daughter, he was always reluctant to reveal the Krabs’ secret.