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Rite of Spring, 4,500,000,000 to 65,000,000 BC
It's worthless trying to figure out when Hercules takes place, since the original stories were mythological. Yet the shortlived Hercules animated series includes Cassandra and Helen (that Helen) as characters, who were present at the fall of Troy. If we look to archaeology and the chronologies of Classical Greek mythology, we get a date for the fall of Troy at 1183 or 1184 BCE. That's not too far off. Complicating matters is that Homer describes Hercules as having laid siege to Troy himself, long before the Trojan War. Really though, that's the least of Hercules' offenses to mythology. We can't blame Disney exclusively though. My own childhood education in the Classics was undermined by this one...
|"I'm pretty sure this isn't how the story goes Herc, isn't how the story goes."|
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Beauty and the Beast dating to 1770's is right out. Based on Belle's dress, we'd be looking at a date closer to 1860's. That works for me, since it means that Ashley's favourite Disney movie and one of my favourite - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - happen at roughly the same time!
There is no way that Tangled could take place around 1820. The fashion in it would suggest somewhere around the Renaissance or Elizabethan Period. Or, to be more precise, it's Disney pulling all sorts of vaguely Renaissancey, Mediaeavalish stuff in from across a thousand years of fashion. Mother Goethel's dress is firmly in the 1300's. The shoulder poofs can be considered to date from 1820, which is a total anachronism. It's basically a giant Ren-Faire. Our suspicion is that the timeline placed Tangled when it did because of Rapunzel and Flynn's cameo in Frozen, which it also places at 1820. That's probably off by about a decade or so. The style of clothing in Frozen suggests the 1830's.
|Rapunzel's father: Henry the 8th, Richard the 3rd, or Blackbeard the pirate?|
1882 is probably too early a date for Tarzan. Jane's fancier yellow dress could potentially be pulled as far forward as 1885, but that's stretching beyond credulity. The expedition clothes worn by the entire group could date to the late 1800's and early 1900's. A number of clues are given in the Porter Expedition's camp. The style of typewriter that the gorillas bang on in "Trashing the Camp" wasn't invented until 1895, which is around the same time that disc-playing gramophones became commercially viable. Both Clayton and Prof. Porter make reference to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901. That said, the Legend of Tarzan television series has a French trader named Dumont build a trading post in Tarzan's territory in 1912 (which is the same year the original Tarzan of the Apes was published). This is another case of it being Disney's problem rather than Aish's... Especially considering that they also make gaffs like putting gorillas and ring-tailed lemurs in the same jungle. Lemurs, for the record, are isolated to the island of Madagascar, where there are no gorillas.
Aish puts The Lion King at 1994, when the film was released. However, if they did put Tangled at the same time as Frozen because of Rapunzel and Flynn's cameo, then logically The Lion King happens at the same time as Hercules, since Scar makes a cameo there as the Nemean Lion.
But then, the Timon and Pumbaa cartoon has pretty modern-looking people in it. So, sure? 1994?
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Besides, according to House of Mouse, they all happen at the same time.