Link the hints to solve this one, starting with Michael Jackson

This is a linking puzzle, where you get 8 hints, and 7 links between them.

1. Michael Jackson made a song for this film.

1.-2. The link between the animal of clue 1 and the fictional person of clue 2 is an animal with long teeth.

1. This is a fictional person, and the same in both links.

2.-3. This is the best couple of friends you ever knew.

1. This is a fictional person in the foregoing link, but a real person in the next link.

3.-4. They used to be a super-couple.

1. A real person in both link, but he could also be associated with the name of a certain part of the heel.

4.-5. The new super-couple. Lots of kids.

1. Change a vowel in one of the names from the last link, to identify the fictional person in the next link.

5.-6. Worlds most famous lovers.

1. This person has portrayed both the fictional person in the last link, and the next link. He has the name of a turtle.

6.-7. The ship is sinking.

1. A fictional person in last link, a real in the next one.

7.-8. A royal couple.

1. A person from Switzerland.

The two overflowing words from 1. and 8. could be combined to be associated with a principle important to many countries in the world. This has recently(?) been a part of news coverage around the world. What is this principle called?

• 5.-6.: Romeo and Juliet Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 10:03
• 6.-7.: Titanic ${}$ Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 10:04

Here is the complete solution (I have added my solutions for items 1 through 3 to Bulldogg6404's solution for items 4-8):

* 1: "Free Willy" (about saving an Orca whale)
* 1-2: Walrus
* 2: Ross Geller (from the TV series "Friends"; played by David Schwimmer)
* 2-3: Ross & Rachel = David Schwimmer & Jennifer Aniston (TV series "Friends")
* 3: Jennifer Aniston (plays Rachel in "Friends")
* 3-4: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
* 4: Brad Pitt plays Achilles in the movie "Troy"
* 4-5: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
* 5: Jolie -> Julie (?)
* 5-6: Romeo and Juliet
* 6: Leonardo Dicaprio portrayed main characters in both films
* 6-7: Titanic
* 7: Kate Winslet (actress in Titanic)
* 7-8: Kate Middleton and Prince William
* 8: William Tell (folk tale legend from Switzerland)

The answer to the final question seems to be

the freedom of speech principle
(This works with "telling" and with "Free" Willy)

• I looked up the Friends characters, and I figure Rachel's best friend would more likely be Monica Geller. I also figured the first hint was about Free Willy, but I couldn't make a connection between the whale/orca and Monica Geller... Also, the final question answer would use the words Free and Tell; whatever a Free Tell principle is, I don't know. Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 11:12
• Remember, "Will" is not part of the final answer at all, because the riddle says to use the overflow words. Those would be the words at each end of the link chain - the very first word and the very last word. Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 11:43
• Can you explain the connection between Ross and walrus, please? Is it that they sound alike? Or is it some reference to the show that I'm unfamiliar with? Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 13:12
• "Whale + Ross" sounds similar to "walrus". Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 13:15
• @Bulldogg6404 whale-walrus-Ross is indeed the weakest link in the chain (as I anticipated). But the chain still survived...:-) Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 13:15

These are the pieces I figured out.
Edit: New ideas for links 1-3.

1 : Free Willy
1-2 : Movie is about an orca/whale, which has surprisingly long teeth and is rather fatty.
2 : Monica Geller (Friends wiki says she was considered overweight in high school. compared to a whale... a fat joke?)
2-3 : Monica Geller and Rachel Green from Friends
3 : Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston
3-4 : Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
4 : Brad Pitt plays Achilles in the movie Troy.
4-5 : Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
5 : Jolie -> Julie (?)
5-6 : Romeo and Juliet
6 : Leonardo Dicaprio portrayed main characters in both films (Leonardo is the name of a Ninja Turtle)
6-7 : Titanic
7 : Kate (Winslet is the actress in Titanic)
7-8 : Kate Middleton and Prince William
8 : William Tell (folk tale legend from Switzerland)

Final answer is Free Tell, also known as Freedom of Speech.

• You are good! Just solve part 1.-3. and then you will nail it! Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 10:39
• Updated the answer. The only thing I'm not confident in is the Orca -> Monica Geller link. I made my best guess based on my absolute zero knowledge of the Friends television series, so I hope it's right. :) Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 11:39