Introduced in theaters at Thanksgiving in 1992, the Robin Williams movie was Disney’s 31st feature length animated flick, and one that rode a magic carpet into the history books, between Academy Awards, Golden Globes and a whole lot more.
This month the film is being re-released in a special Diamond edition Blu-Ray, and after a re-watch (in which I bawled my eyes out), I thought it appropriate to round up some Aladdin trivia you probably never knew.
- Robin Williams really is the Genie. Not just the voice … the character was actually written for the comic genius.
- Much of Williams’ dialogue is his own; he spent a lot of time ad-libbing (although rumors that his ad-libbing cost the film a best original screenplay nomination have never been confirmed).
- Although it’s got an award-winning soundtrack, we haven’t heard half of the music created for the film. Twice as many finished songs were dropped as made it into the film. Can you imagine another “Whole New World?”
- One of those songs was “Proud of Your Boy,” a song sung by Aladdin … to his mother. Turns out his mom was cut, and he was turned into an orphan.
- Beast, Sebastian, Mickey, Goofy and Pinocchio all show up in the movie — just keep your eyes open.
- The Temple of Zeus from Hercules can be seen when Aladdin’s out on his magic carpet ride.
- Jim Cummings, the voice of Razoul, the chief of the sultan’s guards, has voiced dozens of animated characters, most notably Winnie the Pooh AND Tigger as well as Ray, the lightning bug in The Princess and the Frog.
- Disney animators often borrow from the animation of past films. In this case, Jafar was based on Maleficent.
- A prequel is in the works. The Return of Jafar sequel was never as popular as the original, but Disney’s Trying again with a live-action movie called Genies, which may well lead to a live action Aladdin re-make.
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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Aladdin, however all opinions expressed in this piece are my own and I was not otherwise compensated.