First fans complained that in the first look at Will Smith's Genie from Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of Aladdin, he wasn't blue.
It’s hard to believe that Disney’s Arabian Nights classic ‘Aladdin’ is almost 25 years old, and while we’re all familiar with the adventure Al and his trusty sidekick Abu embark on, we’ve uncovered some of the more fascinating things about the film you might not know. Remember the peddler we see right at the beginning who introduces us to the movie world of Aladdin? Well, he was originally meant to be Genie as it was also voiced by the late Robin Williams.
Disney are not able to use outtakes from Robin Williams’ 1991 ‘Aladdin’ voice recordings in a new film thanks to a stipulation in the late actor’s will. This comes via the New York Post, which reveals that Disney may have been planning a fourth instalment of the 'Aladdin’ series which would use the extensive outtakes from Williams’ recording sessions.
There are many Disney fan theories out there on the Internet, some plausible (Elsa and Tarzan are siblings?!) some completely far-fetched (all Pixar films are connected?), but now the directors of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ have confirmed one theory about their 1992 animation is in fact, completely true. Ron Clements and John Musker, speaking to E! News, revealed that the peddler who appears at the start of ‘Aladdin’ introducing viewers to Agrabah and the story, is in fact the Genie in disguise, a theory long held by fans. One theory they vehemently denied is the one that suggests ‘Aladdin’ takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, supposedly “proven” by the Genie’s impressions of 20th century stars like Jack Nicholson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ahead of the release for Disney’s Diamond Edition Blu-ray of Aladdin, some never-before-seen footage of the late, great Robin Williams has emerged. The unseen clips are included on the newest home release, and feature a number of other characters and impressions Williams did in the studio that, for whatever reason, didn’t make it into the final cut of the film or onto previous DVD or Blu-ray versions. Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is almost 23-years-old and has since had two sequels that make up a trilogy. 1994 saw ‘The Return of Jafar’ but without Williams, after a dispute with Disney. Two years later, in 1996, the third in the franchise - ‘Aladdin and the King of Thieves’ - came out and, after rekindling working relations, Williams reprised his famed role.