Trivia: Aladdin

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Trivia in general:

  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Abis Mal is George Costanza. Also counts under Actor Allusion as well, as he also acts as essentially an expy of the character in terms of mannerisms and personality.
    • Iago is the Aflac Duck.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Throughout the first sequel and the TV series, Genie is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, before switching back to Robin Williams in The King of Thieves, and back again to Castellaneta in the Kingdom Hearts series.
    • Sultan: Beats Genie by one in this trope.
      • Douglas Seale: First movie.
      • Val Bettin: Sequels and TV Series.
      • Jeff Bennett: More Than a Peacock Princess
    • Jasmine keeps the same voice actress throughout the instalments (Linda Larkin). But her singing is done by Lea Salonga in the first film and Liz Callaway in the sequels.
    • In Japan, after voicing him for years, Akira Kamiya retired Iago in 2001 (about the same time he retired Kenshiro. He's now voiced by Tōru Ōkawa.

The original movie:

  • Animate Who You Know: Jasmine is based heavily on Mark Henn's (her leading animator) younger sister.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The Trope Codifier for animated films, with Robin Williams getting star billing.
  • Dueling Movies: One of the most convoluted examples ever with Richard Williams' The Thief and the Cobbler, which had been in production for over two decades when this film's production started and was not released until long after this movie was completed and became a big hit, by which point the movie had been taking out of Williams' control, shipped off to overseas studios for rushed completion and drastically re-cut to be an Aladdin knockoff.
    • This has led to some dispute amongst animation fans as to whether Disney shamelessly plagiarized Williams' film or if it only borrowed some ideas as homage. Williams had shown footage of Thief to the animators on Roger Rabbit in hopes of recruiting them, which certainly didn't help.
  • Executive Meddling: One of the contractual agreements Robin Williams had was that they not make a big deal about him being in the movie (Toys was coming out the following month, and he didn't want this film to overshadow Barry Levinson's pet project), which included the requirement that the poster not have the Genie take up more than 25% of merchandise. Just look at the image. While he doesn't technically exceed the maximum allowed amount of space, he's still by far the most obvious character. Robin Williams sued, won, and didn't return for Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, although he finally agreed to reprise the role for Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
    • There's more to it, than just that. Williams did not grant permission to use his voice in commercials or in any merchandising (such as talking Genie dolls). Disney promised they wouldn't do any such thing, but did any way.
  • Fake Brit: Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Frank Welker voices the Cave of Wonders using a voice strikingly similar to Dr. Claw. Interestingly, he's also Abu AND Raja.
    • Title character's voice is Steve Hale (D.J.'s boyfriend).
    • Razoul (the head guard) is Pete.
    • Gazeem the Thief is Buster Bunny.
    • Iago is Gilbert Gottfried (as if you can't tell).
    • The Sultan is a former Santa.
    • Jasmine's singing sounds suspiciously like Mulan. Except in the sequels where her singing sounds like Anastasia. Or Odette.
      • Musical theatre fans might recognize Éponine or Fantine, or Kim in Jasmine's singing voice - aka Lea Salonga.
      • In the French version, Jafar is Dr. House.
      • In Brazil, Jafar is also Scar. And the announcer of every movie trailer. And in a bit of irony, had also previously sought a magic lamp dubbing the villain of the DuckTales movie.
      • In Italy and Hungary, Jafar is Steele
      • In Finland, Jafar is Tigger of all, er, people.
    • In Japan, Akira Kamiya is Iago and Koichi Yamadera is the Genie. Should Jafar be Professor Ratigan.
    • Do not forget the Japanese Aladdin, and James from Team Rocket!
    • An interesting variation in the German dub, crossing over into a Woolseyism: while Robin Williams might have quit after the first movie, his German voice actor Peer Augustinski certainly didn't.
      • In the Swedish dub of the first sequel Genie didn't get a new voice actor, but Jafar did. In Mexico, Brazil and Sweden: the Genie is Hades.
      • Jafar's German voice actor Joachim Kemmer is also Sebastian, Lumiere, The Horned King, Rasputin, Red the Demon Cat, Wilbur and Governor Ratcliffe.
      • Vesa-Matti Loiri, the Finnish voice of Genie in the first movie and also a very popular comedian in his country, allegedly didn't think that a comedian telling another comedian's jokes would be funny, so he proceeded to essentially make his own gags very loosely based on the Genie's original lines. The end result was so good that one of the film's animators asked for special permission to send Loiri a thank-you drawing of Genie, and he actually got it.
    • In Spain this was also the film that initiated star casting for dubs. Basically after hyping for months that Robin Williams was the Genie, instead of hiring Robin's usual voice actor they did a second dose of star power marketing and cast Josema Yuste of comedic duo Martes Y Trece as the Genie.
      • Speaking of Spain, Ángel de Gracia (Aladdin) wound up on Total Drama Island 20 years later... as Noah!
    • In Norway and Brazil, Aladdin is Prince Derek. Speaking of the Brazilian Swan Princess: Odette is Jasmine, Jean-Bob is the Genie, and Rothbart is Jafar.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: Jonathan Freeman, Jafar's voice actor, on the DVD extras appears as the total opposite to his evil character: he's funny, nice, gentle, chubby and nowhere near as tall! He's also terrified of birds, which became something of a "Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?" moment when live parrots were actually brought into the studio to better assist the animators in animating Iago.
  • The Other Marty: Aladdin himself: Aladdin was originally drawn as a scrawny 12-year-old. (Or thereabouts.) It was only after animation had begun that they realized they needed a more buff look for their hero. However, it was too late to re-do the animation that had been done already, and the 'scrawny' Aladdin can be seen in the "Friend Like Me" sequencenote . In fact, Aladdin's original design was based on Michael J. Fox, which would make him an Other Marty for the original Other Marty.
  • Screwed by the Network: Re-releases of this film tend to have the bad luck of coming too late to hop on whatever re-release bandwagon Disney happens to be running at the time (e.g. IMAX, theatrical 3D, and now Blu-ray 3D).
  • Throw It In:
    • As stated in Exact Words, the 'Applause' sign on the Genie's back after "Friend Like Me".
    • Many scenes are Robin Williams ad-libbing, particularly the opening one with the Peddler. Gilbert Gottfried also did it at times, a notable example being the line "gotta pack up the guns, the weapons, the blades, and how 'bout this picture, I don't know, I think I'm making a weird face in it." line shortly after Ali Ababwa/Aladdin unveiled Jafar and Iago's treacherous ambitions to the Sultan.
      • There was so much ad-libbing, Aladdin was disqualified from any screenplay Oscars.
  • What Could Have Been: Patrick Stewart was up for the role of Jafar. He wanted to do it, too, but fitting it into his schedule (which included the weekly Star Trek: The Next Generation) proved too difficult. He considers not voicing Jafar one of his biggest career regrets.
    • The Peddler who tells the tale is voiced by Robin Williams. One idea was that when freed, Genie would become the Peddler. It must have been thrown out late, because they have similar clothing, facial hair and even faces. This was passed over because... well, because.
    • Aladdin was originally gonna have friends who'll help him out. They were written out, and became the villains Minos, Fatima, and Aziz in the TV series.
    • Indie animation legend Bill Plympton was offered a six figure deal to animate on the film, and only turned it down when he learned that Disney held intellectual rights over any ideas he had while working for them.
  • "A Whole New World" is one of the most popular audition songs in American Idol history.