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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story which would take place before the LiveActionAdaptation of the film, but it got canceled thanks to a clause in Robin Williams' will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public for 25 years after his death, meaning Disney cannot move forward with using Williams' likeness until August 11, 2039. Not to mention having Creator/WillSmith portraying the Genie in the new live-action adaptation makes it useless to have a prequel with him being portrayed by Williams, anyway. Disney also had plans to make a third sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.

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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story which would take place before the LiveActionAdaptation of the film, but it got canceled thanks to a clause in Robin Williams' will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public for 25 years after his death, meaning Disney cannot move forward with using Williams' likeness until August 11, 2039. Not to mention having Creator/WillSmith portraying the Genie in the new 2019 live-action adaptation makes it useless to have a prequel with him being portrayed by Williams, anyway. Disney also had plans to make a third sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.


*** Adding onto this, some concept art showed that the filmmakers at one point considered having Genie be green, but this was scrapped. After that, he constantly bounced back between purple and blue, with the latter color ultimately winning out.



** Genie wasn't always blue. Some concept art showed that he was originally suppose to be green, which was scrapped. After that, he constantly bounced back between purple and blue, with the latter color ultimately winning out.


* FakeBrit: Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Who, like everyone else in the movie, is technically supposed to be Arabian, but was portrayed a [[EvilBrit villainous British accent]] anyway. Amusingly, Douglas Seale, who voiced the Sultan, actually ''was'' British.

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* FakeBrit: Cleveland-born Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Who, like everyone else in the movie, is technically supposed to be Arabian, but was portrayed a [[EvilBrit villainous British accent]] anyway. Amusingly, Douglas Seale, who voiced the Sultan, actually ''was'' British.

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** ClassicVillain

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* ReferencedBy: The CutSong "Proud of Your Boy", which eventually got a life of its own, down to being part of the Broadway version, named the infamous far-right group Proud Boys - the group's founder, who first heard it in a recital of his daughter, interpreted the lyrics in which Aladdin apologizes to his mother for being a bad son as "apologizing for being a boy".

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* RoleReprise: Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', reprised his role for the Broadway play.

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* AwesomeDearBoy: In order to convince Robin Williams to voice the genie, animated Eric Goldberg [[https://youtu.be/CK-VbToD0eM?t=147 created a reel of the Genie doing several minutes of Williams's stand-up routines, including parts from his album "Reality... What A Concept,"]] and screened it for him. Williams thought it was hilarious and agreed to take the part.

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In order to convince Robin Williams to voice the genie, animated Eric Goldberg animator Creator/EricGoldberg [[https://youtu.be/CK-VbToD0eM?t=147 created a reel of the Genie doing several minutes of Williams's stand-up routines, including parts from his album "Reality... What A Concept,"]] and screened it for him. Williams thought it was hilarious and agreed to take accepted the part.role on the spot.
** When he heard that Disney was doing an adaptation of ''Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp,'' Howard Ashman, a huge fan of the story and who had starred in a production of it at his homegrown black box theater, dropped everything he was doing for ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and wrote ''a pages-long outline and some template lyrics'' just so he could be involved (Ashman had already been diagnosed with HIV at this point and knew he was going to die soon, so time was of the essence).



** One of the most convoluted examples ever with Creator/RichardWilliams' ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', 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 [[SerialNumbersFiledOff 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 obviously backfired.

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** One of the most convoluted examples ever with Creator/RichardWilliams' ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', 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 [[SerialNumbersFiledOff 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 obviously backfired. According to some of his collaborators, when asked about it, Williams just shrugged and said "It is what it is."

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** TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson


*** Creator/MartinShort, Creator/JohnGoodman, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/AlbertBrooks, [[Series/MaxHeadroom Matt Frewer]], and Creator/JohnCandy were also considered for the part of the Genie before the casting of Williams.

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*** Creator/MartinShort, Creator/JohnGoodman, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/AlbertBrooks, [[Series/MaxHeadroom Matt Frewer]], Creator/MattFrewer, and Creator/JohnCandy were also considered for the part of the Genie before the casting of Williams.


* DoingItForTheArt: Robin Williams signed on to the film immediately because he loved cartoons and jumped at the chance to be part of an animated film from Disney, whom he called the “Rolls Royce of animation.” He even tried to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] this by taking a much lower salary than he could have and requiring in his contract that Disney limit the use of his performance in the marketing and not use it at all in merchandise. Disney, of course, had other ideas, and skirted around or blatantly ignored these requests, angering Williams and causing a rift between him and Disney for a few years.

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* DoingItForTheArt: Robin Williams signed on to the film immediately because he loved cartoons and jumped at the chance to be part of an animated film from Disney, whom he called the “Rolls Royce of animation.” He even tried to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] this by taking a much lower salary than he could have and requiring in his contract that Disney limit the use of his performance in the marketing and not use it at all in merchandise.merchandise (a rare case where it stuck was the official artbook, which features no pictures of Williams and only refers to him as "[[TheScottishTrope the voice of the Genie]]" and such). Disney, of course, had other ideas, and skirted around or blatantly ignored these requests, angering Williams and causing a rift between him and Disney for a few years.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Jonathan Freeman's serious fear of birds became an issue when some live parrots were brought into the studio for the animators to work from in creating Iago. There's even a bonus feature showing him visiting a pet shop and demonstrating that he's ''somewhat'' less frightened of birds now.

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** Genie wasn't always blue. Some concept art showed that he was originally suppose to be green, which was scrapped. After that, he constantly bounced back between purple and blue, with the latter color ultimately winning out.

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