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1!!Works with their own Trivia pages:²²* ''Trivia/Aladdin2019''²* ''Trivia/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''²* ''Trivia/AladdinTheSeries''²* ''Trivia/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves''²²!!Trivia in general:²* DuellingMovies: ''Creator/GoldenFilms'' also had [[WesternAnimation/AladdinGoldenFilms an animated Aladdin movie]] in 1992.²* NonSingingVoice:²** Even though Creator/ScottWeinger (Aladdin) and Linda Larkin (Jasmine) are pretty decent singers, they did '''not''' sing for their respective characters. Brad Kane did Aladdin's singing while Lea Salonga did Jasmine's singing (Liz Callaway in the sequels).²** One that was oddly used for someone who ''did'' do his own singing in ''all other scenes''--''Robin Williams'' of all people. Even though Robin Williams also voices the Merchant (who [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was going to be revealed in the end to be the Genie]] before the scene was cut), he does ''NOT'' sing for him. Bruce Adler does the Merchant's singing. ²* TheOtherDarrin: ²** Throughout the first sequel and the TV series, Genie is voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta, before switching back to Creator/RobinWilliams in ''The King of Thieves'', and back again to Castellaneta in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, then is replaced by Creator/JimMeskimen in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' and ''TabletopGame/SorcerersOfTheMagicKingdom''²** Sultan: Is tied with Genie in this trope.²*** Douglas Seale: First movie.²*** Val Bettin: Sequels and TV Series.²*** Creator/JeffBennett: More Than a Peacock Princess²** 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.²** In Japan, after voicing him for years, Creator/AkiraKamiya retired Iago in 2001 (about the same time he retired [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]]). He's now voiced by Creator/ToruOkawa.²** In Spain, Josema Yuste was replaced by professional voice actor Pep Antón Muñoz in the TV series and ''The King of Thieves'', probably because of Yuste's CelebrityVoiceActor status. Also, Rubén Trujillo (who has always dubbed the Genie himself) replaced his fellow Mexican voice actor Hectór Lee as Iago in the series but imitating Lee's accent. Creator/SergioZamora, who is much well known as a voice actor than for his singing, and for voicing [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994 Simba]] and WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} for Disney, temporarily replaced Miguel Morant as Aladdin's singing voice in ''The Return of Jafar''. Juan Antonio Gálvez replaced Joaquín Muñoz, who retired in the early 2000's, as Jafar since ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' and would voice him again in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Jordi Boixaderas briefly voiced Jafar in one of Disney Channel's Quiz Show shorts. However the entire cast was darrined in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' with Madrid established voice actors (the films and series were originally recorded in Barcelona).²** In Poland, Aladdin had two different voice actors: Paweł Tucholski (who later voiced [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994 adult Simba]] in the first TLK movie) and Jacek Sołtysiak. Tucholski voiced him in the first and third movie, while Sołtysiak did in the second (and was also a NonSingingVoice, unlike the previous VA; the singing was performed by Kacper Kuszewski). As for the TV series, Aladdin was dubbed by Tucholski when it first aired in 1995 and later by Sołtysiak when a redub was made. This is also the case with Jasmine: she was voiced by Katarzyna Skrzynecka in the first movie and then by Olga Bończyk in all her other appearances.²²!![[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} The original movie]]:²²* AuthorExistenceFailure: During the early stages of production, Howard Ashman died in 1991 of AIDS complications. Music/TimRice wrote new songs with Music/AlanMenken after Ashman's death. Three of Ashman's songs, specifically, all three song sung by a character played by Robin Williams, remained in the final film and were credited to Ashman ("Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali"; the rest were written by Rice). ''Aladdin'' is the last project Ashman had any involvement in.²* AwesomeDearBoy²** In order to convince Robin Williams to voice the genie, animator Creator/EricGoldberg [[ 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 accepted the role on the spot.²** 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).²* CelebrityVoiceActor: The TropeCodifier for animated films, with Creator/RobinWilliams getting star billing (and much marketing push was made on his name, all against his wishes).²* CutSong: Tons. By both songwriters. Many were reinstated in the stage adaptation.²* 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 (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.²* DuelingWorks:²** 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."²** In typical Richard Branson extravagance, Virgin Games produced a pair of ''Aladdin'' games that were pitted against another. More interesting is the fact that it was Creator/ShinjiMikami (''Franchise/ResidentEvil'') vs. David Perry (''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''); both men were very important to video games in general. On an historical note, Creator/RobinWilliams was paid a little less than he probably deserved, with the stipulation that his Genie stay a secondary character (thus justifying the lower pay) and not be at the forefront of the marketing. Plenty of merchandise like the front of the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] and [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis/Mega Drive]] carts featured the Genie prominently. This led to Williams and Disney having a public falling-out. [[TheOtherDarrin He did not voice the Genie]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar Return of Jafar]]'' or [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the TV series]].²###The SNES version is technically proficient and fun, but it doesn't push the console's limits or redefine the state of video game animation, so it's not on anyone's top SNES games list. (If anything, the nineties were over-saturated with [[PlatformGame platformers]].)²###'Floaty' is the word for the Sega title; in fact, most Genesis/Mega Drive platformers felt that way. The Sega version got more hype due to the buttery-smooth animation: Virgin had the actual Disney Animators assist the dev team on the game's art direction, thus the better visuals. Very authentic and felt true to the movie, and it's the one people talk about still. The Virgin games are not to be confused with the [[UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem Master System]] version of ''Aladdin'', which combined endless running with ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1''-style cinematic platforming. And the graphics look pretty good for 8-bit.²* ExecutiveMeddling: In exchange for working for union scale, Creator/RobinWilliams had a few contractual agreements. The biggest one, outside of not using his voice for merchandise, was that they not make a big deal about him being in the movie (''Film/{{Toys}}'' was coming out the following month, and he didn't want this film to overshadow his friend Barry Levinson's pet project), which included the requirement that they not use his lines in commercials and the poster not have the Genie take up more than 25% of merchandise. Studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg either ignored the stipulations (talking Genie dolls were made) or used LoopholeAbuse (as seen on the main image, Genie doesn't [[ExactWords technically]] exceed the maximum allowed amount of space, but he's still by far the most obvious character). Robin Williams was livid and vowed never to voice the character again. CEO Michael Eisner went as far as to purchase ''an original [[Creator/PabloPicasso Picasso]]'' for Williams as an apology, but Williams still refused. After Katzenberg resigned and was succeeded by former Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox production chief Joe Roth in 1994, Williams and the studio patched things up and he returned for ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' (as well as other Disney projects such as ''Flubber'').²* 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.²* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: The animators and writers managed to accommodate Robin Williams during his extensive ad-libbing, no small feat when you see how many celebrity impressions, sly one-liners, and wild transformations they managed to work in. ²* ImageSource:²** BenevolentGenie²** BigEntrance²** ClassicVillain²** EvilChancellor²** TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson²** InconvenientSummons²** JawDrop²** RescueHug²** ScaledUp²** ToothyBird²* TheOtherMarty: 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" sequence[[note]]Pay attention to Aladdin during the lines "''You gots power in your corner now''" and "''you ain't never had a friend like me''" just before "''yes, sir, we pride ourselves on service''", where it's particularly obvious[[/note]]. In fact, Aladdin's original design was based on Michael J. Fox, which would make him an Other Marty for the ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture original]]'' Other Marty.²* PromotedFanboy: Will Finn is the self-proclaimed world's biggest Creator/GilbertGottfried fan and was ecstatic to have him working on the film, which meant he got to meet his hero. He and Gottfried remained close friends after the film finished.²* QuoteSource:²** ArabianNightsDays²** BenevolentGenie²** BigNo²** FatalReward²** FreeingTheGenie²** GenieInABottle²** HesGotAWeapon²** HorribleJudgeOfCharacter²** HotPursuit²** IJustWantToBeFree²** MacGuffinGuardian²** MarryForLove²** OnlyTheWorthyMayPass²** PauperPatches²** RebelliousPrincess²** StreetUrchin²** TheStrengthOfTenMen²* 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".²* RoleReprise: Creator/JonathanFreeman reprised his role as Jafar for the Broadway play.²* 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 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.²* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The IMAX version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'' had a preview for a large-format version of ''Aladdin'' attached to its run. Unfortunately, the low grosses of IMAX DAC movies[[note]]before ''TLK'', Disney released ''WesternAnimation/TreasurePlanet'', the ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' Special Extended Edition, and ''WesternAnimation/Fantasia2000'' in this format[[/note]] prompted Disney to cancel ''Aladdin'''s engagement (the remastered animation was eventually used for the DVD release). Similar circumstances later turned it into the only one of the Renaissance's four most famous movies without a 3D conversion; while Disney never actually announced one in the works, the failures of those of ''Beauty and the Beast'' and some TurnOfTheMillennium Creator/{{Pixar}} movies[[note]]They failed so badly, that the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 Little Mermaid]]'' conversion, which Disney ''did'' announce, went straight to Blu-ray 3D.[[/note]] guaranteed that ''Aladdin'' wouldn't get one.²* SoMyKidsCanWatch: At first, Creator/RobinWilliams refused to voice the Genie, since it was a Disney movie, and he did not want the studio profiting by selling merchandise based on the movie. He accepted the role with certain conditions: ²-->I'm doing it basically because I want to be part of this animation tradition. I want something for my children. One deal is, I just don't want to sell anything—as in Burger King, as in toys, as in stuff.²* ThrowItIn: ²** As stated in ExactWords, the 'Applause' sign on the Genie's back after "Friend Like Me". This came up due to Jeff Katzenberg, then creative head at Disney, wanting the audience to clap after every musical number. So the animators put the sign in, and just for good measure, made the Carpet clap (The Sultan claps at the end of "Prince Ali" as well).²** 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.²*** There was so much ad-libbing, ''Aladdin'' was disqualified from any screenplay Oscars.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen:²** [[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} Brad Kane]] was originally hired as the voice of Aladdin before [[Series/FullHouse Scott Weinger]] was cast. Kane would eventually go on to provide the singing voice for the titular character.²** While Creator/RobinWilliams was always the first choice for the role of the Genie, Creator/SteveMartin was reportedly considered as a back-up option in case Williams decided to turn down the offer.²*** Creator/MartinShort, Creator/JohnGoodman, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/AlbertBrooks, Creator/MattFrewer, and Creator/JohnCandy were also considered for the part of the Genie before the casting of Williams.²** Creator/PatrickStewart was approached for the role of Jafar before the casting of [[Film/TheProducers Jonathan Freeman]], but turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. To this day, Stewart considers turning down Jafar to be [[Main/OldShame one of the biggest mistakes of his career.]]²*** Creator/TimCurry, Creator/KelseyGrammer, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, Creator/IanMcKellen, and Creator/JohnHurt were considered for the part of Jafar as well before the casting of Freeman.²** Creator/DannyDeVito and Creator/JoePesci auditioned for the role of Iago before Creator/GilbertGottfried was cast.²** Music/MichaelBolton and Music/CelineDion, who was coming off the success of the title song of ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'', were given initial consideration to record the pop version of "A Whole New World." Instead, the song went to Dion's previous duet partner, Peabo Bryson, and Regina Belle, an R&B star without much recognition in the pop world at the time. Even without the star power of Bolton and Dion, the song not only went to number one, but had the distinction of knocking Music/WhitneyHouston's version of "I Will Always Love You" off the top of the Billboard chart. ²** Aladdin was originally supposed to have a mother, as mentioned on several documentaries, being a character that lyricist Howard Ashman reportedly wanted. Her character and the original draft of the film got thrown out by studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg during production, and Katzenberg also reportedly wanted the mom "[=86ed=]", calling her "a zero". This led to Aladdin being an orphan in the original film instead. This '''also''' led to Elliott and Rossio joining the writing team and the rest of the story being reworked. ''Aladdin'' was the second Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film in a row to get a ResetButton from Katzenberg; he also played this card on ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'', and Ashman could not argue for the original draft this time due to his death (the meeting where Katzenberg hit the ResetButton, known to Disney animators as "Black Friday", happened a month after Ashman had already passed away from AIDS) [[note]] Katzenberg would be involved in a second "Black Friday" regarding ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' before he left Disney [[/note]].²** An unused alternate ending features the peddler telling the story suddenly turning into the Genie before the credits roll. Not technically confirmed in the film itself, but both of them '''were''' still voiced by Creator/RobinWilliams, and if you look closely, the peddler and the Genie both have four fingers, while all the other human characters have five. They also have similar clothing, facial hair and even faces. This was passed over because the reveal dragged the ending on for too long; people were applauding and standing up on the fireworks shot of Aladdin and Jasmine.[[note]] In October 2015, directors John Musker and Ron Clements ''officially confirmed'' that the Peddler is indeed the Genie. [[/note]] [[spoiler:This idea would be recycled for the [[Film/Aladdin2019 live-action remake]], in which the Genie (as his liberated human form) introduces the story to his children, though he isn't explicitly revealed to actually ''be'' Genie until the end]].²** Aladdin was originally gonna have a trio of friends (named Babkak, Omar, and Kassim) who would help him out. They were written out, and became the villains Minos, Fatima, and Aziz in the TV series[[note]]Though the former two had a HeelFaceTurn while the latter remained a villain.[[/note]], while Kassim's name was reused (spelled "Cassim") for Aladdin's father in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves''. They would eventually appear in the stage musical adaptation as Aladdin's sidekicks, subsequently replacing Abu.²** Indie animation legend Creator/BillPlympton was offered a six figure deal to animate on the film, nearly halting production on his first feature, ''WesternAnimation/TheTune''. He only turned it down when he learned that Disney held intellectual rights over any ideas he had while working for them.²** Originally Genie was able to grant unlimited wishes, but he was changed to the standard three-wish genie to raise the stakes.²** According to the "Pop-Up Fun Facts" on the DVD, Genie was originally going to be purple. They changed his color to blue to better fit the film's color scheme (Blue signifying "Good", Red signifying "Evil", and Yellow signifying "Neutral").²*** 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.²** There was originally supposed to be a scene where Jafar quizzes the Genie on all the animals that appeared in the Prince Ali song, finding out that the Genie had turned Abu into an elephant in the process. In the final version of the movie Jafar doesn't find out that the Genie did this until right before he sends Aladdin, Abu & the Magic Carpet to the arctic.²** Originally, Jafar was the hot-headed one while Iago was the more quiet, subdued one, but it was quickly decided that Jafar losing his temper every few seconds would get old fast and also make him less menacing as a villain.²** The Genie of the Ring from the original story became TheSpeechless Carpet because two genies would have been too much.²** There was going to be a Genie-centric prequel to the upcoming live-action remake, but was cancelled due to reasons explained in the ScrewedByTheLawyers section.²** Jasmine was supposed to have freed herself from the giant hourglass with the jewel from her headband but that was changed to a last-minute rescue.²** The Genie was intended to be voiced by an African-American actor, with Ashman and Menken's original [[ Friend Like Me"]] taking heavy inspiration from the likes of Cab Calloway and Fats Waller. This idea was dropped to avoid the implications of a black actor playing a character who was essentially a slave. Funnily enough, the Genie would eventually be played by black actors in both the Broadway musical and the [[Film/Aladdin2019 live action remake]]. ²** A remnant of the Music/CabCalloway style Genie can be seen in the final film- when the Genie dances in a white tuxedo during the song, he's doing a pastiche of Cab Calloway's dance motions he did onstage while performing.²** [[ This video]] shows several of Robin William's ad-libs that didn't make the cut, including a few alternate versions of scenes that did make it in.²* WordOfSaintPaul: According to Creator/JonathanFreeman, Jafar's obsession with power came from being a neglected ChildProdigy forced to spend his youth in a boarding school and then tend to a none-too-bright sultan.²* WriteWhoYouKnow: Jasmine is heavily based on Mark Henn's (the leading animator) younger sister.²* WriterConflictsWithCanon: [[ In 2015]], the film's co-directors said the revelation that Peddler was Genie, despite being cut from the final version, was still canon. They were either ignoring or just unaware of the end of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'', where the two are shown to be separate people, although Genie splitting himself into multiple people at once has always been an established power of his.²* {{Vaporware}}: Disney announced a ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' style game set for release on October 17, 1997 called "Aladdin: The Fate of Agrabah" but for some reason was never released despite having a trailer appearing on one of their demo samplers (with a demo of ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Hercules}} Hercules - The Action Game]]'' and ''VideoGame/NightmareNed'') as well as box art appearing on the back of the instruction booklet for Nightmare Ned.²----


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