How deep does your Disney obsession run? My heartessentially pumps fairy dust. By age five, I’d watched Beauty and the Beast over 100 periods and collected every single Disney princess Barbie stocked on my local Disney store’s shelves. My absolute fascinationby far, though, was Aladdin. What can I say? The street rat stole my heart.
Aside from producingmagical, timeless tales, Disney productions also have a rumoredhistory of deep-rooted, behind-the-scenes turmoil. Aladdin ‘s production process was apparently no exception. From cunning feudsto sexy secrets, Aladdin ‘s creativeprocess seemed like a network drama in and of itself.
Keep scrolling to learn all the deep, dark secrets behind Disney’s Aladdin .
Disney Use a Sneaky Play To Hook Robin Williams’ Interest
To entice Robin Williams into signing on asthe Genie, Disney instructed itsanimation team to animate the Genie performing their favorite lines of Williams comedy albums.
How’s that forappealing to an artist’s ego?
Jafar And Iago Swapped Personalities
Initially, Disney developed villainous Jafar as the hot-tempered half of the movie’s Odd Couple -esque duo and Iago as itspatronizing Brit.
Eventually, the team swapped their personalities around, as Jafars constant mood tantrums built him seem less threatening.
Jasmine Had To Audition Twice
Midway through record, Linda Larkin, who played Princess Jasmines speaking voice, had to re-audition for the role.Disney studio chief Jeffery Katzenberg wasnt altogether sureher tone voiced regal enough for the role.
Thankfully, she proved him incorrect, nailed the second audition, and finished the film.
Robin Williams as The Genie Changed the Voice Acting Game
Prior to Aladdin , -Alist actors seldom lent their talents to voicing animated roles. Those undertakings were typically supposed best suited to professional voiceover talent.
However, Robin Williams signing on to voice Aladdin s Genie ushered in a new epoch of celebrity voiceover castings.
Now, everyone from Tina Fey to Billy Crystal havevoiced animated characters.
Aladdin’s Dashing Looks Were Modeled After a Few Hollywood Hunks
Think Aladdin looks familiar?
Disney instructed its animators to useMichael J. Fox and then Tom Cruise as inspiration for Aladdin’s hot bod.
His baggypants were modeled after MC Hammer’s signature style.