To celebrate the release of the new 'Aladdin' blu-ray, the animation’s directors have been spilling some secrets.
Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker have decided to confirm and debunk a few myths about the classic animation, to celebrate the release of the Aladdin: Diamond Edition on Blu-Ray. Speaking to E!, the directors set the record straight on a few things, including one long-held fan theory about Robin Williams’ Genie.
Robin Williams voiced the Genie in Aladdin.
It’s been long believed by many Aladdin fans that the peddler who appears at the beginning of the film is the Genie, as both characters are voice by Robin Williams and it seems they were correct. "I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That's true!" Clements said.
"That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that's an urban legend that actually is true.”
One theory that isn't trie is that Aladdin is actually set in a post-apocalyptic future. "Far into the future?” Musker asked. "I haven't even heard that one.” The director went on to say that composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's original version had been set in Baghdad, Iraq.
"We kept it Baghdad in our first treatment, and then the Gulf War happened—the first Gulf War. Roy Disney said, 'This can't be in Baghdad.' So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah," Musker explained.
"We came up with a few alternates. But no, we never thought it was post-apocalyptic, futuristic or in some other time.” Another long standing rumour that needed clearing up was that Scott Weinger, who provided Aladdin’s voice, said something dirty at the end of the film.
"I feel bad because people are so excited to figure it out, but it's not true: the thing about Aladdin saying, 'Take off your clothes,’” Weinger said, There are websites dedicated to it. Like, 'If you play it in slow motion at this frame rate, you can tell that he's definitely saying that.’”
“The truth is that I never said it. I never said it! I feel bad being a myth buster, although it's probably a good one to bust," he added. "Let me tell you, being in the recording studio with Robin Williams, wanting to do a good job and not blow it, there's no way I would have made some dirty joke.”
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