Aladdin is one of those Disney characters which not only enjoyed fandom across the world but had a series of successful spinoffs to his name.
Aladdin was a rags-to-riches story which had its heart in the right place. He spent most of his life in poverty but was exuberant and full of life. Being orphaned so early had left him no choice but to steal. Though he used to donate his steal to poorer people.
Aladdin had a loyal companion, Abu the monkey. But it was only later in the story that he met with his iconic ally, The Genie. Genie was a magical spirit residing in the oil lamp. It was Robin Williams who rendered his voice to Genie, that made the whole franchise special.
Read on to find cool facts about the timeless character in the 1992 movie Aladdin
1. Animators convinced Robin Williams to play the part by using his own stand-up film
Character designer and supervising animator Eric Goldberg says, “I think what probably sold him was the one where he says, ‘Tonight, let’s talk about the serious subject of schizophrenia—No, it doesn’t!—Shut up, let him talk!’ What I did is animate the Genie growing another head to argue with himself, and Robin just laughed. He could see the potential of what the character could be. I’m sure it wasn’t the only factor, but then he signed the dotted line.”
2. Robin Williams made the character of Genie even funnier.
Robins rendered the lines so hilariously that animators had to extend pauses after his lines to allow audiences to laugh their hearts out.
3. As their strategy is, Disney leaves audience wanting more
Like their other movies, Easter eggs are scattered throughout the movie. On a close look, you can find The Little Mermaid’s Sebastian the Crab and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast hidden throughout the movie.
4. Producers were skeptical that a star of status Robin Williams might not be available, so they had backups in mind. Just in case.
The range of actors listed as a backup was Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, John Goodman, John Candy and Albert Brooks. Quite a list we must say.
5. Aladdin was inspired by Tom Cruise!
The animators watched Tom Cruise movies which shaped Aladdin as a confident and charming character. No wonder Aladdin could enchant Princess Jasmine with his goofy ways.