Aladdin: Robin Williams as the Genie Sets the Gold Standard for Hyperactive Supporting Roles
|Original "Aladdin" film poster.|
Hercules" and Jason Alexander as one of the gargoyles in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" being two prominent examples). Williams' sheer star power also was seen as making "Aladdin" an event for theatergoers. "Aladdin," thus, accelerated the sea change in Hollywood in which purely voice actors were replaced aside in animated features in favor of celebrities who could help sell the film.
|Robin Williams even looked like a Genie!|
|The magic lamp!|
Jasmine and Aladdin become friends, and when Aladdin is arrested, she orders Jafar to release Aladdin immediately. Jafar, though, tells her Aladdin was executed because he has other plans for Aladdin, namely, the Cave of Wonders project.
|We're going to be best buddies. Right? Right?|
|I am powerful. I am!|
|I'm the sultan, and you're not!|
|Those darn kids!|
|Aladdin and Jasmine make such a perfect couple.|
A pop version of "A Whole New Life" went to No. 1 for Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle in early 1993, the only time that has happened for a song from a Disney animated feature. The songs were fine, but it was the perfect casting of Robin Williams to deliver the jokes and sing funny songs that sealed the deal with audiences. The result with "Aladdin" was a film that many consider one of Disney's true classics, up there with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty" (Jafar's character is partly based on Maleficent).
|"I dream of Genie with the light brown hair...."|
|I wonder what happens if I rub it?|
|Grease is the word, is the word, that you heard...|
|Two crazy love-struck kids.|
"Aladdin," many would say, was the peak of the Disney Renaissance, in tandem with "Beauty and the Beast," and perhaps throw "The Lion King" in there for the Trifecta of Best Animated Films of Recent Times. Recommended for all fans of Disney animation, especially those who want to see sheer talent explode off the screen.
Below, the original Aladdin trailer: