The Forgotten Syrian Storyteller', "As Genie, mom helped grant son's wish for 'Aladdin' role", "How Celebrities Took Over Cartoon Voice Acting", "Jonathan Freeman returns as Jafar in new stage musical version of Disney's "Aladdin, "What Would Walt Say? [121] In April 2017, Will Smith entered talks to play the Genie. Aladdin was also the last film by Disney to be entirely based on a fairytale or folklore until the release of Tangled (based on Rapunzel) in 2010, 17 years later. The judges smiled approvingly as Abu’s voice drifted through the room, but they were in for yet another surprise. [32] Each character was animated alone, with the animators consulting each other to make scenes with interrelating characters. "[86] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". [134][135] The film was released on May 24, 2019. Abu. Jasmine tries to help Aladdin steal the lamp back, but Jafar notices and overpowers the heroes with his magic. When she deduces his true identity, he convinces her that he only dresses as a peasant to escape the stresses of royal life. British actress Naomi Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria were being considered to play Jasmine. Extremely talented people can be found all over the world. [53] The film held the top spot five times during its 22-week run. This boy’s vocals were out of this world. Aladdin tricks the Genie into freeing them all from the cave without using a wish. Dec 12, 2020 6:38 AM [35] Other inspirations for design were Disney's animated films from the 1940s and '50s and the 1940 film The Thief of Bagdad. The film was being written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, while Tripp Vinson was on board to produce via his Vinson Films banner. The animators filmed monkeys at the San Francisco Zoo to study the movements Abu would have. No one could deny that this boy was talented. [...] In design he became more athletic-looking, more filled out, more of a young leading man, more of a teen-hunk version than before. [67] A THX-certified widescreen LaserDisc was issued on September 21, 1994,[68][69][better source needed] and a Spanish-dubbed VHS for the American market was released on April 14, 1995. [23] The animators filmed monkeys at the San Francisco Zoo to study their movements for Abu's character. Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet rush to escape the cave as it collapses. The crowd was already on their feet, but the magic wasn’t over yet. [76], According to an insert in the Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition release case, Aladdin was going to be released on Blu-ray Disc as a Diamond Edition in Spring 2013. [13] Along with partner Alan Menken, Ashman conceived several songs and added Aladdin's friends named Babkak, Omar, and Kasim to the story. The boy had only belted out a few lines before all three judges hit their buzzers. SHOW COMMENTS (0) FRANCHISE RELATED. [36] Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for the Genie, then reviewed Williams's recorded dialogue and selected the best gags and lines that his crew would create character animation to match. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 95% of critics gave the film a positive review based on a sample of 74 reviews, with an average rating of 8.15/10. As the performance continued, Abu shared his powerful gift with the world. Shows: Aladdin. [15] Katzenberg thought the script "didn't engage", and on a day known by the staff as "Black Friday," demanded that the entire story be rewritten without rescheduling the film's November 25, 1992 release date. Abu Abu (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) is Aladdin's kleptomaniac monkey partner with a high-pitched voice and can talk a little. These similarities include a similar plot, similar characters, scenes and background designs, and the antagonist Zig-Zag's resemblance in character design and mannerisms to Genie and Jafar. The DVD release featured retouched and cleaned-up animation, prepared for Aladdin's planned but ultimately cancelled IMAX reissue in 2003,[73] and a second disc with bonus features. Trapped, Aladdin rubs the lamp and meets the Genie who lives inside it. Shafrira Zakai. [13] As with Woolverton's screenplay, several characters and plot elements were based on the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad,[27][28] though the location of the film was changed from Baghdad to the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. [58] Currently, it is the 35th-highest-grossing animated film and the third-highest-grossing traditionally animated feature worldwide, behind The Lion King and The Simpsons Movie. In its first week of availability, Aladdin sold over 10.6 million copies,[62] grossing about $265 million in the United States. [91] James Berardinelli gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the "crisp visuals and wonderful song-and-dance numbers. [23] Cartwright kept folding a piece of cloth while animating to see how to position the Carpet. "[95], Some aspects of the film were widely criticized. When a 13 year old boy named Abu stepped on stage for a blind audition on The Voice Kids Belgium, the audience wondered what he would sound like. Abu is the secondary tritagonist (sometimes antagonist) of Disney's Aladdin. Fearing that he will lose Jasmine if the truth is revealed, Aladdin breaks his promise and refuses to free the Genie. [43] Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only seven are featured in the movie, three by Ashman, and four by Rice. He uses his first wish to become a prince to woo Jasmine and promises to use his third wish to free the Genie from servitude. Aladdin gives the lamp to Jafar, who throws him and Abu back into the cave, though not before Abu steals the lamp back. He's Aladdin 's mischievous pet monkey. Each person is blessed with a unique talent, and technological advancements have made it possible for individuals to share their talent with the entire world. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: One of the verses of the opening song "Arabian Nights" was altered following complaints from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). [112], Alongside its role in the Disney Renaissance, Aladdin is often credited as the catalyst in the rise of casting film stars as voice actors in Hollywood animated films with the success of Robin Williams' Genie performance. "[22] Katzenberg also influenced in changing the plot element about Jasmine's marriage, which originally had her required by law to be married by sixteen, to remove the age—the Sultan only says "your next birthday"—and make it more specific that her suitor needed to be a prince, which would also set up the ending where the Sultan, inspired by Aladdin's altruism, changes the law to make Jasmine able to marry anyone she deems worthy. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. As the boy stood on stage silently the judges wondered whether the performer would be able to live up to the task of singing with this incredible song, but it didn’t take Abu long to prove himself worthy of the role. [23] After the character animation was done, the carpet's surface design was applied digitally. ET. "[94] Brian Lowry of Variety praised the cast of characters, describing the expressive magic carpet as "its most remarkable accomplishment" and considered that "Aladdin overcomes most story flaws thanks to sheer technical virtuosity. [126][127] At the 2017 D23 Expo, Menken announced that he would be co-writing new songs for the film with Academy Award winners Pasek and Paul[128] while Vanessa Taylor would re-write the script. This young teen had made a huge splash with his debut performance. Sean clapped and gave the boy a high-five before returning to his chair. He seemed nervous as he looked out into the crowd then back down at the stage. Aladdin decides instead to keep his promise and frees the Genie. Gilbert Gottfried as … [40] Williams refused to sign on for The Return of Jafar so it was Dan Castellaneta that voiced the Genie. Disguised as an old man, Jafar frees Aladdin and Abu and brings them to the cave, ordering them to retrieve the lamp. "[45] The DVD Special Edition released in 2004 includes four songs in early animation tests, and a music video of one, "Proud of Your Boy", performed by Clay Aiken,[46] which also appears on the album Disneymania 3. The film is the 31st Disney animated feature film and was the fourth produced during the Disney Renaissance. Incarnations View all 16 versions of Abu on BTVA. He uses his first two wishes to become Sultan and the world's most powerful sorcerer. From the moment he started singing two of the judges, Josje Huisman and Laura Tesoro, smiled widely. When Aladdin is threatened by the tiger Rajah on the palace balcony, Aladdin quietly says a line that some people reported hearing as "Good teenagers, take off your clothes,"[108] which they considered a subliminal reference to promiscuity. Aladdin was re-released on HD and 4K digital download on August 27, 2019, with a physical media re-release on Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 10, 2019, as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Movies: Aladdin: The Return of … Williams explained to New York magazine that his previous Mork & Mindy merchandising was different because, "the image is theirs. [123] Alan Menken said filming was slated to begin August 2017. At Iago's suggestion, Jafar plots to become Sultan by marrying Jasmine. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a recurring character in the animated TV series The Simpsons. [26] By October 1991, Katzenberg was satisfied with the new version of Aladdin. The Genie grants Aladdin three wishes. Lyricist Howard Ashman first pitched the idea, and the screenplay went through three drafts before then-Disney Studios president Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed to its production. Shy Boy Brings Judges To Their Feet With Celine Dion Hit. They are told that only one person is worthy to enter: "the diamond in the rough," whom Jafar later identifies as Aladdin, an Agrabah street urchin. For the Disney franchise, see, 1992 American animated musical fantasy film by Walt Disney Feature Animation, "In early screenings, we played with him being a little bit younger, and he had a mother in the story. [29], The design for most characters was based on the work of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld,[31] which production designer Richard Vander Wende also considered appropriate to the theme, due to similarities to the flowing and swooping lines found in Arabic calligraphy. And they [Disney] apologized; they said it was done by other people. The same disc was released in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2013. ", "Aladdin (1992) – Domestic Total Adj. Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. Each person is blessed with a unique talent, and technological advancements have made it possible for individuals to share their talent with the entire world. Aladdin's success led to various derived works and other material inspired by the film, including two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996); an animated television series of the same name; and a Broadway adaptation. Entertainment Weekly ranked Aladdin in a list of the most controversial films in history, due to this incident. 1985 Amman, Jordan) audiovisual works and installations explore the political implications of language and communication. This song’s stunning feature in the film Titanic caused it to shoot to the top of the charts. [124] Production had originally been scheduled to begin in July, but was delayed due to Disney having trouble finding the right people to play Aladdin and Jasmine. Frank Welker. The film follows Aladdin, an Arabian street urchin, who finds a magic lamp containing a genie. [54] Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992 grossing $217 million in the United States and over $504 million worldwide. [125] In July 2017, it was announced that Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud had been cast as Aladdin, Scott as Jasmine, and Smith as the Genie. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentence to the death penalty in 1982. Abu’s immense talent was utterly astounding. Kalli is based in Los Angeles and can be reached at hi@shareably.net. A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future. Jafar flees after spotting the lamp and thus discovering Aladdin's true identity. With Agrabah returned to normal, the Genie banishes Jafar's lamp and advises Aladdin to use his third wish to regain his royal title, so the law will allow him to stay with Jasmine. Shows: Aladdin. [118] On November 8, Disney revealed it had originally planned to use Robin Williams's unused lines from the 1991–92 recording sessions for the film, but his will prohibited the studio from using his likeness for 25 years after his 2014 death. [122] The following month, Jade Thirlwall entered talks to portray the role of Jasmine. Williams came for voice recording sessions during breaks in the shooting of two other films he was starring in at the time, Hook and Toys. [17][18] Then, directors Ron Clements and John Musker joined the production, picking Aladdin out of three projects offered, which also included an adaptation of Swan Lake and King of the Jungle—that eventually became The Lion King. The Voice is currently airing on NBC Monday nights at 8 p.m. [66] This VHS edition entered moratorium on April 30, 1994. As Abu finished his audition, Sean Dhondt ran onto the stage and sat cross-legged in front of the talented artist. [9] Iago's supervising animator Will Finn tried to incorporate some aspects of Gottfried's appearance into Iago's design, especially his semi-closed eyes and the always-appearing teeth. He is voiced by Frank Welker. The filmmakers thought the moral message of the original tale was inappropriate, and decided to "put a spin on it" by making the fulfillment of wishes seem like a great solution, but eventually becoming a problem. He is an Indian-American immigrant proprietor who runs the Kwik-E-Mart, a popular convenience store in Springfield, and is best known for his catchphrase, "Thank you, come again." [19] Before Ashman's death in March 1991, Ashman and Menken had composed "Prince Ali" and his last song, "Humiliate the Boy". [104], Concerns were also raised to another scene. [20], Musker and Clements wrote a draft of the screenplay, and then delivered a story reel to studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg in April 1991. Aladdin taunts Jafar for being less powerful than the Genie, tricking Jafar into using his last wish to become an all-powerful genie himself. A live-action film adaptation was released on May 24, 2019. Unusually for an animated film, much of Williams's dialogue was ad-libbed: for some scenes, Williams was given topics and dialogue suggestions, but allowed to improvise his lines. Frank Welker is the voice of Abu in Aladdin. Abu Dhabi: It was a February morning when Colonel Mohammed Al Khoury, Deputy of the Capital Police Department, received a call that would define the next six months of his life. [130][131] The following month, Billy Magnussen and Navid Negahban were cast as Prince Anders and the Sultan, respectively. The mom's a zero. Aladdin (1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [80] Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the film on a Diamond Edition Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. "[92] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the comedy made the film accessible to both children and adults,[93] a vision shared with Desson Howe of The Washington Post, who also said "kids are still going to be entranced by the magic and adventure. [70] In Japan, 2.2 million home video units were sold by 1995. [111][112] Though Aladdin was released prior to The Thief and the Cobbler, The Thief and the Cobbler initially began production much earlier in the 1960s, and was mired in difficulties including financial problems, copyright issues, story revisions and late production times caused by separate studios trying to finish the film after Richard Williams was fired from the project for lack of finished work. The Genie appears and saves him at the cost of his second wish. It was produced and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and is based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from the One Thousand and One Nights. [71][72], On October 5, 2004, Aladdin was rereleased onto VHS and for the first time released onto DVD, as part of Disney's Platinum Edition line. He was completely captivated by the performance – even more so than everyone else in the room. The voice cast features Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, and Douglas Seale. Because of the controversy, Disney removed the line on the DVD release. [31] Animator Randy Cartwright described working on the Magic Carpet as challenging, since it is only a rectangular shape, that expresses itself through pantomime—"It's sort of like acting by origami". The third—after The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast—and final Disney film score the duo would work on, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman began writing the Academy Award-winning score together, with Tim Rice taking over as lyricist after Ashman died of AIDS-related complications part way through the production of Aladdin in early 1991. Jasmine confronts Jafar to demand Aladdin's release, but he lies and says Aladdin has been executed. So here it is!!! SHOW COMMENTS (0) FRANCHISE RELATED. highest-grossing animated film of all time, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, List of Disney animated films based on fairy tales, List of Disney theatrical animated feature films, 'Who “wrote” Aladdin? Franchise: Aladdin. This boy had brought every last person watching the performance out of their chairs. John August is writing the script, which will reportedly retain the musical elements of the original film, while Dan Lin is attached as producer. During his blind audition, the young man with the sparkling voice stepped on stage an unknown refugee— and left an up-and-coming singer with a bright future ahead of him. Please SHARE this with your friends and family. [109] After the word tiger, a second voice can be heard which has been suggested was accidentally grafted onto the soundtrack. But the voice, that's me; I gave them myself. Traces of governmental or corporate violence and mechanisms of surveillance and propaganda reveal themselves in the scope of auditory perception. Thomas, Bob: "Chapter 9: A New Tradition", pages 133–135. [12], In gratitude for his success with Touchstone Pictures' Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams voiced the Genie for SAG scale pay—$75,000—instead of his asking fee of $8 million, on condition that his name or image not be used for marketing, and his (supporting) character not take more than 25% of space on advertising artwork, since Williams's film Toys was scheduled for release one month after Aladdin's debut. [47] The version of the song "A Whole New World" performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, which plays over the end credits, is, as of 2019[update], the only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. [65] By 1994, it went on to sell over 25 million units in total (a record only broken by the later release of The Lion King). Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. Aladdin was released on November 25, 1992, to critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1992 with an earn of over $504 million in worldwide box office revenue. "[15] Furthermore, English-Irish comedian Spike Milligan considered it to be the greatest film of all time. Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s (b. He then exposes Aladdin's identity and exiles him, Abu, and the carpet to a frozen wasteland. [119], In October 2016, it was reported that Disney was developing a live-action adaptation of Aladdin with Guy Ritchie signed on to direct the film. [105] The rerecording has the original voice on all other lines and then a noticeably deeper voice says the edited line. Accompanied by a $19 million marketing campaign,[74] the DVD sold about 3 million units in its first month. [84] The film's Blu-ray release in the United States sold 1.81 million units and grossed $39 million, as of 2017[update].[85]. Comments Add a Comment. [23] Jafar's design was not based on Hirschfeld's work because Jafar's supervising animator, Andreas Deja, wanted the character to be contrasting. ", "The original story was sort of a winning the lottery kind of thing ... Like having anything you could wish for would be the greatest thing in the world and having it taken away from you is bad, but having it back is great. [55], Outside of North America, the film grossed $200 million in 1993,[56] and $250 million by January 1994. [75] The film's soundtrack was available in its original Dolby 5.1 track or in a new Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix. He criticized what he saw as the film's use of ethnic stereotypes, writing: "Most of the Arab characters have exaggerated facial characteristics—hooked noses, glowering brows, thick lips—but Aladdin and the princess look like white American teenagers. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County. Abu had selected the popular “My Heart Will Go On” by unforgettable celebrity Celine Dion. [31], –John Musker on Aladdin's early design[33], Designed by a team led by supervising animator Glen Keane, Aladdin was initially going to be as young as thirteen, and was originally made to resemble actor Michael J. [46] The DVD went into moratorium in January 2008, along with its sequels. Ron Clements and John Musker, "Filmmaker's Commentary". [50] After a limited release on November 13, 1992,[51] Aladdin debuted in 1,131 theaters on November 25, 1992, grossing $19.2 million in its opening weekend—number two at the box office, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. [88], Most critics' praise went to Robin Williams's performance as Genie,[86] with Janet Maslin of The New York Times declaring that children "needn't know precisely what Mr. Williams is evoking to understand how funny he is",[89] and Roger Ebert commenting that Williams and animation "were born for one another". Voiced most times by Frank Welker. Jafar, the Royal Vizier of the fictional city of Agrabah, placed near the Jordan River, and his parrot Iago seek a lamp hidden within the Cave of Wonders. Princess Jasmine of Agrabah is upset that the law requires her to marry a prince instead of one she loves, escapes the palace, and meets Aladdin and his pet monkey, Abu. Frank Welker. After being told to touch nothing but the lamp, Aladdin finds a magic carpet inside and obtains the lamp. Aladdin garnered two Academy Awards, as well as other accolades for its soundtrack, which had the first and only number from a Disney feature to earn a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, for the film's "A Whole New World" sung by Regina Belle. [104] The original lyric was intact on the initial CD soundtrack release, but the re-releases use the edited lyric. The film company stated that it is now collating the frames and undertaking voice recordings for the film in the twofour54 media hub. Here is the cover of My Heart Will Go On which alot of you guys requested me to sing. [77] Instead, Peter Pan was released on Blu-ray as a Diamond Edition on February 5, 2013 to celebrate its 60th anniversary. [97] At the Golden Globes, Aladdin won Best Original Song ("A Whole New World") and Best Original Score, as well as a Special Achievement Award for Robin Williams, with a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Frank Welker is the voice of Abu in Aladdin. The Broadway adaptation also uses the edited line. We didn't really want that to be the message of the movie. [78][79] A non-Diamond Edition Blu-ray was released in a few select European countries in March 2013. TV Show: Aladdin Franchise: Aladdin. [12] Beast, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and Pinocchio make brief appearances,[9] and the wardrobe of the Genie at the end of the film—Goofy hat, Hawaiian shirt, and sandals—are a reference to a short film that Robin Williams did for the Disney-MGM Studios tour in the late 1980s. The judges were literally at the edge of their seats as they clung to this boy’s every word. These individuals inspire us to pursue our passions and strive to become our best selves. [61], The film was first released in VHS on October 1, 1993, as part of the Walt Disney Classics line. 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Movie: Aladdin. "[90], Aladdin also received many award nominations, mostly for its music. Each of them looked absolutely hypnotized by his continually climbing and falling notes. [116], On July 15, 2015, the studio announced the development of a live-action comedy adventure prequel called Genies. It was the number one song in many countries, and even now it is recognized for its intense emotional charge. The film's home video VHS release also set a sales record and grossed about $500 million in the United States. [31] It was estimated that Williams improvised 52 characters. Forgetting the cave's rule, Abu grabs a jewel. During production, it was decided that the design was too boyish and wasn't "appealing enough," so the character was made eighteen and redesigned to add elements derived from actor Tom Cruise and Calvin Klein models. ", Robin Williams's conflicts with the studio. Kuwait Energy has signed up a drilling rig for work on the Abu Sennan concession and is making progress on the ASH-2 pipeline. Dec 8, 2020 1:16 AM. He disguises himself as a wealthy prince, and tries to impress the Sultan and his daughter. [90] Warner Bros. Cartoons director Chuck Jones even called the film "the funniest feature ever made. [9] Andreas Deja, Jafar's supervising animator, tried to incorporate Jonathan Freeman's facial expressions and gesturing into the character. [96] Roger Ebert, who generally praised the film in his review, considered the music inferior to its predecessors The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and claimed Aladdin and Jasmine were "pale and routine." [34][37][38], Disney, while not using Williams's name in commercials as per the contract, used his voice for the Genie in the commercials and used the Genie character to sell toys and fast food tie-ins, without having to pay Williams additional money; Williams unhappily quipped at the time, "The only reason Mickey Mouse has three fingers is because he can't pick up a check." Since Aladdin's animator Glen Keane was working in the California branch of Walt Disney Feature Animation, and Jasmine's animator Mark Henn was in the Florida one at Disney-MGM Studios, they had to frequently phone, fax or send designs and discs to each other. When Jeffrey Katzenberg was replaced by Joe Roth as Walt Disney Studios chairman, Roth organized a public apology to Williams.