Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine wrote a negative review, describing the film as racist, ridiculous, and a "narcissistic circus act" from Robin Williams. [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. Ashman had written a 40-page film treatment remaining faithful to the plot and characters of the original story, but envisioned as a campy 1930s-style musical with a Cab Calloway/Fats Waller-like Genie. [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. The crowd was already on their feet, but the magic wasn’t over yet. Frank Welker is the voice of Abu in Aladdin. Ron Clements and John Musker, "Filmmaker's Commentary". [46] The DVD went into moratorium in January 2008, along with its sequels. "[107] The ADC also complained about the portrayal of the lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine. The same disc was released in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2013. The palace guards capture Aladdin on Jafar's orders. Frank Welker. The Voice is currently airing on NBC Monday nights at 8 p.m. [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). The judges were literally at the edge of their seats as they clung to this boy’s every word. 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. As Abu finished his audition, Sean Dhondt ran onto the stage and sat cross-legged in front of the talented artist. 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. [31], The producers added many in-jokes and references to Disney's previous works in the film, such as a "cameo appearance" from directors Clements and Musker and drawing some characters based on Disney workers. [122] The following month, Jade Thirlwall entered talks to portray the role of Jasmine. [90] Warner Bros. Cartoons director Chuck Jones even called the film "the funniest feature ever made. TV Show: Aladdin Franchise: Aladdin. [91] James Berardinelli gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the "crisp visuals and wonderful song-and-dance numbers. Block 5 covers 4,212 square km and is southeast of Abu Dhabi city, close to the border with Oman. [41] Williams would, in turn, reprise the role in the 1996 direct-to-video sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.[42]. "[15] Furthermore, English-Irish comedian Spike Milligan considered it to be the greatest film of all time. Dec 8, 2020 1:16 AM. 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. The animators filmed monkeys at the San Francisco Zoo to study the movements Abu would have. Syndicated Content. [77] Instead, Peter Pan was released on Blu-ray as a Diamond Edition on February 5, 2013 to celebrate its 60th anniversary. 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. First one judge stood up, then another, until all three of them were on their feet. British actress Naomi Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria were being considered to play Jasmine. Aladdin taunts Jafar for being less powerful than the Genie, tricking Jafar into using his last wish to become an all-powerful genie himself. [23] Jafar's design was not based on Hirschfeld's work because Jafar's supervising animator, Andreas Deja, wanted the character to be contrasting. Abu’s immense talent was utterly astounding. Then the music started playing. 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. Disguised as an old man, Jafar frees Aladdin and Abu and brings them to the cave, ordering them to retrieve the lamp. Iago steals the lamp, and Jafar becomes the Genie's new master. 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. [53] The film held the top spot five times during its 22-week run. [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]. The Belgian edition (released without advertisements, commercials or any kind of fanfare) comes as a single-disc version with its extras ported over from the Platinum Edition DVD. [23] The coloring was done with the computerized CAPS process, and the color motifs were chosen according to the personality—the protagonists use light colors such as blue, the antagonists darker ones such as red and black, and Agrabah and its palace use the neutral color yellow. [134][135] The film was released on May 24, 2019. [21] Among the changes Katzenberg requested from Clements and Musker were to not be dependent on Ashman's vision,[14] and the removal of Aladdin's mother, remarking, "Eighty-six the mother. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. [23], Screenwriting duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were brought in to rework the story,[15] and the changes they made included the removal of Aladdin's mother, the strengthening of the character of Princess Jasmine, and the deletion of several of the Ashman-Menken songs. [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". [81][82][83] Upon its first week of release on home media in the U.S., the film topped the Blu-ray Disc sales chart and debuted at number 2 at the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales behind the disaster film San Andreas. 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. [16] Linda Woolverton, who had also worked on Beauty and the Beast, used their treatment and developed a draft with inspired elements from The Thief of Bagdad such as a villain named Jaf'far, an aged sidekick retired human thief named Abu, and a human handmaiden for the princess. Abu VOICE. From the moment he started singing two of the judges, Josje Huisman and Laura Tesoro, smiled widely. [123] Alan Menken said filming was slated to begin August 2017. ET. [23] Cartwright kept folding a piece of cloth while animating to see how to position the Carpet. ", "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. Frank Welker. This boy had brought every last person watching the performance out of their chairs. 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. 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. It was intended to serve as a lead to the live-action Aladdin film. This was certainly a challenging song – and from such a timid performer! 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. 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. He then exposes Aladdin's identity and exiles him, Abu, and the carpet to a frozen wasteland. "[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. 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? "[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. Aladdin returns to the palace and exposes Jafar's evil plot. The boy had only belted out a few lines before all three judges hit their buzzers. SHOW COMMENTS (0) FRANCHISE RELATED. Trapped, Aladdin rubs the lamp and meets the Genie who lives inside it. Franchise: Aladdin. [13] Along with partner Alan Menken, Ashman conceived several songs and added Aladdin's friends named Babkak, Omar, and Kasim to the story. Four of the current drivers have won in Abu Dhabi: Vettel (2009, 2010 and 2013), Hamilton (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019), Kimi Raikkonen (2012), … [80] Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the film on a Diamond Edition Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. Abu Dhabi will invest 448 billion dirhams ($122 billion) in oil and natural gas over the next five years as it seeks to raise production capacity, even while OPEC restricts its output. Now bound to his new lamp, Jafar ends up trapped inside it, taking Iago with him. They escape and return to the palace. [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. [129] In August 2017, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad, and Numan Acar joined the cast as Jafar, Dalia, and Hakim, respectively. Incarnations View all 16 versions of Abu on BTVA. [70] In Japan, 2.2 million home video units were sold by 1995. Shows: Aladdin. After Aladdin brings Jasmine home, the palace guards capture Aladdin on Jafar's behest and throw him into the sea. Extremely talented people can be found all over the world. [9] Some aspects of the Sultan were inspired by the Wizard of Oz, to create a bumbling authority figure. Movies: Aladdin: The Return of … Jafar flees after spotting the lamp and thus discovering Aladdin's true identity. [114][115][116][117] Entertainment writer Scott Meslow wrote that compared with the character of Aladdin, "Williams's Genie is the character audiences responded to, and—more importantly to Disney—its most marketable character by far", which he concludes led to the "celebrification" of later animated films such as Shark Tale (2004) and Puss in Boots (2011). [20], Musker and Clements wrote a draft of the screenplay, and then delivered a story reel to studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg in April 1991. [43] Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only seven are featured in the movie, three by Ashman, and four by Rice. [40] Williams refused to sign on for The Return of Jafar so it was Dan Castellaneta that voiced the Genie. Abu. Comments Add a Comment. He had a standing ovation before he was even a quarter of the way through the song! [24] Aladdin's personality was rewritten to be "a little rougher, like a young Harrison Ford,"[15][25] and the parrot Iago, originally conceived as an uptight British archetype, was reworked into a comic role after the filmmakers saw Gilbert Gottfried in Beverly Hills Cop II, who was then cast for the role. The mom's a zero. Abu is the secondary tritagonist (sometimes antagonist) of Disney's Aladdin. [120] Lin revealed that they were looking for a diverse cast. [64] By December 1993, it had topped 21 million sales and grossed about $500 million in the United States. [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. 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. [105] The rerecording has the original voice on all other lines and then a noticeably deeper voice says the edited line. [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. [9][31] Computer animation was used for some elements of the film, such as the tiger entrance of the Cave of Wonders and the scene where Aladdin tries to escape the collapsing cave. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. [121] In April 2017, Will Smith entered talks to play the Genie. The lyrics were changed in July 1993 from "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" in the original release to "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense," with the change first appearing on the 1993 video release. The site's consensus reads, "A highly entertaining entry in Disney's renaissance era, Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters. [136], This article is about the 1992 Disney film. He is voiced by Frank Welker. [113] The late release, coupled with Miramax purchasing and re-editing the film, has sometimes resulted in The Thief and the Cobbler being labeled a rip-off of Aladdin. Traces of governmental or corporate violence and mechanisms of surveillance and propaganda reveal themselves in the scope of auditory perception. 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. At Iago's suggestion, Jafar plots to become Sultan by marrying Jasmine. The judges smiled approvingly as Abu’s voice drifted through the room, but they were in for yet another surprise. The film was being written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, while Tripp Vinson was on board to produce via his Vinson Films banner. [35] Other inspirations for design were Disney's animated films from the 1940s and '50s and the 1940 film The Thief of Bagdad. SHOW COMMENTS (0) FRANCHISE RELATED. Their chairs spun around to reveal the talented young soul who was blowing their minds away. 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. Thomas, Bob: "Chapter 9: A New Tradition", pages 133–135. [109] After the word tiger, a second voice can be heard which has been suggested was accidentally grafted onto the soundtrack. [49], A large promotion campaign preceded Aladdin's debut in theaters, with the film's trailer being attached to most Disney VHS releases (including 101 Dalmatians in April 1992 and Beauty and the Beast in October), and numerous tie-ins and licensees being released. Fox. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a recurring character in the animated TV series The Simpsons. He was voiced by Hank Azaria and first appeared in the episode "The Telltale Head". [...] In design he became more athletic-looking, more filled out, more of a young leading man, more of a teen-hunk version than before. ; After last Monday's episode, coach John Legend landed in hot water because … When Jeffrey Katzenberg was replaced by Joe Roth as Walt Disney Studios chairman, Roth organized a public apology to Williams. "[86] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Williams explained to New York magazine that his previous Mork & Mindy merchandising was different because, "the image is theirs.