© 2020 Shareably Media, LLC. [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. Frank Welker. Please SHARE this with your friends and family. "[86] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". As the performance continued, Abu shared his powerful gift with the world. [120] Lin revealed that they were looking for a diverse cast. Their chairs spun around to reveal the talented young soul who was blowing their minds away. He then exposes Aladdin's identity and exiles him, Abu, and the carpet to a frozen wasteland. The crowd was already on their feet, but the magic wasn’t over yet. [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. [32] Each character was animated alone, with the animators consulting each other to make scenes with interrelating characters. Jasmine tries to help Aladdin steal the lamp back, but Jafar notices and overpowers the heroes with his magic. [35] Other inspirations for design were Disney's animated films from the 1940s and '50s and the 1940 film The Thief of Bagdad. [136], This article is about the 1992 Disney film. [87] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare "A+" grade. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. Comments Add a Comment. [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. 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 … [122] The following month, Jade Thirlwall entered talks to portray the role of Jasmine. [54] Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992 grossing $217 million in the United States and over $504 million worldwide. 95.5 FM | The Voice of Branch County. Abu VOICE. Abu is the secondary tritagonist (sometimes antagonist) of Disney's Aladdin. [4] It was the biggest gross for an animated film until The Lion King two years later, and was the first full-length animated film to gross $200 million in North America. They criticized the characters' anglicized features and Anglo-American accents, in contrast to the other characters in the film, which have foreign accents, grotesque facial features, and appear villainous or greedy. [46] The DVD went into moratorium in January 2008, along with its sequels. [121] In April 2017, Will Smith entered talks to play the Genie. Each of them looked absolutely hypnotized by his continually climbing and falling notes. [14][15] However, the studio was dismissive of Ashman's treatment and removed the project from development. This boy’s vocals were out of this world. SHOW COMMENTS (0) FRANCHISE RELATED. 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. [104] The original lyric was intact on the initial CD soundtrack release, but the re-releases use the edited lyric. Fox. [9] Some aspects of the Sultan were inspired by the Wizard of Oz, to create a bumbling authority figure. Extremely talented people can be found all over the world. 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. [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. "[39] Disney attempted to assuage Williams by sending him a Pablo Picasso painting worth more than $1 million at the time, but this move failed to repair the damaged relationship, as the painting was a self-portrait of the artist as Vincent van Gogh which apparently really "clashed" with the Williams's wilder home decor. 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). In 1988, lyricist Howard Ashman pitched the idea of an animated musical adaptation of Aladdin. TV Show: Aladdin Franchise: Aladdin. 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. [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. [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. 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. When Jeffrey Katzenberg was replaced by Joe Roth as Walt Disney Studios chairman, Roth organized a public apology to Williams. [44] Composer Alan Menken and songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice were praised for creating a soundtrack that is "consistently good, rivaling the best of Disney's other animated musicals from the '90s. [106] The number has been described in reviews as "simultaneously glamorizing and barbarizing the Arab world. It was the number one song in many countries, and even now it is recognized for its intense emotional charge. [98] Other awards included the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature,[99] a MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance to Robin Williams,[100] Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Film, Performance by a Younger Actor to Scott Weinger and Supporting Actor to Robin Williams,[101] the Best Animated Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association,[102] and four Grammy Awards, Best Soundtrack Album, and Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for "A Whole New World".[103]. 1985 Amman, Jordan) audiovisual works and installations explore the political implications of language and communication. The judges smiled approvingly as Abu’s voice drifted through the room, but they were in for yet another surprise. ", "Aladdin (1992) – Domestic Total Adj. The animators based their designs on the work of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and computers were used for both finishing the artwork and creating some animated elements. With undeniable talent like that, Abu is sure to make a name for himself in the world of music. "[107] The ADC also complained about the portrayal of the lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine. Then the music started playing. Shafrira Zakai. It was intended to serve as a lead to the live-action Aladdin film. This young teen had made a huge splash with his debut performance. [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". [57] By 2002, the film had grossed $287 million overseas and $504 million worldwide. 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. Duncan Marjoribanks was the supervising animator for Abu, while Rajah was animated by Aaron Blaise. 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. [...] In design he became more athletic-looking, more filled out, more of a young leading man, more of a teen-hunk version than before. [41] Williams would, in turn, reprise the role in the 1996 direct-to-video sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.[42]. Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet rush to escape the cave as it collapses. Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s (b. The Genie grants Aladdin three wishes. Abu’s immense talent was utterly astounding. 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. 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Realizing Aladdin and Jasmine's love, the Sultan changes the law to allow Jasmine to marry whom she chooses. The film follows Aladdin, an Arabian street urchin, who finds a magic lamp containing a genie. Aladdin, as "Prince Ali Ababwa," arrives in Agrabah with a large host, but Jasmine becomes angry when he discusses her fate with her father, the Sultan, and Jafar without her. 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. After Aladdin brings Jasmine home, the palace guards capture Aladdin on Jafar's behest and throw him into the sea. Shows: Aladdin. "[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. [104], Concerns were also raised to another scene. Abu is a contestant on “The Voice Global,” a Belgian variation of the popular United States TV talent show. [77] Instead, Peter Pan was released on Blu-ray as a Diamond Edition on February 5, 2013 to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Kalli Sarkin is a contributing writer at Shareably. [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). As he began to sing the chorus they all looked absolutely shocked. 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. [129] In August 2017, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad, and Numan Acar joined the cast as Jafar, Dalia, and Hakim, respectively. [78][79] A non-Diamond Edition Blu-ray was released in a few select European countries in March 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on May 24, 2019. [13] Along with partner Alan Menken, Ashman conceived several songs and added Aladdin's friends named Babkak, Omar, and Kasim to the story. Abu had selected the popular “My Heart Will Go On” by unforgettable celebrity Celine Dion. [43] Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only seven are featured in the movie, three by Ashman, and four by Rice. 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. Kalli is based in Los Angeles and can be reached at hi@shareably.net. He was voiced by Hank Azaria and first appeared in the episode "The Telltale Head". [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. Frank Welker as Abu, Aladdin's kleptomaniac pet monkey with a falsetto voice. Movie: Aladdin. At Iago's suggestion, Jafar plots to become Sultan by marrying Jasmine. [23] After the character animation was done, the carpet's surface design was applied digitally. 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. [55], Outside of North America, the film grossed $200 million in 1993,[56] and $250 million by January 1994. Aladdin returns to the palace and exposes Jafar's evil plot. [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. [116], On July 15, 2015, the studio announced the development of a live-action comedy adventure prequel called Genies. Shows: Aladdin. Franchise: Aladdin. Ron Clements and John Musker, "Filmmaker's Commentary". ; After last Monday's episode, coach John Legend landed in hot water because … "[95], Some aspects of the film were widely criticized. Accompanied by a $19 million marketing campaign,[74] the DVD sold about 3 million units in its first month. Voiced most times by Frank Welker. From the moment he started singing two of the judges, Josje Huisman and Laura Tesoro, smiled widely. Two Navy Men Have Hilarious “Jingle Bell” Duel. He had a standing ovation before he was even a quarter of the way through the song! Jasmine confronts Jafar to demand Aladdin's release, but he lies and says Aladdin has been executed. [75] The film's soundtrack was available in its original Dolby 5.1 track or in a new Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix. [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." Writing “The Girl With the Louding Voice,” about a 14-year-old employed as a housemaid, challenged how the novelist viewed a common practice in her native Nigeria. Aladdin (1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [33][34], For the scenery design, various architectural elements seen in 19th-century orientalist paintings and photographs of the Arab world were used for guidance. British actress Naomi Scott and Indian actress Tara Sutaria were being considered to play Jasmine. 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. [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. [109] After the word tiger, a second voice can be heard which has been suggested was accidentally grafted onto the soundtrack. [9] Andreas Deja, Jafar's supervising animator, tried to incorporate Jonathan Freeman's facial expressions and gesturing into the character. [23] Another major theme was avoiding an attempt to be what the person is not—both Aladdin and Jasmine get into trouble pretending to be different people,[9] and the Prince Ali persona fails to impress Jasmine, who only falls for Aladdin when she finds out who he truly is. [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. [9] Jasmine is also depicted as a different Disney Princess, being rebellious against the royal life and the social structure. This boy had brought every last person watching the performance out of their chairs. Now bound to his new lamp, Jafar ends up trapped inside it, taking Iago with him. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR 20k Subscribers!!! Thomas, Bob: "Chapter 9: A New Tradition", pages 133–135. Frank Welker is the voice of Abu in Aladdin. He is voiced by Frank Welker. Suddenly they realized that they had not yet seen the full extent of this talented boy’s skills. [52] It took eight weeks for the film to reach number one at the US box office, breaking the record for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve with $32.2 million. 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. The Voice is currently airing on NBC Monday nights at 8 p.m. "[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. [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 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. The musical score was written by Alan Menken and features six songs with lyrics written by both Ashman and Sir Tim Rice, who took over after Ashman's death. As a means of apologizing, Aladdin takes Jasmine on a ride on the magic carpet. He mastered the ever-climbing notes of Celine’s hit song, and he even added his own unique style to the tune. "[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. [105] The rerecording has the original voice on all other lines and then a noticeably deeper voice says the edited line. Frank Welker. A 2017 documentary, The Problem with Apu… Frank Welker is the voice of Abu in Aladdin. [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. The Disney Hyperion book Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film listed both of Williams's characters "The Peddler" and "The Genie" ahead of main characters, but was forced to refer to him only as "the actor signed to play the Genie". This was certainly a challenging song – and from such a timid performer! Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. Gilbert Gottfried as … (Reuters) - Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will return for Mercedes in Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix … Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine wrote a negative review, describing the film as racist, ridiculous, and a "narcissistic circus act" from Robin Williams. 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. Abu. John August is writing the script, which will reportedly retain the musical elements of the original film, while Dan Lin is attached as producer. 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. Four of the current drivers have won in Abu Dhabi: Vettel (2009, 2010 and 2013), Hamilton (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019), Kimi Raikkonen (2012), … 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. [64] By December 1993, it had topped 21 million sales and grossed about $500 million in the United States. 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. [59] It sold an estimated 52,442,300 tickets in the United States,[60] where its domestic gross is equivalent to $477,749,800 adjusted for inflation in 2018. But the voice, that's me; I gave them myself. The film was being written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, while Tripp Vinson was on board to produce via his Vinson Films banner. [61], The film was first released in VHS on October 1, 1993, as part of the Walt Disney Classics line. The boy had only belted out a few lines before all three judges hit their buzzers. [31], Musker and Clements created the Genie with Robin Williams in mind; even though Katzenberg suggested actors such as John Candy, Steve Martin, and Eddie Murphy, Williams was approached and eventually accepted the role. He appears in … [63] In less than three weeks, the VHS release of Aladdin sold over 16 million units and grossed over $400 million in the United States. Abu Abu (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) is Aladdin's kleptomaniac monkey partner with a high-pitched voice and can talk a little. He disguises himself as a wealthy prince, and tries to impress the Sultan and his daughter. 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[91] James Berardinelli gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the "crisp visuals and wonderful song-and-dance numbers. The Genie leaves to explore the world, while Aladdin and Jasmine start their new life together. [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. [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. The film company stated that it is now collating the frames and undertaking voice recordings for the film in the twofour54 media hub. The judges were literally at the edge of their seats as they clung to this boy’s every word. He seemed nervous as he looked out into the crowd then back down at the stage. 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. [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. [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. [48] Being "imprisoned" is also presented, a fate that occurs to most of the characters—Aladdin and Jasmine are limited by their lifestyles, Genie is attached to his lamp, and Jafar to the Sultan—and is represented visually by the prison-like walls and bars of the Agrabah palace, and the scene involving caged birds which Jasmine later frees. This song’s stunning feature in the film Titanic caused it to shoot to the top of the charts. Fearing that he will lose Jasmine if the truth is revealed, Aladdin breaks his promise and refuses to free the Genie. Syndicated Content. [31] It was estimated that Williams improvised 52 characters. [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]. 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. 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. In this day and age, incredible talent is not hard to find. ET. The film is the 31st Disney animated feature film and was the fourth produced during the Disney Renaissance. The film was released on Digital HD on September 29, 2015. 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. "[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 Broadway adaptation also uses the edited line. 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. Just after the judges whirled around, everyone in the audience began clapping. ", "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.