Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Revelations about Disney's Aladdin

Disney has apparently issued a bunch of press releases to the media to tout their new Aladdin: Diamond Edition on digital, Disney Movies Anywhere and Blu-Ray.

The following "news" from E! reveals that the racially problematic introductory character of the film was actually the genie in disguise. The directors/producers were going to reveal this at the end of the film but, according to the article, it seems they forgot about it.

They were also going to set the film in Baghdad. Due to the Gulf War, they changed it to the "fictional" Agrabah.

Anyway, you can read more of the press release here -

Here are some quotes from it (I like the heroic notion of Roy Disney saying no! We cannot have this film set in Iraq! Like it's some kind of major cultural event for the world.):

"According to Musker, composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's original version had been set in Baghdad, Iraq. "We kept it Baghdad in our first treatment, and then the Gulf War happened—the first Gulf War. Roy Disney said, 'This can't be in Baghdad.' So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah," he explained. "We came up with a few alternates. But no, we never thought it was post-apocalyptic, futuristic or in some other time.""

Clements, however, did confirm one longstanding rumor. "I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That's true!" he said. "That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that's an urban legend that actually is true."

Monday, September 7, 2015

Jasmine Redux

Here is a piece by multi-talented Ms. Nina (Jorgeline Andrea Torres). It's of Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin:

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Live Action Prequel to Aladdin

Thanks to Paul for passing this along. Our friends at Disney are in the works putting together a live-action prequel to Aladdin (1992) called Genies. It's apparently the back story of the Genie's life. It is being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (the duo behind Freddy vs. Jason (2003)) and produced by Tripp Vinson.

"The new project would focus on the realm of the Genies and reveal how Aladdin's Genie ended up enslaved in the lamp.

Although Genies is only in the early stages of development, the long-term plan is to have the project lead into an Aladdin live-action movie."

More here –

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Aladdin City Dubai

You can always count on Dubai. The Emirate is spending its dirhams on "Aladdin City" - a massive, Nights inspired building that's going to enhance the creek with shopping and a hotel.

According to the Director General of Dubai Municipality the towers will be “icons of legends of the past with a touch of beauty and tourism characteristic of the city.”

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And from Emirates 24/7 -

"The project, which was announced in April 2014, will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The total cost has not been revealed.

It will have air-conditioned bridges with moving floor to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots. Moreover, the shape of the bridge that will link the buildings represents the form of exotic marine life such as dragon and snakes."