So cool! Disney celebrated the 23rd anniversary of ‘Aladdin’ by re-releasing the classic animated movie with bonus material, featuring the late Robin Williams in some never-before-seen clips. Watch them here!
Can you believe it’s been 23 years since Aladdin was released in movie theaters? No, neither can we. But to celebrate the milestone, Disney is re-releasing the animated movie with the added bonus of some behind-the-scenes footage, including never-bef0re-seen clips of Robin Williams in the recording studio, playing the beloved Genie.
In the clip, which was shown on Good Morning America on Oct. 9, Robin can be seen stretching his comedic and vocal talents in character, while quoting Star Wars and other famous movie lines as he takes on the persona of the Genie. His performance really stole the show, which helped the movie scoop up two Oscars back in 1993.
In fact, Aladdin was one of the very first animated films to resonate with an adult audience, and paved the way for a whole slew of movies like The Lion King, the Toy Story series and Shrek, to name a few. You could even argue that it’s why there’s now a Best Animated Movie category at the Oscars because of its early success.
“We wrote the part with Robin in mind, but we didn’t know if he would do it,” Aladdin co-writer John Musker has revealed in the past. “Fortunately for us, he did, [but] we were totally walking down the plank. If he said no, we were in big trouble because the whole concept was built around Robin.”
Robin was so focused in transforming into the genie, he would spend up to four hours a day in the recording studio perfecting his lines to deliver his masterclass. Sadly, it’s one of the last remaining memories of Robin’s legacy, as he committed suicide in 2014 after struggling with Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression and paranoia.
“Aside from being funny as anything, he was such a warm person,” says animator Eric Goldberg. “He was the Genie – it was bigger than life.”
Aladdin Diamond Edition featuring the new clips will be available to buy on Oct. 13 — will you be getting a copy, HollywoodLifers? Let us know in the comments below!
— Jon Boon