How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)

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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • "After all, you've lied to everyone else, I was starting to feel left out."



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    “Episode Dated February 2, 1994.” Des O'Connor Tonight. February 2, 1994. Television.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ufWTuLNo_I&t=10s

    "Robin Williams: Live at the Met." TV Special. October 11, 1986. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0ran3tHy6Q

    Groves, Nancy. “Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin.” The Guardian, August 12, 2014.
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/aug/12/robin-williams-a-career-in-clips

    Hill, Jim. "How Eric Goldberg Created the Genie Outtakes for Disney’s Diamond Edition of Aladdin." Huffpost. Dec 6, 2017. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-eric-goldberg-created_b_8285678

    McDonald, Soraya Nadia. “Robin Williams almost didn’t make ‘Aladdin,’ and a generation of children is grateful that he did.” The Washington Post, August 15, 2014.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/15/robin-williams-almost-didnt-make-aladdin-and-a-generation-of-children-are-grateful-that-he-did/?utm_term=.a6b0a00017c4

    Rawden, Jessica. “Why Disney Was Annoyed About Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.” Cinemablend, 2017. https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1651751/why-disney-was-annoyed-about-ferngully-the-last-rainforest

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Comments • 12 626

  • Kayla Daly
    Kayla Daly  1 months back

    thank you Lindsay for confirming the true timeline. There is only Pre-Shrek and Post-Shrek

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher  4 days back

      The Pre-Shrekratics

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44  6 days back

      @Compucles I disagree. The movies I was thinking of when I wrote that comment did not include Pixar's movies. I probably should have said "except Pixar, in my opinion animated movies don't really challenge you anymore like they used to when I was a kid, pre-Shrek."

    • Compucles
      Compucles  1 weeks back

      @dapperfan44 Personally, I think those two movies are just as touching as "The Lion King" or "Bambi." Good drama isn't solely limited to the sudden death of a loved one (although, "Moana" also has that as well). Meanwhile, "Tangled" and "Frozen" are musicals on par with the ones Disney released in '89 and the early 90's, while "The Princess and the Frog" isn't that far behind.

      Anyway, you were the one who suggested what "modern animation is today," so of course you can't discount any modern animation studios when trying to make that argument.

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44  1 weeks back

      @Compucles it just feels like something's missing when I watch movies like Zootopia and Moana. They don't have the same weight like when Simba loses his father. And why can I not discount them? I mean, I wasn't talking about them when I said that.

    • Compucles
      Compucles  1 weeks back

      @dapperfan44 But I did include Pixar in my original argument. You can't just arbitrarily discount one studio that disproves your argument!

      Besides, Disney proper still discounts the argument against animated musicals no longer being popular.

  • Annarosa Girardini
    Annarosa Girardini  1 hours back

    "...You'll always be a prince to me" and the river of tears is unleashed

    • Doc Holliday
      Doc Holliday  2 hours back

      I only now just realized the lack of shadows in the older Disney films such as in The Jungle Book.

      • Nero Bruno
        Nero Bruno  2 hours back

        I Don't care. So i stopped the video before 2 minutes. Corporations will do as they do. Slimey, greedy and sadly but this has nothing i need to see right now.



        The gym or the library has.

        • EagleScoutmano
          EagleScoutmano  2 hours back

          The number of well loved films you're willing to dis in a single video is remarkable.... all while holding up Frozen, arguably the worst case of money-grubbing in recent Disney Animation history, as an example of "one of the good films that came after they recovered themselves."

          • Li Miller
            Li Miller  4 hours back

            You had me until you ripped on Anastasia, checked out about there. Everything deserves shade fir sure but that movie is easily one of the best animations to come out of the '80s-early 2000s.

            • Justin Gurley
              Justin Gurley  4 hours back

              oh I love Lilo and Stitch so much, the best animated film since Lion King.

              • Judy Woodruff
                Judy Woodruff  6 hours back

                Your attempt at a snarky coolest-kid-in-the- room voice is pathetic. And you’re an idiot who knows nothing about history of Broadway and off- Broadway. Look up Jerry Orbach’s place In the Broadway Pantheon of Gods- Wikipedia will set u straight in about 2 minutes.

                I like how you also use a funny voice when you refer to “parents” or “mom and dad” to show us how young you are. That’s really keen!

                First and last time I’ll waste whatever time I wasted listening to the sound of your voice. I like stories about sleazy and corrupt practices by Disney as much as the next guy, but you poison it with your smugness and stupidity. And nobody puts Jerry Orbach in the corner.

                • Steve Z
                  Steve Z  8 hours back

                  You'll Always Be A Prince To Me

                  • Geovanni Ramos
                    Geovanni Ramos  9 hours back

                    Holy shit thank you for giving context to those ads about him being back.

                    • i like to still mingle i like to mingle

                      Man who ever does not love Aladdin is not in the same time zone

                      • Emily G.
                        Emily G.  12 hours back

                        Great wrap-up of history, fucking awful throwaway reviews of these films. What kind of inbred doesn't like Shrek? Who doesn't like Don Bluth films?

                        • elleanna marland
                          elleanna marland  13 hours back

                          You know it's bad when the comedic parody, Twisted: The Untold Story Of A Royal Vizer was better than the sequels made my Disney itself

                          • Everyone said my name was stupid so I changed it.

                            i love your sarcastic tone lol

                            • FatBatCat 5
                              FatBatCat 5  15 hours back

                              I didn’t want to watch this because I knew it would make me sad.
                              Welp, it did. Nevertheless, great video.
                              Thanks, I liked it.

                              • Joseph Cook
                                Joseph Cook  15 hours back

                                Oh, snap. You had plenty of problems in this piece, but I was sticking it through... and then you made fun of Robin at 9:25.


                                See ya.

                                • Morgan Phalsh
                                  Morgan Phalsh  14 hours back

                                  What problems? Also, you do have to admit that it was an awfully naïve moment for the man. I highly doubt she was outright deriding the man there, just pointing out that, yeah, that was an unrealistic expectation of him.

                              • Julia Price
                                Julia Price  15 hours back

                                I freaking love Anastasia
                                “In the Dark of the Night” is my jam

                                • Mücahit Gürlek
                                  Mücahit Gürlek  16 hours back

                                  I MISS ROBIN WILLIAMS

                                  • Bobby Siecker
                                    Bobby Siecker  16 hours back

                                    It's so odd to see the voice acting of Robin Williams was such a big deal... Having grown up in the Netherlands, and despite the tendency of the Dutch to put subtitles under movies rather then dub them over, children's movies, especially animations by Disney were always dubbed into Dutch. The person who voiced the genie in the Dutch dub was Pierre Bokma. Not an actor of any special notoriety, but who did a fine job at bringing the genie to live in the Dutch dub. The marketing for Aladdin certainly did not revolve around the voice actors. It's always a bit amusing to see how the marketable voice cast is completely thrown out the window when American Disney movies are thrown upon the world market, and are dubbed over in almost every conceivable language.

                                    Hearing about this story about Robbin Williams and Disney is certainly interesting. But I have to this day never seen Aladdin in the original English dub. Still got the Dutch version laying around somewhere on VHS. So in my recollection the genie spoke dutch. Aladdin spoke Dutch. Every Disney character from Donald Duck to Pocahontas speaks Dutch. Hearing the original English dubs always feels jarring to me, despite the fact that I'm now very fluent in English.

                                    • Dan
                                      Dan  19 hours back

                                      18:10

                                      • LordZetheron
                                        LordZetheron  1 days back

                                        Now it makes sense why he didn't voice in the second movie. That's why Homer Simpson got to voice Genie. Poor Robbie. Wish they'd listen to you ❤️🌸

                                        • Pillbo Baggins
                                          Pillbo Baggins  1 days back

                                          What do you think about Emperor’s New Groove? Does it fit this kind of derivative formula in your opinion?

                                          • Miles Further
                                            Miles Further  1 days back

                                            4 millions views!

                                            • Logan G
                                              Logan G  1 days back

                                              zendaya is meechee

                                              • Candy Biller
                                                Candy Biller  1 days back

                                                My favorite actors are
                                                1 Mike Myer
                                                2 Eddie Murphy
                                                3 Ben Stiller
                                                4 Chris rock
                                                5 Jim Carrey
                                                6 Will Smith
                                                7 Tom Hanks
                                                8 Tim Allen
                                                9 David Johnson the rock
                                                10 John Cena

                                              • Spencer Williams
                                                Spencer Williams  2 days back

                                                Jesus... how old are you to be so dismissive of all those brilliant actors? Bob Newhart was genius. You know nothing about comedy.

                                                • Derek Dacus
                                                  Derek Dacus  2 days back

                                                  And did you just dismiss Angela effing Lansbury? Wtf

                                                  • Derek Dacus
                                                    Derek Dacus  2 days back

                                                    Phil Harris was a big star thank you very much

                                                    • omega311888
                                                      omega311888  2 days back

                                                      DISNEY is nothing, if not greedy. just look at the new star wars. they prefer to crank out as many as possible without giving the audience good stories. oh and i actually liked Popeye FAR more than Hook.

                                                      • Patron Saint Of Poison

                                                        Ferngully was actually
                                                        *THE CORNERSTONE OF MY CHILDHOOD*

                                                        • Veronica Diaz
                                                          Veronica Diaz  2 days back

                                                          This is nice

                                                          • N Craft [NEW ACCOUNT]
                                                            N Craft [NEW ACCOUNT]  2 days back

                                                            Is Robin Williams the guy from Flubbler?

                                                          • phire
                                                            phire  2 days back

                                                            oh my god I'm so glad I found your channel. this is top tier content and beyond inspiring.

                                                            • Nick Holt
                                                              Nick Holt  2 days back

                                                              Wow, whoever made this is... kind of an asshole. You really have the timerity to talk condescendingly about some of the titans of the last century of stage and screen. But that's not enough, you go on mock one of the greatest comedians of all time. I'm sure you, whose buck is made on the fickle nature of the mob, could have outbid this staple of showbiz. You go on as though you're so "over it" but you're a product of all the petty assholes you so :) bravely :) call out. Talking into a mic like you're taking a particularly difficult shit does not make you the saviour of entertainment. Merely a pollyp on its anus. I really take a lot of inspiration from people like you who just "get it" so much better than people who've made their livings in this industry. Gah, I have a lot more to say but it boils down to "you're a dick and you don't get any credit for noticing stunt casting." Now please go explain why David Shwimmer is a piece of shit for doing "Madagascar". Prick.

                                                              • Jester Fright
                                                                Jester Fright  2 days back

                                                                Am I the only one who has a Childhood loving the Popeye movie?

                                                                • Patrick Jones
                                                                  Patrick Jones  2 days back

                                                                  The devaluing of War. I'm not a white cat.

                                                                  • Oussama Berrada
                                                                    Oussama Berrada  2 days back

                                                                    I miss you Robin

                                                                    • HogofGaming
                                                                      HogofGaming  2 days back

                                                                      Asking Disney not to sell merchandise is like asking someone to not breathe

                                                                      • Jose
                                                                        Jose  3 days back

                                                                        Your editing is so on point I see you homie 👌🏽

                                                                        • JS Peña
                                                                          JS Peña  3 days back

                                                                          Can you do a Loose Cannon video for Godzilla?

                                                                          • Noelia Zaballa
                                                                            Noelia Zaballa  3 days back

                                                                            I don't quite understand what the problem was. I mean, Disney are not saints, but the Genie really IS property of Disney, they are entitled to merchandise this character or Simba or Belle or any other they have created. If Williams felt so strongly about it, he should have refused to voice him, but you can't ask Disney not to profit from a character that belongs to them. Perhaps there's something else they are not telling us.

                                                                            • Jamaigar gar
                                                                              Jamaigar gar  3 days back

                                                                              Dang it, Lindsay, you made me cry again!

                                                                              • TheErusPrime
                                                                                TheErusPrime  3 days back

                                                                                I kinda feel like you're talking shit about bob newhart and we can't have that.

                                                                                • jack chandelier
                                                                                  jack chandelier  3 days back

                                                                                  Except Popeye was GREAT.

                                                                                  • Matt Pert
                                                                                    Matt Pert  3 days back

                                                                                    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Such a thoughtful; wonderful tribute for my highest hero. Thank you for catching all of this. ♥️🎶🤘🏼

                                                                                    • versacedobrik
                                                                                      versacedobrik  3 days back

                                                                                      i agree with everything but i actually thoroughly enjoyed anastasia

                                                                                      • Matthew Pippin
                                                                                        Matthew Pippin  3 days back

                                                                                        What was with the shade thrown on Dame Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach?

                                                                                        • Jack White
                                                                                          Jack White  3 days back

                                                                                          Did this bitch just talk shit about Shrek?