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

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Comments • 13 222

  • Kayla Daly
    Kayla Daly  4 months back

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

    • Johnson Johnson
      Johnson Johnson  3 hours back

      in my mind Shrek happened around 9/11
      So I guess it makes sense for the timeline to fall around that pre or post 9/11 scale

    • Drunken Pixels
      Drunken Pixels  1 months back

      She got it all wrong

    • Simba Lion
      Simba Lion  3 months back

      Are animations made better by not using "established" acting talent? I think I like more animated films these days than I did from the 1970s/1980s. Good actors tend to be in good films.

      If you have the skill and professionalism necessary to carry a starring role in a Disney film I think there's a solid chance you've already got an established career in entertainment.

    • Björn Hallström
      Björn Hallström  3 months back

      @Lainey It's been 18 years?! Holy fuck.

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher  3 months back

      The Pre-Shrekratics

  • Madi
    Madi  1 days back

    I’m sobbing, Robin Williams was such a kind amazing person. AHHHHHHH

    • Dora Mercedes
      Dora Mercedes  1 days back

      Robin Williams died on my birthday and I'll always be sad about it. I watched all his movies as a child, yes, even Fern Gully.
      Since you mentioned the Legend of Korra, one of the villains, Kuvira, is voiced by his daughter Zelda.

      • Donovan Cook
        Donovan Cook  2 days back

        Very well put together piece but there is a glaring omission. Toy Story had Tom Hanks at the height of his career and the animation is so good, he isn’t Tom Hanks. He is Woody. The attention to character and movement is what set Pixar apart. They were animation driven films not star vehicles.

        • LRGonzales
          LRGonzales  2 days back

          Gee, I wonder what Lindsay thinks of Jeffrey Katzenberg 🤔

          • LRGonzales
            LRGonzales  2 days back

            "I'm Popeye, the sailor
            I'm Popeye, the sailor
            I'm Popeye, the sailor"

            Clearly Lin-Manuel Miranda's finest work to this day 💋

            • Alejandro Cabrera
              Alejandro Cabrera  2 days back

              I have other things to say. Beggining with:

              1: 9:25 What is that little laugh suposed to mean? After all aside of the genie Disney hasn't overmarketed a character so your “little giggle" doesn't make much sense.

              2: I feel like I should add that both mushu and donkey were voiced by Eugenio Derbez in the latín spanish versión of the movies they appear in.

              3: You say “cheap genie knockoff" like if that, on itself, makes them bad characters (wich clearly they are not (at least the mayority)).

              • Jan-Willem van Dijk
                Jan-Willem van Dijk  2 days back

                The Dutch dubbed genie is pretty good imo. Similar frantic voice and the translation is very good. Interesting how the trend of promoting famous voice actors was pretty much in step in the Netherlands. I have no idea who did the voices in say the Jungle Book cartoon, but I "had" to see Robots cause Chris Zegers is doing the main character (he has the most monotonous voice ever).

                • Kenneth Carnie
                  Kenneth Carnie  2 days back

                  He never knew who I was.. But I miss him..

                  • TheOminousbeanbag
                    TheOminousbeanbag  2 days back

                    LMAO the dude who directed The Star put out a movie in high school about hell where the only food was plain hot dogs with no buns and the only song on the radio was don't worry be happy. It was really good, stuck with me for the last 15 years.

                    • CapAnson12345
                      CapAnson12345  3 days back

                      I actually liked Popeye. Also, why do I have a crush on Lindsay Ellis?

                      • x 23
                        x 23  3 days back

                        Petty asshole t shirts 🤔

                        • Matt Furnell
                          Matt Furnell  3 days back

                          Wow so many animated classics I'd never heard of! That Lord of the rings animation! Never new it existed! Haha thanks

                          • Amaw Nga Opaw
                            Amaw Nga Opaw  3 days back

                            were walt disney and thomas edison relatives?

                            • theshepard22
                              theshepard22  3 days back

                              This was great! Your wrap up at the end was fantastic, bringing it all together.

                              • Barry Lambson
                                Barry Lambson  4 days back

                                I'm 40. I cried. Good job.
                                In all seriousness, you are fast becoming my go to critic. Amazing writing, good humor and research out the wazoo. Hats off to you sir!

                                • CptWindwalker82
                                  CptWindwalker82  4 days back

                                  23:03 goddammit :(

                                  • Gliscor Glider
                                    Gliscor Glider  1 weeks back

                                    *hOw AladDiN iNsPiReD oThEr MoViE's tO mAkE lIvE aCtIoN vErSiOn Of ThEiR oWn MoViE's*

                                    • Greg Keras
                                      Greg Keras  1 weeks back

                                      Lindsay, I found your channel after catching up on some Folding Ideas, and I'm rather glad that happened. I've been in a bit of a creative rut regarding, well, a lot of busy life noise, and your channel has been a wonderfully educational distraction, not to mention really witty and entertaining. Just wanted to say, "Hello," and "Thanks for being awesome." -Greg

                                      • Sarah Nikolajsen
                                        Sarah Nikolajsen  1 weeks back

                                        But .. I'm pretty sure Peggy Lee was the first one to be used as celebrity bait in Lady and the Tramp - she wrote and performed most of the song and even had a character look like her.

                                        • WyrdNet
                                          WyrdNet  1 weeks back

                                          THE JUNGLE BOOK had an all-star voice cast.  Not a star vehicle for anyone, but the voices were at least as well known then as Robin Williams, and were used to market the film.

                                          • Erich Keser
                                            Erich Keser  1 weeks back

                                            A beautiful tribute to a truly great actor, and human being!

                                            • Bebe
                                              Bebe  1 weeks back

                                              BABY'S DAD??? I think you mean the old ass detective (rest his soul), from the old ass original Law & Order!

                                              • moss pally
                                                moss pally  1 weeks back

                                                John Hurt was A list!

                                                • Youtoo Brr
                                                  Youtoo Brr  1 weeks back

                                                  Awesome!!!

                                                  • M. Kull
                                                    M. Kull  2 weeks back

                                                    Was this video made in response to anything particular? It kinda feels like both a social commentary on modern entertainment culture and a historical tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams.

                                                    • Alice Darhk
                                                      Alice Darhk  2 weeks back

                                                      Robin Williams... Has earned even more of My respect. May he be at peace

                                                      • Jordan Storz
                                                        Jordan Storz  2 weeks back

                                                        The Prince of Egypt is a terrific movie. The animation, story, and music are really incredible and have aged well!

                                                        • Kelsey Curles
                                                          Kelsey Curles  2 weeks back

                                                          Nowadays they’re more focused on hiring A-list actors instead of the actual performance.

                                                          • TheZeroJoker
                                                            TheZeroJoker  2 weeks back

                                                            I object to Hoodwinked being lumped in as a knockoff when it's quite funny and original.

                                                            • Jimmy L
                                                              Jimmy L  2 weeks back

                                                              20:41 My parents when I was born

                                                              • Lord Goose
                                                                Lord Goose  2 weeks back

                                                                I was in till you threw stones at my Oger.

                                                                • Andrew Trayford
                                                                  Andrew Trayford  3 weeks back

                                                                  damn this video blew up

                                                                  • Demonsplaining
                                                                    Demonsplaining  3 weeks back

                                                                    The fact that Disney technically owns The Simpsons and Family Guy now is so surreal to me.

                                                                    • Davethe3rd
                                                                      Davethe3rd  2 days back

                                                                      Also:
                                                                      Archer
                                                                      Futurama
                                                                      King of the Hill
                                                                      It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

                                                                  • Luke Cash
                                                                    Luke Cash  3 weeks back

                                                                    There's another story underlying all of this in the history of art production and consumption which ties in neatly with the cynicism, pettiness, and unchecked commercialism that you so often harp on in your videos:


                                                                    Art simply wasn't as available to the general public in the past. Yes, it was around, and the average person could maybe see some art, but it was more often than not designed by and catered to the elite. Peasants weren't commissioning Bach or Vivaldi to write them a concerto and they certainly weren't patrons for painters, sculptors, etc.


                                                                    Now things like art and recreational activities are marketed to the masses, not out of the kindness of anyone's heart but because of the way things have always worked. Without a doubt there are very decent people in all classes of society, people who mean well and do well, but the brute fact of the matter is that we're all cogs in a machine, a machine that may be run by people but one that doesn't really have a mind of its own, it just rumbles along with its gravity. If you're not an elite, so far as society is concerned at least, you are a cud chewer, another grass fed cow and a little bread and circus will do if you profit the people who actually matter. And news flash, very few people actually matter.

                                                                    • Ella Collins
                                                                      Ella Collins  3 weeks back

                                                                      The animation for the hug was so sweet what....

                                                                      • Altar360
                                                                        Altar360  3 weeks back

                                                                        Catsenburg really is a petty asshole...

                                                                        • Kevin Croake
                                                                          Kevin Croake  3 weeks back

                                                                          Think you will ever do a video on cars 2 and how wtf it is?

                                                                          • nrsrymj
                                                                            nrsrymj  3 weeks back

                                                                            Fuck I miss him

                                                                            • Heru- deshet
                                                                              Heru- deshet  3 weeks back

                                                                              Disney is famous for backstabbing.

                                                                              • Sayward Lewis
                                                                                Sayward Lewis  3 weeks back

                                                                                1982 “The World According to Garp”
                                                                                Robin Williams was incredible. Unusual movie, not a favorite of mine, but showcased his range for future dramatic works. A rare talent that could easily shift between comedy and drama. RIP

                                                                                • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                  The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I knew I had heard the voice of the genie from the return of Jafar from somewhere. When you said Homer it clicked. I could never place where I had heard the voice.

                                                                                  • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                    The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I love the Prince of Egypt.

                                                                                    • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                      The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I know it mentions Disney in the your channel description. But would you be interested in topics on movies from other studios?

                                                                                      • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                        The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

                                                                                        • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                          The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

                                                                                          • The Wolf Princess
                                                                                            The Wolf Princess  3 weeks back

                                                                                            I’m interested in some of your videos. Saved some to watch. One being the Pocahontas one. I love the film. I can’t lie. I know it is not historically accurate. But I love it for what it tries to tackle. I will listen to your points when I watch it. Then I’ll comment after.

                                                                                            • Space Ghost
                                                                                              Space Ghost  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I love Antz and Shrek, but they spawned the worst abominations in the history of 3D animation.