Just Like Arabian Nights…

So I’m watching Aladdin (the Disney version) which I haven’t seen in literally 10 years.  It is amazing how much I remember and also how much I totally did not get when I was 12 (wake up and smell the hummus!).  So of course I moseyed on over to the movie’s Wikipedia page to find out more things that I wouldn’t have known when I was 12:


  • Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Narrator all had two different voice actors; one for speaking and one for singing. (And we all know Aladdin’s speaking voice was Steve from Full House!)
  • Aladdin’s character was originally drawn to look like Michael J. Fox.  After deciding this was too boyish they incorporated elements of Tom Cruise, MC Hammer, and Calvin Klein models.
  • Robin Williams was given the freedom to ad-lib all the lines for Genie and then the animators created the character to match the lines they liked.
  • “Arabian Nights” was very controversial for it’s time.  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee had Disney change the lyric “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face/It’s barbaric, but, hey, it’s home,” in the original release to “Where it’s flat and immense and the heat is intense/It’s barbaric, but, hey, it’s home.”
  • Some people have reported hearing “Good teenagers, take off your clothes,” when Rajah attacks Aladdin on the balcony and he says, “Come on… good kitty, take off and go…” This line was changed for the DVD release, but it is still unedited when shown on TV.

Anyone ever heard the lyric “Every moment red letter” from the song “A Whole New World”?  Guess what?  You’re not hearing things.  (It was such a relief for me to find this out)  I finally found out what “red letter” means.  A red letter day is a day of special significance.  So every moment is like a special day with you.  Oh Tim Rice…



~ by katoque on March 29, 2009.

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