Discovering genie

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Disney's Aladdin.Credit@ copyright Disney

Disney continues to evolve with the re-release of 1992’s animated classic “Aladdin” on blu-ray which features the passed Robin Williams ‘Genie’ outtakes. A recent interview with multiple cast and crew members behind the making of Aladdin in which they spoke about working with Williams and what he brought to the making of the film.

Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian whom has starred in many roles, for example he played the leading role in “Mrs Doubtfire”, readers may recognise him for another of his family roles in “The Night at the Museum”, which also starred Ben Stiller. The popular actor has over 100 credits on IMDb. 

Robin Williams. Credit@FlickrUserGlobalPanorama

Robin Williams.

He had been nominated for many awards and won his fair share up until his passing in 2014. However many might simply remember him for his more classical role as the voice for the iconic Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, something Disney might like to share more of with the public.

Disney’s Aladdin seems to be based upon a story within the collection of novels “Arabian Nights”. It aims to focus on a young boy named Aladdin who releases the extrovert Genie from his lamp, and in doing so the Genie offers Aladdin three wishes that may change his life for good.

At the time of the films’ release, it won multiple golden globe awards and found itself nominated for a few Oscars, one of which it succeeded in winning. Many children and adults alike may remember the movie with its classic Disney style, bringing joy to the masses with its memorable songs and characters.

The interview asked some of the behind the scenes cast of the Aladdin movie, what it was like to work with Robin, to which they replied “The Genie was built around Robin”. This may be considered as unique when creating characters for films, normally the actors may have to change for the character instead of the other way round. It highlighted that Williams achieved 4 hours of recording in one go, something phenomenal in the acting world as actors might normally need to take regular breaks to rejuvenate, this proves how talented the other cast members considered Robin.

The interview suggests the outtakes may show the different noises which Williams had to make in order to achieve the Genie character. This may encourage the viewer to connect with the character and help them recognise both the character and the actor’s performance quality. The outtakes might also highlight scenes that were cut from the movie which may re-connect Aladdin fans to the story. It may even incite newcomers to become fans of the Aladdin franchise. By giving the movie a new lease of life with the outtakes, it may encourage people to buy the new blu-ray copy, giving new generations the opportunity to enjoy Aladdin. This in turn might bring new fans for the cast of the movie, and bring people together through their admiration.

Some may consider this new feature as a tribute to the passed Robin Williams, supporting the Williams family and encouraging actors around the globe to follow in Robin’s talented footsteps doing character acting. The highlights of the new release might encourage new fans for Disney and in turn spread the magic so many generations have enjoyed.

How may Aladdin and other well-known Robin Williams films affect the watcher in a productive manner?


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