20 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s Aladdin

We’re ready to hop on a magic carpet and fly off into “A Whole New World” because a genie has granted our wishes with the release of Aladdin on Blu-ray!

Before you round up the kids, make some popcorn, and grab a spot on the couch to binge-watch this Disney classic all week long, we have some awesome facts you probably didn’t know about the film.

1. Everyone’s a comedian

There were a lot of actors being considered for the role of the genie. Some of the candidates included John Candy, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, and John Goodman. We can’t imagine it being anyone other than the great Robin Williams.


2. Is that you, Abu?


Do you feel like you’ve heard the voice of Abu the monkey somewhere else? Well you have! Voice actor Frank Welker is also the voice of Scooby-Doo.

3. Iago? No thanks.


Jafar’s sidekick, Iago, is voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. However, Danny DeVito and Joe Pesci both turned down the chance to voice the parrot.

4. He’s a good-looking guy.


Aladdin is definitely one of the better-looking princes (aren’t they all?) and for good reason. His look was inspired by a mixture of Tom Cruise and Calvin Klein models.

5. Inspiration from MC Hammer.


Artist Glen Keane actually studied MC Hammer’s pants from the “U Can’t Touch This” video to create Aladdin’s pants in the movie. That’s one look that definitely won’t go out of style, right?

6. The voice of a princess.


Lea Salonga is one lucky lady. Not only does she have the voice of an angel, but apparently she has the voice of TWO princesses. She lent her singing skills to both Princess Jasmine and Mulan.

7. Where are all the mothers?


Not in Disney films, that’s for sure. It’s no surprise that most Disney films are lacking in the mother department, and Aladdin is no different. However, when the movie was originally written Aladdin was pictured as a boy singing to his mother, but it was cut in the final version. You can hear the song, “Proud of Your Boy” here.

8. Don’t forget about the Easter Eggs.


Every Disney fan knows that there are hidden remnants of other classics throughout Disney films, including Aladdin. If you watch closely you’ll be able to spot Pinocchio, The Beast, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and of course a hidden Mickey.

9. Looks stolen from Sleeping Beauty.


The villain of the film, Jafar, was created with Maleficent in mind. It’s pretty obvious when you think about it: he has a staff, a bird henchman, and turns into a giant beast at the end of the film.

10. No one does improv like Robin Williams.


If you’ve seen Robin Williams’ work, you know he was a man with many talents. During his recording sessions for Aladdin, he improvised 16 hours of material! You can catch a glimpse of this in the Diamond Edition version of the movie.

11. Out of the running.


Aladdin wasn’t considered for Best Adapted Screenplay because so much of the dialogue was improvised on the spot by Robin Williams. Oh well, we think it was worth the loss.

12. You’re welcome, Trekkies.


Many people may not know that Patrick Stewart actually turned down the role of Jafar due to scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation. This classic villain would’ve had a whole different feel without Jonathan Freeman’s voice.

13. Is that DJ Tanner’s boyfriend?


Yes, yes it is! Full House fans will definitely recognize the voice of Aladdin as Scott Weinger. We can’t wait to see him in Netflix’s Fuller House!

14. Go for the gold.


Alan Menken, the composer of the film, won not one, but two Oscars for his work on Aladdin. He’s also worked on music for many other Disney movies, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Hercules to name a few.

15. Another nod to Robin Williams.


We’ll never forget that moment at the end of the movie when the Genie becomes free and starts packing his bags dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and Goofy hat. This look isn’t just another Disney-themed moment, it’s actually derived from an outfit Williams wore in a short he did for Disney MGM Studios in 1989 called Back to Neverland.

16. Clap your hands!


Believe it or not, when the movie first previewed, no one applauded after the songs. As a joke the animators added an “Applause” sign over the Genie at the end of “Friend Like Me.” It worked! After that, in every showing everyone clapped after that song.

17. No one complains about a little cash.


Aladdin was actually the highest-grossing movie of 1992 and the first animated movie to gross more than $200 million. We’re thinking that’s definitely enough profit to buy everyone their own magic lamps, right?

18. The first to be diverse.


Today we have princesses of all kinds from Mulan and Tiana to Cinderella and Merida, but Jasmine was the first non-Caucasian Disney princess. For that, we applaud her.

19. We wish we still had a VHS player.


When it was first released on VHS in 1993, Aladdin sold 25 million copies. Now here we are, 22 years later, buying the movie again because who even owns a VHS player anymore? Disney, you know just how to keep us coming back for more.

20. Liar, liar.


If you watch closely you’ll notice that every time Prince Ali (AKA Aladdin) lies, the feather on his hat falls forward. A little more subtle than Pinocchio’s growing nose!

Images courtesy of Oh My Disney

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