How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)

"After all, you've lied to everyone else, I was starting to feel left out."

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Sources and Citations:
“Episode Dated February 2, 1994.” Des O'Connor Tonight. February 2, 1994. Television.
"Robin Williams: Live at the Met." TV Special. October 11, 1986.
Groves, Nancy. “Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin.” The Guardian, August 12, 2014.

Hill, Jim. "How Eric Goldberg Created the Genie Outtakes for Disney’s Diamond Edition of Aladdin." Huffpost. Dec 6, 2017.
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.
Rawden, Jessica. “Why Disney Was Annoyed About Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.” Cinemablend, 2017.
Stewart, James B. Disney War. Simon & Schuster, 2006. pg 88
Tattoli, Chantel. “FernGully at 25: How an Upstart Disney Rival Created a Millennial Silent Spring.” Vanity Fair, April 25, 2017.
Welkos, Robert W. “Abracadabra: Disney, Robin Williams Quit Feud : Movies: Studio President Joe Roth apologizes to the actor, acknowledging that it did breach an agreement with him. Both sides say they will now discuss film projects.” The Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1994.

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

    Kayla DalyKayla DalyVor 3 Monate
    • She got it all wrong

      Drunken PixelsDrunken PixelsVor Tag
    • 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.

      Simba LionSimba LionVor Monat
    • @Lainey It's been 18 years?! Holy fuck.

      Björn HallströmBjörn HallströmVor Monat
    • The Pre-Shrekratics

      Alloy CipherAlloy CipherVor Monat
    • @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."

      dapperfan44dapperfan44Vor 2 Monate
  • Robin Williams was such a beautiful soul. R.I.P

    Shakira KhanShakira KhanVor 9 Stunden
  • Well the Anastasia broadway is really good.

    nerfvideos96nerfvideos96Vor 16 Stunden
  • Am I the only one who really liked the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

    luholeluholeVor 21 Stunde
  • Is this chick really saying that Disney’s success is solely based on Robin or on the idea that they realized celebrities are their cash cows? Because yea, Disney didn’t exist prior to Disney creating movies? Disney didn’t revolutionize cartoons, Disney didn’t revolutionize theme parks, Disney didn’t really exist before “this”? Disney created stars, Many singers became famous because of Disney. Who otherwise we would never have. So Disney gave us something great and they pioneered as they always did. Yeah greedy corporate guy crossed the line. Doesn’t mean that’s what they base their success on, al that means is some idiot got greedy and abused his position. And being that Robin was someone who had the people’s heart, Disney needed to hold themselves accountable for an employee they had.

    Drunken PixelsDrunken PixelsVor Tag
  • Is this chick serious? She doesn’t know shit about who is who. Sounding like a real millennial right now. Kurt Russel who is he attitude! So much potential in what this video could have been. Just because you don’t know shit about real actors, doesn’t mean they are not famous people. Robin Williams! You used him to get bumps on this shitty short publication. You did what you are angry at Disney for doing. They capitalize on Robin because he did a lot of kids friendly and parent friendly things. You posted this without doing proper research and should not have posted it’s at all. You taint his name. 🤦‍♂️ Sad part is people will take this for truth because most people won’t look at what he has done, and how he did what he did.

    Drunken PixelsDrunken PixelsVor Tag
  • I know I'm in the minority, but I hated Shrek when it came out, still hate it, and will always hate it. It also ruined that song, which I thought was kind of catchy when it first came out.

    JasonJasonVor Tag
  • Eva Gabor was also the mom in the Aristocats! I didn't know about the Rescuers I just noticed that one bc we didn't have cable and Green Acres was always on the rerun channel lol

    TheResistanceAsylumTheResistanceAsylumVor Tag
  • Uh, excuse me? Jerry Orbach _is_ Detective Lennie Briscoe, a sufficiently great thing that it garnered recognition as a "Living Landmark" by the City of New York. Not Robin Williams, sure, but still.

    Gonzo StrangeloveGonzo StrangeloveVor Tag
  • I just realize I havent seen half of these including all the minions related movies lol.

    Raymond LeggsRaymond LeggsVor Tag
  • Possibly her most-watched video... LOL case and point, ironic? predictable? meta?

    Vicks GallardoVicks GallardoVor Tag
  • There will probably never be another mind like that of Robin Williams. His mind moved at the speed of sound.

    Hecate's DaughterHecate's DaughterVor Tag
  • I wish you made more videos about the anime you like

    aquamarine ancient soulaquamarine ancient soulVor 2 Tage
  • As a non English speaking country, it sounds kinda wrong to hear that the roles were based on the voices as we had dubbed voices.

    vincentgraymorevincentgraymoreVor 2 Tage
  • you started hating on anastasia and my whole soul started crying, i love that movie

    a persona personVor 2 Tage
  • Disney was acting like a clingy ex

    Macaroons the sequelMacaroons the sequelVor 2 Tage
  • are all your videos negative ? You seem like a well rehearsed hater. But still a hater.

    ChrisChrisVor 2 Tage
  • Guys he's losing to a bird

    Silk WormSilk WormVor 3 Tage
  • This may sound like I'm being a huge wuss, but everytime I hear Robin' voice, I want to cry. I'm still not over his death and something in his type of comedy and actions resonates so much in me. I remember crying over a freaking Nintendo ad ffs.

    RetroMarioRetroMarioVor 3 Tage
  • Jeez. I forgot all about Popeye. Now I see why...

    Tim BeatonTim BeatonVor 4 Tage
  • Remember, Eva Gabor was also the voice for Duchess, in The Aristocats...although, not of course the singing voice.

    Tim BeatonTim BeatonVor 4 Tage
  • God. James Corden. Peter Rabbit. That Movie. 🤬

    Tim BeatonTim BeatonVor 4 Tage
  • It is really sad. I thought with age I would grow to appreciate Fern Gully. As a kid I really hated it because it looked like it was cheap and it was just not as cool as most other cartoons. But then I look at it again and it only seems even worse.

    StopFearStopFearVor 4 Tage
  • Hey kids, wanna watch poopoopeepeeshitfart do poopoo peepee shitfart stuff in this new movie, poopoo, shitfart, starring Will Smith and Ariana Grande

    kniterkniterVor 4 Tage
  • Hey. I have been watching your videos for a while and really like your style of presentation as well as what you have to say. This was a really touching video. :)

    aamishakya95aamishakya95Vor 4 Tage
  • "I'm losing to a bird!" "I cant beleive I'm losing to a rug..."

    Emily FoleyEmily FoleyVor 5 Tage
  • new to the channel but I'm guessing all of the Pixar movies and their plural noun->hero tale script->celebrity voices recipe for success not being mentioned means she favors Pixar?

    edictzeroedictzeroVor 5 Tage
  • Something about Robin genuinely, deeply, and honestly saying, "I'm free" just really got me.

    M. ierardiM. ierardiVor 5 Tage
  • Ok so have you seen top secret? Val kilmer looks so much younger in it it’s crazy

    Alice Stockli StockliAlice Stockli StockliVor 5 Tage
  • Did you just insinuate that "Ice Age" is a "cheap knock-off" of Shreck???? The first Ice Age was great!

    just another hardcore kidjust another hardcore kidVor 5 Tage
  • Dead right that most animated films we see now are meant to float on through to success on nothing but star power alone, but let's be real, 90% of films overall take that approach these days.

    MajorOctopusMajorOctopusVor 6 Tage
  • Wait Anastasia isnt a disney movie

    Winifred R AbbottWinifred R AbbottVor 6 Tage
  • It still hurts.

    DaftrokDaftrokVor 6 Tage
  • My only point of confusion. Why did Robin set these contingencies in the first place anyway? I understand the general distrust of Disney as a mega-corporation and the reluctance to indoctrinate children into a materialistic way of thinking. But Robin had a whole movie coming out about how great Toys were, the exact same year. Since the clause didn't extend to the other characters in the movie, all that Robin's demand, had it been followed, would have ended up doing would be bum a bunch of kids out, because now they have the Aladdin Doll, And the Jasmine Doll, and they need to fight the Jafar action figure, but now they can't because the most fun character in the whole movie isn't allowed to have any toys made about him! If the concern was lead paint or small children in Taiwanese sweat shops, make the contract's quid pro quo about that instead. Likewise, I guess not wanting to see your character pushing Big Macs in kids faces is more reasonable. But even Burger King sells apple slices and carrot sticks. Maybe not in 1992, but maybe if Robin had been more ready to play ball, he could have had the opportunity to start that? Kids' gotta eat. And seeing their favorite cartoon characters on their food makes them smile. Sure, seeing the Minions on fucking everything is annoying, but that's because Minions are already the definition of annoying. I don't actually mind seeing Frozen merchandise on everything, because Anna and Elsa are at least good role models. I just don't understand how trading your talent to Disney so that they can sell 30 ft of celluloid and you can entertain your own children is ethical, and yet a deal where they can sell you a hunk of plastic with some springs in it that you could in turn give to your own kid is crossing a line.

    Heather CalunHeather CalunVor 6 Tage
  • A no-name voice actor was hired to do all the Genie's singing in Aladdin, he was paid a few hundred dollars and given no credit. I imagine this was how Disney found a loophole in the advertising agreement.

    Charity AvaCharity AvaVor 6 Tage
    • Robin entirely sings Friend Like Me and Prince Ali. The pro singer ONLY sings Arabian Nights (which isn't a Genie song at all, even if Robin is the speaking voice of the vendor).

      NileQT87NileQT87Vor 12 Stunden
  • I really do miss 2d animation and the old ways people were cast as voice actors, my greatest praise of old films like Peter Pan, is the casting of Hans Conried. I mean, does it get anymore perfect than that? It's tragic only bigger stars are cast as voice actors nowadays, and not people with real vocal talent. Also side note: really pisses me off they'd directly go against his (very small) wish to just. Not use him. But that's Disney, they don't care about their animators or actors. Edit: videos over and im fucking crying i miss Robin Williams so fucking much.

    wet milkwet milkVor 6 Tage
  • thanks you made me cry

    Ronan S.Ronan S.Vor 6 Tage
  • Oh yes, I wanted to cry this morning. Thank you, Lindsey

    Star FallStar FallVor 6 Tage

    Born To Be UaiBorn To Be UaiVor 6 Tage
  • I love you

    Thalys SelvatThalys SelvatVor 7 Tage
  • I loved Fern Gully!

    LivinglifewithlenaLivinglifewithlenaVor 7 Tage
  • I hae shrek

    Daniel TittyfishDaniel TittyfishVor 7 Tage
  • 9:26 my thoughts exactly.

    KDF KdfKDF KdfVor 7 Tage
  • I hate the fact celebrities are doing the voices for animated cartoons. Hate it!!!

    KDF KdfKDF KdfVor 7 Tage
  • For some reason, Americans really like actor and actresses. Other places in the world, not so much. At least, in Japan, Voice Actors are famous in their own right, completely separate from regular Actors. But in the USA, animated films are also seen as only for children, so...

    chaosXpertchaosXpertVor 7 Tage
  • whoever put this out, we get're hip, lol, also your opinions are pretty shite & ill informed

    The Analog Time TravelerThe Analog Time TravelerVor 7 Tage
    • I'm listening.

      SaveMeMoonSaveMeMoonVor 7 Tage
  • Sounds like your talking about the normal film industry with all the backstabing and petty crap lol

    Jason 0790Jason 0790Vor 8 Tage
  • your asides are annoying

    Corey ScottCorey ScottVor 9 Tage
  • HIII, I need to know the name of the film of the min 13:57 Does anyone knows which is the name?

    Amarula BooksAmarula BooksVor 9 Tage
    • Up

      Lina Rojas NarváezLina Rojas NarváezVor 8 Tage
  • Oh c'mon, Angela Lansbury is Jessica Fletcher.

    MravacKidMravacKidVor 9 Tage
  • The thing is foreign dubbs don't usually use celebrities to voice act that much. They use actual talent at least in Finland (my native language).

    Captain FekezuCaptain FekezuVor 10 Tage
  • lol awh child me loved anastasia and antz. 😩😂 i think eddie murphy as mushu is on par with robin as the genie. this may be the ugly head of childhood based bias emerging though... after all i’m obsessed with lindsay’s videos but i couldn’t finish the hercules one because it’s my all time fav disney movie

    sara alicesara aliceVor 11 Tage
  • Had no idea Mel Gibson was in Pocahontas. Mind blown

    Nostalgia CrownNostalgia CrownVor 13 Tage
    • No seriously I really didn’t know

      Nostalgia CrownNostalgia CrownVor 13 Tage
  • Fantastic vid

    Alexa CardenteAlexa CardenteVor 13 Tage
  • Well, Ill never get why Americans refuse to aknowledge honorifics when mentioning knighted people. Im not even British but I get a sense of borrowed satisfaction for being a great fan of SIR Ian McKellen, SIR Christopher Lee, SIR Anthony Hopkins, SIR Patrick Stewart. What I DO get, though, is where all those obnoxious, maddeningly stupid "comic relief" characters came from. Gosh, I hate them cretins so much.

    TiaHaruka0TiaHaruka0Vor 13 Tage

    LivLoudLivLoudVor 13 Tage
  • Wow now I am actually really glad I that english is not my first language. The dubbed versions here have zero connection to the original star voice actors. So "this person playing that character" has really not much of an impact. That Aladdin's genie is still in my heart after all those years just underlines how special it was, even translated to a different language.

    Holy FHoly FVor 14 Tage
  • This video made me a bit emotional. Thanks Robin for helping define my childhood in positive way. We never met, but I ain't never had a friend like you.

    Thechad201Thechad201Vor 14 Tage
  • Did you really just call George C Scott a b- or c-list actor

    Lee CallLee CallVor 15 Tage
  • 0:37 is a priceless edit And then came *S O M E B O D Y*

  • When are you going to do the deep dive that you clearly want to do on the Great Mouse Detective and Bitter Exes (TM), Basil and Rattigan?

    Elaine ArrowElaine ArrowVor 16 Tage
  • Well, at some point, the remakes will stop. Not sure when, but when they finally stop making money for Disney, they will stop.

    Katherine AlvarezKatherine AlvarezVor 16 Tage
  • whats the movie at 14:03?

    Jaemison Yoon-HendricksJaemison Yoon-HendricksVor 17 Tage
    • Titan A.E (2000)

      SaveMeMoonSaveMeMoonVor 7 Tage
  • Disney: Remember when we tried to replace Robin with Homer Simpson and it tanked and sunk faster than the Titanic? Well we don't learn our mistakes, so how bout Will Smith???

    JiZz2XtremeJiZz2XtremeVor 17 Tage
  • Wait...there is a lord of the rings CARTOON!?!

    Melissa DysonMelissa DysonVor 17 Tage
  • I love that most of the problems with Disney can be cordoned down to a few select executives

    Aspiring MarauderAspiring MarauderVor 18 Tage
  • I ain't seen it yet so the burden to comment the unholy phrase falls upon me... Shrek is love. Shrek is life.

    Humaira AhmedHumaira AhmedVor 18 Tage
    • I remember when it first came out, I think I was 11. Before I saw it, I had heard that the animation was so good that it may one day replace actors, so I refused to see it because I loved Robin Williams so much and I didn't want him out of a job 🤣 It ended up being one of the movies shown on the bus during our grade 6 trip to Canberra...and I absolutely loved it. Someone bought me the video and I watched it constantly, i lost count at more than 30 times in the first month of owning the video

      Melissa DysonMelissa DysonVor 17 Tage
  • Damnit, I came here to learn more about the genie debaucle (I did in all fairness, well done video) but I left with feels... RIP Robin Williams, you brilliant man

    Firechar27AnimationsFirechar27AnimationsVor 18 Tage
  • Anyone else spot the sad irony here? Disney may have knocked off Robin's character to get money yet this video is arguably doing the same thing for clicks.

    David IvinsonDavid IvinsonVor 18 Tage
    • ALL videos on youtube wants clicks, that's why it's a video sharing platform. She worked for weeks on a fantastic video to honor Williams and to spread the story and you think she'd do that so that no one would watch it?

      SaveMeMoonSaveMeMoonVor 7 Tage
  • I didn't know since I watched the tape as a kid back in 1996. When I watched The Return of Jaffer with my friends. I was confused that Dan Castellaneta voice of Genie sounds like Homer Simpsons I thought was Robin Williams?

    Red Samurai NinjaRed Samurai NinjaVor 19 Tage
How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)