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 year
    • Lets make a calander around this... 😂

      José DirksJosé DirksVor Monat
    • I'd say before the lion king and after. That movie was enormous & was the first animated movie to be nominated for best actor.

      Natalie Panaro StackNatalie Panaro StackVor Monat
    • Post shrek sucks

      ApimpnamedslickbackApimpnamedslickbackVor Monat
    • @HotWax93 but the meme tho

      MC RhombasMC RhombasVor Monat
    • What garbage. Top stars have been doing animation for half a millennia.

      Laura HallLaura HallVor Monat
  • You are amazing

    samuel dos Santos Pereirasamuel dos Santos PereiraVor Stunde
  • Dude Popeye was awesome

    BalthasarDennerBalthasarDennerVor 4 Stunden
  • Plot twist: Disney actually in-purpously intended to market Robin's voice because they wanted the other cartoon companies to copy paste the mouse company's idea and loose money by using cheap marketting tactics to 'help' their movies(advertising the cast/celebrities' popularity), the result is a slow *takeover* like what if Die Hard's characters are switched with like Disney as John and Katsennberg as Hans

    Coc AccountCoc AccountVor 9 Stunden
  • Popeye was awesome!!! My kids just watched it again a few weeks ago

    Joel sJoel sVor 11 Stunden
  • God. I love Robin Williams so much. It breaks my heart that we'll never get more material from him. I literally sobbed when I found out he died. I've never had that reaction to any other celebrity except Carrie Fisher, but that's because Princess Leia was who I wanted to be when I grew up. Robin was a huge part of my childhood as well. His standup has been a staple of my adulthood. He's brought me so much joy in life. It felt like a close friend died

    Justine HarperJustine HarperVor 23 Stunden
  • Well Walt Disney was an ardent supporter of Adolf Hitler. Enough said. Robin is such an icon he easily outshines Disney.

    mecongberlinmecongberlinVor Tag
  • I had a crush on Maid Marion Vixen from Robinhood when I was a boy. Touche! STILL do.

    CatsRevengeCatsRevengeVor 2 Tage
  • Wow, props for finding so many perfectly applicable Aladdin clips for this script.

    NitrometutorialsNitrometutorialsVor 3 Tage
  • “The not good and quite bad direct to video sequel” 🤣

    JustSarahJustSarahVor 3 Tage
  • I'm so glad Robbin stuck with Fern gully loved it as a kid.

    Steph GreenSteph GreenVor 3 Tage
  • Meh.

    Thomas BrooksThomas BrooksVor 4 Tage
  • Ok that ending shattered my soul

    FlashakaVioletFlashakaVioletVor 5 Tage
  • Hahah the shade to Anastasia, the shade

    Sarah bearahSarah bearahVor 6 Tage
  • This one felt a touch closer to you than others, maybe it was the way it wrapped up. Bravo.

    Dominic GrijalvaDominic GrijalvaVor 7 Tage
  • I could listen to you talk all day.

    John TopJohn TopVor 7 Tage
  • The legend himself. He was one of the greatest comedians of all time and made so many happy. For that alone I feel he was a great human being. Thanks for the memories sir and rest in peace

    Keith MuncyKeith MuncyVor 7 Tage
  • I know someone who met Robin Williams. He said that Robin was a nice guy who was friendly and down to earth. I heard that when working on Aladdin, Robin asked the recording engineers, "Is it okay if I try something? They let him go and after two hours, looked at each other and thought, We have an award winning performance on our hands. That was the classic part where the Genie turns into a hundred different people. I heard Robin did it in one take! He was a Genius and also a good person who will be missed but remembered!

    Magical Entertainer Vincent!Magical Entertainer Vincent!Vor 8 Tage
  • Basically Disney paid him 70 grands under the condition that they woulnt capitalize the film too much, but they did and he got mad. Then they paid him 1 mil and then he got ok with whatever they did with the film.

    Brytsk NguyenBrytsk NguyenVor 8 Tage
  • So the bad guy in Despicable Me 3 Is voiced by Trey parker The guy who made south park along with Matt stone voices a Character in a kids movie Disney mist be desperate

    TheRedRubyGamingTheRedRubyGamingVor 8 Tage
  • This women sounds Hawt

    ernest lopezernest lopezVor 9 Tage
  • No, no, no. This is a great video on the most part, but I'm not going to pretend Shrek, Ice Age (only the first one), and Hoodwinked aren't fantastic movies. They used their celebrity talent very well -- either in a similar way to Aladdin, or just putting the character first. And despite Shrek starting Dreamworks' long and sad tradition of "[fart joke], [pop culture reference], repeat," I believe Shrek actually made those things work in context and that it had genuine passion behind it; it becomes obvious when you watch the featurettes and listen to the DVD commentary. I also still greatly enjoy the on-point Disney satire in it.

    gnbmangnbmanVor 9 Tage
  • 18:46 anyone else think, "This is no dude. You are a dude - this is a man."

    Patrick ValentinoPatrick ValentinoVor 9 Tage
  • before this video, i was watching another video from her... absolutely hilarious to me. And I'm working and didn't look up, i heard Robin Williams and started tearing up. this video does some justice. and by the end of the video, they're happy(ier) tears

    Kataharichan RaeKataharichan RaeVor 10 Tage
  • "Analogus"

    deanresindeanresinVor 10 Tage
  • I can't believe the actor for literally one of the most merchandised Disney characters ever literally specifically asked them not to do exactly that what the fuck

    E HarlandE HarlandVor 10 Tage
  • i just realised im watching the in my Genie dressing gown and now i'm embarrassed

    Carly RussellCarly RussellVor 10 Tage
  • everything was good til ya shit on anastasia and the prince of egypt.

    AIRbooksAIRbooksVor 12 Tage
  • 13:22 "racist ass melly Gibson's is still kinda my shit" - key and peele.

    Hey thereHey thereVor 14 Tage
  • Such an exceptional artist in Hollywood. I will never forget him.

    Kirsten FrankKirsten FrankVor 16 Tage
  • So this is why Homer Simpson was casted for genie in the second movie

    Doomboy105Doomboy105Vor 16 Tage
  • 18:03 WHAT IS THIS MOVIE CALLED seriously I have been trying to remember for like a year now

    TerryTerryVor 17 Tage
    • The movie title is Epic. She says so in the video.

      Alice WangAlice WangVor 4 Tage
  • Cool video and all. But I really did NOT want to remember that Patrick Stewart played the poop emoji in The Emoji Moive.

    Little RobinLittle RobinVor 18 Tage
  • That was a beautiful video. Great work Lindsay!

    Jordan NewsomJordan NewsomVor 18 Tage
  • Great job!

    Jeffrey GastonJeffrey GastonVor 18 Tage
  • Don Bluth was using Dom Delouise in pretty much everything way before Robin Williams was Genie.

    Rose ClarityRose ClarityVor 19 Tage
  • What is the movie @14:06 called? Totally forgot that I watched it as a child.

    Cranberrycheesecake1Cranberrycheesecake1Vor 19 Tage
  • Speaking of fern gully- am I the only person who saw avatar completely rip that story off?

    SecSecVor 21 Tag
  • i honestly don't think using famous actors as voice actors is always a bad thing, as long as it's done well! Sadly though these actors usually aren't trained as voice actors and you can tell. Also, I live in Belgium and we always have dubbed versions with dutch (from Holland) and flemish (from belgian, different accent but same language) voice actors, which in itself is already really weird and off putting because it doesn't blend well, the accents are too noticable to work together imo. Also, very often they're some dumb celebrity that doesn't have an 'animated' voice at all. Comparing these bad and lazy Dutch dubs of the last 10 years to your american examples, ooof you have no idEA

    louise fiennalouise fiennaVor 21 Tag
  • Other than the Lansbury disrespect, this was amazing

    FrankyBabesFrankyBabesVor 22 Tage
  • I still can't believe he's gone 😢

    Siobhan MarieSiobhan MarieVor 22 Tage
  • Today I learned that Robin Williams had a feud with Disney for giving him *too much* billing

    E. GordbortE. GordbortVor 23 Tage
  • aladdin was made in 1992 beauty and the beast is 1995 made

    off foreveroff foreverVor 23 Tage
    • Beauty and the Beast was from 1991.

      Laura KneissLaura KneissVor 13 Tage
  • Maybe this narrator should just stop watching animation bc she seems awfully triggered and is hating on some really good animated movies smh. Chill girl.

    Rage KittenRage KittenVor 24 Tage
    • "This person has a different opinion than me that means they're tRIGGERED"

      fockin greatfockin greatVor 20 Tage
  • you really did us dirty reminding us of shark tale

    Chxrry AriesChxrry AriesVor 24 Tage
  • How dare you shit on Anastasia!!!?

    fanmadecom 2018fanmadecom 2018Vor 24 Tage

    fanmadecom 2018fanmadecom 2018Vor 24 Tage
  • awesome video, thanks lindsay

    C4 Studio VisualsC4 Studio VisualsVor 24 Tage
  • I feel like this was a really good video, but I think it could have been spectacular if she took the time to organize the time line. we jump from the emoji movie backwards to lilo and stitch and so many other jumps. was very hard to keep up.

    RealMike HolmanRealMike HolmanVor 26 Tage
  • The Thief and the Coobler :'(

    Hans Cristian EndaraHans Cristian EndaraVor 27 Tage
  • i love this video

    Not Quite ChaosNot Quite ChaosVor 27 Tage
  • I watch and rewatch and rewatch. Love you!!

    Zayne FletcherZayne FletcherVor 28 Tage
  • Maybe a year late, but thanks for the video! This made me cry. The legacy that Robin Williams has left behind is amazing. I'm glad I have those movies and stand ups that I can always go back to.

    Justin The Movie NerdJustin The Movie NerdVor 28 Tage
  • That's a nice thing about not being American. When I see a movie in the cinema, it's dubbed in my language and nobody really knows the voice actors. We know the voices, but those are not really famous, and if they are, they are for their voice acting. In fact, movies with celebrities as voice actors do WORSE in cinema, because everybody knows they are not trained to be voice actors.

    NoelleNoelleVor 28 Tage
  • 'Soulless rip off of disney'. It may seem shameless but disney built an empire on specifically adapting material that they didn't have to pay royalties on and then trying to copyright it to death.

    Clayton BergClayton BergVor 29 Tage
  • What?? I didn’t know that Groundskeeper Willie was in the return of jafaaaaaaar

    Jackman The4thJackman The4thVor Monat
  • It's like he auditioned for the part in Mrs. Doubtfire.

    Einstien BrownEinstien BrownVor Monat
  • i still missed him....he is too good to be forgotten

    psx2sgpsx2sgVor Monat
  • I miss robin William

    Jugvir SidhuJugvir SidhuVor Monat
  • Anastasia is a masterpiece and Don Bluth is the greatest unsung hero of American animation! Boo this woman! BOOOOOO!!!!

    Justin MyrickJustin MyrickVor Monat
  • I think the absolute main point of all of the above 'commentary'? Opinion(s)? Is that regardless of what went down or who the 'ass hole' is/was the point of fact is that there just was never,( in the history of known talent), that was Robin Williams! There are several 'type's' of artist's that are basically the same-that cannot be said of Williams-he truly was, a uniquely minded and gifted human being, actor in the profession. The list of those types is very, very short.

    Jaime CJaime CVor Monat
  • I know that Popeye was a "flop" but I was a kid when this came out and I LOVED it. My family played the soundtrack all the time. But man, that movie DRAGSONFOREVER.

    sashachellsashachellVor Monat
    • Same! Except my mom got it for us when we were very young, many years later, and it became a part of our childhoods. I still have a very loving part of my heart for it.

      fockin greatfockin greatVor 20 Tage
  • I wonder what laughing's like

    Anthony ZuñigaAnthony ZuñigaVor Monat
  • I think its telling that Robin Williams character in Ms Doubtfire, which was made the very next year, was a animation voice actor that would rather literally be fired and risk poverty than compromise his integrity and work ethics

    Daniel CardinaliDaniel CardinaliVor Monat
  • Robin Williams was too good for this world. Literally an inspiration to the world even in death.

    unknownavailabilityunknownavailabilityVor Monat
  • You filled my childhood with laughter and dreams Robin Williams. You are missed.

    Adam PoppinoAdam PoppinoVor Monat
  • Holy hell Thomas Dolby did most of the music for Ferngully, including that rap. He wrote “She Blinded Me with Science”

    James HolcombJames HolcombVor Monat
  • Unfortunately, there is a bit of misinformation by fact omission and incorrect timeline references in this: FernGully was released in April of 1992. Aladdin was in October of 1992. Robin Williams was working both projects and 4-5 others at the same time, including Mrs. Doubtfire. Advertising for the movie industry before 1980 was very different, including for animations. Try to find trailers for old movies before the 70s. ANY movie. Remember Star Wars? It had big names and no names, but it was mainly sold via movie poster, not trailers. People looked at the movie posters to see who was in it. When The Rescuers came out (1977), Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart were A to B list actors for Movies and TV. Both worked with Disney for a number of films during the 70s. Both dropped into the "B listers" category during the 1980s-90s, when The Rescuers Down Under came out, and then the Star power George C Scott (coming out of a major production playing General Patton) and John Candy were added to the cast. That cast SOLD that movie at the time (1990). Comedic ( and often Vaudevillian) Talent was a COMMON place for animated movies since the 60s. Just because people today don't remember that fact, or those actors, doesn't mean it was not there. For instance, Buddy Hackett was a major talent that was the "comedic sidekick" for most of the original Herbie movies in the 70s. The 1980s changed movie trailers and billings, with a constantly liquid process that established into what it is now in the mid to late 90s. But when animations like The Jungle Book came out, EVERYONE that knew music and musicals knew the big names in that movie. Robin Hood and Jungle Book were sold on big name (at the time) country and jazz stars that had acting history in movies and westerns.

    James WalkerJames WalkerVor Monat
  • Don't use my name to sell toys to Disney.... 😜 Now I see why they used the starwars Disney trilogy to sell toys, it didn't go well...

    emancoyemancoyVor Monat
  • Why is Katzenburg? Katten ... Why is Cat-Town a petty asshole? This sounds like a great essay topic.

    CharlieCharlieVor Monat
    • Nevermind, you cover it. He really is kind of a petty asshole.

      CharlieCharlieVor Monat
How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)