Aladdin is many people’s favorite Disney movies, and it’s clear why!
The addition of Robin Williams to the roster really made the movie special. How many of you can act out all of the genie’s parts word for word? I know I can. (I do a mean carpet impression, too!)
Read on and find out some cool behind the scenes facts that you probably didn’t know — I know I sure didn’t!
Animators used Robin Williams’ stand-up film to convince him to play the part.
Character designer and supervising animator Eric Goldberg says, “I think what probably sold him was the one where he says, ‘Tonight, let’s talk about the serious subject of schizophrenia—No, it doesn’t!—Shut up, let him talk!’ What I did is animate the Genie growing another head to argue with himself, and Robin just laughed. He could see the potential of what the character could be. I’m sure it wasn’t the only factor, but then he signed the dotted line.”
Williams was so funny as the genie, animators had to extend pauses after his lines to make room for all the laughter.
They weren’t expecting such massive reactions from the audience!