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Disney In Depth: 20 ‘Aladdin’ Fun Facts You May Not Have Known
Brett Nachman   |  

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Can you believe it has been 20 years since Aladdin first entered our lives? The film was an absolute sensation, garnering much critical and financial success. After two decades I thought it would be “soaring good fun” to review the influence of this brand in the Disney universe.

This edition of Disney In Depth will highlight 20 fun facts about everything you ever wanted to know about Prince Ali and company.

Aladdin and Jasmine soar above the clouds on Magic Carpet

1 Though Abu and Rajah serve as the best animal friends to lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine, they do not appear – nor are referenced – in the stage show production at Disney California Adventure Park.

2 Alan Menken won two Oscars for his work on Aladdin, one for his original score and the other for his music on “A Whole New World.”

Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge3 In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Genie makes reference to a boatload of Disney characters, including Chief Powhatan’s famous daughter, as seen in this clip at about the 1:07 mark.

4 Jafar has a fraternal twin sister, a sorceress named Nasira. She serves as the villain for the Aladdin-themed video game, Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge. Nasira is voiced by none other than Ariel the Little Mermaid herself, actress Jodi Benson.

5 When the film was first released on VHS in 1993, Aladdin sold a whopping 25 million copies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/games2much Michael Alley

    #9 is somewhat incorrect. Princess Tiger Lily was in Peter Pan. Though not the star of the movie, and not a princess in the traditional sense she still was the daughter of the leader of her people.

  • Timothy Ketterling

    for number 24 genie says, no wishing for more wishes, when he lists things that cant be wished for.

  • MyFriendlyGiant .

    Hercules wasn’t Roman, he was Greek.


    Hmm, no mention of all the sex references

  • Barry Stanton

    Aladin’s singing voice was provided by the guy who played tucker in buffy the vampire slayer, you know the one who raised hell hounds for the prom? Andrew from the trios brother? He also provided Jonathan’s singing voice in the episode “Superstar”.

  • Erin M

    22. False. Look at Jasmine against the white princesses and you can clearly see she’s of a different ethnicity (especially the downturned nose). And compare Jafar to Clayton of Tarzan or Frollo of Hunchback and you’ll see their noses are equally hooked. With the exception of Ursula, most of Disney’s villains have a similarly angular appearance, regardless of ethnicity.

  • Kiba

    You misspelled ’20 Things You Didn’t Care About ‘Aladdin” Not one of these facts is remotely interesting.

  • Abdulrahman

    As was often the case with Royal families all over the world, including Europe!

  • Guest

    ” Princess Jasmine, descending from Arabian heritage, was the first non-Caucasian Disney princess.” Actually, and I do hate to be that guy, Arabs are on of the 8 Caucasoids; in other words, Arabs are Caucasian. Maybe it would be more accurate to say Jasmine was the 1st none-European Disney Princess.

  • KathyRindhoops

    I’m a little late to the party here, but Sebastian from The Little Mermaid makes a cameo as well. The genie pulls him out of a cookbook and says, “King crab?”

  • Anderson da Silva

    I love Alladin cartoon.

  • meghan

    used to love this movie it a shame it didn’t make it to the imax like it was sopost to I used to be obbessed with this movie :(

  • OneMercilessMing

    Yes, but remember that Peter Pan was the star of THAt show. Not even Wendy was billed over Pan. TinkerBell (Tinkerbell, Tinkerbelle), of course, was a Caucausian fairy, not a princess.

  • Daphne Anita Starke

    I love it. What your address?

  • whatever

    Muslim? Are you shitting me? Aladdin is set in Pre-Islamic Arabia. So no, Jasmine, Aladdin and no one in this movie is a Muslim.

  • whatever

    True, but this movie is set in Pre- Islamic Arabia.

  • Leevi Koskivuori

    Hmhm…What most people won’t know is that the Finnish voice actor of Genie got a thank you concept art signed from Disney for his excellent performance as the character :3

  • JustSomeone

    Actually, in the movie, the sultan actually says, “Thank Allah!” when Aladdin (who was disguised as a prince) came to the palace. :) So, in maybe the actual story of Aladdin they weren’t Muslim, but in the Disney movie, they are. :)

  • Nathan Forester

    According to wikipedia…Steve Martin, John Candy and a few others were considered for the role of Genie.

  • George

    “A Whole New World” eh? OK, one song in Disney’s movies that is great as well is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” performing by Elton Jonh at the ending credids of the “Lion King”. A great song. Almost brings tears on your eyes.

  • Claire Bullows

    There was a god called Allah before Islam.

  • Courtney Vick

    In the Cave of Wonders treasure room scenes, you can see ancient Assyrian winged guardian statues – or lamassi – which could bring one to conclude that the area in which the story takes place could be what we now know as Iraq. Also, we could conclude that the Disney story of Aladdin takes place sometime after the Neo-Assyrian period.
    But, that aside, I really loved this film, the sequels, and the tv show! I was maybe obsessed with it when I was a kid.

  • Gabriel Rodriguez

    Hispanic was added as an ethnicity since it only means you speak, the only racial thing about it is the fact that most hispanics are mixed. But to this day the only options are: Asian American (that doesn’t make sense since arabs, jews, indians and most of Russia is part of Asia), African American and Caucasian (correct if I’m wrong) American.

  • Christina Telles

    Hispanic has nothing to do with if you speak Spanish or not. The only ethnicities available are “Hispanic or Latino” and “Not Hispanic or Latino”. Hispanic denotes a Spanish ancestry, while Latino denotes a Latin American (Central and South America) Ancestry. On the census or other government papers, I qualify as Hispanic because of my dad’s side (Note the Hispanic last name), but I barely understand or speak Spanish.

    Also, as of the 2010 Census, the available races are: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Other Asian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, Other Pacific Islander, and Some other race.

  • Damien Johnson

    Her and Princess Eilonwy.

  • Reaper Kira

    The Portuguese are considered Hispanic. It is anyone who has ancestry of Hispania, which is the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Christina Telles

    Yes, they are. I really don’t know why it slipped my mind at the time.

  • dieselmondello

    the genie’s shackles (gold arm braces) popped off and dissolved in the air when aladdin freed him at the end of the first movie, but when they reappear in the other films and shows, my sister and i used to just say he wore them as stylish bracelets because they looked cool, but they had no power over him to make him grant anyone wishes (no more servitude to the lamp). Which speaking of the lamp, that’s kind of the same thing, he still hung out in there even though he didn’t have to (remember, he said it had very little living space haha). Or maybe he wore the gold bands and chilled out in the lamp for so long, they now comforted him after he gained his freedom, like prisoners who can no longer make it on the outside lol

  • Scarede Cat

    Well Genetically, Caucasians descended from Arabia. 10,000 BC Arabs from the deserts spread to europe killing all Neanderthal and lightening their skins to White in several thousand years. YOu Sound like Arabs are a subset or small branch of big caucasians race. In reality caucasians are grand childrens of Arabs (Partically Iraqi Arabs). I could just well say all europeans are originally Arabs.

  • Scarede Cat

    well they just took the idea from arabian nights. why would they even pay attention to whoever has already taken theif and cobbler in baghdad ideas. That idea is centuries old from arabian legends and not a trademark. they haven’t plagiarized or anything. just made their own version of something present here from a long time.

  • Tomfom

    The first non caucasian princess and the last one that looks doable. :)

  • Hasan Moh

    there was NO Baghdad until 200 years after Islam started. however most of the stories in Arabian nights are quoted from an ancient Persian and Indian stories. I am an Arab and I know the history behind this.

  • Hasan Moh

    they are not just Caucasians, they are actually the start of the Caucasian race. I am originally from Jordan, and skulls for causian were found dated more than 50,000 years.

  • Hasan Moh

    Actually it A’laa’ Al-Deen, (means: glorify the faith), but when u say it fast, it will sound like alaa-adeen

  • Hasan Moh

    no, it takes place in Baghdad.

  • Hasan Moh

    there was no Baghdad before Islam.

  • marlee

    I thought it took place in Ali Baba.

  • TruthIs

    Aladdin is 100% purely Iranian – a tale told by Sherezahd, and Persian folklore. Aladdin is not an Arab tale whatsoever. Disney does its usual racist job of stealing one culture’s identity and lumping it in with others.

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