How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)

  • Published on May 20, 2019
  • "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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  • Kayla Daly
    Kayla Daly 4 months ago +6142

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

    • Johnson Johnson
      Johnson Johnson 3 days ago

      in my mind Shrek happened around 9/11
      So I guess it makes sense for the timeline to fall around that pre or post 9/11 scale

    • Drunken Pixels
      Drunken Pixels Month ago

      She got it all wrong

    • Simba Lion
      Simba Lion 2 months ago

      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.

    • Björn Hallström
      Björn Hallström 2 months ago

      @Lainey It's been 18 years?! Holy fuck.

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher 3 months ago

      The Pre-Shrekratics

  • noneuklid
    noneuklid 16 hours ago

    i watched the whole video and not once
    not once
    did you mention orson welles in transformers
    who have you become

  • Will Kemish
    Will Kemish Day ago

    When was Huey Lewis in Oliver & Company...?

  • Madi
    Madi 4 days ago

    I’m sobbing, Robin Williams was such a kind amazing person. AHHHHHHH

  • Dora Mercedes
    Dora Mercedes 4 days ago

    Robin Williams died on my birthday and I'll always be sad about it. I watched all his movies as a child, yes, even Fern Gully.
    Since you mentioned the Legend of Korra, one of the villains, Kuvira, is voiced by his daughter Zelda.

  • Donovan Cook
    Donovan Cook 4 days ago

    Very well put together piece but there is a glaring omission. Toy Story had Tom Hanks at the height of his career and the animation is so good, he isn’t Tom Hanks. He is Woody. The attention to character and movement is what set Pixar apart. They were animation driven films not star vehicles.

  • LRGonzales
    LRGonzales 4 days ago +1

    Gee, I wonder what Lindsay thinks of Jeffrey Katzenberg 🤔

  • LRGonzales
    LRGonzales 4 days ago

    "I'm Popeye, the sailor
    I'm Popeye, the sailor
    I'm Popeye, the sailor"
    Clearly Lin-Manuel Miranda's finest work to this day 💋

  • Alejandro Cabrera
    Alejandro Cabrera 4 days ago

    I have other things to say. Beggining with:
    1: 9:25 What is that little laugh suposed to mean? After all aside of the genie Disney hasn't overmarketed a character so your “little giggle" doesn't make much sense.
    2: I feel like I should add that both mushu and donkey were voiced by Eugenio Derbez in the latín spanish versión of the movies they appear in.
    3: You say “cheap genie knockoff" like if that, on itself, makes them bad characters (wich clearly they are not (at least the mayority)).

  • Jan-Willem van Dijk
    Jan-Willem van Dijk 5 days ago

    The Dutch dubbed genie is pretty good imo. Similar frantic voice and the translation is very good. Interesting how the trend of promoting famous voice actors was pretty much in step in the Netherlands. I have no idea who did the voices in say the Jungle Book cartoon, but I "had" to see Robots cause Chris Zegers is doing the main character (he has the most monotonous voice ever).

  • Kenneth Carnie
    Kenneth Carnie 5 days ago

    He never knew who I was.. But I miss him..

  • TheOminousbeanbag
    TheOminousbeanbag 5 days ago

    LMAO the dude who directed The Star put out a movie in high school about hell where the only food was plain hot dogs with no buns and the only song on the radio was don't worry be happy. It was really good, stuck with me for the last 15 years.

  • CapAnson12345
    CapAnson12345 6 days ago

    I actually liked Popeye. Also, why do I have a crush on Lindsay Ellis?

  • x 23
    x 23 6 days ago

    Petty asshole t shirts 🤔

  • Matt Furnell
    Matt Furnell 6 days ago

    Wow so many animated classics I'd never heard of! That Lord of the rings animation! Never new it existed! Haha thanks

  • Amaw Nga Opaw
    Amaw Nga Opaw 6 days ago

    were walt disney and thomas edison relatives?

  • theshepard22
    theshepard22 6 days ago

    This was great! Your wrap up at the end was fantastic, bringing it all together.

  • Barry Lambson
    Barry Lambson 6 days ago

    I'm 40. I cried. Good job.
    In all seriousness, you are fast becoming my go to critic. Amazing writing, good humor and research out the wazoo. Hats off to you sir!

  • CptWindwalker82
    CptWindwalker82 7 days ago +2

    23:03 goddammit :(

  • Gliscor Glider
    Gliscor Glider 10 days ago +1

    *hOw AladDiN iNsPiReD oThEr MoViE's tO mAkE lIvE aCtIoN vErSiOn Of ThEiR oWn MoViE's*

  • Greg Keras
    Greg Keras 10 days ago +2

    Lindsay, I found your channel after catching up on some Folding Ideas, and I'm rather glad that happened. I've been in a bit of a creative rut regarding, well, a lot of busy life noise, and your channel has been a wonderfully educational distraction, not to mention really witty and entertaining. Just wanted to say, "Hello," and "Thanks for being awesome." -Greg

  • Sarah Nikolajsen
    Sarah Nikolajsen 11 days ago

    But .. I'm pretty sure Peggy Lee was the first one to be used as celebrity bait in Lady and the Tramp - she wrote and performed most of the song and even had a character look like her.

  • WyrdNet
    WyrdNet 12 days ago

    THE JUNGLE BOOK had an all-star voice cast. Not a star vehicle for anyone, but the voices were at least as well known then as Robin Williams, and were used to market the film.

  • Erich Keser
    Erich Keser 12 days ago

    A beautiful tribute to a truly great actor, and human being!

  • Bebe
    Bebe 12 days ago

    BABY'S DAD??? I think you mean the old ass detective (rest his soul), from the old ass original Law & Order!

  • moss pally
    moss pally 13 days ago

    John Hurt was A list!

  • Youtoo Brr
    Youtoo Brr 13 days ago


  • M. Kull
    M. Kull 15 days ago

    Was this video made in response to anything particular? It kinda feels like both a social commentary on modern entertainment culture and a historical tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams.

  • Alice Darhk
    Alice Darhk 16 days ago

    Robin Williams... Has earned even more of My respect. May he be at peace

  • Jordan Storz
    Jordan Storz 16 days ago +3

    The Prince of Egypt is a terrific movie. The animation, story, and music are really incredible and have aged well!

  • Kelsey Curles
    Kelsey Curles 17 days ago

    Nowadays they’re more focused on hiring A-list actors instead of the actual performance.

  • TheZeroJoker
    TheZeroJoker 17 days ago

    I object to Hoodwinked being lumped in as a knockoff when it's quite funny and original.

  • Jimmy L
    Jimmy L 18 days ago +1

    20:41 My parents when I was born

  • Lord Goose
    Lord Goose 19 days ago

    I was in till you threw stones at my Oger.

  • Andrew Trayford
    Andrew Trayford 20 days ago

    damn this video blew up

  • Demonsplaining
    Demonsplaining 20 days ago +3

    The fact that Disney technically owns The Simpsons and Family Guy now is so surreal to me.

    • Davethe3rd
      Davethe3rd 4 days ago

      King of the Hill
      It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  • Luke Cash
    Luke Cash 23 days ago

    There's another story underlying all of this in the history of art production and consumption which ties in neatly with the cynicism, pettiness, and unchecked commercialism that you so often harp on in your videos:

    Art simply wasn't as available to the general public in the past. Yes, it was around, and the average person could maybe see some art, but it was more often than not designed by and catered to the elite. Peasants weren't commissioning Bach or Vivaldi to write them a concerto and they certainly weren't patrons for painters, sculptors, etc.

    Now things like art and recreational activities are marketed to the masses, not out of the kindness of anyone's heart but because of the way things have always worked. Without a doubt there are very decent people in all classes of society, people who mean well and do well, but the brute fact of the matter is that we're all cogs in a machine, a machine that may be run by people but one that doesn't really have a mind of its own, it just rumbles along with its gravity. If you're not an elite, so far as society is concerned at least, you are a cud chewer, another grass fed cow and a little bread and circus will do if you profit the people who actually matter. And news flash, very few people actually matter.

  • Ella Collins
    Ella Collins 23 days ago

    The animation for the hug was so sweet what....

  • Altar360
    Altar360 24 days ago

    Catsenburg really is a petty asshole...

  • Kevin Croake
    Kevin Croake 24 days ago

    Think you will ever do a video on cars 2 and how wtf it is?

  • nrsrymj
    nrsrymj 24 days ago

    Fuck I miss him

  • Heru- deshet
    Heru- deshet 24 days ago

    Disney is famous for backstabbing.

  • Sayward Lewis
    Sayward Lewis 25 days ago

    1982 “The World According to Garp”
    Robin Williams was incredible. Unusual movie, not a favorite of mine, but showcased his range for future dramatic works. A rare talent that could easily shift between comedy and drama. RIP

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago +1

    I knew I had heard the voice of the genie from the return of Jafar from somewhere. When you said Homer it clicked. I could never place where I had heard the voice.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago +2

    I love the Prince of Egypt.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago +1

    I know it mentions Disney in the your channel description. But would you be interested in topics on movies from other studios?

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago +1

    I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago

    I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 25 days ago +1

    I’m interested in some of your videos. Saved some to watch. One being the Pocahontas one. I love the film. I can’t lie. I know it is not historically accurate. But I love it for what it tries to tackle. I will listen to your points when I watch it. Then I’ll comment after.

  • Space Ghost
    Space Ghost 25 days ago +1

    I love Antz and Shrek, but they spawned the worst abominations in the history of 3D animation.

  • Chris Aplin
    Chris Aplin 26 days ago

    This is a freakishly good video.

  • Alexander Supertramp
    Alexander Supertramp 26 days ago

    Robin probably had the biggest big dick energy of any celebrity I’ve ever seen.

  • MaskOfIce
    MaskOfIce 26 days ago +3

    You know, the more I hear "I'm losing to a bird" in these Disney videos, the more I laugh at it. Which means that yes, I am laughing at the gargoyles from Hunchback. I have sinned

  • Mark N.
    Mark N. 27 days ago +1

    If anyone had the guts to do to Disney now what katzinberg did back then, we’d feel different.

  • Lunar Liam Productions

    Yes because the hero and the villain for the great mouse deactivate can’t just two people who have different ideologies, moral values, and mental health. No, no, no, no, there just a bitter gay ex-couple.

    • Lunar Liam Productions
      Lunar Liam Productions 10 days ago

      I’m just not as big of a fan of the joke, but that’s ok I respect your opinion.

    • KendylTV
      KendylTV 10 days ago

      Lunar Liam Productions I mean, I’ve seen it multiple times, but it’s funny because it kind of is similar to how gay couples used to be portrayed on TV in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Disney aren’t above queer coding, as we’ve seen from most of their renaissance era villains.

    • Lunar Liam Productions
      Lunar Liam Productions 10 days ago

      Trust me, it’s pops up more on the internet than you think.

    • KendylTV
      KendylTV 10 days ago +1

      This is such an overreaction to one split second joke lol.

  • kollie79
    kollie79 27 days ago

    Man Disney is so petty, especially considering fern gully is a god like movie, how dare they try and sabotage it

  • Albert Vilorio
    Albert Vilorio 28 days ago +1

    So Lindsay guess what Disney just did about marketing the genie, twice in one year.

  • basil !
    basil ! Month ago

    omg the comments keep saying how lindsay references tgmd a lot in her videos so now i wna watch all her vids to see if she actually does

  • basil !
    basil ! Month ago

    omg i screamed at the tgmd part

  • doktormusmatta
    doktormusmatta Month ago

    That look by Anthony Hopkins at 20:45