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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    “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 Month ago +3126

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

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher 4 days ago

      The Pre-Shrekratics

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44 6 days ago

      @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."

    • Compucles
      Compucles 8 days ago

      @dapperfan44 Personally, I think those two movies are just as touching as "The Lion King" or "Bambi." Good drama isn't solely limited to the sudden death of a loved one (although, "Moana" also has that as well). Meanwhile, "Tangled" and "Frozen" are musicals on par with the ones Disney released in '89 and the early 90's, while "The Princess and the Frog" isn't that far behind.
      Anyway, you were the one who suggested what "modern animation is today," so of course you can't discount any modern animation studios when trying to make that argument.

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44 8 days ago

      @Compucles it just feels like something's missing when I watch movies like Zootopia and Moana. They don't have the same weight like when Simba loses his father. And why can I not discount them? I mean, I wasn't talking about them when I said that.

    • Compucles
      Compucles 8 days ago +1

      @dapperfan44 But I did include Pixar in my original argument. You can't just arbitrarily discount one studio that disproves your argument!
      Besides, Disney proper still discounts the argument against animated musicals no longer being popular.

  • Annarosa Girardini

    "...You'll always be a prince to me" and the river of tears is unleashed

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday Hour ago

    I only now just realized the lack of shadows in the older Disney films such as in The Jungle Book.

  • Nero Bruno
    Nero Bruno Hour ago

    I Don't care. So i stopped the video before 2 minutes. Corporations will do as they do. Slimey, greedy and sadly but this has nothing i need to see right now.

    The gym or the library has.

  • EagleScoutmano
    EagleScoutmano 2 hours ago

    The number of well loved films you're willing to dis in a single video is remarkable.... all while holding up Frozen, arguably the worst case of money-grubbing in recent Disney Animation history, as an example of "one of the good films that came after they recovered themselves."

  • Li Miller
    Li Miller 4 hours ago +3

    You had me until you ripped on Anastasia, checked out about there. Everything deserves shade fir sure but that movie is easily one of the best animations to come out of the '80s-early 2000s.

  • Justin Gurley
    Justin Gurley 4 hours ago

    oh I love Lilo and Stitch so much, the best animated film since Lion King.

  • Judy Woodruff
    Judy Woodruff 5 hours ago

    Your attempt at a snarky coolest-kid-in-the- room voice is pathetic. And you’re an idiot who knows nothing about history of Broadway and off- Broadway. Look up Jerry Orbach’s place In the Broadway Pantheon of Gods- Wikipedia will set u straight in about 2 minutes.
    I like how you also use a funny voice when you refer to “parents” or “mom and dad” to show us how young you are. That’s really keen!
    First and last time I’ll waste whatever time I wasted listening to the sound of your voice. I like stories about sleazy and corrupt practices by Disney as much as the next guy, but you poison it with your smugness and stupidity. And nobody puts Jerry Orbach in the corner.

  • Steve Z
    Steve Z 7 hours ago

    You'll Always Be A Prince To Me

  • Geovanni Ramos
    Geovanni Ramos 8 hours ago

    Holy shit thank you for giving context to those ads about him being back.

  • i like to still mingle i like to mingle

    Man who ever does not love Aladdin is not in the same time zone

  • Emily G.
    Emily G. 12 hours ago

    Great wrap-up of history, fucking awful throwaway reviews of these films. What kind of inbred doesn't like Shrek? Who doesn't like Don Bluth films?

  • elleanna marland
    elleanna marland 13 hours ago

    You know it's bad when the comedic parody, Twisted: The Untold Story Of A Royal Vizer was better than the sequels made my Disney itself

  • Everyone said my name was stupid so I changed it.

    i love your sarcastic tone lol

  • FatBatCat 5
    FatBatCat 5 14 hours ago

    I didn’t want to watch this because I knew it would make me sad.
    Welp, it did. Nevertheless, great video.
    Thanks, I liked it.

  • Joseph Cook
    Joseph Cook 14 hours ago

    Oh, snap. You had plenty of problems in this piece, but I was sticking it through... and then you made fun of Robin at 9:25.

    See ya.

    • Morgan Phalsh
      Morgan Phalsh 13 hours ago

      What problems? Also, you do have to admit that it was an awfully naïve moment for the man. I highly doubt she was outright deriding the man there, just pointing out that, yeah, that was an unrealistic expectation of him.

  • Julia Price
    Julia Price 15 hours ago +1

    I freaking love Anastasia
    “In the Dark of the Night” is my jam

  • Mücahit Gürlek
    Mücahit Gürlek 16 hours ago


  • Bobby Siecker
    Bobby Siecker 16 hours ago

    It's so odd to see the voice acting of Robin Williams was such a big deal... Having grown up in the Netherlands, and despite the tendency of the Dutch to put subtitles under movies rather then dub them over, children's movies, especially animations by Disney were always dubbed into Dutch. The person who voiced the genie in the Dutch dub was Pierre Bokma. Not an actor of any special notoriety, but who did a fine job at bringing the genie to live in the Dutch dub. The marketing for Aladdin certainly did not revolve around the voice actors. It's always a bit amusing to see how the marketable voice cast is completely thrown out the window when American Disney movies are thrown upon the world market, and are dubbed over in almost every conceivable language.
    Hearing about this story about Robbin Williams and Disney is certainly interesting. But I have to this day never seen Aladdin in the original English dub. Still got the Dutch version laying around somewhere on VHS. So in my recollection the genie spoke dutch. Aladdin spoke Dutch. Every Disney character from Donald Duck to Pocahontas speaks Dutch. Hearing the original English dubs always feels jarring to me, despite the fact that I'm now very fluent in English.

  • Dan
    Dan 19 hours ago


  • LordZetheron
    LordZetheron Day ago

    Now it makes sense why he didn't voice in the second movie. That's why Homer Simpson got to voice Genie. Poor Robbie. Wish they'd listen to you ❤️🌸

  • Pillbo Baggins
    Pillbo Baggins Day ago

    What do you think about Emperor’s New Groove? Does it fit this kind of derivative formula in your opinion?

  • Miles Further
    Miles Further Day ago

    4 millions views!

  • Logan G
    Logan G Day ago

    zendaya is meechee

  • Candy Biller
    Candy Biller Day ago

    My favorite actors are
    1 Mike Myer
    2 Eddie Murphy
    3 Ben Stiller
    4 Chris rock
    5 Jim Carrey
    6 Will Smith
    7 Tom Hanks
    8 Tim Allen
    9 David Johnson the rock
    10 John Cena

  • Spencer Williams

    Jesus... how old are you to be so dismissive of all those brilliant actors? Bob Newhart was genius. You know nothing about comedy.

  • Derek Dacus
    Derek Dacus Day ago

    And did you just dismiss Angela effing Lansbury? Wtf

  • Derek Dacus
    Derek Dacus Day ago

    Phil Harris was a big star thank you very much

  • omega311888
    omega311888 Day ago

    DISNEY is nothing, if not greedy. just look at the new star wars. they prefer to crank out as many as possible without giving the audience good stories. oh and i actually liked Popeye FAR more than Hook.

  • Patron Saint Of Poison

    Ferngully was actually

  • Veronica Diaz
    Veronica Diaz Day ago

    This is nice

  • N Craft [NEW ACCOUNT]

    Is Robin Williams the guy from Flubbler?

  • phire
    phire 2 days ago

    oh my god I'm so glad I found your channel. this is top tier content and beyond inspiring.

  • Nick Holt
    Nick Holt 2 days ago

    Wow, whoever made this is... kind of an asshole. You really have the timerity to talk condescendingly about some of the titans of the last century of stage and screen. But that's not enough, you go on mock one of the greatest comedians of all time. I'm sure you, whose buck is made on the fickle nature of the mob, could have outbid this staple of showbiz. You go on as though you're so "over it" but you're a product of all the petty assholes you so :) bravely :) call out. Talking into a mic like you're taking a particularly difficult shit does not make you the saviour of entertainment. Merely a pollyp on its anus. I really take a lot of inspiration from people like you who just "get it" so much better than people who've made their livings in this industry. Gah, I have a lot more to say but it boils down to "you're a dick and you don't get any credit for noticing stunt casting." Now please go explain why David Shwimmer is a piece of shit for doing "Madagascar". Prick.

  • Jester Fright
    Jester Fright 2 days ago

    Am I the only one who has a Childhood loving the Popeye movie?

  • Patrick Jones
    Patrick Jones 2 days ago

    The devaluing of War. I'm not a white cat.

  • Oussama Berrada
    Oussama Berrada 2 days ago

    I miss you Robin

  • HogofGaming
    HogofGaming 2 days ago

    Asking Disney not to sell merchandise is like asking someone to not breathe

  • Jose
    Jose 2 days ago

    Your editing is so on point I see you homie 👌🏽

  • JS Peña
    JS Peña 2 days ago

    Can you do a Loose Cannon video for Godzilla?

  • Noelia Zaballa
    Noelia Zaballa 2 days ago

    I don't quite understand what the problem was. I mean, Disney are not saints, but the Genie really IS property of Disney, they are entitled to merchandise this character or Simba or Belle or any other they have created. If Williams felt so strongly about it, he should have refused to voice him, but you can't ask Disney not to profit from a character that belongs to them. Perhaps there's something else they are not telling us.

  • Jamaigar gar
    Jamaigar gar 2 days ago

    Dang it, Lindsay, you made me cry again!

  • TheErusPrime
    TheErusPrime 2 days ago

    I kinda feel like you're talking shit about bob newhart and we can't have that.

  • jack chandelier
    jack chandelier 3 days ago

    Except Popeye was GREAT.

  • Matt Pert
    Matt Pert 3 days ago

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Such a thoughtful; wonderful tribute for my highest hero. Thank you for catching all of this. ♥️🎶🤘🏼

  • versacedobrik
    versacedobrik 3 days ago +2

    i agree with everything but i actually thoroughly enjoyed anastasia

  • Matthew Pippin
    Matthew Pippin 3 days ago

    What was with the shade thrown on Dame Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach?

  • Jack White
    Jack White 3 days ago

    Did this bitch just talk shit about Shrek?

  • Hamilton Mechanical
    Hamilton Mechanical 3 days ago

    Cool video, except that Popeye was freaking awesome, love that movie, and the set is still there today and can be visited LOL Guess that one can be chocked up to cult classic, like the labyrinth. Failed at first but now is a very endearing movie

  • Elijah Frederick
    Elijah Frederick 3 days ago

    18:47 Post-Lion King Disney in a nutshell

  • Chris Chancey
    Chris Chancey 3 days ago

    Why does everyone working on a Disney animated film look like a pedophile??

  • JoeSatelite
    JoeSatelite 3 days ago

    You are a true golden coated champion Lindsay! Thank you!

  • Mark Lipka
    Mark Lipka 3 days ago +2

    Very informative! But, she does use the (incorrect) word "jive" when she MEANS "JIBE" at 21:23. *sigh*

  • mathiasdodin
    mathiasdodin 3 days ago

    I love your videos 👍🏼😃⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • GreenGretel
    GreenGretel 3 days ago +1

    Something about that brief Val Kilmer-as-Moses clip @ 14:49 had me howling 😂

  • Biscuit Gidoni
    Biscuit Gidoni 3 days ago +1

    A bugs life was way better

  • Biscuit Gidoni
    Biscuit Gidoni 3 days ago

    Why didn't he sue them then?

  • thunderpeel2001
    thunderpeel2001 3 days ago +1

    Williams may not have been motivated by money, but the fact that Disney made so much money, a lot of which was due to a performance that Williams CREATED HIMSELF, and didn't recognise this with a bonus for him, is something that anyone would get annoyed about.

  • T Nicholas
    T Nicholas 4 days ago +1

    I find it very satisfying that Fern Gully still managed to be moderately successful even with the ridiculous amount of sabotage going on - in Australia particularly it was a pretty significant cultural touchstone of the 90s.

  • Burrito Bowl01
    Burrito Bowl01 4 days ago

    Not to say shrek wasn't amazing

  • AnnamiBananami
    AnnamiBananami 4 days ago

    this video was great! But I am sad you didn't like Anastasia one of my favourite shows

  • Joseph
    Joseph 4 days ago +1

    I sure do miss Robin Williams. He was such a great man.

  • butchdeadlift10
    butchdeadlift10 4 days ago

    Not a transformers video, but I could not think of a better place to put this thought without totally invading your social media space:
    What if the transformers movies were good?
    A huge what if, but more to the point I am trying to make is "how were each of the transformers films supposed to be different?".
    This is what I remember.
    1) Robots in disguise exist. they came to earth to find robot hitler and the treasure robot hitler was looking for. they find both and the government cover up that was tied into them. Heroes win. The end.
    2) Robots in disguise helping the government track down their mutual enemies, but robot satan arrives to help their enemies and starts with bringing back robot hitler. Race to find the ancient treasure that is a doomsday device. Herobot is dead, but comesback because his human friend loves him? Big fight, heroes win, the end.
    3) Robots in disguise discover another goodguy robot with ancient goodguy plan, but that plan involves the extermination of the human race. goodguys half to fight badguys and evil friend to save mankind. Friends die. Heroes win. The end.
    And then 4 and 5 happen with plots I could care less about, but plots none the less. Like trying to watch Disney's the Black Cauldron, I am at a loss of what point they were trying to make, but I am fascinated to find out what was the long lost good idea in the pile of shit.

  • finnmeister
    finnmeister 4 days ago

    I'm a professionsl Voice Actor, and I couldn't agree more. Been saying it for years.

  • RogerWilco
    RogerWilco 4 days ago +1

    This also completely falls apart as soon as you go outside the USA, where the animated movies for kids are dubbed into another language by voice actors.
    As far as I'm concerned the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin was voiced by Pierre Bokma.
    To me and most people outside the USA, there is no connection.

  • David S
    David S 4 days ago +1

    I will remember this video for the phrase "petty asshole"! Probably not what was wanted it to be remembered for!

  • Charlie Manning
    Charlie Manning 4 days ago

    GOod video, but pit some fuckin respect on Shrek's name. Ice Age, too.

  • Mark Berardi
    Mark Berardi 4 days ago

    This made me cry at the end. Thank you.

  • Nemo7The7Pirate7
    Nemo7The7Pirate7 4 days ago

    was is this? Tastes like journalism.

  • Bianca Isabel
    Bianca Isabel 4 days ago

    Wow so animations getting shittier coz they spend half the budget on casting, I'd never thought of that

  • Bianca Isabel
    Bianca Isabel 5 days ago

    6:10 OMG It's tinkerbell

  • sakura moone
    sakura moone 5 days ago

    Robin will be missed dearly. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Draggin' Wagon
    Draggin' Wagon 5 days ago

    Bob Newhart was a huge deal back in the day tho.

  • Lyss Greene
    Lyss Greene 5 days ago

    Aladdin couldn't even afford a belly button. 😭😭

  • Lizzy Chrome
    Lizzy Chrome 5 days ago

    I've often missed the days when Disney trailers were half productions sketches of the scenes, and when they were boasting the (instrumental) musical scores by composers of past Disney films. Now it's all about the celebs.
    Speaking of, who the frell thought of casting Will Smith as the Genie? It's like Nicholas Cage as the flaming skull biker demon. Just in those clips you showed of the new "Aladdin," Smith is as lifeless as ever. Just.......WHY?

  • Powerful Aura
    Powerful Aura 5 days ago

    Le ebic video essay about Disney in le TheXvid recommended feed

  • Al Festa
    Al Festa 5 days ago +1

    Lindsay, what song did you use for the petty asshole? It's familiar & too quick to Shazam, ha.
    This video was perfect, by the way! Made me laugh tons

  • only sara
    only sara 5 days ago +1

    When you're brazilian so the voices don't make difference bc you're watching dub anyway

  • sweetblackblood1
    sweetblackblood1 5 days ago

    you are hypocrite. everyone on the internet are hypocrites. no one cared about robin williams when he was alive. in fact, i remember perfectly when he was, most of the people on the internet treated him like an annoyance but he didn't care because he was rich and famous. but now that he is dead everyone suddenly view him as a martyr and is mentioned to this day after his death. ever since he died i have seen tributes to him on youtube, deviant art, facebook. and this disney vs robin willaims feud is the only gimmick anyone ever seems to know about the man. but when he was alive, most of you didn't care about him or his performance. same thing with stan lee... all you cared about where the movies and how many times he cameo-ed in them. you are all a bunch of "get a life" hypocrites.

    • BlueFox94
      BlueFox94 2 days ago

      There's some truth to this, I must admit. Even though he did appear in three Night at the Museum films, Happy Feet, RV, and August Rush during the mid-to-late '00s, it was pretty evident that pop culture had relegated him further back on the stage. But hey, what artist who hits their peak doesn't experience a downturn. It's natural to not stay on top forever. Some artists, though, ultimately couldn't manage to cope with that and/or encounter something beyond their control.

  • Rebecca Flaherty
    Rebecca Flaherty 5 days ago +1

    I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of the Popeye movie. :-)

  • headofbaphomet
    headofbaphomet 5 days ago

    Get it in writing dumbass

  • z m
    z m 5 days ago

    Love your stuff. I think the real first thing that set Disney and Robin Williams up as a collaboration that led to Aladdin was almost the exact Genie character he did for this WDW animation piece. (ok, he wasn't a "genie" but the entire character is the exact same thing - if the link doesn't show, search for 'Robin Williams back to Neverland animation') It was completed in 1989, a few years prior to Fern Gull)- you should check it out, it's great! I remember watching Aladdin and thinking, hey, this is the exact same character he's already done. I personally don't really remember DISNEY marketing the movie with a heavy push on Robin Williams, but if he publicly attacked them for it, I must have happened. We all saw how Dreamworks was the guiltiest of this marketing scheme once they started making their movies, but the pubic saw right through this lame trick. Pixar on the other hand, seemed to do it the right way by going for character over celebrity. for the most part that's worked out for them.

  • Alejandro Cabrera
    Alejandro Cabrera 5 days ago

    I wouldn't say it's Disney's fault for overmarketing the genie. Rather I blame katzenberg especificly. He caused the whole problem soooo. Companies are not always a group, just saying.

  • Horkeu Kamui
    Horkeu Kamui 5 days ago

    I just watched the live action version and only realised just now why the songs were nowhere near as great as the original: they were essentially tailor-made for Robin Williams. That aside, Will Smith wasn't bad but he only truly shone during rap sequences and just about whenever he didn't need to impersonate Robin.

  • Ash MCcGill
    Ash MCcGill 5 days ago

    I recognise your voice from somewhere and I can't place it.

  • Donovan Lawson
    Donovan Lawson 5 days ago

    The genie is still my favorite disney animated character

  • Nature Is Everywhere

    plz plz plz Make a Hunger Games video.

  • MewTV
    MewTV 6 days ago

    I like the Toontown font for your patrons

  • Robin Lugo
    Robin Lugo 6 days ago


  • Ashley Nieto
    Ashley Nieto 6 days ago

    I'm sorry, did you just bag on ANASTASIA? Tragically miscast? Get all the way in the fuck out of here. Anastasia is a goddamn fantastic movie, and to say Don Bluth didn't have much success UNTIL Anastasia in 1996 is a flat out lie. And I, personally, fully appreciate Happily Ever After. I literally feel personally attacked right now. Don Bluth films were my true childhood. Stop trying to hurt my inner child.

  • Victoria Weinstein
    Victoria Weinstein 6 days ago +1

    Jerry Orbach was a Broadway legend. How dare you sneer at him.

  • RazoE
    RazoE 6 days ago +1

    Great video. You earned yourself a subscriber.
    By the way, I noticed Pixar doesn't put their voice talent anywhere on posters or marketing. Good for them

  • Joshua Foster
    Joshua Foster 6 days ago

    Aladdin 4 Jafar may need glasses

  • Kyle Murphy
    Kyle Murphy 6 days ago

    Interesting watch, but I am still going to love this movie. I mean let's be real, are we really surprised that a business tried to market at maximum capacity? It's interesting to see how violating Disney was to Robin Williams, but even he, as you can see at the end, is proud of the film. And I am not saying that you are out right taking a stance, although there is insuation there for sure, but the fact is the quality of all those films doesn't diminish simply because you can pontificate about marketing in capitalist system. You have other videos that talk about The Lord of The Rings. I would love to see a video about how Peter Jackson got the rights to those and The Hobbit books. Literally Tolkien's family has been used, abused and manipulated along the way, it almost makes you feel gross for having enjoyed them. Anyway, guess I am done, also being full of myself.

  • Arthur L Vilas Boas
    Arthur L Vilas Boas 6 days ago +2

    im a simple brazilian i see nazarés gif i like the video (9:48)

  • Arthur L Vilas Boas
    Arthur L Vilas Boas 6 days ago

    9:48 gif da nazaré wtf

  • Misterlaxx d
    Misterlaxx d 6 days ago

    Are we completely gonna forget Rover Dangerfield?

  • Hans Wurst
    Hans Wurst 6 days ago

    I really like the channel and also this video. But whats your problem with shrek or antz?

  • Koy Foster
    Koy Foster 6 days ago +4

    Robin's passing is hitting me harder as I get older...

  • Terézia T
    Terézia T 6 days ago

    The thing about growing up in a non-English speaking country, where films are dubbed, you miss out on all the hype about casting well known people. It just.. does not mean much. You just want to enjoy the movie.