Licensing Jasmine

Chris Harding, animator, Comic artist and animation fan recently ranted about the misuse and abuse of an artist’s creation by marketing departments who allow that character to be put on every product known to man. As long as it brings in cash, no matter how bad the quality may be what hurts that character’s public opinion and that indirectly influences the creators company public opinion.
In one of his examples he refers to the Disney Princess line by Disney Consumer Products. That ties directly into how and other fans complain the way Disney licenses Jasmine in the Disney Princess line. As I probably wrote earlier I think Disney Consumer Products should market Jasmine, and the rest of the princess gang the way they originally were created. In the case of Jas, Belle and Ariel as strong, kick-ass woman and not as poor little rich girls who are only concerned with make-up and hair. The way Disney Consumer Products view the classic 3 princess but mostly refers to Snow White.

In defense of Snow, she wasn’t afraid to get dirty. She cooked or cleaned for the seven dwarfs. Cinderella was forced to keep that immense house clean and take care of her step-mother and step-sisters alone and un-appreciated. Aurora lived her whole life in the forest walking on bare feet not afraid to get sore and dirty feet. Ariel swims around in the ocean going on all kinds of dangerous adventures willing to give her live under the sea for a whole new world, excuse the puns please. Belle didn’t get dirty in Beauty and the Beast or it’s sequels though I recall her chopping wood in Enchanted Christmas but she a dreamer and wants more in live then living in boring village. Jasmine was also willing to give up her perfect life as the daughter of a powerful and wealthy sultan for a live on the dangerous streets of the city.

It wouldn’t hurt to draw the girls in their original outfits either and draw their faces on-model. Example, those magnets I got a while back Belle and Cinderella are twin sisters. And its the “new” way the princesses are drawn, colorful and with their castle in the background. Compare that to the way they used to be drawn on all the on Ebay

This is why I’m very selective on what I buy from the Disney Princess line, it has to portray Jasmine in an original pose and it has to be functional. Those magnets I bought to use them or that postcard was useful to make a wallpaper of it. When it comes to Aladdin merchandise I follow these guide lines

1 It needs to have a collectors value
2 Be useful/interesting
3 Can’t be too expensive.

This why I don’t buy dolls, no value because I don’t own dolls. not interesed, price tag does not apply because of earlier reasons. But I am willing to spend cash on puzzles/a>, collecters value because I own many, can be put on display, cheap

The Music Behind the Magic Part 1 : Cut Songs

The Music Behind The Magic is a rare, expensive and hard to find collector’s item consisting of 4 CD’s with work tapes, demo and final recordings of the music and score from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. In a 66 page included booklet both Alan Menken, Howard’s sister Sarah and the many people Howard and Alan worked with and for including former-high Disney officials, voice actors and the director of Mermaid and Aladdin and many other praise working with Howard Ashman.

While Menken recalls mostly of him and Howard working on Mermaid and Beauty he and Tim mention the cut songs from an early story version of Aladdin.
Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim, Proud of Your Boy , Humiliate The Boy, How Quick they Forget and You Can Count On Me where part of that story idea originally written by Howard Ashman. In that version a younger Aladdin had a bunch of pals he hang out with and he had a mother. The included booklet “The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice” had the only picture of this character. It’s been roaming around the Internet since the late 90’s when it first appeared in the Aladdin Mailing List to the Aladdin-fandom. It wasn’t until years later the Aladdin SE revealed Aladdin’s mother to the general public. poyb_almum.jpg

In that early adaptation of the 1001 Arabian Nights tale there were 2 Genies, a Genie of the Lamp and a Genie of the Ring at some point Jafar gets hold of the Ring Genie and uses him against our hero. Alan and Howard and Alan and Tim tried multiple times to make a villain song for Jafar but due to story changes the earlier songs where scarped. In the final version of the film Jafar has only a reprise to Prince Ali. Music Behind the Magic Mentions 3, Humiliate the Boy and Why Me and Master of the Lamp while the December 1992 issue of Entertainment Weekly mentions My Finest Hour and My Time Has Come.

Also worth noting, Howard and Alan attempted at a song for a selfish Princess Jasmine called “Call Me A Princess.” Strangely enough it is the only mention of a song for Jasmine in all the publications regarding the Making of Aladdin. Aladdin has a song and a reprise, Genie has two songs, Jafar has a reprise but Jasmine has nothing besides the movie’s love song in a duet. While it’s understanding the creative team didn’t want to insert a song to introduce Jasmine so soon after One Jump Ahead I personally feel the One Jump Reprise could’ve been combined with a song for Jasmine.

To be continued in The Music Behind the Magic Part 3 : Inspirations and homage’s