To celebrate Disney’s Aladdin premiered 15 years ago this 25 November a high-quality picture is published daily. The pictures are from a Japanese Movie Program I purchased earlier this year and promised to share high-res scans but haven’t gotten a chance to so.
The pictures are large, 3000 pixels wide and over 400kb in size.
Download the Zip file by clicking on the thumbnail of Day 10: Asking premisio to drewl over the background.
On the Ultimate Disney forum is an ongoing discussion started by Joe Carioca about a rumor that Aladdin has been
dropped from the platinum release calendar in favor of Alice in Wonderland for a 2011 release.
People drag in arguments like Aladdin’s disappointing DVD sales of its 2004 re-release or the super sales of the video back in 1993 that tied in with the lack of good marketing by Disney.
I half agree with some of these arguments, Aladdin didn’t sell as well as hoped for reasons unclear. But the argument made by 2099net that it was because 9/11 and Aladdin being an Arabian story is bull because first Aladdin has no connection whatever to those terrorists second the DVD was released 3 years after those events. More than enough time for the world to recover in a way they don’t draw a line between anything middle-eastern and terrorists unless they want to see a connection. 😡
It’s the early 1990s Gulf War argument all over again, because that war the Aladdin crew switched the setting of Bagdad in favour of the fictional Agrabah. This because they didn’t want to step on someone’s toes. Of course ‘the cut of your ear’ stayed and certain Arabian groups still protested. 😐
By 2004 millions had a DVD player and enough experience with the medium to know that video and audio quality are superior to the VHS format plus that the tapes are showing signs of wear and tear after being played for 11 years. True most kids haven’t watched the movie everyday but even households where a copy was played a few times a year must have understand it would be a good idea to replace it before the tape is run out. But at the end there is no hard evidence that the DVD sold poorly. Someone said he heard/saw it from a Disney source and that ‘rumor’ spread like wildfire.
The argument that Disney didn’t promote the DVD release as much as other titles I agree with. Jasmine was still the black sheep of the Princess line in those years and it wasn’t until the last 2 years she is getting products with original designs instead of boring stock art. The release itself didn’t get much promotion other than that Idols kid singing Proud Of Your Boy. And even that was only so-so. I recall that “Clay Aiken On Tour” was sponsored by the DVD and wondered, how can a DVD sponsor a tour? It was the first and only time I heard about that.
Locally here in Holland promotion came from the “Disney Weken” People who bought their grocersâ€™ at Albert Heijn, biggest supermarket of the country, could collect Aladdin hand puppets. AH stores also carried a small selection of Aladdin products like a towel and bedding.
Another argument UD members had was that Alice in Wonderland was more popular then Aladdin because it was a Walt-era movie. This is of course debatable but for personally Alice in Wonderland is one of the least likable Disney features even boring at moments.
And there’s the idea that in 2011 Alice we be 60, premiere 28 July 1951 and that made the folks at Disney decide to dump Aladdin for Alice and give the movie at 60th birthday present. Apparently there’s plenty material at hand to support at platinum re-release because the Laser Disc was loaded and not much was transferred to the 2-disc release not long ago.
If you follow that line and assume Aladdin is pushed back to 2012, and it was more popular then Alice ever was, and think that Disney is smart and give the 1992 film a 20th birthday present be releasing in a new platinum version for Blue-Ray :D. Surely there’s plenty more to be told about this film then we saw on the 2004 DVD. For example I never heard Howard Ashman talk about his initial treatment of the film, more deleted songs exist, there is loads more Robin Williams footage available, I love to see storyboard-rough animation-cleanup-color real of A Whole New World. I that Jas confronting Jafar scene included on the current release was fun to watch. Jafar and Iago’s reaction are priceless they didn’t expect the princess reaction. Or how about Ted and Terry, the guys mainly responsible for the story as were in the final film.
Never heard them talk.