Friend Like Me Work in Progress

As you might or might not known Aladdin was supposed to be a boy around the age of 11 or 12 but late during the production run the then head of the studio Jeffery Katzenberg told  to the directors Ron Clements & John Musker and their production team among many other things to beef up the age of the lead character in-favor of making the romance between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine believable. But by then many scenes with Aladdin where already pretty far along in the animation process and since the deadline was approaching quickly and Jeffery didn’t want it to move forward the day became known about Disney animators as Black Friday. I believe it’s on the DVD documentary at then end animator Eric Goldberg said the redesigning the lead character came a few months later but that day did kickstart a complete rehaul of the movie. There are plenty of sketches of the young Aladdin in it’s early forms roaming the internet since the late 90’s.

They are from the Making of Book I earlier wrote about.

That’s why the younger version of Aladdin still can been seen in some of the shots during “A Friend Like Me”. In this Work In Progress version it’s clearly how far exactly the animation for Aladdin was done. The voice track and music is pretty much the same as in the final film but the visuals are a mix of storyboards and clean-up ready to be colored shots. Robin Williams is hilarious as always with marvelous animation by Eric Goldberg.