King of Thieves turns 15

Photobucketsalukfan uploaded a butt load of Aladdin and the King of Thieves animated gifs for the 15th anniversary of the release of the wedding of the century on home video in the US. A fact I would’ve known a few years back when I was a more hardcore fan. But years pass and, like many fans before me who where once living and breathing Aladdin, I get older and interests change. Doesn’t matter really. Actually I just rememberd that the Dutch home video of Aladdin was in late August ’94.
Anyway in her anncoment at Agrabah LJ she says she made 2300 in ten days. So I wonder, did she sleep or what?

Happy anniversary, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu, Iago, Jafar, Cassim Sultan, Carpet, Rasoul, Sa’luk and all the minor characters.

Return of Jafar turns 15 today

D23, the new Disney fanclub, reminded me that today Aladdin’s sequel and the first of the much discussed, loved, hated direct-to-video or has it was later called direct-to-DVD film was released 15 years ago today. The movie itself was mediocre at best, animation and colors where TV quality, characters looked often off model and acted sometimes differently that before and the story wasn’t the best either but boy was I excited to learn my favorite movie got a follow-up.

Set after the feature film and a lead into the Saturday morning television series that aired the same year The Return of Jafar showed us that Jafar escaped his prison in the Cave of Wonders and is out for revenge against the boy who ruined his plans to be ruler of Agrabah. His new sidekick the not so smart thief Abis Mal isn’t making life easier to make matters worse Iago switches sides and joins Aladdin and his friends on side of all that’s good. As we all know Jafar got killed and Aladdin would have his hands full dealing with Abis Mal and all the other new villains of the TV series.

Why now “celebrate” the films 15th anniversary watching it this weekend or at least join “Vengeful Evil Djinn” and let the world know your appreciation.

Jeffery Katzenberg On His 24-year Career In The Animation Industry

Dreamworks CEO Jeffery Katzenberg sat down with AOL Entertainment to talk about his career in line of an upcoming Dreamworks film I personally have no interest in. The last time I went to theater to see a Dreamworks animated film was Shrek 2 a few years back or was it Madagascar? Can’t remember you do the math how much Dreamworks animated division interest me.

Anyway in the interview he says he did know nothing about animation or had any affinity with the genre before he joined Disney in 1984. Learning along the way with each new film until, after 5 years, he learned enough that his input nudged Disney feature animation back to the leading animation studio it was a couple decades earlier.

Aladdin team meeting, designers, animators, directors, Roy Disney and Jeffery Katzenberg discuss Aladdin's design

After all he had major influence on Aladdin helping turn it into the final beloved product we know today. I know he was the one saying it was better aging Aladdin so he would match better with the final form of Jasmine. There’s some footage on that meeting on the DVD under the title “Designing the Lead Character” and I believe the making of book mentioned that as well.

Still, for someone who didn’t had anything to do with animation Mr. Katzenberg didn’t do bad 24 years later. I mean he’s the big chef on the second biggest animation studio in the world with a turnover of multi-million dollars a year. Kudos.

15th Anniversary High-Quality Picture 30 End

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.

Aladdn forever!

Until Another Arabian Night!

Download the Zip file by clicking on the thumbnail of Day 30: Teaser Poster

Japanese Movie Program Scan

15th Anniversary High-Quality Picture 28: The Animators

To celebrate that today precisely 15 years ago Disney’s Aladdin premiered Streetrat featured a daily high-quality picture for the past 25 days. 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. Besides stills from the movie the program contained promotional photos of the key people who brought this animated film to life.

Aladdin’s animation team consisted of hunderds of animators, assisent, animators, inbetweenters and others like coloring artists and the special effects animators. Like all Disney features each character was assigned a unit under the leadership of a supervisor animator responsible for the character design.

Glen Keane

Supervisior Animator Aladdin

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Glen drawing Aladdin. Here seen mid-way
through the film.

Before Aladdin, Glen studied at Calarts up to 1974 when he rolled into “The Rescuers” where he was tutored by Ollie Johnston. And so his skills grew as he went from “Pete’s Dragon” to “The Fox and The Hound” to “The Great Mouse Detective” as freelancer. In between working with the man who would eventually run Disney Animation John Lasseter on an early CG short “Where The Wild Things Are” in 1983. When that short didn’t get made, because a cost issue Glen moved back to Disney as employee and did character animation for “Oliver & Company”.
It was as supervisior animator of Ariel Glen Keane’s star started to shine which got brighter in his ground breaking animation of Beast in “Beauty and the Beast”.
After Aladdin came Pocahontas and Hercules before his last feature animation project “Treasure Planet” was released in 2002. Between then and the upcoming Rapunzel film Mr. Keane did a few sequel projects like animating Faline in Bambi 2.

Mark Henn

Supervisior Animator Jasmine

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Before Aladdin we knowthat Mark Henn started at Disney on “The Black Cauldron” as mere animator. What he did before that it is unclear, I assume he rolled in into CalArts at some point before being hired by Disney. Quickly Mark was promoted to supervisior animator for the next two projects “The Great Mouse Detective” and “Oliver” before having the title animation director on his office door when co-working with Glen Keane on Ariel’s design. It was then he moved to Florida where lead the unit doing Belle in “Beauty”.
After Aladdin, Mark stayed in Florida to supervise Young Simba for “The Lion King” Appearently did some work for Pixar between projects because he is credited as visual effects and modeling on “Toy Story”. Back at Disney followed “Pocahontas” and “Mulan” with moddeling for “A Bug’s Life” in between.
Not credited but I think he did some work on “A Goofy Movie” too. In 2000 he did additional animation on “The Emperor’s New Groove”, modeling for the Pixar 2001 film “Monsters Inc“. before faling down the ladder to do “Lilo & Stitch” as Lead Animator (Hula Dancers).
Back in the supervisior seat on “Home on the Range” before transfering to CG in “Meet the Robinsons”
Currently Mark Henn and Andreas Deja are in the shorts program having just finished the Goofy short.

Andreas Deja

Supervisior Animator Jafar

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Mr. Deja sketching Jafar. Here seen talking to Iago.

Before Aladdin, Andreas Deja rolled into Disney in the 80’s as animator on “The Black Cauldron” then he went onto “The Great Mouse Detective”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Oliver and Company”. A quick side-step animating Mickey Mouse in “The Prince and the Pauper” before rolling into the first of the top four Disney features of the 90’s. In “Mermaid” he supervised the King Triton animation unit and in “Beauty” he designed Gaston.
After Aladdin followed Scar in “The Lion King” next was another Mickey short “Run Away Brain”. Andreas animated the title character and hero in “Hercules” before he did some work on “The Emperor’s New Groove”. Another quick little project on Mickey’s animation in “Fantasia 2000” before doing his first female lead character in “Lilo and Stitch” ending his feature film career with “Home on the Range”.
He had and advisor role in “Bambi 2” before doing some animation of Queen Narissa in this years “Enchanted”.

Eric Goldberg

Supervisior Animator Genie

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Eric doing a sketch of Genie.
Likely from his first scenes in the cave.

Before Aladdin Eric Goldberg was a freelancer animator on several projects directed by Richard Willaims who in turn in best know for his unfinished project “The Princess and the Cobbler” also known as “Arabian Nights”. Bad tonques say the Aladdin crew stole or borrowed from this movie.
After Aladdin Eric Goldberg stayed at Disney to direct “Pocahontas” and animate Phil in “Hercules” and drawn some “Fantasia 2000” segments. He also got a cameo appearence as animator in that movie. What followed was a period of live action comedies where Eric did the neccary (2d/cg/sfxc) animation “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” is the best known film of that period.
In 2001 Eric Goldberg returned to Disney to write, direct and (probably) animate the Disneyland Japan resort attraction “The Magic Lamp 3D”, it combines a 3D CG animation with a live stage show, starring Genie. Currently his is reunited with Aladdin directors Ron Clements & John Musker and his fellow animator Andreas Deja for “The Princess and the Frog”.
Between feature projects he is often interviewed for Disney DVD bonus material on classic and modern animated films by the studio.

Will Finn

Supervisior Animator Iago

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Will Finn predenting to be Iago who explains
Jafar his plans to dump the sultan royal family.

Before Aladdin Willaim S. Fin did work on the Don Bluth classic “The Secret of NIMH” before doing a Goofy short as his first Disney project. Followewas Filmations “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night” then back at Disney Will Finn animated on “Oliver” and “Beauty”.
After Aladdin he stayed at Disney up till their last traditional animated feature film “Home on the Range” In between Disney films Will was at Dreamworks for “The Road to El Dorado”
In 1994 Will Finn did storyboard work for “Return of Jafar”.

Duncan Marjoribanks

Supervisior Animator Abu

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Abu looks about ready to be naughty as Duncan shows his drawing.

Before Aladdin Duncan joined the Studio during production of “Mermaid” where he did Sebasitaan. Before this he worked at Hanna-Barbara on a Heidi film. Next was McLeach the villain of the forgotten Rescuers sequel “The Rescuers Down Under”.
After Aladdin Duncan topped with “Pocahontas” where he wrote the story for, video reference cast, character design and animation for. He held an office on the Disney lot until after “Huncback” where had some additional animation tasks. His next office was at Dreamworks where he worked on “The Prince of Egypt”, “The Road to El Dorado” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”.
After that he was back at Burbank for “Home on the Range” and “Meet the Robinsons” in animation tasks.

David Pruiksma

Supervisior Animator Sultan

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David Pruiksma studying a sculpture of the Sultan

Before Aladdin David Pruiksma’s carreer started as assistent animator on “The Black Cauldron” in 1985. He stayed at Disney for almost 20 years going from project to project as the only supervising animator on Aladdin to have worked on all films from “Mermaid” to “Pocahontas”.
After Aladdin came “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “Hunchback”, then a gap to “Atlantis” in 2001 with another gap to the short “One by One”.

Randy Cartwright

Supervisior Animator Carpet and Cave of Wonders

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Randy drawing Carpet.

Before Aladdin the Disney vetran Randy Cartwright began at Disney on “Pete’s Dragon” then “Fox”, “Brave Little Toaster” and Mickey’s Christmas Carol” before joining the Belle unit on “Beauty”.
After Aladdin Mr. Cartwright’s star went up with his work on Zazu on “The Lion King” then to the story deparments of “Pocahontas” and “Hercules” before setting up camp at Dreamworks. There did story and animation of the various films like “The Prince of Egypt” and all following films including “Shrek”. He was last credit as story writer on “Madagascar”.
Like Glen, Andreas and Eric Randy is often seen on Disney DVDs.