Why Me

Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) and Don Darryl Rivera (Iago) preformed the cut song “Why Me” as promotion for the Aladdin: A Stage Musical show.
“Why Me” was one of the many attempts to give the villian his own song, like it was pretty common around that time in Disney animated films. Ursula got Pour Unfortunate Souls and Gaston got a song carrying his name. In Aladdin’s case, according to the direction audio commentary on the DVD, that part of the movie underwent allot of rewriting to get a song for Jafar there, also partly because of Jonathan Freeman´s great singing voice, and Alan Menken and Tim Rice penned a few songs including this one. At the end it was decided that it would slow down the movie and it was simply to late into the film for a full blown song and so the production crew decided to stick with a reprise of Prince Ali. Great to see the musical production grew found a way to use it. Can´t wait to see how Jonathan looks in full costume.

Photos of Aladdin DVD Premiere at El Capitan

I came across a bunch of never before snaps from the 2004 premiere party of the DVD release at El Capitan. We see the famous faces of director Ron Clements, animator Adreas Deja and everyone of the voice cast except Brad Kane, Robin Williams and Jonathan Freeman.

scott weinger and linda larkin at 2004 dvd party

scott weinger and linda larkin at 2004 dvd party

Aladdin Musical Masterpiece Trailer

Aladdin Musical Masterpiece UK coverThe British official Disney website has a trailer for the today’s return of Aladdin to DVD just 4 years after the Special Edition. Renamed Musical Masterpiece edition the film is turned into one long sing-a-long-song film complete with on screen lyrics, downloadable song and a lyrics book. Available for a limited time only and for sale through the regular channels.

Notice this is a U-K only release and no word if and when this version will be sold in other countries as well.
The Aladdin DVD site at disney.co.uk/DisneyVideos/aladdin/main.html has details what to expect on this disc, in short nothing we haven’t seen before. The games and activities are carried over from the special edition and at least part of the extensive making of documentary is woven in the Fun Fact Trivia Pack. Overall the site seems to be a slightly altered version of the 2004 website.

The Fun Zone is a small desktop program that gives the user access to an Printable Aladdin Party Pack, old wallpapers and jubilee game. Fun to try once but the application offers little to keep it around for a longer period.

Aladdin returns to DVD as a Musical Masterpieces Edition

Spotted by Ultimate Disney board members sunday was a rating at BBFC for an Aladdin release to DVD. Yesterday someone spotted the disc at play.com and the British Amazon. It seems Disney dropped Aladdin from the platinum line and now releases it as a Musical Masterpieces Edition with extra special features Lyric Book, Music Modes, Downloadable song. The trilogy is being re-released also with 3 discs looking like the special features bonus disc is dropped.
This new version with updated and much prettier cover hits stores in the UK on July 7.

Aladdin Musical Masterpiece Edition