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 KatzenbergÂ toldÂ to the directorsÂ 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 documentaryÂ 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.
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.
Last time I wrote about a Work In Progress version of Disney’s Aladdin in my previous post about A Whole New World.
This time I like to share with you another favorite scene from this classic Disney film. It is the moment when Aladdin takes Princess Jasmine up to his hovel.
This scene is largely finished but parts like the jump from rooftop to rooftop and later when they’re about to kiss look amazing without color. Pay attention to the background music. Sounds awfully like the hit song from a certain Kevin Costner film that came out in 1991 just a year before Aladdin opened in cinemas across the world. It makes the scene Â more intimate and bit romantic like the two youngsters are indeed the only people in Agrabah at that moment. The song is a real mood setter.
Didn’t you ever wished to have taste of what it would be like to fly on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet? I certainly wanted for the past 20 years. Finally Disney grants us half that wish by giving the recipe to make our own flying carpet of pizza dug.
As you probably know Alan Menken is has been THE music composer for Disney feature film music and Disney musical adaptations of some of those films for over 3 decades. The Hungarian Norbert Varga made an amazing compilation of Menken’s film tracks in one-hour mix. Check out his website dreamport to download the full hour long version. Or watch and listen the 9 minute trailer below.