After reading that D-reizen, a Dutch touroperator, is merging with Thomas Cook and VakantieXperts I checked their site to find it if it’s still owned by Dirk van de Broek, the local supermarket chain I came across ads for Disneyland Paris that featured Aladdin’s pals. No not Babkak, Omar and Gazeem.
Anything Aladdin posted some more artwork from the movie. There are sketches of what the Cave of Wonders could’ve looked like. A sketch of Aladdin and his mom. Character sheets from Abu and Iago and some early character artwork for Genie. Two sketches by Pres Romanillos of the lead character. And some great facial expressions of Jafar. Even early designs of what the character could’ve looked like.
Andreas Deja posted a clip of his work animating Jafar in various stages, from simple lines, to complete inbetween final animation. He was has even bits of animation that didn’t make it to the final film. Like when Jafar says “Rasoul Azadani” to access the cave of wonders a reference to the layout supervisor of Aladdin and the classic “simsalabim”. In Aladdin and The King of Thieves Cassim says “Sesame Open” to enter his lair.
Iago tells Genie “Where’s there’s a genie’s brain there’s space to rent” after Mr. semi-powerful acts like a fool in the TV episode Fowl Weather. The diehards know that Fowl Weather introduces Thundra the railbird and Iago’s love interest. For those that haven’t seen the episode in a while, actually I must confess I have been a few years since I last saw it too. Hereâ€™s a summery.
Aladdin and the gang travel to the rainforest to help a poor farm get some rain for his crops back in the outskirts of Agrabah. Never been the rainforest the kids, Aladdin and Jasmine, are in awe of the beauty and lushness of the landscape. Iago on the other hand is full of complains about the humidity. The queen of the rainforest and caretaker of the world’s rain Thundra gives our friends thunders welcome resulting in Al & Jas almost falling to their deaths but being saved by carpet, as usual of course. Iago is then talked into hooking up with Thundra trying to convince her into making it rain in Agrabah. After that plan fell through, no rain in desert cities, it was time for plan Â B. Giblet keeps Thundra busy while Aladdin and Genie ‘borrow’ rain cloud.
All goes well and when Genie captures one with the suck-o-matic the gang quickly take off home leaving a in love rain bird behind who soon finds out she’s been used and robbed and takes off after IagoÂ with her thunder clouds in tow. Meanwhile back in the palace genie acts foolish again, something he’s been doing al throughout this episode, by releasing the cloud inside the palace causing a major flooding in the throne room. If that’s not enough Thundra arrives with revenge in mind. It is then Jasmine’s time to star and convince the guys, mainly Aladdin and Iago that it isn’t right to toy with someone’s feeling and they should apologies. Iago in initially against claiming he’s done nothing wrong but before Aladdin gets to talk to the rain queen giblet is already making it up with his girlfriend. He’s forgiven and with a hug and a promise for a future date Thundra takes off. The episode ends with the farm kid getting the water he needs for his crops as Genie drilled an underground tunnel from the palace to drain the water.
King5.com interviewed the stars of Aladdin A New Stage Musical (I don’t like that name, Iâ€™ll call it Aladdin Musical from now on), Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Iglehart and Alan Menken himself. Did you know Alan turned 62 today? I didn’t either. Happy Birthday! Anyway the interviews are interwoven with lots of footage from the show. We see tidbits from Friend Like Me and High Adventure, A Whole New World and I think a second from Call Me A Princess. Al/Jas scenes looks like a moment set before or after ANWN. Jas reveals her identity. Couple of snippets from Babkak, Omar and Kassim. Jafar and Iago doing some magic stuff. The iconic moment when Aladdin rubs the lamp for the first time. It looks great!