Where’s a Genie’s brain there’s space to rent

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. Here’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  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 Iago 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.

Lots of Aladdin Musical snippets

King5.com interviewed the stars of Aladdin A New Stage Musical (I don’t like that name, I’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!

Jasmater and her sidekick Iajah by spiritwolf

Deviant artist Spiriftwolf did a fun and very good looking Jasmine/Jafar cross with her wicked Iajah as henchman. The excellent coloring including the light-up scarab compliments the drawing. This is the third in a series the Tiana/Facilier and Ariel/Ursula ones are worth watching too.

Rare German Aladdin spinoff radio play MC

Strolling off Ebay I came across this rare Aladdin spinoff radio play in German. It’s callled JAGOS RÃœCKKEHR and seems to be starring Iago. Although I’m not able to translate the title my gut tells me it’s like Return of Jafar, Iago switches sides from evil henchman to good sidekick.
It’s released on a music casssete or MC which was what MP3 is today a way to have portable music back in the 80’s. The walkman is like the Ipod of the 80’s.