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.
Actress Courtney Reed who will play Jasmine in Aladdin: The New Stage Musical preformed “Call Me A Princess” on New Day Northwest show. The song, as you may know, was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken while the film was still in it’s early development. Intailly the creators visioned Jasmine as a bratty, obnoxious, spoiled, supervissail girl that only cared about herself and the wealth she lives in. I recall reading that someone, might be Jeffery Katzenberg, commented that it wouldn’t make sense that Aladdin, the boy with the golden heart, would fall for such a girl so her personallity was changed to the kind and loving Princess Jasmine we know and love. In the interview following the performance Courtney explains how the song is used in the musical, as means of scaring the suitors away though I have my doubts it would work. I mean Prince Achmed looks to me like the kind of guy that would like such a brat.
Also Jim Hil has something about Jonathan Freeman and how he ended up voicing Jafar.
While I had to settle with my first and probably snow globe, it was 50% off, Prince_Ali_Fan got the real goodies. A cast yearbook of Aladdin, the animation crew, specially the supervisions, seemed to have much fun drawing, re-drawing, re-drawing and re-drawing again over and over again. Specially the studio boss, the famous Jeffery “Shrek” Katzenberg, had the artists make constant changes in their drawings. Even the directors werenâ€™t left alone as your’ll on see the images below. More scans at Aladdin Fan Livejoural Community.