Preview Prince Ali & Arabian Nights Aladdin on Broadway

James Monroe Iglehart shows of his singing, dancing & acting talents in previews of Prince Ali and the opening song of the show Arabian Nights. I love the costumes, the choreography and the cast looks like they are having a blast doing it. But I miss the fun and hilarious that the animated Genie had. I mean I haven’t laughed once during either preview.

Toddler Boys Pins

Michele pointed me to an auction of a very cute pin. Yes Disney didn’t forget, boys are fans too. From the same series come Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Dopey, Eric and Hercules plus Genie and Aladdin. It reminds of that boys oriantaed Disney Adventures line that wasn’t a success. The Disney Princess toddler pin collection for girls has Cinderella, Mulan, Snow White, Ariel, Belle and Aurora plus Jasmine.

Disney toddler pin collection AladdinDisney toddler pin collection Genie
Disney toddler pin collection Jasmine

All Hail Prince Naveen

The Princess and Frog Ross Blocher (Assistant Technical Director) and T. Daniel Hofstedt (character animator) did hilarious parody on Prince Naveen set on Alan Menken’s Prince Ali from the one and only Aladdin. Probably not mend for ears outside the production team though.

Fact is that T. Daniel Hofstedt worked on Aladdin as animator for Gazeem and Prince Achmed. He continued his Disney career by animating on most feature films up till Home on the Range.

Going Retro: Prince Ali DOS

The PC MS-DOS version of the Virgin Aladdin video game was by far the best of all the  ports to inferior consoles. It had higher resolution, something like 480 x 320, better graphics with more detail, smoother animation some of inbetweener’s that worked on the film contributed to the game a first in video game history and the game had stereo 44 kHz 16-bit sound with a bigger wavetable (pre-recorded music notes) than any of the consoles. Worth noting that at the time, we’re talking early 90’s, the PC was still developing itself into a game system and so things like soundcards weren’t yet integrated into the mainboard like today’s modern systems. Most common where Creative Sound Blaster 2.0 or Pro compatible cards.