Trivia: When the Sultan is building a tower of animal figures right before Jafar comes barging in and makes it fall apart, one of the animal figures in the tower is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. The king crab the genie pulls out from his cookbook is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Trivia: Sultan is zooming around the throne room on the Magic Carpet. Sultan swoops down, barely hitting Aladdin and Jafar, but does hit Iago. Step frame by frame throughout the scene and as Sultan enters the shot on the left, Aladdin's face "Morphs" dramatically for two frames into a gigantic, Mickey Mouse-like head, three times normal size. This was an inside animation joke, only noticed at frame by frame speed.
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Trivia: In the original theatrical release of Aladdin, the opening song, "Arabian Nights" was different. American citizens of Middle Eastern descent took offense at the line referring to the Middle East as a place where, " They cut off your ear if they don't like your face, It's barbaric, but hey, It's home". This version still survives on the original music cassette release of the Disney Music, "Songs from Aladdin" tape, as well as on the movie soundtrack. The cassette was released the week of the movie in retail stores. The written lyrics are also in the various original Disney Music Publishing "Score from the Movie Aladdin", sheet music books. In the video release, the song was looped in with new lines" Where it's hot and immense and the heat is intense, It's barbaric, but hey, It's home".
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Trivia: The first part of the theme of 'Prince Ali', the parade song, is (unintentionally, I'm sure) almost chord for chord and note for note the same as 'To Life' from "Fiddler on the Roof." Duplicated chord structures are extremely common, and similar themes certainly aren't rare, but this is an unusually blatant example.
Trivia: The opening scene with the street merchant was unscripted. Robin Williams was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it that were covered by a bed sheet. Williams had no idea what was underneath the bed sheets, so when he took it off, the animators asked him to take objects from the table and describe it into a character. Much of his lines were considered inappropriate for a Disney film.
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