How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)

  • Published on May 20, 2019
  • "After all, you've lied to everyone else, I was starting to feel left out."

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    “Episode Dated February 2, 1994.” Des O'Connor Tonight. February 2, 1994. Television.
    "Robin Williams: Live at the Met." TV Special. October 11, 1986.
    Groves, Nancy. “Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin.” The Guardian, August 12, 2014.

    Hill, Jim. "How Eric Goldberg Created the Genie Outtakes for Disney’s Diamond Edition of Aladdin." Huffpost. Dec 6, 2017.
    McDonald, Soraya Nadia. “Robin Williams almost didn’t make ‘Aladdin,’ and a generation of children is grateful that he did.” The Washington Post, August 15, 2014.
    Rawden, Jessica. “Why Disney Was Annoyed About Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.” Cinemablend, 2017.
    Stewart, James B. Disney War. Simon & Schuster, 2006. pg 88
    Tattoli, Chantel. “FernGully at 25: How an Upstart Disney Rival Created a Millennial Silent Spring.” Vanity Fair, April 25, 2017.
    Welkos, Robert W. “Abracadabra: Disney, Robin Williams Quit Feud : Movies: Studio President Joe Roth apologizes to the actor, acknowledging that it did breach an agreement with him. Both sides say they will now discuss film projects.” The Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1994.
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  • Kayla Daly
    Kayla Daly Month ago +2886

    thank you Lindsay for confirming the true timeline. There is only Pre-Shrek and Post-Shrek

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher Day ago

      The Pre-Shrekratics

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44 3 days ago

      @Compucles I disagree. The movies I was thinking of when I wrote that comment did not include Pixar's movies. I probably should have said "except Pixar, in my opinion animated movies don't really challenge you anymore like they used to when I was a kid, pre-Shrek."

    • Compucles
      Compucles 5 days ago

      @dapperfan44 Personally, I think those two movies are just as touching as "The Lion King" or "Bambi." Good drama isn't solely limited to the sudden death of a loved one (although, "Moana" also has that as well). Meanwhile, "Tangled" and "Frozen" are musicals on par with the ones Disney released in '89 and the early 90's, while "The Princess and the Frog" isn't that far behind.
      Anyway, you were the one who suggested what "modern animation is today," so of course you can't discount any modern animation studios when trying to make that argument.

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44 5 days ago

      @Compucles it just feels like something's missing when I watch movies like Zootopia and Moana. They don't have the same weight like when Simba loses his father. And why can I not discount them? I mean, I wasn't talking about them when I said that.

    • Compucles
      Compucles 5 days ago +1

      @dapperfan44 But I did include Pixar in my original argument. You can't just arbitrarily discount one studio that disproves your argument!
      Besides, Disney proper still discounts the argument against animated musicals no longer being popular.

  • thunderpeel2001
    thunderpeel2001 Day ago

    Williams may not have been motivated by money, but the fact that Disney made so much money, a lot of which was due to a performance that Williams CREATED HIMSELF, and didn't recognise this with a bonus for him, is something that anyone would get annoyed about.

  • T Nicholas
    T Nicholas Day ago

    I find it very satisfying that Fern Gully still managed to be moderately successful even with the ridiculous amount of sabotage going on - in Australia particularly it was a pretty significant cultural touchstone of the 90s.

  • Burrito Bowl01
    Burrito Bowl01 Day ago

    Not to say shrek wasn't amazing

  • AnnamiBananami
    AnnamiBananami Day ago

    this video was great! But I am sad you didn't like Anastasia one of my favourite shows

  • Joseph
    Joseph Day ago

    I sure do miss Robin Williams. He was such a great man.

  • butchdeadlift10
    butchdeadlift10 Day ago

    Not a transformers video, but I could not think of a better place to put this thought without totally invading your social media space:
    What if the transformers movies were good?
    A huge what if, but more to the point I am trying to make is "how were each of the transformers films supposed to be different?".
    This is what I remember.
    1) Robots in disguise exist. they came to earth to find robot hitler and the treasure robot hitler was looking for. they find both and the government cover up that was tied into them. Heroes win. The end.
    2) Robots in disguise helping the government track down their mutual enemies, but robot satan arrives to help their enemies and starts with bringing back robot hitler. Race to find the ancient treasure that is a doomsday device. Herobot is dead, but comesback because his human friend loves him? Big fight, heroes win, the end.
    3) Robots in disguise discover another goodguy robot with ancient goodguy plan, but that plan involves the extermination of the human race. goodguys half to fight badguys and evil friend to save mankind. Friends die. Heroes win. The end.
    And then 4 and 5 happen with plots I could care less about, but plots none the less. Like trying to watch Disney's the Black Cauldron, I am at a loss of what point they were trying to make, but I am fascinated to find out what was the long lost good idea in the pile of shit.

  • finnmeister
    finnmeister 2 days ago

    I'm a professionsl Voice Actor, and I couldn't agree more. Been saying it for years.

  • RogerWilco
    RogerWilco 2 days ago +1

    This also completely falls apart as soon as you go outside the USA, where the animated movies for kids are dubbed into another language by voice actors.
    As far as I'm concerned the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin was voiced by Pierre Bokma.
    To me and most people outside the USA, there is no connection.

  • David S
    David S 2 days ago

    I will remember this video for the phrase "petty asshole"! Probably not what was wanted it to be remembered for!

  • Charlie Manning
    Charlie Manning 2 days ago

    GOod video, but pit some fuckin respect on Shrek's name. Ice Age, too.

  • Mark Berardi
    Mark Berardi 2 days ago

    This made me cry at the end. Thank you.

  • Nemo7The7Pirate7
    Nemo7The7Pirate7 2 days ago

    was is this? Tastes like journalism.

  • sakura moone
    sakura moone 2 days ago

    Robin will be missed dearly. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Draggin' Wagon
    Draggin' Wagon 2 days ago

    Bob Newhart was a huge deal back in the day tho.

  • Lyss Greene
    Lyss Greene 2 days ago

    Aladdin couldn't even afford a belly button. 😭😭

  • Lizzy Chrome
    Lizzy Chrome 2 days ago

    I've often missed the days when Disney trailers were half productions sketches of the scenes, and when they were boasting the (instrumental) musical scores by composers of past Disney films. Now it's all about the celebs.
    Speaking of, who the frell thought of casting Will Smith as the Genie? It's like Nicholas Cage as the flaming skull biker demon. Just in those clips you showed of the new "Aladdin," Smith is as lifeless as ever. Just.......WHY?

  • Powerful Aura
    Powerful Aura 2 days ago

    Le ebic video essay about Disney in le TVclip recommended feed

  • Al Festa
    Al Festa 3 days ago

    Lindsay, what song did you use for the petty asshole? It's familiar & too quick to Shazam, ha.
    This video was perfect, by the way! Made me laugh tons

  • only sara
    only sara 3 days ago

    When you're brazilian so the voices don't make difference bc you're watching dub anyway

  • sweetblackblood1
    sweetblackblood1 3 days ago

    you are hypocrite. everyone on the internet are hypocrites. no one cared about robin williams when he was alive. in fact, i remember perfectly when he was, most of the people on the internet treated him like an annoyance but he didn't care because he was rich and famous. but now that he is dead everyone suddenly view him as a martyr and is mentioned to this day after his death. ever since he died i have seen tributes to him on youtube, deviant art, facebook. and this disney vs robin willaims feud is the only gimmick anyone ever seems to know about the man. but when he was alive, most of you didn't care about him or his performance. same thing with stan lee... all you cared about where the movies and how many times he cameo-ed in them. you are all a bunch of "get a life" hypocrites.

  • Rebecca Flaherty
    Rebecca Flaherty 3 days ago +1

    I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of the Popeye movie. :-)

  • headofbaphomet
    headofbaphomet 3 days ago

    Get it in writing dumbass

  • z m
    z m 3 days ago

    Love your stuff. I think the real first thing that set Disney and Robin Williams up as a collaboration that led to Aladdin was almost the exact Genie character he did for this WDW animation piece. (ok, he wasn't a "genie" but the entire character is the exact same thing - if the link doesn't show, search for 'Robin Williams back to Neverland animation') It was completed in 1989, a few years prior to Fern Gull)- you should check it out, it's great! I remember watching Aladdin and thinking, hey, this is the exact same character he's already done. I personally don't really remember DISNEY marketing the movie with a heavy push on Robin Williams, but if he publicly attacked them for it, I must have happened. We all saw how Dreamworks was the guiltiest of this marketing scheme once they started making their movies, but the pubic saw right through this lame trick. Pixar on the other hand, seemed to do it the right way by going for character over celebrity. for the most part that's worked out for them.

  • Alejandro Cabrera
    Alejandro Cabrera 3 days ago

    I wouldn't say it's Disney's fault for overmarketing the genie. Rather I blame katzenberg especificly. He caused the whole problem soooo. Companies are not always a group, just saying.

  • Horkeu Kamui
    Horkeu Kamui 3 days ago

    I just watched the live action version and only realised just now why the songs were nowhere near as great as the original: they were essentially tailor-made for Robin Williams. That aside, Will Smith wasn't bad but he only truly shone during rap sequences and just about whenever he didn't need to impersonate Robin.

  • Ash MCcGill
    Ash MCcGill 3 days ago

    I recognise your voice from somewhere and I can't place it.

  • Donovan Lawson
    Donovan Lawson 3 days ago

    The genie is still my favorite disney animated character

  • Nature Is Everywhere

    plz plz plz Make a Hunger Games video.

  • MewTV
    MewTV 3 days ago

    I like the Toontown font for your patrons

  • Robin Lugo
    Robin Lugo 3 days ago


  • Ashley Nieto
    Ashley Nieto 3 days ago

    I'm sorry, did you just bag on ANASTASIA? Tragically miscast? Get all the way in the fuck out of here. Anastasia is a goddamn fantastic movie, and to say Don Bluth didn't have much success UNTIL Anastasia in 1996 is a flat out lie. And I, personally, fully appreciate Happily Ever After. I literally feel personally attacked right now. Don Bluth films were my true childhood. Stop trying to hurt my inner child.

  • Victoria Weinstein
    Victoria Weinstein 3 days ago

    Jerry Orbach was a Broadway legend. How dare you sneer at him.

  • RazoE
    RazoE 3 days ago

    Great video. You earned yourself a subscriber.
    By the way, I noticed Pixar doesn't put their voice talent anywhere on posters or marketing. Good for them

  • Joshua Foster
    Joshua Foster 3 days ago

    Aladdin 4 Jafar may need glasses

  • Kyle Murphy
    Kyle Murphy 4 days ago

    Interesting watch, but I am still going to love this movie. I mean let's be real, are we really surprised that a business tried to market at maximum capacity? It's interesting to see how violating Disney was to Robin Williams, but even he, as you can see at the end, is proud of the film. And I am not saying that you are out right taking a stance, although there is insuation there for sure, but the fact is the quality of all those films doesn't diminish simply because you can pontificate about marketing in capitalist system. You have other videos that talk about The Lord of The Rings. I would love to see a video about how Peter Jackson got the rights to those and The Hobbit books. Literally Tolkien's family has been used, abused and manipulated along the way, it almost makes you feel gross for having enjoyed them. Anyway, guess I am done, also being full of myself.

  • Arthur L Vilas Boas
    Arthur L Vilas Boas 4 days ago +1

    im a simple brazilian i see nazarés gif i like the video (9:48)

  • Arthur L Vilas Boas
    Arthur L Vilas Boas 4 days ago

    9:48 gif da nazaré wtf

  • Misterlaxx d
    Misterlaxx d 4 days ago

    Are we completely gonna forget Rover Dangerfield?

  • Hans Wurst
    Hans Wurst 4 days ago

    I really like the channel and also this video. But whats your problem with shrek or antz?

  • Koy Foster
    Koy Foster 4 days ago +3

    Robin's passing is hitting me harder as I get older...

  • Terézia T
    Terézia T 4 days ago

    The thing about growing up in a non-English speaking country, where films are dubbed, you miss out on all the hype about casting well known people. It just.. does not mean much. You just want to enjoy the movie.

  • 3rd Street Saint 69
    3rd Street Saint 69 4 days ago

    *S O M E B O D Y*

  • Matheius
    Matheius 4 days ago

    Rest in peace Robin

  • Matheius
    Matheius 4 days ago

    "A PENILE IMPLANT which means a stick in your dick"
    - a Seagull

  • Pie Pierrot
    Pie Pierrot 4 days ago

    Poor Williams. Good on him for sticking to his morals! It's rather ironic that Williams played the Genie and Disney screwed him over, since genies are known for taking people's words and twisting them to screw them over like Disney did to Robin. Nonetheless, thank you Robin Williams for being apart of my childhood. May you rest in peace.

    P.S. Exploitation of celebrities aside, Prince of Egypt was actually good. I had no idea Voldemort could sing. XD And at least we got Once Upon a December from Anastasia. As for Antz though, eh, it was alright but I liked Bug's Life better and Bug's Life will always be my childhood over Antz. And you gotta admit Shrek was pretty well done, too.

  • Iman Imran
    Iman Imran 4 days ago

    I'm confused. Robin Williams didn't want the genie to be used on any merchandise? How was that possible, its one of the main characters? And why was he against merchandise? Don't wanna be mean just curious.

  • Stephen Hugh Cook
    Stephen Hugh Cook 4 days ago

    Dishonor on Disney, dishonor on Disney's family and dishonor on Disney's Cow.

  • Stephen Hugh Cook
    Stephen Hugh Cook 4 days ago

    Uhhh... Toy Story?!

  • Natedagreat Adler
    Natedagreat Adler 4 days ago

    I've just discovered your videos and literally all you do on here is look at a thing and go 😬

  • Broockle
    Broockle 4 days ago

    I still prefer to German dubs for Aladdin.... Especially Iago is amazing xD
    Can't fight my nostalgia.

  • Film By Firing Squad

    I miss Robin

  • Epha Ronin
    Epha Ronin 4 days ago +1

    14:04 Robin Williams is not the only person that Walt Disney hired, who got screwed over by his company. The creator of the movie Anastasia, who you say made that movie as “a bald-faced ripoff" of the Disney Princess formula, had his reasons for making it. Don Bluth started his own production company, after being “let go" by Disney, citing “creative differences", ie., When Disney tried to strangle the artist's animation department, he buckedoff the force of control. He created the studio, to directly compete with the powerhouse known as Disney.

  • Matt Simpson
    Matt Simpson 4 days ago

    Wonderful Video!

  • Hal Lovemelt
    Hal Lovemelt 4 days ago

    I love this video and commentary, you speak to my heart, and educate my brain... this is the first youtube opinion commentary video Ive ever clicked the thumbs up and subscribe for... Lindsay, you do great work

  • Hal Lovemelt
    Hal Lovemelt 4 days ago

    Jack the movie rules.

  • Dr.Giggles
    Dr.Giggles 4 days ago

    18:10 T H I C C E L I C I O U S

  • Eric Alviter
    Eric Alviter 4 days ago

    It's awesome seeing Lindsay grow from her "Nostalgia Chick" days(i discovered her via the "Disney Princess" episode) and now watching her solo channel grow and grow. She's getting to 1 million in no time!

  • Andrew Edwards
    Andrew Edwards 5 days ago +4

    I’m always disappointed when there’s a Genie role that isn’t voiced by Robin Williams. Especially in Kingdom Hearts games. But, I’m always happy to see that Scott Weinger has never passed up an Aladdin role. He’s Aladdin as much as Robin is Genie.

  • Emo Turtle
    Emo Turtle 5 days ago

    How tf did they get Oprah? That’s still haunting me ;-;

  • MrJJuK
    MrJJuK 5 days ago +18

    The one line that has me in bits everytime I hear it...
    "Genie your free" 😭😭😭😭

  • Fam of 3.5
    Fam of 3.5 5 days ago

    Ok, I didn't mine Popeye.

  • Godzillarex
    Godzillarex 5 days ago +7

    Extremely well researched and put together! Awesome video.

    • OptimusGPrime
      OptimusGPrime Day ago +1

      Hardly. This slanted viewed video is clearly from someone who was born years after the fact. She referred to several, then A-list celebrities, ones who have won Golden Globes, BAFTAs or Acadamy Awards as B or C list actors. She even spoke of the late and great John Hurt, as if he were nothing. Completely disrespectful, and inaccurate! She's clearly using tone, and making up facts to sway her own opinion and drive the supposed premise of the video.

  • T. Wilson
    T. Wilson 5 days ago

    This is a condescending and badly researched nonsense video

  • Jonathan Cassell
    Jonathan Cassell 5 days ago +1

    I truly enjoyed this. I miss Robin's energy in this world, and I'd like to add Bicentennial Man is my favourite movie! Learning the truth behind all of this and showing how Disney & every other studio tried to cash in shows the greed of industry instead of its integrity.

  • Kiki Good
    Kiki Good 5 days ago

    Hey! I like Anastasia dang it

  • How To Drink
    How To Drink 5 days ago +7

    This doc is absolutely fantastic work! It's not even ALL the toes Aladdin managed to step on either, Thief and The Cobbler anyone?

  • Mr Kahoobadoo
    Mr Kahoobadoo 5 days ago

    Then they did the same thing with will smith

  • michael angus
    michael angus 5 days ago +1

    Woah what's wrong with John Hurt!? 😮 wouldn't call him a B lister... And Shrek is amazing!!

  • lisa Arkwright
    lisa Arkwright 5 days ago

    I loved Bicentennial Man.

  • Philip Ribas
    Philip Ribas 5 days ago

    All kindsa salt

  • Justina
    Justina 5 days ago

    I really enjoyed this and I just realize that I am not subscribed to any woman owned channels. Im sorry...i'm part of the problem. I'm going to watch all of your videos now starting with the transformers one.

  • Xylex Rayne
    Xylex Rayne 5 days ago

    Robin Williams was a childhood idol for me. Experiencing his death on my birthday was one of the most painful things I ever experienced.Thank you for this video.

  • Wyatt Ziel
    Wyatt Ziel 5 days ago +25

    Whenever I watch a video about Robin Williams I cry a little

    • Princess Peachy
      Princess Peachy 2 days ago

      Me too, I was just crying while reading his wiki page :(

  • TheSoulHarvester
    TheSoulHarvester 5 days ago

    We did him like Kurt Cobain. Rest in peace buddy.

  • talissa almeida
    talissa almeida 5 days ago

    Yuri on Ice actually triggers me. And it is now Lindsay's job to know, or even care about that. But that was like a "surprise, bitch!", and I just decided to leave a comment talking about it. But I will keep watching, because I enjoy Lindsay's content.

  • FAPDegren
    FAPDegren 5 days ago

    Wow, excellent suggestion, TVclip. Loved this video, Lindsay, riiiight in my interests. Your editing is ooooon point, too. (Edit: and daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang immediately subbed upon completion)

  • pvthitch
    pvthitch 6 days ago +1

    When I saw Jungle Book in the theater as a kid, to my Father, Phil Harris and Louie Prima were HUGE stars. HUGE! I doubt their names were even on the poster, but he recognized their voices! It was the first and only movie we ever saw twice. My dad LOVED it.
    (Imagine if the 4 vultures were played by the actual Beatles. To him, it was that big.)
    Hey kids, believe it or not, Big Band Swing used to be bigger than Rock n Roll. It was all there was on radio.

  • intadtraptor
    intadtraptor 6 days ago

    Not sure how I got here, but that was the best thing I've watched all week.

  • The Real Luigi
    The Real Luigi 6 days ago +2

    That was an Awesome and touching video Lindsey. Thank you! It makes me miss Robin Williams so much! It's a great tribute!

  • Jen McMahon
    Jen McMahon 6 days ago +3

    Although not Disney, but The Last Unicorn was somewhat before the curve; with Rosemary, The Big Lebowski and The Murderess from Murder She wrote as the voice cast; as America played in the background! Lol

  • evilmidget
    evilmidget 6 days ago +2

    Toys remains one of my favorite Robin Williams movies and one of my favorites all around, especially for the soundtrack

  • Lissi
    Lissi 6 days ago

    *tries not to cry... fails*

    ROCKY'S WORLD 777 6 days ago +2

    I've been saying this for years. I'm actually glad now someone has a video of saying what I've been saying for years.

  • boojingleful
    boojingleful 6 days ago +1

    And once again my 'I'm losing to a bird' drinking game gets me sloshed. Great video Lindsay! 🍻

  • Maluco lapin
    Maluco lapin 6 days ago

    did i just saw robin williams, dressed as popeye, doing a backflip ont he beach ?

  • Vividha Jadhav
    Vividha Jadhav 6 days ago +1

    'Its 💓'
    Robin, miss you sooo much. You brought laughter and joy to millions. RIP

  • VeganMommyof2
    VeganMommyof2 6 days ago +1

    I saw some Genie 🧞‍♂️ toys at Target with Robin and Will’s facial features.
    There was the Robin Genie 🧞‍♂️ one that I saw that said it says over 30 sayings from the movie 🎥. I wonder if there’s going to be a lawsuit using Robins voice as a new toy....

  • Just R
    Just R 6 days ago

    Since i got the dubbed version as a child, watching it again with the original voice casting just sounds so wrong. Dan Ekborg as the genie is far superior.

  • raerae7273
    raerae7273 6 days ago +7

    Great video, thoroughly enjoyed it. And learned some things. Like I didn't know what the beef was that made Robin refuse to do ROJ. Or that he was even IN Fern Gully (I haven't seen it in many years). But it was also a great tribute to Robin. The end had me in tears cuz of I miss Robin so much... RIP. He was a one of a kind.

  • Guerrilla Shark
    Guerrilla Shark 6 days ago +4

    The very first clip she used as examples of pre star era animation voiceover was Louie Prima as the orangutan in jungle book. Pretty sure Louie prima was pretty big back then.

  • superkami guru
    superkami guru 6 days ago

    Popeye is not a disaster, it’s a hidden gem. A sleeper hit. What was wrong with Pop eye?

  • immediateur
    immediateur 6 days ago

    Great video!

  • Quentin L
    Quentin L 6 days ago

    I think the guy with the winning formula ur talking about quit working for Eisener and made his own movies. I see where hes backstabbing cause they gave him the means to make the first good movies that he might not have had but when ur the Genius and u think ur boss sucks u got the option to go off and make ur own movies using ur ideas that worked when u worked for the last company

  • Ben Howerton
    Ben Howerton 6 days ago


  • Sil.Gio. Gonz.Matri.

    Sweet jumping Jesus, Eye opening right here, jeeeez!

  • ThatOneOncer Lila
    ThatOneOncer Lila 6 days ago +1

    Okay, this is a video telling us things we didn't previously know, so I am calling it news. That makes you a news reporter. A journalist, so to speak. And a part of that is being unbiased, which in this video you are not. I'm not trying to hate on you as you probably don't see a problem with how you do things. It probably doesn't even bother most people, but it got to me. I didn't watch this video to hear your opinion, I watched it to get the facts. You should try to stop your opinion from showing. The audience shouldn't know your position on the topics being discussed. I suggest keeping that in mind in the future.

    • ThatOneOncer Lila
      ThatOneOncer Lila 5 days ago

      @Rat the King
      I don't doubt that she put a lot of effort into this; I can tell that she did. And I agree that she should make her videos in whatever style she chooses. I'm just concerned that it might offend some people and she'll end up with haters spreading negative publicity. Also, there is a line between fact and opinion. Leaning towards the latter to much can make a video feel more like a rant and less like a well-researched, fact-based documentary, for lack of better term. I just wanted to make her aware of this in case she wasn't already. She doesn't have to take my advice. At the end of the day it's her video, her choice.

    • Rat the King
      Rat the King 5 days ago +2

      If you wanted pure facts and no bias or opinion, you can go through her sources and read up on the whole situation and history yourself. She creates incredibly detailed, well researched, free content, and this is the style she chooses. I'm sure you can find another film theory channel that's just facts, but that's not the style on which she's built her audience here. She's not a journalist, and she doesn't have to disappear behind her work.

  • someguyfromcanada TBSL

    *hears Oliver and Company*

  • Trenton Nezzy
    Trenton Nezzy 7 days ago +2

    I just found your channel! It is amazing and makes me jealous all at the same time. Your content is just...great. Thank you for doing what you do.

  • Radford Healsworth
    Radford Healsworth 7 days ago

    Damn girl....stop jerking my tears. Right at the end, getting all emo on me