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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    Sources and Citations:
    “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 3 months ago +6013

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

    • Drunken Pixels
      Drunken Pixels 26 days ago

      She got it all wrong

    • Simba Lion
      Simba Lion 2 months ago

      Are animations made better by not using "established" acting talent? I think I like more animated films these days than I did from the 1970s/1980s. Good actors tend to be in good films.
      If you have the skill and professionalism necessary to carry a starring role in a Disney film I think there's a solid chance you've already got an established career in entertainment.

    • Björn Hallström
      Björn Hallström 2 months ago

      @Lainey It's been 18 years?! Holy fuck.

    • Alloy Cipher
      Alloy Cipher 2 months ago

      The Pre-Shrekratics

    • dapperfan44
      dapperfan44 2 months 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."

  • Gliscor Glider
    Gliscor Glider Day ago +1

    *hOw AladDiN iNsPiReD oThEr MoViE's tO mAkE lIvE aCtIoN vErSiOn Of ThEiR oWn MoViE's*

  • Greg Keras
    Greg Keras 2 days ago

    Lindsay, I found your channel after catching up on some Folding Ideas, and I'm rather glad that happened. I've been in a bit of a creative rut regarding, well, a lot of busy life noise, and your channel has been a wonderfully educational distraction, not to mention really witty and entertaining. Just wanted to say, "Hello," and "Thanks for being awesome." -Greg

  • Sarah Nikolajsen
    Sarah Nikolajsen 3 days ago

    But .. I'm pretty sure Peggy Lee was the first one to be used as celebrity bait in Lady and the Tramp - she wrote and performed most of the song and even had a character look like her.

  • WyrdNet
    WyrdNet 3 days ago

    THE JUNGLE BOOK had an all-star voice cast. Not a star vehicle for anyone, but the voices were at least as well known then as Robin Williams, and were used to market the film.

  • Erich Keser
    Erich Keser 4 days ago

    A beautiful tribute to a truly great actor, and human being!

  • Bebe
    Bebe 4 days ago

    BABY'S DAD??? I think you mean the old ass detective (rest his soul), from the old ass original Law & Order!

  • moss pally
    moss pally 4 days ago

    John Hurt was A list!

  • Youtoo Brr
    Youtoo Brr 5 days ago


  • M. Kull
    M. Kull 6 days ago

    Was this video made in response to anything particular? It kinda feels like both a social commentary on modern entertainment culture and a historical tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams.

  • Alice Darhk
    Alice Darhk 7 days ago

    Robin Williams... Has earned even more of My respect. May he be at peace

  • Jordan Storz
    Jordan Storz 8 days ago +2

    The Prince of Egypt is a terrific movie. The animation, story, and music are really incredible and have aged well!

  • Kelsey Curles
    Kelsey Curles 9 days ago

    Nowadays they’re more focused on hiring A-list actors instead of the actual performance.

  • TheZeroJoker
    TheZeroJoker 9 days ago

    I object to Hoodwinked being lumped in as a knockoff when it's quite funny and original.

  • Jimmy L
    Jimmy L 10 days ago

    20:41 My parents when I was born

  • Lord Goose
    Lord Goose 11 days ago

    I was in till you threw stones at my Oger.

  • Andrew Trayford
    Andrew Trayford 12 days ago

    damn this video blew up

  • Demonsplaining
    Demonsplaining 12 days ago +2

    The fact that Disney technically owns The Simpsons and Family Guy now is so surreal to me.

  • Luke Cash
    Luke Cash 15 days ago

    There's another story underlying all of this in the history of art production and consumption which ties in neatly with the cynicism, pettiness, and unchecked commercialism that you so often harp on in your videos:

    Art simply wasn't as available to the general public in the past. Yes, it was around, and the average person could maybe see some art, but it was more often than not designed by and catered to the elite. Peasants weren't commissioning Bach or Vivaldi to write them a concerto and they certainly weren't patrons for painters, sculptors, etc.

    Now things like art and recreational activities are marketed to the masses, not out of the kindness of anyone's heart but because of the way things have always worked. Without a doubt there are very decent people in all classes of society, people who mean well and do well, but the brute fact of the matter is that we're all cogs in a machine, a machine that may be run by people but one that doesn't really have a mind of its own, it just rumbles along with its gravity. If you're not an elite, so far as society is concerned at least, you are a cud chewer, another grass fed cow and a little bread and circus will do if you profit the people who actually matter. And news flash, very few people actually matter.

  • Ella Collins
    Ella Collins 15 days ago

    The animation for the hug was so sweet what....

  • Altar360
    Altar360 16 days ago

    Catsenburg really is a petty asshole...

  • Kevin Croake
    Kevin Croake 16 days ago

    Think you will ever do a video on cars 2 and how wtf it is?

  • nrsrymj
    nrsrymj 16 days ago

    Fuck I miss him

  • Heru- deshet
    Heru- deshet 16 days ago

    Disney is famous for backstabbing.

  • Sayward Lewis
    Sayward Lewis 16 days ago

    1982 “The World According to Garp”
    Robin Williams was incredible. Unusual movie, not a favorite of mine, but showcased his range for future dramatic works. A rare talent that could easily shift between comedy and drama. RIP

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago +1

    I knew I had heard the voice of the genie from the return of Jafar from somewhere. When you said Homer it clicked. I could never place where I had heard the voice.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago +2

    I love the Prince of Egypt.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago +1

    I know it mentions Disney in the your channel description. But would you be interested in topics on movies from other studios?

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago +1

    I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago

    I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

  • The Wolf Princess
    The Wolf Princess 16 days ago +1

    I’m interested in some of your videos. Saved some to watch. One being the Pocahontas one. I love the film. I can’t lie. I know it is not historically accurate. But I love it for what it tries to tackle. I will listen to your points when I watch it. Then I’ll comment after.

  • Space Ghost
    Space Ghost 17 days ago

    I love Antz and Shrek, but they spawned the worst abominations in the history of 3D animation.

  • Chris Aplin
    Chris Aplin 18 days ago

    This is a freakishly good video.

  • Alexander Supertramp
    Alexander Supertramp 18 days ago

    Robin probably had the biggest big dick energy of any celebrity I’ve ever seen.

  • MaskOfIce
    MaskOfIce 18 days ago +2

    You know, the more I hear "I'm losing to a bird" in these Disney videos, the more I laugh at it. Which means that yes, I am laughing at the gargoyles from Hunchback. I have sinned

  • Mark N.
    Mark N. 18 days ago +1

    If anyone had the guts to do to Disney now what katzinberg did back then, we’d feel different.

  • Lunar Liam Productions

    Yes because the hero and the villain for the great mouse deactivate can’t just two people who have different ideologies, moral values, and mental health. No, no, no, no, there just a bitter gay ex-couple.

    • Lunar Liam Productions
      Lunar Liam Productions Day ago

      I’m just not as big of a fan of the joke, but that’s ok I respect your opinion.

    • KendylTV
      KendylTV Day ago

      Lunar Liam Productions I mean, I’ve seen it multiple times, but it’s funny because it kind of is similar to how gay couples used to be portrayed on TV in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Disney aren’t above queer coding, as we’ve seen from most of their renaissance era villains.

    • Lunar Liam Productions
      Lunar Liam Productions Day ago

      Trust me, it’s pops up more on the internet than you think.

    • KendylTV
      KendylTV Day ago

      This is such an overreaction to one split second joke lol.

  • kollie79
    kollie79 19 days ago

    Man Disney is so petty, especially considering fern gully is a god like movie, how dare they try and sabotage it

  • Albert Vilorio
    Albert Vilorio 20 days ago +1

    So Lindsay guess what Disney just did about marketing the genie, twice in one year.

  • basil !
    basil ! 21 day ago

    omg the comments keep saying how lindsay references tgmd a lot in her videos so now i wna watch all her vids to see if she actually does

  • basil !
    basil ! 21 day ago

    omg i screamed at the tgmd part

  • doktormusmatta
    doktormusmatta 21 day ago

    That look by Anthony Hopkins at 20:45

  • Remiel Pollard
    Remiel Pollard 21 day ago +1

    The world lost a huge piece of its soul when we lost this beautiful man.

  • D T
    D T 22 days ago

    Anything Lindsay does is intelligent and entertain. Love her content!

  • Leonard Caplan
    Leonard Caplan 22 days ago

    This was a well-made mini-documentary about the situation between Robin Williams and Disney and about how the movie Aladdin gave rise to celebrity driven cartoon features. But your needless inclusion of de classe words like "shitty" and "petty asshole" only serves to downgrade your own work. Why?

  • Wild Zubat
    Wild Zubat 22 days ago

    Hey Lindsay, do you have any plans on reviewing the Live-Action Aladdin? (oh hot take, the new live actions are bad!) But more in the vein of how Disney more often stumbles upon feminist notes rather than actually intentionally builds them into characters?
    Akin to how Dark Phoenix took the trappings of a movie with a strong female character, but never gave her much agency?

  • JFrog
    JFrog 22 days ago

    While I liked this video, it's probably the worst from this channel that I've seen. It's like a half right situation. Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury were both Broadway legends, all those stars you named were super famous in their time, just because you're like 15 doesn't mean they weren't famous lol. Oh and Price of Egypt and Anastasia are good movies. Don Bluth worked at Disney, of course he had "Disney style" wtf.

    • Morten Aanstad
      Morten Aanstad 15 days ago

      1. She's 35, so you're off by 20 years.
      2. Being a Broadway star and A-list movie star are two very different status symbols even though each have their merits

  • Duncan Van Ooyen
    Duncan Van Ooyen 22 days ago

    Robin Williams, what a pure soul. Not many famous men die these days without completely fucking up their public image in one way or another, but Robin Williams, aside from one divorce (but hey, what man born after 1930 hasn't had at least one divorce these days?) managed to get there pretty well unscathed. It's a shame he got there prematurely, but worse to consider how badly he must have been suffering in his last few years. You read about what his life was life towards the end, and the nature of his disease, and you just want to weep for him.
    One of the most magical men who ever lived, taken from us in one of the most brutally, painfully real ways it could have ever happened. R.I.P. Robin Williams.

  • adrain tucker
    adrain tucker 24 days ago

    Oh my God

  • jmm1233
    jmm1233 24 days ago

    The Lord of the Rings Ralph Bakshi is United Artists , not disney , Disney would be too scared to promote Bakshi work

  • TheOneTrueKit
    TheOneTrueKit 24 days ago

    Cutting off Eric Goldberg at 8:30 is the funniest and harshest thing here. Genius.

  • RaRaRasputin
    RaRaRasputin 24 days ago


  • RaRaRasputin
    RaRaRasputin 24 days ago

    Wasn't Disney's The Jungle Book the first animated movie with an all-celebrity cast? Phil Harris, George Sanders, Darleen Carr and Louie Prima were pretty famous at the time. They even tried to get The Beatles to voice the vultures.

  • Dip-Dip Potato Chip
    Dip-Dip Potato Chip 24 days ago

    You shut your mouth. Bicentennial man was great!

  • nerfvideos96
    nerfvideos96 25 days ago

    Well the Anastasia broadway is really good.

  • luhole
    luhole 25 days ago

    Am I the only one who really liked the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

    • luhole
      luhole 14 days ago

      @Morten Aanstad I suppose when I formed my love of HoND as a child I was too young to pick up on the cringey elements of the gargoyles but I don't remember them being that bad.

    • Morten Aanstad
      Morten Aanstad 15 days ago +1

      I've never seen anyone talking highly negatively about it. I've seen bunch of criticism towards the gargoyles, but not the movie as a whole

  • Drunken Pixels
    Drunken Pixels 26 days ago

    Is this chick really saying that Disney’s success is solely based on Robin or on the idea that they realized celebrities are their cash cows?
    Because yea, Disney didn’t exist prior to Disney creating movies?
    Disney didn’t revolutionize cartoons,
    Disney didn’t revolutionize theme parks,
    Disney didn’t really exist before “this”?
    Disney created stars,
    Many singers became famous because of Disney. Who otherwise we would never have.
    So Disney gave us something great and they pioneered as they always did.
    Yeah greedy corporate guy crossed the line.
    Doesn’t mean that’s what they base their success on, al that means is some idiot got greedy and abused his position.
    And being that Robin was someone who had the people’s heart, Disney needed to hold themselves accountable for an employee they had.

  • Drunken Pixels
    Drunken Pixels 26 days ago

    Is this chick serious?
    She doesn’t know shit about who is who.
    Sounding like a real millennial right now.
    Kurt Russel who is he attitude!
    So much potential in what this video could have been.
    Just because you don’t know shit about real actors, doesn’t mean they are not famous people.
    Robin Williams!
    You used him to get bumps on this shitty short publication.
    You did what you are angry at Disney for doing.
    They capitalize on Robin because he did a lot of kids friendly and parent friendly things.
    You posted this without doing proper research and should not have posted it’s at all.
    You taint his name.
    Sad part is people will take this for truth because most people won’t look at what he has done, and how he did what he did.

  • Jason
    Jason 26 days ago +1

    I know I'm in the minority, but I hated Shrek when it came out, still hate it, and will always hate it.

    It also ruined that song, which I thought was kind of catchy when it first came out.

  • TheResistanceAsylum
    TheResistanceAsylum 26 days ago

    Eva Gabor was also the mom in the Aristocats! I didn't know about the Rescuers I just noticed that one bc we didn't have cable and Green Acres was always on the rerun channel lol