Some pretty harrowing sh*t has gone down today, so there’s anything out there that we can roll around in to brighten our spirits, let’s do it. My first nominee: these newly revealed, never before seen clips of Robin Williams in the Aladdin recording booth(accompanied by new drawings from the original supervising animator, Eric Goldberg).
Here’s a teaser of some of the footage, and there’s a bit more over on Good Morning America.
For the complete heart melter, you’ll have to pick up the new Blu-ray release of Aladdin on Tuesday. For further DVD promotion, though, the original Aladdin and Jasmine reunited to sing to each on television. And it was pretty beautiful.
Remembering Williams, Aladdin’s co-writer and director John Musker told GMA that there was never any Genie but him.
Yeah, we wrote the part with Robin in mind. We didn’t know if he would do it. And fortunately for us, he did. We were totally walking down the plank. If he said no, we were going to be in big trouble because the whole concept was built around Robin.
The other half of that writing/directing combo, Ron Clements, spoke to that myth that by the end of recording, they had roughly 16 hours of unused, improvised material.
Fortunately he agreed to do it, and he worked so hard. We would record in four-hour sessions. He would be going four hours straight. We would have practically four hours of recording and by the end he was just drenched. He would have so much energy and so much passion.