And Scherezade saved her life by telling stories to the Sultan for 1000 and one nights, but apparently Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was not among them for was added in the Antoine Galland's 18th century compilation after he heard the story from a storyteller in Syria. However, the tale of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp is perhaps the best known today thanks, in part, to Aladdín.
Howard Elliot Ashman decided to bring this story to animation in 1988 but it was rejected at first and, although he got to participate in three of his songs when carrying out the film years later, unfortunately he died before seeing the finished project. A project that, in addition to being inspired by the tale of 1000 and one Nights, also drank from the 1940s film The Thief of Bagdad and took up the idea of the escape of the bored princess from Roman Holidays.
But Aladdin was the starr so he had to break the mold of the bland princes of the past so his early inspiration was Michael J. Fox but was dismissed when they reached consensus on the concept of Jasmine changing the model for Tom Cruise, action hero of the moment, for a more mature and seductive Aladdin to which they added touches of Al Hirschfeld's illustrations to create the animation of his body and the movement of his clothes.
Undoubtedly Aladdin was going to have the freedom to walk on the rooftops of the imaginary Agrabah and show an "a whole new world" to his Jasmine, called Badroulbadour in the original tale. Her character was inspired by several women due to the artistic blockage that his designer Mark Henn who created the concept of Jasmine taking small parts of each one, from his sister to Jennifer Conelly, among others.
And how to finish without mentioning the Genie! The character without which there would be no story who was played by the great Robin Williams. It appears that the actor agreed to work for Disney's minimum wage on the condition that they did not use their voice to sell anything, but Disney breached the deal, which angered the actor. As an apology Disney sent him a Picasso valued at a million dollars.
Genie, you are free!
by The Barbiest