Apparently, Robin Williams Had More to Ad Lib As Aladdin's Genie

John Keefer

Devilish Rogue
Aug 12, 2013
Apparently, Robin Williams Had More to Ad Lib As Aladdin's Genie

When Aladdin comes out on Blu-Ray next month, fans will be treated to more of Robin Williams' ad libs as the Genie.

When the extraordinary Robin Williams died last year [], tributes were made to his many roles that made us laugh. One of his most endearing, though, was one where you never got to see his face.

As the Genie in Aladdin, Williams' wild and zany personality came through to make the character arguably one of Disney's best. And in honor of that, Disney will be releasing - as part of the re-release of the 1992 film on Blu-ray on Oct. 12 - more voice work from the actor's studio time as he was creating Aladdin's partner in crime.

"Robin was totally into the process," Ron Clements told USA Today []. He co-directed Aladdin with John Musker. "Way after we thought we had so much material, he had new ideas and kept wanting to try things. It was just amazing to watch him work."

"In this movie, Robin's Genie transcends time and space. So does Robin Williams. It's perfect that he played a genie because he's kind of a genius," Musker said. "He was unique because of that lightning-quick improvisational ability and yet always being able to connect to the story. Animation was a medium that was truly able to celebrate Robin's talents."

One outtake has Williams riffing as a surfer dude as the evil Jafar looks on.


In addition, as part of the digital re-release of the film today [], a demo tape of a song intended for actor Jonathan Freeman's Jafar, entitled My Finest Hour, will be released. "There's a rebirth of Aladdin right now," Musker said, pointing to the new Broadway production of the Disney film that again stars Freeman as Jafar. "The idea of unveiling a song that wasn't in this play and not in the original movie is really cool."

Source: USA Today []


Alfredo Jones

New member
Jul 1, 2013
Wait, Aladdin is getting a re-release? FUCKING FINALLY! I've been wanting to watch it again ever since Robin Williams passed. I would've looked it up online but I wanted to actually contribute something rather than be a pirate.

Neurotic Void Melody

Bound to escape
Jul 15, 2013
Looking a likely purchase. The personality of Robin Williams must live on. This will increase the chances of it doing so.

Captcha: dust bunny. Ummm, yes alright fine i'll take two please!


Bah weep grah nah neep ninny bom
Nov 20, 2008
Why is there no recording? Don't you know we'd throw our money at it, anyway?!


Mugwamp Supreme
Nov 26, 2008
I'm not sure Williams could turn off his ad libs if he wanted to. So yeah, I'm not shocked that there was an abundance of material that got cut from the end product. This is going to be good.


Better Red than Dead
Aug 5, 2009
I'm not very surprised there was more genie than they could possibly put into the movie. I do love me some Aladdin though, I'm very likely to get this at some point.