Aladdin, the beloved animated feature from ’92, makes its Blu-ray bow this week from Disney Home Ent. (also available on Digital HD and DMA). Aside from its demo-quality picture and sound, the Diamond Edition boasts never-before-seen tributes to the late Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie.”
The talented musical team of Howard Ashman & Alan Menken came through again with Tim Rice stepping in after the passing of Ashman. John Musker & Ron Clements (Moana, The Little Mermaid) helmed Disney’s 31st animated feature, which was fast and furious and used designs inspired by Al Hirschfeld. Computers were used for both coloring and creating some animated elements.
Aladdin earned two Oscars for original score and song (“A Whole New World”) and Chuck Jones called it the funniest animated feature ever.
A lot of the credit goes to Williams as the energetic and fun-loving Genie, animated by Eric Goldberg.
New Bonus features include:
- Genie 101 – Our host, Scott Weinger (the voice of Aladdin), takes us through the various transformattions of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie.
- Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney.
- Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic – Join host Darren Criss as we take “a new fantastic point of view” at the story of how Aladdin went from a classic Disney animated film to become Broadway’s smash hit with Menken and others.