How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)

"After all, you've lied to everyone else, I was starting to feel left out."

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“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.



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

    Kayla DalyKayla Daly27 gün önce
    • @dapperfan44 Personally, I think those two movies are just as touching as "The Lion King" or "Bambi." Good drama isn't solely limited to the sudden death of a loved one (although, "Moana" also has that as well). Meanwhile, "Tangled" and "Frozen" are musicals on par with the ones Disney released in '89 and the early 90's, while "The Princess and the Frog" isn't that far behind. Anyway, you were the one who suggested what "modern animation is today," so of course you can't discount any modern animation studios when trying to make that argument.

      CompuclesCompucles2 saatler önce
    • @Compucles it just feels like something's missing when I watch movies like Zootopia and Moana. They don't have the same weight like when Simba loses his father. And why can I not discount them? I mean, I wasn't talking about them when I said that.

      dapperfan44dapperfan442 saatler önce
    • @dapperfan44 But I did include Pixar in my original argument. You can't just arbitrarily discount one studio that disproves your argument! Besides, Disney proper still discounts the argument against animated musicals no longer being popular.

      CompuclesCompucles6 saatler önce
    • @Compucles I'm talking about Disney proper, Illumination, Dreamworks etc. Obviously I'm not including Pixar.

      dapperfan44dapperfan443 gün önce
    • @dapperfan44 Really? You don't consider Pixar gems like the "Toy Story" movies, "Finding Nemo," "Up," "WALL-E," "Inside Out," and "Coco" to have scenes with heavy drama? Who destroyed your emotional core?

      CompuclesCompucles3 gün önce
  • All kindsa salt

    Philip RibasPhilip Ribas21 dakika önce
  • I really enjoyed this and I just realize that I am not subscribed to any woman owned channels. Im sorry...i'm part of the problem. I'm going to watch all of your videos now starting with the transformers one.

    JustinaJustina6 saatler önce
  • Robin Williams was a childhood idol for me. Experiencing his death on my birthday was one of the most painful things I ever experienced.Thank you for this video.

    Xylex RayneXylex Rayne6 saatler önce
  • Whenever I watch a video about Robin Williams I cry a little

    Wyatt ZielWyatt Ziel6 saatler önce
  • We did him like Kurt Cobain. Rest in peace buddy.

    TheSoulHarvesterTheSoulHarvester7 saatler önce
  • Yuri on Ice actually triggers me. And it is now Lindsay's job to know, or even care about that. But that was like a "surprise, bitch!", and I just decided to leave a comment talking about it. But I will keep watching, because I enjoy Lindsay's content.

    talissa almeidatalissa almeida7 saatler önce
  • Wow, excellent suggestion, TRvision. Loved this video, Lindsay, riiiight in my interests. Your editing is ooooon point, too. (Edit: and daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang immediately subbed upon completion)

    FAPDegrenFAPDegren7 saatler önce
  • When I saw Jungle Book in the theater as a kid, to my Father, Phil Harris and Louie Prima were HUGE stars. HUGE! I doubt their names were even on the poster, but he recognized their voices! It was the first and only movie we ever saw twice. My dad LOVED it. (Imagine if the 4 vultures were played by the actual Beatles. To him, it was that big.) Hey kids, believe it or not, Big Band Swing used to be bigger than Rock n Roll. It was all there was on radio.

    pvthitchpvthitch10 saatler önce
  • Not sure how I got here, but that was the best thing I've watched all week.

    intadtraptorintadtraptor11 saatler önce
  • That was an Awesome and touching video Lindsey. Thank you! It makes me miss Robin Williams so much! It's a great tribute!

    The Real LuigiThe Real Luigi12 saatler önce
  • Although not Disney, but The Last Unicorn was somewhat before the curve; with Rosemary, The Big Lebowski and The Murderess from Murder She wrote as the voice cast; as America played in the background! Lol

    Jen McMahonJen McMahon13 saatler önce
  • Toys remains one of my favorite Robin Williams movies and one of my favorites all around, especially for the soundtrack

    evilmidgetevilmidget15 saatler önce
  • *tries not to cry... fails*

    LissiLissi15 saatler önce
  • I've been saying this for years. I'm actually glad now someone has a video of saying what I've been saying for years.

    ROCKY'S WORLD 777ROCKY'S WORLD 77715 saatler önce
  • And once again my 'I'm losing to a bird' drinking game gets me sloshed. Great video Lindsay! 🍻

    boojinglefulboojingleful17 saatler önce
  • did i just saw robin williams, dressed as popeye, doing a backflip ont he beach ?

    Maluco lapinMaluco lapin17 saatler önce
  • 'Its 💓' Robin, miss you sooo much. You brought laughter and joy to millions. RIP

    Vividha JadhavVividha Jadhav19 saatler önce
  • I saw some Genie 🧞‍♂️ toys at Target with Robin and Will’s facial features. There was the Robin Genie 🧞‍♂️ one that I saw that said it says over 30 sayings from the movie 🎥. I wonder if there’s going to be a lawsuit using Robins voice as a new toy....

    VeganMommyof2VeganMommyof2Gün önce
  • Since i got the dubbed version as a child, watching it again with the original voice casting just sounds so wrong. Dan Ekborg as the genie is far superior.

    Just RJust RGün önce
  • Great video, thoroughly enjoyed it. And learned some things. Like I didn't know what the beef was that made Robin refuse to do ROJ. Or that he was even IN Fern Gully (I haven't seen it in many years). But it was also a great tribute to Robin. The end had me in tears cuz of I miss Robin so much... RIP. He was a one of a kind.

    raerae7273raerae7273Gün önce
  • The very first clip she used as examples of pre star era animation voiceover was Louie Prima as the orangutan in jungle book. Pretty sure Louie prima was pretty big back then.

    Guerrilla SharkGuerrilla SharkGün önce
  • Popeye is not a disaster, it’s a hidden gem. A sleeper hit. What was wrong with Pop eye?

    superkami gurusuperkami guruGün önce
  • Great video!

    immediateurimmediateurGün önce
  • I think the guy with the winning formula ur talking about quit working for Eisener and made his own movies. I see where hes backstabbing cause they gave him the means to make the first good movies that he might not have had but when ur the Genius and u think ur boss sucks u got the option to go off and make ur own movies using ur ideas that worked when u worked for the last company

    Quentin LQuentin LGün önce
  • 8:12

    Ben HowertonBen HowertonGün önce
  • Sweet jumping Jesus, Eye opening right here, jeeeez!

    Sil.Gio. Gonz.Matri.Sil.Gio. Gonz.Matri.Gün önce
  • Okay, this is a video telling us things we didn't previously know, so I am calling it news. That makes you a news reporter. A journalist, so to speak. And a part of that is being unbiased, which in this video you are not. I'm not trying to hate on you as you probably don't see the problem with how you do things. It probably doesn't even bother most people, but it got to me. I didn't watch this video to hear your opinion, I watched it to get the facts. You should try to stop your opinion from showing in the video. The audience shouldn't know your position on the topics being discussed. I suggest keeping that in mind in the future.

    ThatOneOncer LilaThatOneOncer LilaGün önce
  • *hears Oliver and Company* *FUCK YEAHHHH*

    someguyfromcanada TBSLsomeguyfromcanada TBSLGün önce
  • I just found your channel! It is amazing and makes me jealous all at the same time. Your content is just...great. Thank you for doing what you do.

    Trenton NezzyTrenton NezzyGün önce
  • Damn girl....stop jerking my tears. Right at the end, getting all emo on me

    Radford HealsworthRadford HealsworthGün önce
  • at this point im calling The Great Mouse Detective just "bitter ex-bfs" bc of your vids not that im complaining, of course :^)

    NomiNomiGün önce
  • Wow this was a beautiful explanation of why :') The ending statements about it being from a place of heart actually pulled at my heartstrings a little.

    The Bat BagThe Bat BagGün önce
  • Oh come on Trey Parker was incredible

    Radford HealsworthRadford HealsworthGün önce
  • Oh, I like you, jolly good show!🧐

    Radford HealsworthRadford HealsworthGün önce
  • Thanks for this awesome video. you earned a sub!

    John RodriguezJohn RodriguezGün önce
  • Anastasia is a perfect film. I’ll fight you on that until my last dying breath.

    N RN RGün önce
  • Where does secret of nihm fall in here ? Just curious.

    Kas JenkinsKas JenkinsGün önce
  • okay at 21:41 i swear im hearing Blue by Broken Little Sister

    Lance LovecraftLance LovecraftGün önce
  • When you’re next video

    Chris FidaChris FidaGün önce
  • You are hipnotizing

    oscar sanchezoscar sanchezGün önce
  • Ok. Crying now.

    Bill WoodellBill WoodellGün önce
  • Then Disney reboots Aladdin as a big Fuck you to Robin Williams

    Benbrook BronyBenbrook BronyGün önce
  • What show is at the 0:26 mark??

    Link MarioKirbyNintendoLink MarioKirbyNintendoGün önce
  • I’m very lost and confused while watching this and I don’t know why 😂💯

    Sasha S.Sasha S.Gün önce
  • really love watching you and your voice is so perfect seems like someone on npr. watching all your videos changed the way I watch movies. please make more videos.

    Benton xBenton xGün önce
  • IF?... How come Robin Williams did it if... IF he... didn’t... want tooooo....? Dumb question? Or... OH YEAH! Hook!! I broke my 8yr. old arm jumping off my bunk bed thinking I was Peter F-KN Pan!🤔💭 & He really trusted “katzenburg” to not re-nig & try to make even more money!? Robin’s totally @fault

    trevor  caulertrevor caulerGün önce
  • wait.. are you the voice of watchmojo?

    mathias veratoromathias veratoroGün önce
    • No not even similar

      N RN RGün önce
  • I hate celebrity voice actors, and I agree with most of the video, but Spiderverse a good movie? Are we on the same universe? I expected people with that opinion to be teenagers, not 35-40 year old like myself. Did you people forgot to grow up, or something? It was boring, predictable, cliche. Nothing new. Why so many people liked that? I don't get it.

    Jo VeteranJo Veteran2 gün önce
  • Yeah Genie was made based on Robin Williams just like Nick Fury was made based on Samuel L. Jackson. both play the roles perfectly because they were those characters

    Sora JonesSora Jones2 gün önce
  • "Hey i want to be in your movie, but dont mention me in advertising" Disney: "... dafuq?"

    JoeJoeJoeJoe2 gün önce
  • 20:49 - "Miramax, owned by Bob & Harvey Wein-- " Just about lost it.

    andrewxc1335andrewxc13352 gün önce
  • 18:40 - Mostly, the animation studio shunted sequels to their B-team, anyway, allowing the entry-level animators some practice to cut their teeth. But yeah, Return of Jafar was... Not good, even by that standard. They eventually did some good work on the TV show, but it took a while to get the formula down.

    andrewxc1335andrewxc13352 gün önce
  • Not cool of you for ridiculing Anastasia and The Prince Of Egypt, girl...

    Karen VannesteKaren Vanneste2 gün önce
  • That was simply wonderful. Thank you Lindsay. ^_^

    tarrkertarrker2 gün önce
  • Make a T-shirt of THANKS I HATE IT!

    Sara WhiteSara White2 gün önce
  • Shrek wasn't the very first animated movie of that era to use a flock of "famous" voice actors, the english dub of *Princess Mononoke* also came out 4 years earlier (1997) and had Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, John DiMaggio (he's a voice actor, but still counts?).

    ****2 gün önce
  • Kod - ified Not Code - ified

    TinyTiny2 gün önce
  • you're entire video is wrong JAR JAR WAS THE KEY TO ALL O' THIS

    JUST A FANJUST A FAN2 gün önce
  • The didn't use his voice in the marketing material, which is exactly what he asked for. He was just sour grapes and re-interpreting it to mean, don't use the character, which is ridiculous, and obviously not part of the contract.

    Nick ChiraNick Chira2 gün önce
  • You there, girl. I require another content. Create me another content.

    ColdsideRamrodColdsideRamrod2 gün önce
  • At the end of childhood, all that mattered was the strength and quality of the storytelling. The hijacking of our imagination and presentation of the values that shaped our worldviews... values that live within us to this day. What these artists and executives and workers that bring to life these public works are responsible for those cultural artifacts. Storytelling is something so important for the future of mankind that we would do well to appreciate the individual sacrifices made amongst all those players, and the ole Machiavellian ends justifying the means prototype is not something I am keen to ignore. ||

    Nico MonettiNico Monetti2 gün önce
  • I really miss Mr. William... 😢

    Efrain MoralesEfrain Morales2 gün önce
  • Shrek was better than anything Disney has done in 20yrs. This bitch is just bitter

    The Truth is only PerspectiveThe Truth is only Perspective2 gün önce
  • I can never not look at Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison

    Remix DragonRemix Dragon2 gün önce
  • Will smith killed it

    James CarterJames Carter2 gün önce
  • Great video. Couldn't agree more. I always believed that the reason animation studios get big names is for $$$$$$, no mater how s#@t the movie it. They usually have no soul, crap stories and aren't funny. Robin is the genie, and i can understand way they wanted him. What they did afterwards to him sounded dreadful and i can understand his frustration. Now they dont care, because having big names gets bums on seats. I appreciate professional voice actors because they are passionate about animation (lije Robin) rather then how many $ they get. Its nice to see Disney (as you mentioned) get actors that are suitable for a character rather then a marketing gimick, where the voice doesn't suit the character. I have just arrived home from seeing the 2019 Aladdin and while it was good, Will Smith genie having almost the same script as Robin, i think it didn't work, as some lines there was no heart or passion in it. These were for Robin not Will. Sorry. Thanks again learnt a lot and plesse studios, no big names actors because it doesn't work. P.S Thanks for putting our legendary interviewer Ray Martin at the end of the video.

    cag3891cag38913 gün önce
  • Anastasia was casted wonderfully

    Francis EmmettFrancis Emmett3 gün önce
  • This video was fucking hilarious yet educational and I am here for it. Glad i stumbled upon this

    Kamila IgrasKamila Igras3 gün önce
  • RIP Robin Williams. Jeffrey Cassenberg, go screw yourself. Totally not a drunk posting.

    Nathan OrfNathan Orf3 gün önce
  • 4:20 That was my biggest laugh at the video

    Undead GamezUndead Gamez3 gün önce
  • Hey Jack was nice okay

    anthill350anthill3503 gün önce
  • OMG, FU Jeffrey Katzenberg.

    Tim LeungTim Leung3 gün önce
  • I agree with your message but the way you talked about it was like a sarcastic asshole.

    Abdullah AlmosalamiAbdullah Almosalami3 gün önce
  • You lost me when you started shading Anastasia.

    closetaltruistclosetaltruist3 gün önce
  • Was with this until she started shitting on Anastasia one of my favorite non Disney movies with some great songs! This gets a thumbs down

    Mary GMary G3 gün önce
  • Aladdin was 30 years ago?! Thanks, Lindsay, for ruining my night... damn how I hate you pesky kids and your interesting videos which heartlessly remind me how old I am :((

    gnetixgnetix3 gün önce
  • Very Entertaining. Fantastic work.

    HUCK FINNHUCK FINN3 gün önce
  • You just edumacated me lol this video was funny and taught me alot

    Ben MonsibaisBen Monsibais3 gün önce
  • lol

    Shyho GamingShyho Gaming3 gün önce
  • After you shit on Anastasia (although it is definitely pure fantasy same as Pocahontas) you lost all credibility.

    Schwetti_BallzSchwetti_Ballz3 gün önce
  • For the record, when The Rescuers came out, Bob Newhart was as big as Robin Williams.

    RobMacKendrickRobMacKendrick3 gün önce
    • I would argue it is relevant, given that that was half of the point of this entire video.

      andrewxc1335andrewxc13352 gün önce
    • @andrewxc1335 Irrelevant. The narrator characterised Newhart as "the kind of actor you see on Nick At Nite." First of all, there was no Nick At Nite, or at any other time, in the 70s. And second, if there had been, Bob Newhart would not have been on it. He was a huge star throughout the 70s and 80s. His was not a minor name, as the narrator states. (If collectively. In fairness the other names she cited were pretty much Hollywood Squares fare. Perhaps she just forgot Bob was in there too.)

      RobMacKendrickRobMacKendrick2 gün önce
    • But he wasn't plastered on the promotion material, nor did Disney have an agreement with him about it that they went back on.

      andrewxc1335andrewxc13352 gün önce
  • Holy shit, way to bring on the waterworks at the end!

    LippyLippy3 gün önce
  • I didn't even know he played Popeye in that live action movie.

    Stupid MotherfuckerStupid Motherfucker3 gün önce
  • Good vid but a couple things... 1. Return of Jafar isn’t that bad, 2. Robin returned for the 3rd movie and 3. He doesn’t hate Disney I think you guys are kinda are only using one article after all....

    Awsomehead CoolfaceAwsomehead Coolface3 gün önce

    BURN-EBURN-E3 gün önce
  • I'm sorry... Did you turn your nose at Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansburry like they're nothings? That's so disrespectful. AL is a corner stone of Hollywood. Like, the lack of knowledge and respect for great actors based on millennial perspective is ridiculous. You're looking at it from your perspective, not that of the ppl of the time. For instance, Robin was the big name draw, but you skipped out on Scott, who was a huge tween heart throb at the time, too. Also, you showed Rescuers Down Under and skipped freaking John Candy! I am not sure how I'm gonna make it 23 min when you've shown such vacuous opinions so far.

    achanwahnachanwahn3 gün önce
  • i thought will smith did a good job, but the ending with the mega parrot monster and the magic carpet chase kinda sucked and the "i will not be silent" number seemed a bit cringe with the guards turning into smoke and the slow-mo cg which entirely didnt fit the rest of the cinematography. i really enjoyed the 1st half at least :/

    Corry TuskeyCorry Tuskey3 gün önce
  • Umm... wow! Left out a LOT of studio animations that included all star casts. Rankin & Bass had that as a respectable market cornered. & um, Don Bluth? Hello-ooooo!!! Oh, & then you dissed Don Bluth. Hm. Ok...

    achanwahnachanwahn3 gün önce
  • is this a glitch? This video had nothing to do with the title

    Brian GirleyBrian Girley4 gün önce
    • yes it was

      Brian GirleyBrian Girley4 gün önce
  • Hey now, don't wanna hear any shade being thrown on Angela Lansbury. She was PERFECTLY cast for Miss Potts. You later reconnect your argument saying that Disney has done a better job in recent films to pick voice actors that are good for the role rather than just as a marketing gimmick but I wish you had gone back and acknowledged some of the other well chosen actors. If you look at Disney animation BEYOND North America, we can see a possibly healthier trend with English dubbed versions of the Studio Ghibli films. The young Kirsten Dunst in Kiki's delivery service, Mark Hamill in Castle in the Sky AND Nausicaä, and a wonderful cast for the English Dub of Princess Mononoke. But now It makes me wonder how much of that was business decisions to try to pull in the North American audience...

    Lanz SingbeilLanz Singbeil4 gün önce
  • Out of all the things I've learned from this video, my most favorite thing about it is the fact that Katzenberg was indeed a petty a-hole.

    Kyle MenowKyle Menow4 gün önce
  • The writers of this piece, and, ostensibly, the narrator, are junior-high students who believe anyone older than Selena Gomez couldn’t *possibly* have any star power. Yawn.

    Dan CutterDan Cutter4 gün önce
    • What does this mean? They're being against using star power as a cheap gimmick is the point

      TH ///TH ///3 gün önce
  • Excuse you John Hurt is my king do not disrespect him like this

    Elizabeth EvaElizabeth Eva4 gün önce
    • He's great, but back in 1978 he wasn't yet internationally famous.

      Paweł Ausir DembowskiPaweł Ausir Dembowski3 gün önce
  • 16:54 Two exceptions: Surf's Up.

    Noahboy !Noahboy !4 gün önce
  • As a non-native English speaker I saw most of these movies dubbed in a foreign language.i guess I was spared some of these shameless celebrity inclusions.

    OlvirkiOlvirki4 gün önce
  • Lol why would Disney back out on that deal. Because the movie did brilliant. I never saw a better stand up comedian then Robin Williams but being naive is a thing. Disney is a business and company at the end of the day. No matter how it went he did it insanely well. Being the Genie. Agreed Disney sucks for braking the trust and contract but come on. That is Disney in a nutshell. Make movies,sell merchandise. And a genie without it's voice. That does not sell period. And for the record...The Original Shrek was awesome lmfao. I laughed my ass off..and that is what matters. Petty asshole or not behind it. I could not care less about him. Did not even know him.

    Marty WittenbergMarty Wittenberg4 gün önce
  • Incredible video. Thank you.

    MijMikeMijMike4 gün önce
  • Is it just me or does the narrator get more and more wasted as the video goes on?

    Mark VickersMark Vickers4 gün önce
  • hmm If a role in any animation is made for a certain actor/VA than its all fine but the over usage of so called celebrities is just auto "no thank you" from me. There is a certain Japanese voice actress that i do like but the amount of stuff they put her in is just sickening. Especially when the character just doesn't fit her voice

    MariuszMariusz4 gün önce
How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams)