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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Sources and Citations:
“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 Daly3 aylar önce
    • She got it all wrong

      Drunken PixelsDrunken Pixels29 gün önce
    • Are animations made better by not using "established" acting talent? I think I like more animated films these days than I did from the 1970s/1980s. Good actors tend to be in good films. If you have the skill and professionalism necessary to carry a starring role in a Disney film I think there's a solid chance you've already got an established career in entertainment.

      Simba LionSimba Lion2 aylar önce
    • @Lainey It's been 18 years?! Holy fuck.

      Björn HallströmBjörn Hallström2 aylar önce
    • The Pre-Shrekratics

      Alloy CipherAlloy Cipher2 aylar önce
    • @Compucles I disagree. The movies I was thinking of when I wrote that comment did not include Pixar's movies. I probably should have said "except Pixar, in my opinion animated movies don't really challenge you anymore like they used to when I was a kid, pre-Shrek."

      dapperfan44dapperfan442 aylar önce
  • He never knew who I was.. But I miss him..

    Kenneth CarnieKenneth Carnie6 saatler önce
  • LMAO the dude who directed The Star put out a movie in high school about hell where the only food was plain hot dogs with no buns and the only song on the radio was don't worry be happy. It was really good, stuck with me for the last 15 years.

    TheOminousbeanbagTheOminousbeanbag6 saatler önce
  • I actually liked Popeye. Also, why do I have a crush on Lindsay Ellis?

    CapAnson12345CapAnson1234518 saatler önce
  • Wow so many animated classics I'd never heard of! That Lord of the rings animation! Never new it existed! Haha thanks

    Matt FurnellMatt Furnell22 saatler önce
  • were walt disney and thomas edison relatives?

    Amaw Nga OpawAmaw Nga OpawGün önce
  • This was great! Your wrap up at the end was fantastic, bringing it all together.

    theshepard22theshepard22Gün önce
  • I'm 40. I cried. Good job. In all seriousness, you are fast becoming my go to critic. Amazing writing, good humor and research out the wazoo. Hats off to you sir!

    Barry LambsonBarry LambsonGün önce
  • 23:03 goddammit :(

    CptWindwalker82CptWindwalker822 gün önce
  • *hOw AladDiN iNsPiReD oThEr MoViE's tO mAkE lIvE aCtIoN vErSiOn Of ThEiR oWn MoViE's*

    Gliscor GliderGliscor Glider4 gün önce
  • Lindsay, I found your channel after catching up on some Folding Ideas, and I'm rather glad that happened. I've been in a bit of a creative rut regarding, well, a lot of busy life noise, and your channel has been a wonderfully educational distraction, not to mention really witty and entertaining. Just wanted to say, "Hello," and "Thanks for being awesome." -Greg

    Greg KerasGreg Keras5 gün önce
  • But .. I'm pretty sure Peggy Lee was the first one to be used as celebrity bait in Lady and the Tramp - she wrote and performed most of the song and even had a character look like her.

    Sarah NikolajsenSarah Nikolajsen6 gün önce
  • THE JUNGLE BOOK had an all-star voice cast. Not a star vehicle for anyone, but the voices were at least as well known then as Robin Williams, and were used to market the film.

    WyrdNetWyrdNet6 gün önce
  • A beautiful tribute to a truly great actor, and human being!

    Erich KeserErich Keser7 gün önce
  • BABY'S DAD??? I think you mean the old ass detective (rest his soul), from the old ass original Law & Order!

    BebeBebe7 gün önce
  • John Hurt was A list!

    moss pallymoss pally7 gün önce
  • Awesome!!!

    Youtoo BrrYoutoo Brr8 gün önce
  • Was this video made in response to anything particular? It kinda feels like both a social commentary on modern entertainment culture and a historical tribute to the legacy of Robin Williams.

    M. KullM. Kull9 gün önce
  • Robin Williams... Has earned even more of My respect. May he be at peace

    Alice DarhkAlice Darhk10 gün önce
  • The Prince of Egypt is a terrific movie. The animation, story, and music are really incredible and have aged well!

    Jordan StorzJordan Storz11 gün önce
  • Nowadays they’re more focused on hiring A-list actors instead of the actual performance.

    Kelsey CurlesKelsey Curles12 gün önce
  • I object to Hoodwinked being lumped in as a knockoff when it's quite funny and original.

    TheZeroJokerTheZeroJoker12 gün önce
  • 20:41 My parents when I was born

    Jimmy LJimmy L13 gün önce
  • I was in till you threw stones at my Oger.

    Lord GooseLord Goose14 gün önce
  • damn this video blew up

    Andrew TrayfordAndrew Trayford15 gün önce
  • The fact that Disney technically owns The Simpsons and Family Guy now is so surreal to me.

    DemonsplainingDemonsplaining15 gün önce
  • There's another story underlying all of this in the history of art production and consumption which ties in neatly with the cynicism, pettiness, and unchecked commercialism that you so often harp on in your videos: Art simply wasn't as available to the general public in the past. Yes, it was around, and the average person could maybe see some art, but it was more often than not designed by and catered to the elite. Peasants weren't commissioning Bach or Vivaldi to write them a concerto and they certainly weren't patrons for painters, sculptors, etc. Now things like art and recreational activities are marketed to the masses, not out of the kindness of anyone's heart but because of the way things have always worked. Without a doubt there are very decent people in all classes of society, people who mean well and do well, but the brute fact of the matter is that we're all cogs in a machine, a machine that may be run by people but one that doesn't really have a mind of its own, it just rumbles along with its gravity. If you're not an elite, so far as society is concerned at least, you are a cud chewer, another grass fed cow and a little bread and circus will do if you profit the people who actually matter. And news flash, very few people actually matter.

    Luke CashLuke Cash18 gün önce
  • The animation for the hug was so sweet what....

    Ella CollinsElla Collins18 gün önce
  • Catsenburg really is a petty asshole...

    Altar360Altar36019 gün önce
  • Think you will ever do a video on cars 2 and how wtf it is?

    Kevin CroakeKevin Croake19 gün önce
  • Fuck I miss him

    nrsrymjnrsrymj19 gün önce
  • Disney is famous for backstabbing.

    Heru- deshetHeru- deshet19 gün önce
  • 1982 “The World According to Garp” Robin Williams was incredible. Unusual movie, not a favorite of mine, but showcased his range for future dramatic works. A rare talent that could easily shift between comedy and drama. RIP

    Sayward LewisSayward Lewis19 gün önce
  • I knew I had heard the voice of the genie from the return of Jafar from somewhere. When you said Homer it clicked. I could never place where I had heard the voice.

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I love the Prince of Egypt.

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I know it mentions Disney in the your channel description. But would you be interested in topics on movies from other studios?

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I loved Robin Williams in Hook.

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I’m interested in some of your videos. Saved some to watch. One being the Pocahontas one. I love the film. I can’t lie. I know it is not historically accurate. But I love it for what it tries to tackle. I will listen to your points when I watch it. Then I’ll comment after.

    The Wolf PrincessThe Wolf Princess19 gün önce
  • I love Antz and Shrek, but they spawned the worst abominations in the history of 3D animation.

    Space GhostSpace Ghost20 gün önce
  • This is a freakishly good video.

    Chris AplinChris Aplin21 gün önce
  • Robin probably had the biggest big dick energy of any celebrity I’ve ever seen.

    Alexander SupertrampAlexander Supertramp21 gün önce
  • You know, the more I hear "I'm losing to a bird" in these Disney videos, the more I laugh at it. Which means that yes, I am laughing at the gargoyles from Hunchback. I have sinned

    MaskOfIceMaskOfIce21 gün önce
  • If anyone had the guts to do to Disney now what katzinberg did back then, we’d feel different.

    Mark N.Mark N.21 gün önce
  • Yes because the hero and the villain for the great mouse deactivate can’t just two people who have different ideologies, moral values, and mental health. No, no, no, no, there just a bitter gay ex-couple.

    Lunar Liam ProductionsLunar Liam Productions21 gün önce
    • I’m just not as big of a fan of the joke, but that’s ok I respect your opinion.

      Lunar Liam ProductionsLunar Liam Productions4 gün önce
    • Lunar Liam Productions I mean, I’ve seen it multiple times, but it’s funny because it kind of is similar to how gay couples used to be portrayed on TV in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Disney aren’t above queer coding, as we’ve seen from most of their renaissance era villains.

      KendylTVKendylTV4 gün önce
    • Trust me, it’s pops up more on the internet than you think.

      Lunar Liam ProductionsLunar Liam Productions4 gün önce
    • This is such an overreaction to one split second joke lol.

      KendylTVKendylTV4 gün önce
  • Man Disney is so petty, especially considering fern gully is a god like movie, how dare they try and sabotage it

    kollie79kollie7922 gün önce
  • So Lindsay guess what Disney just did about marketing the genie, twice in one year.

    Albert VilorioAlbert Vilorio23 gün önce
  • omg the comments keep saying how lindsay references tgmd a lot in her videos so now i wna watch all her vids to see if she actually does

    basil !basil !24 gün önce
  • omg i screamed at the tgmd part

    basil !basil !24 gün önce
  • That look by Anthony Hopkins at 20:45

    doktormusmattadoktormusmatta24 gün önce
  • The world lost a huge piece of its soul when we lost this beautiful man.

    Remiel PollardRemiel Pollard24 gün önce
  • Anything Lindsay does is intelligent and entertain. Love her content!

    D TD T24 gün önce
  • This was a well-made mini-documentary about the situation between Robin Williams and Disney and about how the movie Aladdin gave rise to celebrity driven cartoon features. But your needless inclusion of de classe words like "shitty" and "petty asshole" only serves to downgrade your own work. Why?

    Leonard CaplanLeonard Caplan25 gün önce
  • Hey Lindsay, do you have any plans on reviewing the Live-Action Aladdin? (oh hot take, the new live actions are bad!) But more in the vein of how Disney more often stumbles upon feminist notes rather than actually intentionally builds them into characters? Akin to how Dark Phoenix took the trappings of a movie with a strong female character, but never gave her much agency?

    Wild ZubatWild Zubat25 gün önce
  • While I liked this video, it's probably the worst from this channel that I've seen. It's like a half right situation. Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury were both Broadway legends, all those stars you named were super famous in their time, just because you're like 15 doesn't mean they weren't famous lol. Oh and Price of Egypt and Anastasia are good movies. Don Bluth worked at Disney, of course he had "Disney style" wtf.

    JFrogJFrog25 gün önce
    • 1. She's 35, so you're off by 20 years. 2. Being a Broadway star and A-list movie star are two very different status symbols even though each have their merits

      Morten AanstadMorten Aanstad18 gün önce
  • Robin Williams, what a pure soul. Not many famous men die these days without completely fucking up their public image in one way or another, but Robin Williams, aside from one divorce (but hey, what man born after 1930 hasn't had at least one divorce these days?) managed to get there pretty well unscathed. It's a shame he got there prematurely, but worse to consider how badly he must have been suffering in his last few years. You read about what his life was life towards the end, and the nature of his disease, and you just want to weep for him. One of the most magical men who ever lived, taken from us in one of the most brutally, painfully real ways it could have ever happened. R.I.P. Robin Williams.

    Duncan Van OoyenDuncan Van Ooyen25 gün önce
  • Oh my God

    adrain tuckeradrain tucker26 gün önce
  • The Lord of the Rings Ralph Bakshi is United Artists , not disney , Disney would be too scared to promote Bakshi work

    jmm1233jmm123327 gün önce
  • Cutting off Eric Goldberg at 8:30 is the funniest and harshest thing here. Genius.

    TheOneTrueKitTheOneTrueKit27 gün önce

    RaRaRasputinRaRaRasputin27 gün önce
  • Wasn't Disney's The Jungle Book the first animated movie with an all-celebrity cast? Phil Harris, George Sanders, Darleen Carr and Louie Prima were pretty famous at the time. They even tried to get The Beatles to voice the vultures.

    RaRaRasputinRaRaRasputin27 gün önce
  • You shut your mouth. Bicentennial man was great!

    Dip-Dip Potato ChipDip-Dip Potato Chip27 gün önce
  • Well the Anastasia broadway is really good.

    nerfvideos96nerfvideos9628 gün önce
  • Am I the only one who really liked the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

    luholeluhole28 gün önce
    • @Morten Aanstad I suppose when I formed my love of HoND as a child I was too young to pick up on the cringey elements of the gargoyles but I don't remember them being that bad.

      luholeluhole17 gün önce
    • I've never seen anyone talking highly negatively about it. I've seen bunch of criticism towards the gargoyles, but not the movie as a whole

      Morten AanstadMorten Aanstad18 gün önce
  • Is this chick really saying that Disney’s success is solely based on Robin or on the idea that they realized celebrities are their cash cows? Because yea, Disney didn’t exist prior to Disney creating movies? Disney didn’t revolutionize cartoons, Disney didn’t revolutionize theme parks, Disney didn’t really exist before “this”? Disney created stars, Many singers became famous because of Disney. Who otherwise we would never have. So Disney gave us something great and they pioneered as they always did. Yeah greedy corporate guy crossed the line. Doesn’t mean that’s what they base their success on, al that means is some idiot got greedy and abused his position. And being that Robin was someone who had the people’s heart, Disney needed to hold themselves accountable for an employee they had.

    Drunken PixelsDrunken Pixels29 gün önce
  • Is this chick serious? She doesn’t know shit about who is who. Sounding like a real millennial right now. Kurt Russel who is he attitude! So much potential in what this video could have been. Just because you don’t know shit about real actors, doesn’t mean they are not famous people. Robin Williams! You used him to get bumps on this shitty short publication. You did what you are angry at Disney for doing. They capitalize on Robin because he did a lot of kids friendly and parent friendly things. You posted this without doing proper research and should not have posted it’s at all. You taint his name. 🤦‍♂️ Sad part is people will take this for truth because most people won’t look at what he has done, and how he did what he did.

    Drunken PixelsDrunken Pixels29 gün önce
  • I know I'm in the minority, but I hated Shrek when it came out, still hate it, and will always hate it. It also ruined that song, which I thought was kind of catchy when it first came out.

    JasonJason29 gün önce
  • Eva Gabor was also the mom in the Aristocats! I didn't know about the Rescuers I just noticed that one bc we didn't have cable and Green Acres was always on the rerun channel lol

    TheResistanceAsylumTheResistanceAsylum29 gün önce
  • Uh, excuse me? Jerry Orbach _is_ Detective Lennie Briscoe, a sufficiently great thing that it garnered recognition as a "Living Landmark" by the City of New York. Not Robin Williams, sure, but still.

    Gonzo StrangeloveGonzo Strangelove29 gün önce
  • I just realize I havent seen half of these including all the minions related movies lol.

    Raymond LeggsRaymond Leggs29 gün önce
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