In 1989, The Little Mermaid
ushered in what we now know as The Disney Renaissance. This period, which continued through 1998 (Mulan
), begat a series of now-classic films that changed cinematic history. The Lion King
(1994) inspired a Broadway smash hit; Beauty and the Beast
(1991) was the first cartoon to be nominated for Best Picture; and the 1992 film Aladdin
became the first animated film to cross the 200 million dollar mark at the box office!
And it's no wonder! It's fast-paced, funny, and boasts three unforgettable songs: the show-stopping, toe-tapping "Friend Like Me", the utter blast of "Prince Ali", and the Oscar-winning love duet "A Whole New World". Robin Williams' work as the Genie is rightfully considered one of the greatest performances in film history, voice-only or otherwise, and earned the actor a special Golden Globe, as well as the MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. It's unmatchable. Only a fool would attempt to replicate it.
So let's not replicate it. Let's instead imagine a different Aladdin
. A live-action Aladdin
After the jump, I mean.