Remember the peddler from the beginning of Aladdin, the one who tries to sell the audience the lamp?
Ever since the film was released in 1992, fans have believed this was actually the Genie in disguise – after all, both are voiced by the late Robin Williams. Well, now it’s been confirmed.
“That was the whole intention, originally,” director Ron Clements told Entertainment! Online, “we even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that’s an urban legend that actually is true.”
You can see this original ending here:
It’s great to see a fan theory that’s actually true (and doesn’t involve Pixar for once) but to be honest we’re a little late to this story, so here’s a bonus Aladdin fact: the design of the Genie was inspired by the sinuous lines of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. His distinctive style was a mainstay of American newspapers and magazines for more than 80 years. Hirschfeld also inspired a lesser known Disney classic – the Rhapsody in Blue short from Fantasia 2000.