Hidden Images in Disney's "Aladdin"
We've all sat there, rewinding the movies, pausing them, going frame-by-frame to find hidden images left for us by Disney Artists. This installment will point out some of the secrets to "Aladdin."
Aladdin is one of the most famous and one of the most highly debated Disney movies when it comes to hidden images and sound.
"Under the Sea" Visitor
Now, I wouldn't consider this image a "hidden image" exactly because it's pretty obvious. When Genie is granting Aladdin's wish to be a prince, he pulls Sebastian (From the Little Mermaid) out of a recipe book for "King Crab." Now this image was probably more of an inside joke between DIsney and the fans, but it is still funny and cool nevertheless.
And according to some early versions of the script, Sebastian was originally scripted to say "Ariel?" in his distinguishable Jamaican accent. This was cut from the final product, however, probably because they wanted to go with a more subtle nod to The Little Mermaid.
The Beast is in the Details
This was one of the first hidden images that I found as a child that opened my eyes to the world of hidden images in Disney movies. If you look closely when the Sultan is stacking his toys, just before Jafar walks in and the pile falls, you can see that the Beast from Beauty and the Beast is one of the toys in the stack.
Now there is much speculation that other animals in the stack symbolize other Disney characters: the Vulture from The Jungle Book, the Crocodile from Peter Pan, the animals that held Simba up during his song "I Can't Wait to be King" from The Lion King. However, on the DVD commentary, the artists state that the Beast is the only intentional Easter Egg. The rest are just random animals.
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Like the Sebastian image, this image is a joke that Disney intentionally put in, rather than a hidden Easter egg. But I figured it's worth mentioning as well. During the scene when Aladdin tells Genie that he will use his last wish to set Genie free, Genie turns his head into Pinocchio's head from the Disney classic. His nose even grows, suggesting to Aladdin that Genie believes he is lying.
During the scene when one of the first suitors for Jasmine is arriving at the Palace, you can see two people talking in the crowd in front of Aladdin. They are the movie's writers/directors: John Musker and Ron Clements. I guess animated movies are no different, when it comes to directors making cameos in their own films.
I guess I have avoided it long enough: it's time to address the ever controversial scene where Aladdin supposedly says: "Good Teenagers, take off your clothes." During the scene where Aladdin rides the magic carpet up to Jasmine's room, he steps onto the balcony only to be threatened by Rajah. As he shoos him away, Jasmine comes out of her room to find him standing there. According to Disney, the scripted line is: "Good Kitty. Take off and go." But many of the fans don't believe that that is the line that made it to the final movie.
One theoryt is that a different person's voice (not Aladdin's) was slipped in as a joke and went unnoticed by Disney.
Others theorize that the line was intentional, intended to be a subliminal message to teenagers to become sluttier, while others believe that people are just hearing what they want to hear and that the line is the original innocent intended line.
I was going to include a video of the scene, but I don't necessarily trust many of the YouTube videos out there of this line, It's pretty easy to manipulate it. So I guess I'll leave it up to you! Watch your own copy of the movie and decide for yourself!
Temple of the Gods
During "A Whole New World", Aladdin and Jasmine fly by a very familiar scene: The temple and gardens of Zeus from Hercules. However, there is an issue: Hercules came out years after Aladdin. Did the artists take the scenes from Aladdin to make Hercules? Maybe, but I doubt it.
A more likely explanation is that Disney was previewing their upcoming movie Hercules in Aladdin. It's not like Disney hasn't done this before. If you watch any Pixar movie, each one has a hidden character or image from an upcoming Disney movie. It's sort of Disney's way of giving their fans a glimpse of what's to come. This is most likely what Disney did when they made Aladdin.
I Spy A Mickey
Now, I usually don't point out all of the Mickey Mouse images that are hidden throughout Disney films because, quite frankly, there are way too many to count. I don't even know where to begin. However, I am mentioning this one because it is a little more than just the silhouette of Mickey's ears and head, its his actual face.
At the very end of the film, after Jafar has been defeated and all of his spells are returning to normal, Rajah is turned back from a cub into a full-grown, adult tiger. During the transformation, if you pause the scene just right, you will see that he face turns into that of Mickey Mouse's for a few frames.
And by Goofy, I mean the lovable, clumsy dog(?). At the end of the film, just before Genie leaves to see the world, he dresses in very fashionable tourist gear, including a Goofy hat (similar to the ones you can buy at any of Disney's theme parks.)
I guess we know where Genie's first stop will be!
High in the Sky
At the very beginning of the movie, the narrator (the guy trying to sell you stuff from his little storefront) holds up what appears to be a hookah. He claims that it is a "french fry maker." I'm sorry, but i've never seen a "french fry maker" look anything like that...
I can guarantee you one thing, something's gonna get fried, but it sure isn't going to be french fries...
If you liked this, check back frequently for more installments in the series: What You Didn't See: Disney Movies. And if I missed anything in Aladdin, leave it in the comments!
And let me know what movie I should do next!