Disney’s Aladdin directors have just confirmed an AMAZING fan theory!

Ron Clements and John Musker are blowing our minds right now


by Emmeline Saunders |
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No matter how old we get, we’re still pretty much obsessed with the films we saw as youngsters. Which is why we have an almost unhealthy fixation with fan theories – especially those about Disney films.

So thank the gods above for Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who have let slip a nugget of excellent knowledge that will make a lot of people veeeeery happy.

23 years after Aladdin and the Genie defeated Jafar, a lot of people have been wondering whether the guy right at the start of the film – the lamp pedlar – was actually Genie in one of his many disguises.

The truth? Ron explained: “I saw something that speculates that the pedlar at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That’s true!

“That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin [Williams] 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.”

AMAZING. The directors, who were also behind The Little Mermaid and Hercules, debunked a few other myths too – including the theory that Aladdin is set in a post-apocalyptic future.

“Far into the future?” John told E! News, “I haven’t even heard that one.”

Oh, and remember that urban legend that claims Aladdin says “Good teenagers take off your clothes”? during a scene on Princess Jasmine’s balcony? Yeah, that’s not true either.

“I feel bad because people are so excited to figure it out, but it’s not true: the thing about Aladdin saying, ‘Take off your clothes’. There are websites dedicated to it,” said voice artist Scott Weinger, who played the part of Aladdin.

“Like, ‘If you play it in slow motion at this frame rate, you can tell that he’s definitely saying that.’ The truth is that I never said it. I feel bad being a myth buster, although it’s probably a good one to bust.”

He added: “Let me tell you, being in the recording studio with Robin Williams, wanting to do a good job and not blow it, there’s no way I would have made some dirty joke.”

There you go, then. Aladdin myths? Busted. Our childhood? Slightly destroyed. THANKS GUYS.

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