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'Aladdin' Directors Just Confirmed This Amazing Theory About The Genie


Just like the Marvel-verse, DC-verse and "Fast and Furious"-verse, the Disney-verse is not immune to people thinking there are deeper, hidden aspects to the movies that directors scatter, semi-hidden, in scenes.

A lot of us have spent many drunk nights debating fan theories about our favorite Disney movies from when we were kids.

Is Andy's mom from “Toy Story” the original owner of Jessie?

Do ALL Pixar movies take place in the same universe? Did the entire “Up” story take place in Carl's head after he died?

Was Alice completely high during her trip through Wonderland?

There are a million questions throughout the company's movie catalog, and the most-debated question involves that too-friendly peddler from the beginning of “Aladdin.”

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Kinda seems like the Genie, right? Like it totally makes sense the peddler is actually the Genie in disguise looking to retell the story from a first-person view, right? RIGHT?!?!

Well, now we have an answer.

"Aladdin" codirector Ron Clements came clean on the whole debate to E! News, saying,

I saw something that speculates that the peddler 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 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.


The movie's other director, John Musker, also addressed the theory “Aladdin” takes place in a post-apocalyptic "Mad Max"-esque Arabian wasteland. He said,

We kept it Baghdad in our first treatment, and then the Gulf War happened — the first Gulf War. Roy Disney said, 'This can't be in Baghdad.' So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah. We came up with a few alternates. But no, we never thought it was post-apocalyptic, futuristic or in some other time.


OK, good. Glad that's clarified. Now, can someone ask them what the deal is with the clouds spelling dirty words?

Citations: Aladdin Directors Confirm Epic Fan Theory About The Genie (Hollywood Life)