Love Aladdin? We’ve got some big news…
Many fans have argued that they had to be the same person, as the peddler knew all the intimate details of Aladdin's story. Both characters were voiced by Robin Williams, and both had only four fingers.
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.
It only took 23 years to solve the mystery...
The pair also confirmed that another popular theory, that the movie was set in a post-apocalyptic world, was wrong.
Another fun fact revealed in the interview was that the story was supposed to be set in Baghdad - but after the first Gulf War started, the directors decided to set the film in the fictional city of Agrabah.
“Roy Disney said, ‘This can’t be in Baghdad.’ So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah," Musker said.
If you didn't pick all this up 23 years ago, don't worry - we didn't either.
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