aladdin remake

The internet has given millions of people a platform to complain about things that don’t matter in the entertainment world, but it has also given millions of people a platform to complain about things that really, really matter and should be carefully considered by everyone working in a creative field. The subject of Hollywood whitewashing, where ethnic characters and stories are given a painful Caucasian makeover, belong in the latter camp. For every Scott Derrickson, who genuinely listened to and learned from fans concerned about whitewashing in Doctor Strange, you have people in positions of authority who really, really don’t give a shit.

So when the producer of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin says the cast will be diverse, we should all pause and take notice.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Geeki Tiki Glasses

In today’s edition of Cool Stuff, we take a look at a new line of limited edition t-shirts celebrating director Alfred Hitchcock, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tiki mugs, Parks and Rec Funko Pop figures, Hot Toy’s sixth scale R2-D2 figure, Disney VHS notebooks, a cute He-Man and Battlecat Dorbz Ridez, some great prints inspired by Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, a Star Wars Death Star and TIE Fighter pin dot tie and a highly detailed sixth scale Star Trek Bones figure.

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The Great Mouse Detective By Tom Whalen

To celebrate the release of Disney’s next animated feature film Moana, Cyclops Print Works is teaming up with Gallery Nucleus to present “An Art Tribute to the Disney Films of Ron Clements and John Musker” gallery show.

For those of you who don’t know, Moana filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker are responsible for some of the best Disney animated films of the 1980’s and 1990’s, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, in addition to The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film Princess and the Frog. The limited-time art show will open on November 19th, 2016 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, where the artwork will be on display until December 6th, 2016.

The show features some great artists like JC Richard, Tom Whalen, Mark Englert and more! Hit the jump to get a sneak preview of some of the excellent artwork which will be on display and available at the show.

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Aladdin Guy Ritchie

Another of Disney’s many, many, many live-action remakes is moving forward. Aladdin has conjured up a new director in Guy Ritchie, who’ll work from a script by John August. The news follows last week’s reveal of a Mulan release date and last month’s announcement of a Lion King remake. Read More »

LEGO Disney Castle

If you’re a fan of LEGO and Disney, then you’ll probably want to start saving your money for a massive set that will bring the magic of Walt Disney World to your collectible shelf.

LEGO has just announced the arrival of a new official set that recreates Cinderella‘s iconic castle out of 4,080 LEGO pieces. If you can’t think in your head what Cinderella’s castle looks like, it’s the one that you can see from pretty much anywhere in Walt Disney World, but not the one that you see in the Disney logo that plays before movies. What’s cool is that even though this is Cinderella’s castle, it’s chock full of Disney easter eggs.

Check out the LEGO Disney castle after the jump. Read More »

LEGO Disney Minifigures

In addition to the LEGO minifgures that come with the various building block playsets, the toy company has also been selling individual minifigures. However, rather than being able to choose which minifigures you want to buy, you have to take your chances by buying them blind and hope you get one you don’t have yet. Or you can be the person who stands in the aisle and tries to feel the little plastic packages to determine if you’re getting the figure you want.

Anyway, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re probably going to be interested in the latest series of minifigures that will give some of Disney’s most famous animated characters the building block treatment. There’s a series of 18 new LEGO Disney minifigures featuring characters from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and more. Read More »

Aladdin Genie

Disney is apparently determined to remake, reimagine, or retell every fairy tale in its animated feature stable, with new versions of everything from Beauty and the Beast to Winnie the Pooh in the works. But one character you won’t see make a comeback is Robin Williams‘ Genie from 1992’s Aladdin.

When Williams voiced the jolly blue giant, he recorded enough material that Disney could cobble together an entirely new performance out of the outtakes. However, Williams’ will prevents the studio from doing any such thing. Read about the future of the Robin Williams Genie character after the jump.  Read More »

The Genie (Aladdin)

The internet is bursting with fan theories about popular films, some more plausible than others, and it seems like new ones get added to the pile every day. But it’s not often one actually gets verified by someone who should know. 23 years after Aladdin‘s theatrical release, directors Ron Clement and John Musker have finally confirmed one of the most enduring theories surrounding Robin Williams‘ Genie. Find out what it is after the jump.  Read More »

Mark Englert Aladdin screen print

As we’ve noted before, Cyclops Print Works is quickly becoming one of the best pop culture screen print companies out there. Not only do they have the official license for Disney properties, but they are employing a bunch of incredible and popular artists to create some great limited edition screenprints. We’ve written about their prints a few times in the past (D23 ExpoInside OutFeast and JC Richard’s Cinderella).

Today Cyclops Print Works have announced their 6th print, artist Mark Englert‘s Aladdin-inspired print titled “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me.” Find out more details about the Mark Englert Aladdin print, see it in full and find out when and where you’ll have a chance to get it, after the jump.

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Robin Williams Aladdin outtakes

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 23 years since Disney’s animated musical Aladdin hit theaters. And while it’s not a special anniversary for the film, the film comes to Blu-Ray for the first time on October 13th, which means there are some cool new special features that are coming to light.

One such feature reveals Robin Williams Aladdin outtakes from his voice recording sessions as Genie, one of most iconic roles from the late actor’s celebrated career. And a tease of the never-before-seen footage of Williams firing on all cylinders has surfaced online. Watch it below! Read More »