‘Aladdin’ Fans, Your Genie Theory Was 100% Correct
If you were one of those “Aladdin” fans who recognized the vocal stylings of the late, great Robin Williams as the Peddler who initially sold us on the life-changing story of his “no ordinary lamp” and thought, hmmm there must be a connection to the Genie there, well, you were right.
For everyone else, we’ll walk you through it.
At the beginning of the 1992 Disney animated classic, we were introduced to the fast-talking, talented Peddler, whose most prized ware was a small brass lamp.
And this Peddler had a knack for doing cool tricks, like opening a sale stand with the flick of a wrist, for example. Remind you of anyone? Well, it should.
A popular fan theory emerged over the years that the reason this Peddler was so attached to his precious lamp is because he used to live in it — that he was the Genie himself once upon a time.
Makes sense, right? Right. And now we have confirmation that the reason the theory lines up so well with the movie is because that’s what the filmmakers intended from the very beginning. Yes, really.
“Aladdin” directors Ron Clements and John Musker spoke to E! Online about the now-23-year-old pic and confirmed that they originally intended to include an explanatory scene to confirm the Peddler-Genie connection in the actual movie, but it got cut for time … whoops.
“I saw something that speculates that the Peddler at the beginning of ’Aladdin’ is the Genie. That’s true!” said Clements. “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.”
In the words of Genie, “Wonderful! Magnificent! Glorious! Punctual!”
- Amanda Bell