This time, our focus is on the 1992 Disney film ALADDIN. After some reviews, we discuss how this is a movie about people pretending to be something they’re not; we talk about what ‘diamond in the rough’ means (both to a 10-year-old Rob, and today); and we think about media depictions of class, from country-house dramas to inner-city soap operas.
Next time (sticking to the format!), our focus turns to the 2019 live-action remake of ALADDIN.
THE DAWN WALL (2017): Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Tommy Caldwell
FREE SOLO (2018): Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Alex Honnold
THE ROCK (1996): Michael Bay, Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018): Bob Persichetti, Stan Lee, Shameik Moore
MOANA (2016): Ron Clements, Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
AMADEUS (1984): Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman, F. Murray Abraham
TREASURE PLANET (2002): Ron Clements, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Gordon-Levittt
GALAVANT (2015–16): Dan Fogelman, Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson
Here’s more about the Disney Renaissance, if like Sam (not Rob) you weren’t an aficionado: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Renaissance. When talking about the animation at the start of the film, Sam mentions STEAMBOAT WILLIE; if you don’t know about this Disney milestone, then this Wikipedia is worth reading: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat_Willie. As Rob makes the connection between the two films, I Googled ALADDIN + DEADPOOL, and there is actually a nice line in (slightly NSFW) t-shirts: www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/591238257328225429. While we’re on the subject of ‘I can show you the world’, this is hands down my favourite version of this song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8S1TxCihvk (I challenge you to watch past two minutes). Finally, here’s that famous ‘class’ sketch, illustrating some of the ideas we talk about this week: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppv97S3ih14.