The 90s were a Golden Generation for Disney animated movies. It produced some all-time classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and, of course, Aladdin. Now the co-director of that last film has confirmed a fan theory that has existed for ages.
At the beginning of Aladdin, a simple street peddler who produces the famous lamp and offers to tell the viewers about the story of a young man who had his life changed by it. Over the years, fans have speculated that the old merchant is actually the Genie himself, in disguise.
It makes sense, if you think about it. Robin Williams did the voice, and when you look at the character, he’s dressed almost exactly like the Genie is. Same robe, same belt, same goatee. Seems to know a lot about the lamp…
In an interview with E! News, co-director Ron Clements said: “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.”
So there you go. We still prefer the fan theory that Aladdin is actually set 10,000 years in the future, which is how the Genie knows all those popular culture references.