I should point out that I would never leak outtakes from a client of mine without their consent but it looks like someone has leaked some of the outtake recordings from Robin Williams in Aladdin! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=147&v=KEcqP4db5KU
Where did the Outtake Recordings from Robin Williams in Aladdin Come From?
It’s a bit of a mystery where they came from or why they ended up online. I’m not sure which recording studio he recorded at as it doesn’t say. However, I do know it wasn’t mine lol.
If you find out where they came from, let us know in the comments below and we’ll give the other studio credit. But they might not want it lol. It’s probably not a good thing leaking outtakes without permission but that’s what makes finding them more exiting!
They Are More Controversial Than You Might Think
I know what you’re thinking, big deal. Well what you might know is…
Disney Agreed Not to Use Robin Williams’ Name In Association with Aladdin
Robin Williams was only paid a regular union (SAG) wage for recording the voice-overs for Aladdin which according to this link on Wikipedia was only for $75k instead of his usual fee of 8 million. The condition and deal with Disney was that he would do it for the lower wage provided that they would not use his name and association with the film in marketing and for his character.
For financial reasons/gain, Disney broke the deal. Robin was more pissed because his movie Toys was due to be released around the same time as Aladdin.
Unlike in Many Recording Sessions, the Script was Heavily Improvised
As you can see from the video, it’s just a storyboard as opposed to a regular ADR session. Disney actual made the animation around Robin’s lines as apposed to the usual way of doing it the other way around. Robin improvised a lot on the lines.
Disney Has Enough Outtake Recordings From Robin Williams in Aladdin to Make Another Movie or Sequel!
From what I’ve read online, there are apparently around 16 hours worth of unused Aladdin takes from Robin Williams in the recording studio. Possibly enough to make a sequel or to use in the remake. Robin was smart though and has a clause in his contract with Disney which prevents them from using his outtakes for up to 25 years after his death.
It Looks Like a Fun Recording Session!
Those of you that are Aladdin or Robin Williams fans are in for a treat. These Robin Williams outtakes will put a smile on your face. So I thought I’d share it. He was such a talented actor.
As you can probably imagine, recording ADR and voice overs can be a fun job especially if you have a fun actor like Robin Williams. I’ve done similar jobs for other actors in the past. Such as Miriam Margolyes from Harry Potter and Jonathan Pryce from Pirates of the Carribbean & James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies. However, I don’t have any juicy outtakes to show from them 😉 They weren’t adlibbed so the outtakes aren’t quite as fun. Plus that wouldn’t be fair or nice to them.
I feel like actors don’t get enough credit for their work behind cartoons. Often they will do countless takes just to get it right. Not only do they have to act out the line perfectly but they often have to get the timing spot on.
It looks like they did he full animation later as this is more of a storyboard. Sometimes the full animation is done first to a demo actor and then the real actor does the ADR recording. This way is even more timing critical.
Enjoy these outtake recordings from Robin Williams in Aladdin! Don’t forget to share the post if you like it.