Disney has been known to spur some fiction among its fans, and sometimes, the theories and ideas are too good not to bring up. Which is exactly what E! News wanted to discuss with Ron Clements and John Musker. Here's some of the theories:
IS ALADDIN SET IN A FUTURISTIC, POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD?
"Far into the future?" Musker said. "I haven't even heard that one."
According to Musker, composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's original version had been set in Baghdad, Iraq. "We kept it Baghdad in our first treatment, and then the Gulf War happened—the first Gulf War. Roy Disney said, 'This can't be in Baghdad.' So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah," he explained. "We came up with a few alternates. But no, we never thought it was post-apocalyptic, futuristic or in some other time."
IS THAT GENIE IN THE BEGINNING OF ALADDIN?
Clements commented: "I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That's true!" he 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."
IS THAT ALADDIN AND JASMINE IN HERCULES AS THE SHOOTING STAR?
in 1997's Hercules, when the titular hero sang "Go the Distance," he climbed onto the branch of a tree and saw a shooting star in the sky. Because it was purple, some thought the star was actually Aladdin and Princess Jasmine flying on the magic carpet while singing "A Whole New World." Clements told E! News, "Pegasus is sort of watching over Hercules until he joins with him. The shooting star, we were thinking, is Pegasus. Though no one, I guess, can ever know for sure..."
You can read the rest of the theories here, but what do you think Nation? Does this ruin any of the magic for you? Or is this like more gold from El Dorado for you to play with? (Now that I think about it, I think that movie was Dreamworks...)