After having a falling out with Disney over marketing disagreements for Aladdin, Robin Williams put a clause in his will preventing the company from using his voice/outtakes in future films for 25 years after his death.

You Won’t Hear Robin Williams as ‘Aladdin’ in a Future Movie

Disney is apparently determined to remake, reimagine, or retell every fairy tale in its animated feature stable, with new versions of everything from Beauty and the Beast to Winnie the Pooh in the works. But one character you won’t see make a comeback is Robin Williams‘ Genie from 1992’s Aladdin.

When Williams voiced the jolly blue giant, he recorded enough material that Disney could cobble together an entirely new performance out of the outtakes. However, Williams’ will prevents the studio from doing any such thing. Read about the future of the Robin Williams Genie character after the jump.

According to the New York Post, Disney considered making a fourth Aladdin movie using Williams’ outtakes. (The original Aladdin was followed by… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

12 thoughts on “After having a falling out with Disney over marketing disagreements for Aladdin, Robin Williams put a clause in his will preventing the company from using his voice/outtakes in future films for 25 years after his death.”

  1. SnoopsTakano

    That seems fair as the copyright for *Steamboat Willie* doesn’t expire until January 1, 2024 and Walt’s been dead since 1966.

  2. imakenosensetopeople

    I’m sure Disney’s lawyers are contacting the Afterlife so they can make the money grab anyways.

  3. Febtober2k

    That’s great, but wishes in a will aren’t legally binding. What matters are the contracts he signed with Disney, which in sure address their ability to use his voice.

  4. ty_kanye_vcool

    My favorite fun fact about that whole feud was that Williams got paid way more to voice the genie in the direct-to-video Aladdin 3 than he did for Aladdin. They dropped the act and didn’t pretend that they weren’t gonna use his voice to promote everything, but they paid him extra so he’d let them do that.

  5. thxxx1337

    If they had any respect for him at all they would just leave him out of all future advertising

  6. impulsekash

    I heard the opening scene was him improving with a bunch of random props. Only the PG stuff made it into the movie. I would love to see the outtakes from that.

  7. Milkshakeslinger

    He seriously underestimated how much he would be loved. Should have made it 150 years.

  8. ACpony12

    Is that why when my kid listens to disney music on pandora all the songs that Robin William’s songs are unavailable? I noticed it only has the Will Smith versions which are not nearly as good.

  9. rookiebatman

    So Disney will release them in 2039, got it.

  10. Toad32

    Incoming Will Smith and cringe.

  11. Bend-It-Like-Bakunin

    “What Dreams May Come” but it’s Disney ghouls going into the afterlife to persuade Robin Williams to let them use his voice.

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