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Opinion: Disney shouldn’t use Robin Williams’ voice in ‘Aladdin’ sequels for the next 25 years

Recently, a Disney executive shared with fans that “there was enough excess material” from the original “Aladdin” movie to make a new film, according to a Cinemablend article. Thanks to this, fans’ wishes for a prequel that illustrates how the Genie got locked up inside the golden lamp may actually be possible in the future, but not anytime soon.

According to Cinemablend, prior to Robin Williams’ death, he created a will that would prevent any use of his name, taped performances, or voice recordings for 25 years, insisting that, “such material, [the jokes] will remain in the vaults.” It continues that “this part of  Williams’ will was intended to protect his widowed wife and three children, Zak, Zelda and Cody from “incurring estate penalties due to his posthumous earnings.”

In the past, Disney and Williams had their share of disagreements due to the fact that Disney failed to follow through with Williams’ wish that his work would not be tied into marketing ideas. Sadly, when Williams extended his hand to shake on that deal, Disney took his whole arm and went against his wishes.

As mostly everyone knows by this point, Disney is very persuasive. So as time passed and some peace offerings were offered, Williams decided to do the Aladdin sequel, “Aladdin and the King of Thieves.”  Aladdin is one of those classic films that a person can watch over and over again. It’s not just for the nostalgia of reliving childhood memories, but the witty jokes from a legendary comedian combined with a love story from a poor man and a princess, and an amazing soundtrack to back the movie up.

The idea of making prequels about the Genie, and the adventures that locked him away in a golden lamp really excites me as a fan. But now knowing that Williams specifically stated that Disney couldn’t use his voice recordings for at least 25 years changes my mindset a bit. Disney already broke their promise once with Williams.

As this second chance arises for Disney to make things right, I hope they don’t dishonor Williams’ will which was put forth to protect his own family. Yes it saddens me as a fan that I have to wait 25 years for the prequel to be made, but I know that the wait will be worth it. Hearing his witty jokes will be very nostalgic and emotional, and it’s not just me. Old fans are sure to support Disney with their new project as long they honor Williams’ will.

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