7 Awesome Things You Didn't Know About 'Aladdin'

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Did you know that 'Aladdin' was 1992's top-grossing movie? Find out even more facts about the film.

Disney's Aladdin follows the star-crossed love story of a Robin Hood-like hero and his beloved Princess Jasmine, among other things.

It is essentially an animated take on things like class differences and being careful what you wish for. It was also the top-grossing film of 1992. To put that in perspective, the film came out in late November and was still the biggest movie at the multiplex that year and it only needed little more than a month to achieve that sort of domination. 

Did you know that the characters of Aladdin and Jasmine were based on A-list movie stars? Or that one character's dialogue was largely improvised? Do you remember what day the film landed in theaters?

We've got answers to all those questions and more: 

 

1. The original story draft for Aladdin boasted two genies: one of the lamp, the other of the ring.

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2. Aladdin had a mother and was not an orphan in the original version of the story. However, his mama, and 'Proud of Your Boy,' the song he sang to her, were eventually cut. So many changes in Aladdin, right?

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3. Robin Williams improvised a lot of his dialogue while voicing his role of the Genie.

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4. Aladdin was reportedly based on Tom Cruise. Well, we have to admit that when the couch-jumping former hubby of Katie Holmes was a young Hollywood hunk (and probably a fledgling Scientologist), there was no one more handsome!

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5. Oh, and Princess Jasmine, the love of Aladdin's life? She was modeled after brunette goddess Jennifer Connelly. Could you imagine Cruise and Connelly playing these characters in a live-action version of the story? They'd probs have good chemistry.

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6. Actor Patrick Stewart was unable to voice Jafar because of Star Trek commitments. Boo! Hiss. P. Stew would have made a great Jafar.

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7. Aladdin was the highest grossing film of 1992. It was also the first animated feature to gross more than $200 million. #Success. The film was released at the end of the year on November 25, which is saying something. It eventually spawned toys, a TV series, direct-to-video sequels and a Broadway show. That's what we call a viable brand, because, really, who doesn't love Aladdin?

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