Answers To Cartoon Secrets Nobody Would Have Imagined
The Genie And The Peddler
Remember the peddler? The guy who introduces the story at the very beginning of the movie? Well, there’s always been a popular fan theory that the peddler (who was also voiced by Robin Williams) is the human form of the Genie, who was freed by Aladdin at the end of the movie. As it turns out, that theory was 100% accurate. “I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That’s true.” co-director Ron Clements told E! News back in 2015.
“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.”
Sebastian Was Not A Rasta
‘The Little Mermaid’ was already in development when composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman were brought on to make the film a musical. One of the characters in this early version of the movie was a stuffy British butler crab named Clarence.
Ashman suggested turning Clarence into a Rastafarian and giving the film’s music a calypso flavor. Based on this idea, Clarence evolved into Sebastian.
Patrick And Gary Are Related
SpongeBob’s not so smart neighbor and best friend, Patrick, may not appear to have much in common with the precocious pet snail, Gary, but, if you delve deep into their family trees, you will find out that they are actually cousins. Their relationship comes courtesy of Patrick’s grandparents, Maw Tucket and Billy Bob Star. The pair had three children: Herb Star, Sluggo Star, and an as-yet-unnamed third child who parented Patrick’s mustachioed cousin Ed.
Herb married Margie star and had Patrick and his sister Sam, while Sluggo had Gary, full name Gerard Wilson Jr., with a Miss Wilson. Patrick and Gary’s family history is explored in the season four episode “Rule of Dumb,” where it’s also revealed that the two are descended from royalty. It’s pretty easy to believe that Gary, being the hyper-intelligent snail that he is, would have some kingly blood in him, but with Patrick, his leadership qualities make us question that a bit.
The Lion King
But we can’t leave without talking about how Scar got his look. Those dark eyes, expressive brows, and goatee on the end of his muzzle all share the same source. They’re all features owned by Jeremy Irons at the time of recording his voice.
Jeremy Irons had a tremendous effect on Scar’s final appearance. What was once a big brute of a lion became slimmer, svelte, smooth, and sinister. Disney animators are no strangers to taking bits and pieces from their actors to inspire character designs, but Scar truly takes the cake when it comes to inspiration.