View Full Version : Robin Williams upset with Disney??

04-12-2007, 08:42 AM
has anyone heard anything about this??
I seem to remember reading something or seeing an interview where he expressed disgust with Disney........anyone know the story?

04-12-2007, 10:41 AM
Here is the offical story

Robin Williams provided the voice for the Genie, at union scale rate (the lowest legal pay rate a studio can give an actor), on the provisos that his voice was not used for merchandising (i.e. toys and such) and that the Genie character not take up more than 25% of the space of a poster, ad, billboard, or trailer. When these wishes were not granted, he withdrew his support for Disney and the film. As a result, his name was not included in "The Art of Aladdin" book (it makes constant references to "the voice of the Genie"), and he was not available for the direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar (1994) (V) or the "Aladdin" (1994) TV show (Dan Castellaneta filled in as the voice of the Genie for these productions). In an attempt to get back on good terms with Robin Williams, Walt Disney Co. CEO 'Michael Eisner' apologized to Robin Williams with a peace offering of an original Pablo Picasso painting. Still angered and betrayed by Disney, Robin Williams would not accept the gift. It was not until Jeffrey Katzenberg was fired and a new producer hired did Robin Williams return to Disney. Through this new producer, a public apology was given (by the producer). Promises were made to right wrongs, and Robin Williams was so touched that he came back as the Genie for the second direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995) (V). Disney was so thrilled that they threw out the previously completed recording sessions with Dan Castellaneta.

04-12-2007, 10:46 AM
I may be remembering some of the details wrong (it happened a while ago), but I think that when Robin Williams agreed to do Disney, his contract said his voice could not be used in any peripherals (no talking dolls, etc, etc). Or he didn't get paid by Disney for his voice being used beyond the film. (Something like that).
But I think it resolved itself. He didn't do the voice of the genie for the second Aladdin movie (straight to video), but he did do the voice for the third Aladdin movie (straight to video). (At least, I think he did.)
I'm pretty sure he's happy with them now (or, at least, less publicly unhappy).

He did say the following quotation: "Why doesn't Mickey have a thumb? So he can't pick up the check."

04-12-2007, 05:14 PM
thanx for the info........