Friend Like Me
|"Friend Like Me"|
|Song by Robin Williams from the album Aladdin|
|Released||October 31, 1992|
Friend Like Me is a song from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. It was performed by Robin Williams in his role as the Genie. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 65th Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 50th Golden Globe Awards in 1993.
ScreenCrush explains that remnants of the previous version of the film can be seen in this sequence:
Aladdin's original design was younger, more cartoony, and loosely based on actor Michael J. Fox. But Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted the design changed, fearing that Aladdin wasn't a suitable leading man for the beautiful Jasmine. So Aladdin's design was reworked to be less Michael J. Fox and more Tom Cruise. However, animation on the movie had already started, so you can see traces of the old Aladdin design during 'Friend Like Me.'<
Genie is singing to Aladdin about how he can give Aladdin anything he wants, but he only has 3 wishes.
Spirituality and Practice describes it as "the big production number of the film".
In a review of the Broadway version of the film, BuzzFeed wrote the "seven-and-a-half minute “Friend Like Me” is easily this season’s best production number, and a jaw-dropping athletic feat." NewYork.com wrote "Rarely does a production number receive a standing ovation in the middle of a show, but “Friend Like Me,” the big song".
In popular culture
- "The Chipmunks – When You Wish upon a Chipmunk". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- "When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk". Amazon.ca. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2014.