Prince Ali (song)

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"Prince Ali"
Song by Robin Williams from the album Aladdin
Released October 31, 1992
Genre Show tune
Length 2:52
Label Walt Disney
Writer Howard Ashman
Tim Rice (reprise)
Composer Alan Menken

"Prince Ali" and its reprise are two songs from the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin. It was performed by Robin Williams in his role as the Genie. The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 50th Golden Globe Awards in 1993.

After Williams's death in 2014, the song received extensive airplay on UK National Radio.

Production[edit]

The film version cut a conceived intro for the song and two extra verses in the middle of "Prince Ali".

Soundtrack.net explains how "Prince Ali (reprise)" was conceived:

"Humiliate the Boy", was the last song that Ashman wrote with Menken before he passed away. It was dropped because story elements and plots changed, but basically the scene features Jafar unmasking Prince Ali to be Aladdin, and completely embarrassing him in the process by abusing him with wishes (which worked differently in this older version of the story). So while this song was dropped, Alan Menken and new collaborator Tim Rice wrote a new song called "Why Me" in an effort to allow Jafar to keep a lengthy musical number. In the final film, this is all condensed down to the quick "Prince Ali (reprise)" track.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

"Prince Ali" is flamboyant number sung by the Genie (Robin Williams) as he introduces Agrabah to Prince Ali Ababwa, Aladdin's royal alter ego, with a giant caravan. A reprisal of the song has Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) unmask Aladdin as a poor thief.

Cultural references[edit]

The Genie character is known for spouting elements of contemporary pop culture, so all his songs contain anachronistic references. During the song, Robin Williams imitates a Thanksgiving Parade commentor ("Don't they look lovely, June?"), Walter Brennan, and Ethel Merman[citation needed].

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic wrote "Robin Williams' bravura performance as the magic lamp on songs such as "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" are justifiably credited as the album's highlights."[2]

Director/choreographer of the stage musical, Casey Nicholaw said that "Prince Ali, too, is a huge production number 'where the dancers wear four costumes each'".[3] TalkingBroadway described the song as one of the 3 showstoppes of the musical, along with Friend Like Me and A Whole New World.[4] NBC New York dubbed it "Act II’s standout".[5]

Other media[edit]

This song is playable in the video game Just Dance 2014.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldwasser, Dan. "Aladdin on DVD - DVD Review". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  2. ^ Review by Heather Phares (1992-11-06). "Aladdin [Original Soundtrack] - Alan Menken | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  3. ^ Busis, Hillary (2014-02-19). "Disney's 'Aladdin': Cast previews magic carpet ride of a musical | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Review: Aladdin". Talkinbroadway.com. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  5. ^ Quinn, Dave (2014-03-20). "Review: “Aladdin” Will Leave You Dreaming Of Genie". NBC New York. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  6. ^ Ron Clements, John Musker, Amy Pell.Aladdin commentary track - The Filmmaker's