The concept for Aladdin was pitched to Disney’s president Jeffrey Katzenberg by lyricist Howard Ashman. The final score by Alan Menken had lyrics added by Tim Rice after Ashman’s death from AIDS in 1991. Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992, earning of $217 million in the U.S. and $504 million worldwide. Aladdin owes much to Douglas Fairbanks’s 1924 silent film The Thief of Bagdad. Disney animators abandoned realism in favor of surrealism and some of the visuals are considered among the finest in the animated arts.
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