Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday music: Father and Son

So...Aladdin's anniversary was a month ago, and I didn't get a chance to blog about it.  :(  Unfortunately, November 11th is also Veteran's Day, so I was a little concerned about devoting a blog to Aladdin on that day instead of that.

Anyway, I mention that because iTunes randomly selected a song from the third Aladdin movie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves.  I am a huge, huge Aladdin fan.  It has been my number one fandom since I first saw it in theaters at the age of four.  Aladdin is one of those films that everyone has seen, though.  It was the highest-grossing film of 1992 and is among Disney's most successful films.  It also featured one of Robin Williams's most famous roles (if not his most famous).  In fact, the film started the practice of using celebrity actors instead of actual voice actors in animated films.  If you haven't seen or at least heard of Aladdin, then you are either very, very young or have been living under a rock.  :b

As for the third sequel, not everyone has seen it because it was not released to theaters.  It did feature Robin Williams as Genie (yay!) which attracted more viewers than it probably would've had otherwise, but it still doesn't have the acclaim that the first movie has.  That said, I think it's a great movie.  As far as Disney direct-to-video sequels go, this was a good one.  I'm not doing a review of the movie, though.  Rather, just one of the songs.  The soundtrack of the third movie is pretty lacking overall, but I do enjoy the songs even if they don't even come close to the quality of the original soundtrack.

The song I'm featuring is sung by Robin Williams as Genie.  Aladdin has just been reunited with his dad, Cassim, and Genie tells them all about the joys of being "father and son."  Brad Caleb Kane as the singing voice of Aladdin and Merwin Foard as Cassim also have small parts.  The song is really upbeat and fun.  Robin Williams was actually a pretty good singer (I'm so sad that I have to say "was" now).  The scene includes references to Shaquille O'Neal, the Jetsons, The Brady Bunch, Einstein, even the Godfather.  o.O  I find it to be a little too pop-cultury even for Genie, but I imagine that this song was really only in there to show off Robin Williams as his character does not really have as much of a role as he did in the first movie.




Lyrics

Genie: 
It's a big, bright, beautiful future;
Thank your lucky stars you're alive.
You got someone special to talk to,
A friend that you can trust for life.

You've been on your own with no family ties,
But those solo days are done.
You'll be two of a kind
Spending quality time
Together as father and son.

Buildin' model ships,
Takin' fishin' trips,
Workin' hand in hand,
Painting the palace, and mowin' the sand.

First at ten to go
With your daddy-o.
Once you break the ice,
You can postulate paternal advice.

(See, you're traveling at the speed of life.
That's the theory of relatives!)

It's a fine, fantabulous future.
I see fruit on the family tree.
You'll be great as a grumpy ol' grandpa
Bouncing babies on your knee!

You can fall asleep on the comfy couch
After playin' one-on-one
Reamin' back-to-back,
Betcha wallop the Shaq
Together as father and son!

Cassim:
May be a bumpy ride.

Aladdin:
We'll make it side-by-side.

Genie:
Good afternoon, I'll be your travel guide.
Move over, Aladdin.
Make room for Dad!

You got a whole new shoulder to cry on.
Take a chance now, give it a spin.
You've had chums for pal-in' around with,
But you never had a friend like him.

Put your checkered past behind you now,
No more livin' on the run.
Face a big, bright, beautiful future
Together, together, together, together as father and son.

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