Did you ever wonder? Is there a story behind Aladdin's Genie?

My two daughters love watching movies, particularly the Disney Princess movies. While all young girls love the story behind the princess, there are so many other characte’s in the movie some of us have grown to love.

Aladdin was the 31st movie released in Walt Disney Animated Classic series. A story which received some criticism for being racist, was released in November of 1992. It was one of the most successful movies of the year, grossing more than $217 million dollars in the United States alone.

While most people know and love the Walt Disney version of the story, the story is an old tale that has been told many times. From Sinbad to Arabian Nights, there are countless versions you can watch. However, have you truly ever thought about the different back stories of this famous tale - something other than the princess and Aladdin. I have… and it made me wonder!

The Genie is many people's favorite characters in the Disney movie Aladdin.
The Genie is many people's favorite characters in the Disney movie Aladdin. | Source

The Genie

The Genie is one of my favorite characters. I love the way that Robin William’s portrayed him and made him is own. From the music sung to his funny lines, it makes it hard not to fall in love with the Genie of the Lamp.

Yet, as my daughters were watching Aladdin, I sat in the other room and just listened. I wasn’t paying too close attention, nor did I need to as I have watched the movie close to a million times.

Aladdin comes across the Genie when he is trapped in the Cave of Wonders. After a wonderful song and dance, Aladdin tricks the Genie into getting them out of the cave, without even costing him a wish. Now throughout the movie, you see the Genie as a kind-hearted soul. A person who you can really count on as not only a friend, but someone that will help you out in a pinch. Yet, I must wonder if this is always the case.

At the end of the movie, Jafar, the sultan’s advisor, starts going a little crazy. His final wish is to be turned into a genie so he can be all powerful. He is then sucked into a lamp. (It just goes to show what greed will do to a person!) The Genie then takes a hold of the lamp and flicks it off to another Cave of Wonders, hoping that will chill him out.

This is when the light bulb clicked on. If they sent Jafar, who is evil, to a Cave of Wonders, what did the Genie do to receive the same kind of treatment? Was the Genie a bad guy who had time to chill for 10,000 years and that is why he is now a good guy?

The world may never know!

Friend Like Me!

More by this Author


Comments 21 comments

RealHousewife profile image

RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! I really loved the video and music and dancing:) lol I had not thought about it before, but now that you bring it up - I do wonder what the Genie did to get put in that bottle! Thanks BBG - another question in my head I will never know the answer to! haha


twilightnera profile image

twilightnera 5 years ago

I never thought of this but now I want to know where he came from. Who knows? He was quite the character though.


mythicalstorm273 profile image

mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Wow I'm quite surprised at how short this hub was :-) jk... another very interesting head scratcher from you. I think you think too much. lol. Still I think Genie was in a different position than Jafar. I believe Genie was a natural genie and therefore after the three wishes are used up they are supposed to disappear into a random very difficult spot to find. At least that is what I always knew about genies, but in his particular case I guess we will never really know.


marellen 5 years ago

Like the rest, I never thought about it. I think the Genie is very different then Jafar and pity the person that finds his bottle.....


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - what can I say... I like coming up with questions that can't be answered... or just make you think. After all, I did write the hub about Raisins, grapes and wine... and who had the worser fate. I mean seriously, who comes up with this stuff. Oh yeah, I do!


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@twilightnera - You know, it really makes you wonder... and maybe all those other people with bad attitudes should be put in a cave of wonders! :) If it worked for the Genie... why not!


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - that is interesting. I guess I never realy did do much real genie research! LOL... but you make a lot of sense... well, as much sense as a person researching genies can make! :)

As for the length... I know I know, but I have been having a bit of a hard time sitting down and writing... so I popped this one out really fast! There isn't anything to profound about it, it really wasn't deep thoughts or anything. In fact, I am pretty sure my comment is almost longer than the whole hub. Ahhhh... I will get my butt in gear for the next one! LOL


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - can you imaine what it would be like to find the Jafar Genie... scary! Good thing I am not out searching it might be just my luck! But it is definitely a head scratcher to think of! :)


TheManWithNoPants profile image

TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You ARE a thinker my friend. I'll give you a peak inside my brain if you'll let me peak inside yours. Wait a minute .. I'll show you mine if you show me yours?? That came out wrong. Sorry. :/

Up, funny, and awesome!

jim


RealHousewife profile image

RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I'm relieved to see that someone else thinks about this stuff! Usually it's me saying crazy stuff to Dave - he is always making fun of me and saying he can't guess what I'll dream up next......oh well at least I'm not boring! Lol someone has to think about it!


drbj profile image

drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Clever idea, barbergirl, it made a fun hub to read. I do know what happened to the Genie though. He transported himself to Hollywood and became the movie star known as Robin Williams! Trust me.


Daffy Duck profile image

Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I had no idea it was thought of as racist. It doesn't come across that way in the least to me. The part about the geenie being in the Cave of Wonders and why he was there is an interesting observation.

I love that movie. I have that movie and I don't have kids. It's just a great movie along with "Beauty and the Beast".


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim - I am totally a thinker... although I have to say the little thing has been overloaded the last few weeks and my brain feels a little empty. :) I am not sure what caused it... maybe the obsessive use of facebook, twitter, and hubpages where I have to come up with all these status updates.... lol... I just can't come up with anything... bummer

But if you show me yours I will show you mine... I mean ideas... but now that I have let you in on this little secret, you might realize I am the only one getting a deal out of this! LOL


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Ahhhh - so that is why you bounce off crazy ideas to me... because Dave thinks your crazy and I think your thoughts are rather indepth... lol... like the booty pop... that was brilliant. (You know, I find it funny how just about every hub can in some way relate back to booty pop!) I think I might have my kids watch another Disney Movie tomorrow and see what I can come up with for another part of the Makes you Wonder series... oh wait... not a series until there is at least 3... lol

BTW - I love all your crazy ideas. Us thinkers need to stick together! :)


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - ah so that is what happened to the Genie... I knew there was a reason that I was so fond of Robin Williams! Maybe one day I will run into him at Hollywood. Next time I go I am bring RealHousewife with me so we can seek out the Genie! :)


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I believe the reason it was considered racist was because of the way that it portrayed the Arabians. I could be wrong on that, because when they movie came out they were a little sensitive to it. But then again, the blockbusters usually pick a nerve on someone... so I say fly with it and see where it goes.

I love Beauty in the Beast... It is also one of my favorites, right up there with The Lion King. I went to see that one in the theater when I was a Sophmore in High School... and Pocahontas when I was a Junior. What can I say, there is no age limit on Disney Movies! :)


RealHousewife profile image

RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I know! Sometimes between the two of our muddled minds we pop up with some great ideas! Haha! I've had a couple good hubs come out of our crazy talk - plus it's just fun!!


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

True true... I owe you half of my hubs... booty pop, spies among us are just a few! LoL Oh yeah - and weren't you the inspiration behind drive by puking! LOL


Cogerson profile image

Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Interesting hub.....I think I have seen and heard Aladdin more times than any movie in my life....my 24 year old son and my 20 year old son wore out the VHS copies I had....that stage probably lasted about 5 or 6 years.....I started hanging around my stepdaughter when she was 8(now 18) and stepson was 7(now 17) and guess which movie they watched all the time...Aladdin. Currently I have a 6 year old who just kicked her habit of watching it all the time....but the 3 year old is now addicted to it....although she calls the movie ....the Jasmine movie.

As for the history of the Genie....it sounds like the next great chapter in the Aladdin series....Jafar returned.....we discovered who Aladdin's father was....so now we need to discover Jasmine's mom and why the Genie got stuck in the bottle. Voted up and interesting.


barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cogerson - Aladdin is one of my favorites. That and the Lion King of course. But I have to admit, I never really watched the sequels to the Aladdin. I just didn't like that they changed the Genie... maybe I should give them a try so I can find out a little more information! :)


GetitScene profile image

GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

Great question! I have to admit, I never thought of it.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working