Saturday 14 November 2015

Aladdin: Friend Like Me: Magic Carpet Prank

I occasionally watch the YouTube videos of Casey Neistat (b 1981), a New York film producer and videographer. His vlogs are well done and interesting personal takes on his life.

It's been a while since I've seen or even thought about the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, however Mr. Neistat teamed up with a friend to put together the following amusing take of the film.

I found the background music the perfect fit for the humorous nature of the video content.

Published on Oct 10, 2014 by SimGretina
YouTube: [Electro Swing] A Friend Like Me (Sim Gretina Remix)

SoundCloud: Sim Gretina

FYI: YouTube: Casey's video on how they filmed their magic carpet prank.

All this prompted me to go back to look at the original movie and I found the following video of "Friend Like Me" sung by Robin Williams. It is fabulous. A great song and funny to boot. The animators and Williams together resulted in a terrific piece of entertainment.

Well, Ali Baba had them forty thieves,
Scheherazade had a thousand tales.
But master you're in luck, 'cause up your sleeves
You've got a brand of magic never fails

You've got some power in your corner now!
Some heavy ammunition in your camp!
You got some punch, pizzaz, yahoo and how.
See, all you gotta do is rub that lamp, and I'll say:

"Mr. Aladdin, sir, what will your pleasure be?
Let me take your order, jot it down?"
You ain't never had friend like me

Life is your restaurant and I'm your maitre'd
Come on whisper what it is you want;
You ain't never had friend like me!

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service.
You're the boss, the king, the shah.
Say what you wish; it's yours, true dish.
How 'bout a little more baklava?

Have some of column A try All of column B,
I'm in the mood to help you, dude.
You ain't never had friend like me

Oh my. No no. My my my.
Can your friends do this?
Can your friends do that?
Can your friends pull this
Out their little hat?
Can your friends go poof?
Well looky here.
Can your friends go abracadabra, let her rip,
And then make the sucker disappear?

So don't just sit there slack-jawed, buggy-eyed,
I'm here to answer all your mid-day prayers,
You've got me bona fide certified;
You've got a genie for charge d'affaires.

I've got a powerful urge to help you out,
So what you wish, I really wanna know?
You've got a list that's three miles long, no doubt,
Well all you've gotta do is rub like so, and oh ­-

Mr. Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three.
I'm on the job you big nabob!
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend,
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend,
You ain't never had a friend like me.
You ain't never had a friend like me


Uploaded on Dec 9, 2008 by Disney Songs

Wikipedia: Friend Like Me
"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.

Wikipedia: Aladdin (1992 Disney film)
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Wikipedia: Casey Neistat
Casey Owen Neistat (1981) is an American film director, producer, designer, creator of popular YouTube videos since 2010 and entrepreneur. Casey Neistat is the co-founder of a social media company called Beme. Casey Neistat and his brother Van Neistat are the creators of the HBO series The Neistat Brothers.


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