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May 20, 1994 | by Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle Daily News wire services contributed to this report
"The Return of Jafar" is a sequel to "Aladdin," but it's a far different critter. As Disney's first made-for-video animated movie, which hits video stores today, "Jafar" was done more quickly and cheaply than if produced for theaters. Gone are "Aladdin's" animation and songwriting teams, as well as Robin Williams as the Genie. Instead, Disney farmed the visuals out to its studios far and wide, including some overseas; hired several composers to pen new songs; and signed Dan Castellaneta to give voice to the Genie.
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November 25, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Even if there were an obliging genie lurking inside a lamp in some forgotten corner of the Magic Kingdom, it is hard to imagine the Disney studio's wish to match the many enchantments of last year's Beauty and the Beast being granted. So, Disney's now unrivaled animators did not try, and Aladdin is something completely different - a hip trip on the magic carpet and a fast-paced adventure that is politically correct enough to make room for a feisty heroine who ensures that this is not just a boy's Arabian Night out. The Disney artists toil in two animation studios in Florida and California, but the state to keep in mind in Aladdin is Indiana - as in Indiana Jones.
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March 3, 1994 | By Andy Wickstrom, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Disney cartoon vault is looking a little bare. Just last week, the Walt Disney Co. told the world that the most valued jewel among its animated features, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), would be released on videocassette in the fall. Snow White's date, price and other particulars are still to be disclosed, but the decision in itself is a milestone. The much-loved movie is the only remaining treasure from the studio's collection of bona-fide animated classics yet to be mined for video gold.
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May 26, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
"The Return of Jafar," the video sequel to Disney's animated film "Aladdin," hit stores just a week ago. And it's setting sales records. Burbank, Calif.-based Walt Disney Co., whose Buena Vista Home Video subsidiary released "Jafar," said more than 1.5 million copies were sold in its first two days. The video already tracks ahead of "Pinocchio" and "The Fox and the Hound" in their initial sales. Disney said "Return" set a sales record for video-only releases.
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December 17, 1993 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just when the children start getting bored with the holidays (like the day after Christmas), along comes Aladdin, this year's Walt Disney World on Ice extravaganza, an $8 million production that will skate into the Spectrum for 26 performances beginning Dec. 26. What youngsters will see: an animatronic serpent with red eyes that glow through a swirl of smoke, an evil genie that rises to a height of 16 feet and, of course, knock-your-eyes-out costumes....
NEWS
October 13, 1994 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
With the National Hockey League season short-circuited by labor trouble, the only professional ice skating going on in this town is happening courtesy of Walt Disney's World on Ice. The boys and girls from Disney are back with "Aladdin," the same production that set Spectrum attendance records for a family show when it played there last year. Close to 300,000 people came out over the Christmas holidays to see the popular film come to life. This engagement, which extends through Sunday, is for fewer performances than the Christmas visit.
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February 21, 2003 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
It probably would be a safe bet that most households with children have at least one of Disney's animated Aladdin films. Princesses, genies, and adventure - children eat that stuff up. So why not let the story unfold live onstage, complete with original script and musical numbers? "A couple of years ago, we sent out evaluations to the different communities where we perform and asked what performances communities wanted to see," said Laurie Wagman, founder and president of American Family Theater.
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November 21, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
In the pantheon of People's Light and Theatre pantos, Cinderella , the 2009 Barrymore Awards-sweeping vaudevillian adaptation, stands as a Jupiter of the form. While the panto, a British holiday-time descendant of commedia dell'arte, includes standard conventions (candy-tossing, drag-wearing, audience participation), the 2009 production was seriously unconventional - innovative, even. So, let's say this year's Aladdin is People's Light's Juno. The company's ninth panto again pairs composer/lyricist Michael Ogborn with director Peter Pryor, who's also responsible, with Samantha Bellomo, for Aladdin 's book, which takes cues from the traditional tale, its Disney cousin, Shakespeare, and Rudolph Valentino, among other influences.
NEWS
May 7, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
First the good news. Get out your calendar. "Aladdin" rides its magic carpet to your video rental store on Oct. 1. The smash Walt Disney film has topped $200 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film for Disney in its initial release. For with "Aladdin" priced to sell at $24.99 (and a rebate available), this family favorite is positioned to become the all-time best-selling video, too. Second, more good news. "Unforgiven" rides onto video on July 7. Clint Eastwood's movie won several Oscars, including best picture and best director (Eastwood)
NEWS
October 6, 1994 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Fifty lucky children from the Gen. George G. Meade School in North Philadelphia will get to skate with the stars from "Aladdin" at the Spectrum next Thursday. The students are being chosen to go to Walt Disney's World on Ice performance of Aladdin based on good academics, good attendance or winning prizes through the school breakfast program, said Lynette Stewart, Meade School's senior teacher. Meade, at 18th and Oxford streets, had adopted the credo, "A Whole New World," from "Aladdin" as its school motto for this year.
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March 25, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Libby Tofig was emoting her heart out as she belted a song of pain and rejection called "Still Hurting," when the music teacher interrupted. "You have a really wonderful set of pipes," she said. But she told Tofig to tone down the emotion and simplify her delivery. Instead of putting her pain out there for everyone to see, think of something sad in her own life and let the feelings seep through. "Put yourself emotionally in that very painful place," said Lea Salonga, looking chic in black pants, leather jacket and purple scarf.
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August 13, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Robin Williams, the synapse-snapping comic genius whose career caromed from standup clubs to concert halls, TV sitcoms to Oscar-winning films - from Mork to Mrs. Doubtfire , from the Genie in Aladdin to Oliver Sacks in Awakenings - died Monday at 63. His body was found in his home in Tiburon, across the bay from San Francisco, an area where he had long lived. A deputy coroner in Marin County indicated the cause was suspected to be suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation is continuing.
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July 19, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Test the laws of physics and biology with the Franklin Institute's "Circus Science Under the Big Top" interactive exhibition through Sept. 1. Find out the tricks of the trade as to how entertainers perform their daring feats, including being shot from cannons and swallowing fire. Visitors can launch cannonballs and use physics to calculate their landing points, try to twist their bodies like contortionists, and try walking a tightrope or doing tricks on a trapeze. While at the museum, check out Brain Freeze from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., part of the institute's Kitchen Science program; watch goodies being cooked with dry ice.   "Circus Science Under the Big Top," through Sept.
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December 28, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Children and adults can enjoy favorite characters as Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate continues through Jan. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center. The skating spectacular includes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with friends. Lilo & Stitch will have a Hawaiian luau, and the audience will watch Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and others in a winter wonderland. The Royal Valentine's Day Ball will feature Disney princesses including Cinderella and Tiana.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Director and choreographer Jodi Raditz and vocal-music director Collin Maier are giving notes to the kids in Summer Theater Camp. Legally Blonde: The Musical opens soon, and all the stars in the eyes of the cast won't carry a two-hour, fully staged production of a Broadway hit. These boys and girls must hit their marks and hit the high notes. They'll have to work it, sell it, bring it to the Grand Theatre audience. "On any dance break, there's got to be noise. Have fun with it!"
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January 4, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
By car, wagon, or horse-drawn carriage, enjoy an illuminated spectacular this weekend at Shadybrook Farms' 18th annual Holiday Light Show, presented by Peco. The show, which begins nightly at 5 o'clock through Sunday, spans two miles in Yardley. Attendees can see illuminations of historical and mythical characters, places, and things, including the Statue of Liberty, the Grinch, the 12 Days of Christmas, Under the Sea featuring an 80-foot-long aquarium sea wall, the Peco building, and more.
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November 21, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
In the pantheon of People's Light and Theatre pantos, Cinderella , the 2009 Barrymore Awards-sweeping vaudevillian adaptation, stands as a Jupiter of the form. While the panto, a British holiday-time descendant of commedia dell'arte, includes standard conventions (candy-tossing, drag-wearing, audience participation), the 2009 production was seriously unconventional - innovative, even. So, let's say this year's Aladdin is People's Light's Juno. The company's ninth panto again pairs composer/lyricist Michael Ogborn with director Peter Pryor, who's also responsible, with Samantha Bellomo, for Aladdin 's book, which takes cues from the traditional tale, its Disney cousin, Shakespeare, and Rudolph Valentino, among other influences.
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March 1, 2010 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
With the debut issue of "Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost," it's clear Radical is becoming to comics what James Cameron is to movies. In short, Radical is using the best production values and technology available to tell simple stories on a grand scale and is raising the bar of an entire medium while doing so. Indeed, part of the reason Comics Guy was disappointed with Radical's last offering, "The Last Days of American Crime," is because it seemed...
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May 13, 2007 | By Bill Ordine FOR THE INQUIRER
The Stardust, after 48 years on the Las Vegas Strip, is gone. The Venetian, opened in 1999, is about to double in size. And the casino formerly known as the Aladdin, just seven years old, is putting the finishing touches on a massive makeover as Planet Hollywood. Las Vegas, always in transition, is at it again and, as usual, making itself bigger, taller, ritzier and, according to some, more urbane. The difference this time is that some of the buildings are being designed not merely to shout for attention but to actually complement each other.
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July 1, 2005 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the thought of Philadelphia's July Fourth week festivities sends you into an agoraphobic panic, fear not. There are plenty of things you and your family can do away from the city. The Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo on Wheels "Zoo-2-U Live Animal Revue" program will roll into the Keswick Theatre for two shows Wednesday. Laura Warner, the zoo's outreach coordinator, will show off some creatures of the wild as she talks about adaptation and survival. Audience members will look at - but can't touch - a large bird of prey, a large snake, and a porcupine as they learn how animals protect themselves and locate food, water and shelter.
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