“Make way for Prince Ali. Say hey, it’s Prince Ali…!” Thus begins an epic parade through the streets of Agrabah. I love a parade. I also appreciate the magic of love. What to do? How about put them together in this painting of Aladdin?
I remember the first time I saw a parade, the thrill of a rich, moving pageant passing before me. They even threw me candy! When I was young, I had the opportunity to be in a small-town parade. It was amazing! There was energy and excitement. The streets were lined with people waving and cheering. There were bright colors, fun cars, precision motorcycle groups, horses, marching bands, loud sirens, clowns and on and on. Even without a personal genie, it was magical. Have you felt that?
I wanted to capture these feelings in the Aladdin painting — a great parade with all its wonder. This is a celebration of life in all its variety. It is as magical as newfound love or a magic carpet ride; it’s “A Whole New World.” Everyone is feeling the exhilaration and happiness: the music, the marvel, and the unwrapped thrill of the future. The Sultan is so thrilled he is even smiling riding on the back of Abu, who has been turned into an elephant (not a comfortable ride, take it from me). I hope this bright, Arabian city takes you to a place where wishes come true.