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Disney Unveils Plans for <I>Aladdin, Mulan</I>

21 Jun, 2004 By: Anne Sherber

Walt Disney classics Aladdin and Mulan, due on DVD in October, got a kickoff in New York that included performances by Lea Salonga, the singing voice of both Mulan and Jasmine, and eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken. Both titles will feature the new EasyFind system of menus.

Aladdin, which has not been available in any format for more than a decade, bows Oct. 5 as part of the company's platinum series. Gordon Ho, Buena Vista Home Entertainment's SVP, marketing, said the two-disc set will feature a restored version of the film that will employ the 5.1 Disney enhanced home theater mix. “It will look and sound better than it did in the theaters,” he said.

Additionally, “American Idol” winner Clay Aiken has recorded “Proud of Your Boy,” a song that Menken wrote with partner Howard Ashman that was not included in the original film. The music video of that song will be included in the package. Menken noted that he was thrilled to have the “opportunity to bring this song to life.”

“Hearing Clay sing this song Howard and I wrote 17 years ago…I was emotionally blindsided,” Menken said.

Also included in Aladdin will be a question-and-answer session with principal animators and voice talent, moderated by Leonard Maltin; deleted scenes; a music video of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey singing “A Whole New World”; and a trivia mode that features pop-up fun facts.

Mulan bows Oct. 26 with deleted scenes; “Keep 'Em Guessing,” a song that was cut from the theatrical film; music videos featuring Raven, Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder; audio commentary by the filmmakers; Mulan “Fun Facts”; and a trailer for the upcoming direct-to-video release Mulan II, due in February 2005.

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