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#34 - chthulhu (01/28/2013) [-]
Also, the genie is that guy at the beginning who tries to sell the viewer the lamp.

At the end of Aladdin, Aladdin uses his last wish to free the genie from the lamp. Direct to VHS movies aside, who says that, when freed from the lamp, the genie got to keep all his awesome powers? What says that, after flying off into the distance in the end, he didn't flop down into the desert sand, powerless and mortal?

Now, at the beginning of the movie the merchant on the left is trying to sell you said lamp, which the genie took with him while flying off. He attempts to do so by telling you the events of the movie. However, during the course of the movie, the merchant is never seen. If he was never there, how can he possibly know the whole story that lead to the genie's freedom.

Also, the two character's are very similar. Both wear blue with a red band around the waist, have a curly beard.

To seal the fucking deal, both are voiced by Robin Williams
User avatar #112 to #34 - CXJokerXD (01/28/2013) [-]
Now that I think of it.. Instead of being a merchant, why not ask genie to make him rich instead of selling him fro a lesser value? ... or he didn't think the lamp was legit and he was just being a douche.
User avatar #108 to #34 - burningsmurfs (01/28/2013) [-]
Also if I recall correctly, Genie and Merchant are the only two characters with 5 fingers, (or 4 fingers, whichever everyone else in the movie didn't have). Also I thought it was supposed to be a understood thing that it was the same guy anyway. And didn't he say he'd have magic still just weaker if he got freed? (Maybe that was part 2 or the Disney channel cartoon though where he said that I was guilty of watching both).
User avatar #85 to #34 - Siphus (01/28/2013) [-]
I always found it pretty fucking obvious that they were the same person, I figured it was just Genie's disguise to tell the story.
User avatar #50 to #34 - OptimaTentacle (01/28/2013) [-]
"Robin Williams, the voice of the Genie, also voiced the Merchant. This is because the Merchant was originally supposed to return at the end singing a reprise of the opening song "Arabian Nights", revealing that he himself was at one time the Genie but had transformed into a human. This was changed during production and the Merchant only reappeared at the end of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, singing the "Arabian Nights" reprise that had already been recorded for the original movie."

disney.wikia.com/wiki/Aladdin
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