Aladdin

Based on the famed Disney animation film, Aladdin is about a wily street kid who discovers a lamp which grants him all his wishes and the love of his life.   

  • Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud
  • Director(s): Gur Ritchie
  • Producer(s): Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin
  • Screenwriter(s): John August, Guy Ritchie
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: The Devils Horsemen, Royal Court of Jordan
  • Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2019

Featured Animal Action

All camel riders were stunt riders or experienced actors who were skilled at riding, mounting and dismounting. All running/galloping scenes were well choreographed, and actors used caution while on and near animals. Whenever camels were seen tied to posts/fences, they were attached to lead ropes tied to posts.

In the market place scenes when we see mules and goats and camels in the background, the animal handlers were highly experienced with film work and were experienced with handling their specific species. There was a full and detailed safety meeting for all cast and crew prior to filming. All safety announcements were given to the cast and crew regarding animals being present on set and how to behave and act. Once on set, the handlers ensured the animals were positioned from major action and SFX. All the packs on the mules were very light and followed guidelines.

The monkey was created in post production through CGI.

In the scene where the two actors walk through a marketplace, stop at an alley, and jump into the back of a horse and carriage, on action, the horse wranglers rode the horses at a slow speed down the open alleyway, and the stunt doubles jumped on back. The horses were given water between takes. When the horseback rider corners the main character and the horse rears back, the rider was a trainer and knew how to rear the horse back. The horse was used to this kind of action.

In the scene where we see the four camels being ridden in the middle of the desert, the camels were ridden by their military handlers. Upon arriving at the set, the camels were allowed to rest prior to filming. On the final cut the camels were released for the day, the actors dismounted and the military handlers rode the camels back to their encampment where they were undressed, checked for injury, fed grain and hay and given water before being settled for the night.

In the scene where we see the cave explode, dust come out, with camels outside, the explosion and dust was created by CGI. Camel were never exposed to any dangerous elements.

In the scene where an enormous procession walks through the streets with horses and carriages, the scene was broken down into small parts. All the carriages, horses, camels, and mules were escorted by trainers and footmen. The route was cleared prior to filming. All the animals had their own trainers who made sure they were watered and fed throughout the day.