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What started as a graduate school capstone project has now expanded into a blog and a professional development workshop series for Washington State community colleges. Join me, Kaytie (Disney scholar, mom, and college academic adviser), as I talk about Disney princesses, representation in media, my relatability to and love for Disney villains, and more.

Halloween with Jonathan Freeman

October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween!

Today’s episode is with special guest Jonathan Freeman aka the voice of Jafar from the 1992 animated Aladdin movie (as well as the Return of Jafar movie, Aladdin video games, etc.). You are in for the ultimate fan service as Jonathan shares his experience being part of the creation of Aladdin. We also talk about Disney villains and how awesome they are, you may even hear Jafar say a few Disney villain quotes too.


Follow Jonathan Freeman on Instagram @thejonathanfreeman

Get your own personalized video from Jonathan on Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/jonathanfreeman 



00:00 - 01:46 Intro

01:46 - 13:58 Disney villains being queer-coded & Jonathan’s attraction to Disney villains

13:58 - 28:17 Favorite or most unique Disney villain in Jonathan’s eyes / talking about Disney villain songs and appearances

  • Behind-the-scenes animation and recording Aladdin

28:17 - 37:31 Jonathan’s Jafar mindset “Who’s Aladdin?” / Jafar’s happy ending

37:31 - 49:27 Most challenging part about playing Jafar

  • Audition and callback for the Aladdin movie
  • Experience recording lines for Aladdin
  • Technical pieces (i.e. laughs, screams, etc.)

49:27 - 53:04 Reunions with cast members

53:04 - 56:42 Jafar’s first scene in Aladdin / cave of wonders scene

56:42 - 01:00:46 Vanity and queer coding / saying Disney villain quotes as Jafar

01:00:46 Ending

Outro music credit: Let the Mystery Unfold by geoffharvey from Pixabay


You can find the podcast online:

Website: www.wonderfulworldofdisneyvillains.com 

Instagram: @wwofdisvillains

Kaytie's Instagram: @disvillainsscholar