Babkak, Omar and Kassim, ’Aladdin’ — Lost Disney Characters
‘Aladdin’ is absolutely littered with abandoned characters. At one time, Aladdin had a mother (you can listen to her deleted song, ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ here), a second genie who lived in a ring and three layabout buddies named Babkak, Omar and Kassim.
Aladdin and his pals would sing barbershop melodies and try to avoid real work. They had no less than three songs: ‘Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim,’ which introduced the quartet, ‘How Quick They Forget,’ a lament sung by the remaining trio after Aladdin leaves for the palace and ‘High Adventure’ in which Aladdin tries to rally his reluctant buddies to action.
The large number of characters made for a muddled storyline. ‘Aladdin’ underwent a much needed reworking to simplify the story and the three loafers didn’t make the cut. The characters and their songs have resurfaced in the stage musical version of ‘Aladdin’ and the name “Cassim” – with slightly altered spelling – was reused for Aladdin’s father in the direct-to-video sequel ‘Aladdin and The King of Thieves.’ (Watch a performance of ‘Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim’ below.)