Power to the Parrot
Story Editor: Douglas Langdale
Written by: Jan Strnad
© Disney 1994
Transcript by Calluna
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(Setting: near Agrabah. A camel merchant has
set up shop close to the city.)
Merchant: Camels for sale! Camels for sale! One
hump or two! New models just in! Come on down!
(A man walks up to one of the camels and examines its teeth.
There's the sound of a duck quacking, and he looks down to see a
duck quacking at Genie, who is in the form of a blue duck.)
Man: Ducky! How many times must I tell you not
to talk to strange ducks! And they don't come much stranger than
that one. (walks away carrying the duck)
Genie: (in a Donald Duck voice) Was it
something I said?
(Aladdin walks away from the camel sale leading two camels.
Iago is with him.)
Iago: Okay, we picked up the camels the sultan
wanted. Now can we start for Getzistan?
Aladdin: I told you Iago, it's just gonna be me
and Jasmine this time.
Iago: But Getzistan has casinos! And I've got
Genie: (flies up to Iago, still in duck form)
You call putting slugs in slot machines a system?
Iago: Listen, bub, I—
(There's a rumbling sound and the ground begins to shake. The
camels escape as Aladdin is thrown into the air by the shifting
Aladdin: What's happening?
(A giant sand worm erupts from the sand, throwing Aladdin even
farther up into the air. Carpet arrives and catches him, and the
worm dives back into the sand.)
Aladdin: What is that thing?
Genie: (in a safari outfit, reading from a
book) It's either a very long-nosed Arabian Sapsucker, or Sluguthu,
the giant scavenger worm. (takes out binoculars and looks around,
until he sees the worm, looking back at him) It's the worm...
(The worm jumps at them, just missing them and diving back
into the sand.)
Aladdin: Looks like he's gone.
Iago: Oh, the joy of living in a land of wonder
and enchantment. In some places they think cockroaches are a big
Genie: (as a sailor) Worm ho! (points
at the worm burrowing away from them)
Aladdin: It's headed for Agrabah!
(Setting: the palace garden. Abu is posing for a painting that
Jasmine is making of him, wearing a turban and holding a sword.)
Jasmine: Abu! You have to hold still. I want to
finish before my date with Aladdin.
(The ground beneath Abu is shaking, and the worm comes out
of the ground right underneath him.)
(The worm catches Abu in its mouth. Abu hangs onto its uvula
to stop from being swallowed.)
Genie: This looks like a job for Super Genie!
(changes into a superhero)
(Abu pulls the feather off his turban and tickles the inside
of the worm's mouth.)
Genie: Eat blast beam vengeance, worm! (shoots
a beam of magic at it)
(The worm sneezes Abu out, and Jasmine catches him. As it sneezes,
Genie's beam misses him. It goes in a window in the palace, is reflected
off a plate a servant is cleaning, and heads toward the sultan.)
Sultan: Oh, a shekel!
(Sultan bends down to pick up a coin and the beam passes him,
too. It heads back out the same window toward the worm, who dodges
it. It hits Iago, burning off all his feathers and sending him crashing
to the ground.)
Genie: (blushing) Oops. (to his hand)
Bad blast beam! Bad bad bad!
(The worm chases after Jasmine, who is carrying Abu. Genie
dives down and moves them out of the way, and the worm dives back
into the ground. Aladdin arrives on Carpet and hugs Jasmine.)
Genie: You know Al, this thing isn't here on a
two-day pass from the worm farm. It's after something...
Aladdin: Yeah, but what is there in Agrabah to
attract a giant scavenger worm?
(An odor wafts in front of their faces.)
Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie: Ew!
Genie: (ties his nose into balloon animals, then points)
(There's a cart full of stinky cheese next to the pool.)
Aladdin: The Stenchburger cheese from Odiferus!
Genie: Scavenger worms love rotten food. The smellier
Jasmine: But where's the worm?
(The worm comes out of the ground underneath the cheese cart,
knocking it over. It wraps itself around one of the palace towers
and starts inhaling the cheese.)
Iago: Hey, here's a wild thought: someone get
rid of that cheese!
Genie: With pleasure!
(Genie turns into a catapult and flings the remainder of the
cheese out of the city. The worm burrows off after it.)
Aladdin: Whew, I'm glad that's over.
Jasmine: So, the city's safe?
Aladdin: Well, until the next shipment of cheese,
Jasmine: Then let's hit the clouds.
(Setting: later that day. Aladdin and Jasmine are flying to
Getzistan on Carpet.)
Jasmine: What's wrong?
Aladdin: I'm just worried about leaving Genie
and Iago and Abu behind.
Jasmine: I'm sure they'll be fine.
Aladdin: It isn't them I'm worried about, it's
(Setting: the palace dining room. Genie, Iago, and Abu are
at the table.)
Iago: How can they just abandon me like this? And after
I saved the entire city from that overgrown slug!
Genie: Pardon? Who saved the city? Are we forgetting
who got rid of the cheese? Moi!
Iago: Sure, after I told you to.
Genie: And I saved the princess!
Iago: Big deal! The world's full of princesses!
Genie: (turns red with anger) I suppose
you could have done better!
Iago: With your powers, a sand flea could do better!
Genie: Ho! You think so?
Iago: I know so!
Genie: Oh yeah?
Abu: Hey hey hey! (tries to separate Iago
Genie: I'd like to see you try!
(Genie shrinks Abu to get him out of the way. Abu falls through
a crack in the table and lands on the floor, chattering angrily.)
Genie: I'm tempted to loan you my powers just
to watch you make a fool of yourself!
Iago: You can do that?!
Genie: Of course.
Iago: You're on! You give me your powers for one
day, and I'll show you who's the champ and who's the chump!
Genie: You've got it! One day! On one condition.
(changes Abu back to his normal size) You must uphold the
Code of the Genie! (a thick book appears in Genie's hand)
Iago: For phenomenal cosmic power I'd uphold the
Alps. Lay it on me, baby!
(There's a flash of light, and Iago is strapped to an operating
Iago: (nervously) Of course, surgery
requires a second opinion...
Genie: (as a mad scientist with a German accent)
Do not fear. Zis is science!
(Genie laughs maniacally and throws a switch. The table shoots
up into the air and through a hole in the ceiling. Genie, in the
form of Zeus, throws a lightning bolt at Iago. A moment later, Iago
is lying unconscious on the dining room floor, surrounded by scorch
Abu: (patting Iago's face) Hello? Hello?
(Iago's eyes open, and beams of light shine out of them.)
Iago: I feel great! (flies up into the air;
he now has a tail like Genie's) Every feather of my being is
charged with energy!
Genie: (human shaped, but still blue) So,
this is what it's like to be mortal...
Iago: (looking at his wings as he floats) You
know, you don't realize how much effort goes into flying until you
don't have to flap anymore. Now to whip up a treasure just slightly
smaller than the pyramids...
Genie: Ahem! Remember the Code! The Code clearly
states, no big treasures! (holds up the book; there's a picture
of a treasure with a slash through it.)
Iago: Then what is the point?!
Genie: The point of a genie's life is service
to others. And the union is very vigilant!
Iago: Oh, yeah, like you never materialize yourself
a ten pound hot fudge sundae.
Genie: Shh! You want everyone to know?!
Iago: I rest my case. So what if I indulge myself?
What could happen?
(A lightning bolt barely misses Iago, then flames appear underneath
him. A semi appears and starts chasing him. He's then pulled apart
by horses into two Iagos, and bombs start dropping on them.)
Iago: Okay! Okay! I get the drift! (crashes
to the floor; everything is back to normal) Sheesh, ask a simple
question... (the book of the Code of the Genie falls on Iago's
head, followed by a piano.)
Genie: Now that the ground rules are in place,
let's see some politically correct magic!
Iago: Okay, stand back, I need a volunteer. Oh,
monkey man? I hereby grant you the Infinite Treasure Touch! (zaps
(Abu picks up his hat, which turns into a crown.)
Genie: That can't be legal!
Iago: Check out chapter 82, "Fun with Fingers."
Genie: Whoa, why didn't I ever think of that?
Iago: 'Cause I have one thing you don't: a brain!
(Iago's brain pops out of his head on a spring; the sight of
it turns Genie green.)
Genie: Did I do things like that when I had genie
Genie: Aw, jinkies! No wonder I could never get
a date on New Year's Eve.
(Abu touches a shoe and turns it to gold.)
Iago: Good. Can you say, "kickback"?
Genie: You're a disgrace! Go ahead, abuse your
powers! It's obvious that I'm the true genie, and you're just a
feathered vertebrate noted for mimicry!
Iago: I could out-genie you on a cloudy day with
a sack over my head!
Genie: You couldn't do good if your own mother
Iago: Could if I wanted!
Iago: Could could could could could! (flies around
Genie, leaving a cloud of smoke) Just watch my smoke! (flies
out the window)
Genie: Oh... I think there's a slight possibility
that I made a mistake.
(Setting: a farm near Agrabah. The plants look brown and parched.
Two farmers are outside working the field.)
Farmer 1: "Let's buy a farm!" he says!
"Is there water on it?" I ask? "Lots of water!"
he says! Pah! The only time this farm sees water is when the camel
(A beam of light from the sky shines down on the farmers.)
Farmer 2: Look!
Iago: (descending from the sky in the beam
of light) Did someone say "water"? (gives the
farmers life preservers) Put those on! You're gettin' water
like you won't believe!
(The farmers shrug.)
(Iago flies off to a river, and turns into an orchestra conductor.
He starts to conduct, and the river rises out of its bed. He directs
it toward Agrabah. Meanwhile, the farmers are waiting, with the
life preservers on their heads.)
Farmer 1: I don't care if he was an enchanted
bird. I'm giving him ten more minutes, and then I'm taking this
ridiculous thing off!
(The river floods over them and sweeps them away toward the
city. Iago sees that it's almost to the city wall, and appears in
front of the river as a traffic cop. The river splits in two, going
around Agrabah on either side. The farmers are now floating happily
on their life preservers.)
Farmer 1: Babkak! We can water our farm!
Babkak (Farmer 2): We'll have a harvest such as
the desert has never seen!
(Setting: The palace garden. Abu is swimming in the fountain,
but all the water has turned to gems.)
Genie: I can't stand it! I haven't stayed in one
shape this long since I was a—
Sultan: Genie! (runs into the garden with
Iago) Wait till you see what Iago's done! He's given Agrabah
a river! Two rivers! I'm so excited!
Iago: I can see it now: riverfront shopping! Luxury
condominiums! Fly fishing!
Sultan: (running past carrying a toy boat)
Boats! Boats! (laughs) Lots of boats!
Genie: Whoa, rivers! What a concept! I wonder
why I never thought of—
(Iago's brain on a spring pops up in front of Genie's face.)
Genie: No no no no no! Don't answer that! (pushes
the brain back into Iago's head)
Iago: You know what? Tonight, when it won't spoil
any picnics, I'm making it rain. (turns into a single-celled
organism and divides) Well, got to split. (leaves)
Genie: So, let him make a big dramatic exit! I'll
just, just... (sighs) exit, stage left. (exits)
Abu: Oh, poor Genie...
(Setting: the Marketplace)
Iago: (through a megaphone) Free food!
Food for all! All you can eat! Right here!
(The streets are lined with banquet tables, filled with food. Everyone
is eating except the two farmers from before, who are sitting in
front of a platter that only has crumbs left on it.)
Iago: (as a cowboy) There's always more
where that came from, pardners! (zaps more food in front of
(Sultan, Genie, Iago, and Abu are now sitting at table overlooking
Sultan: Never have I seen such generosity! Isn't
Genie: Yeah. Fab.
(The man with the duck walks up to Abu, who has a bushel of
apples. Abu picks up an apple, which turns into a giant ruby, and
hands it to the man.)
Abu: Thank you!
Man with duck: Look, Ducky. We can buy matching
(Abu is about to hand another jeweled apple to the merchant
Farouk when Genie stops him.)
Genie: Hold it right there! You just can't hand
out treasure to every Tom, Dick, and Moustafa!
Iago: Why not? Just because you're a skinflint doesn't
mean I can't buy a few thousand friends.
Farouk: (picking up Genie) It is written:
stick not thy nose into the business of others! (tosses Genie
into a basket full of garbage)
Iago: (smelling the garbage-covered Genie)
Hoo-ey! That'll grow hair on your chest. But, seriously, I have
the perfect job for a man with your abilities.
(A short while later, Genie is in a dunking booth.)
Iago: Step right up and win a ruby! Hit the target
and dunk the chump! Three balls to a customer!
(Someone hits the target and drops Genie into the water.)
Genie: This is gonna be one long day.
(Setting: that night, on the bank of Agrabah's new river. It's
raining. Genie is sitting beside the river, talking to a donkey
while holding a photo album.)
Genie: No, really, I used to turn into stuff all
the time! This is me as Napoleon! This is me as a grape! Here I
am as Hurricane Ethel. Oh, those were the days. Iago's given the
city everything. Water, food, riches! And now this rain will turn
the desert into a paradise. I guess he is a better genie than I
(The river begins to rise, and the donkey brays loudly.)
Genie: Maybe he should... keep my powers.
(The river is about to overflow. The donkey butts Genie with
his head to try to get his attention.)
Genie: Oh, where's the power to turn into a cockroach
when you need it?
(The donkey runs away, while Genie sits there in the rain,
(Setting, the next morning, Aladdin's hovel. It's still raining.
The hovel is filled with gold and treasure. Iago wakes up and yawns.)
Iago: Another day, another miracle.
(Abu also wakes up. His pillow has turned into a giant jewel.
He's obviously not slept well. Iago is now taking a shower.)
Iago: What should I give my adoring public next?
A water treatment plant or a ninety lane bowling alley?
(Abu tries to take a drink of water, but the water turns to
jewels in his mouth.)
Iago: They'll be throwing roses at my feet by
(There's a crowd outside the hovel chanting Iago's name. Iago
goes out to the balcony wearing a shower cap and a towel.)
Iago: Ich bin ein Agrabanian!
(A tomato hits Iago in the face.)
Man with duck: You stupid parrot! Your stupid
rain made your stupid rivers flood last night!
(We can now see that the crowd is standing in thigh-deep water.)
Farmer 1: We lost our crops!
Farouk: I lost my business!
Man with duck: I lost my duck! (there's a
splashing sound) Uh, never mind.
(The crowd throws more rotten food at Iago, who ducks back
into the hovel.)
Iago: Where the heck do these angry mobs get that
rotten fruit that they're always throwing?
(We can now see that the leftover food from the previous day's
feast is floating down the flooded streets of Agrabah, rotting.
The odor of the rotten food wafts out into the desert, where Sluguthu
smells it. Meanwhile, the mob is still throwing things at Iago.)
Iago: Are you forgetting who made you rich?!
Farouk: You made us all rich! Now it
takes a bushel of rubies to buy a single loaf of bread!
Babkak: It's worse than being poor! (throws
(Inside the hovel, Abu's stomach is growling. He picks up an
apple from a bushel and tries to eat it, and it turns into a ruby.
He keeps picking up apples, and they each turn into rubies. He's
getting more and more frustrated, and then Iago poofs back inside
Iago: Anyways, it's things like this that show
(Abu advances on him, chattering angrily.)
Iago: ...your friends really are? Okay, okay,
there's a pretty good chance I can fix this problem.
(The ground starts to shake, and Sluguthu bursts through the floor,
destroying the hovel.)
Iago: I can handle it!
(Iago magics up a steel beam inside Sluguthu's mouth to keep
Iago: Ha! Fight that.
(Sluguthu bends the beam in half with his jaws and swallows
Iago: Of course you realize I'm merely toying
with you. (the worm snaps at him) That's it! Super Genie,
ha! Make room for Ultra Iago! (turns into a superhero; the symbol
on his chest is a bag of money with a dollar sign. He punches Sluguthu,
but it doesn't do any good) Or perhaps not...
(Elsewhere in the Marketplace, Genie is floating down the street
on a piece of debris.)
Genie: I'll never be a French chef again. I'll never be
a french fry again!
Iago: (appearing next to him) Genie!
Genie: Don't say it. You've proven your point.
Keep the powers, but I refuse to listen to your gloating.
(Genie plugs his ears and chants "I'm not listening"
while Iago tries to get his attention.)
Iago: I don't want your powers! Everything I did
was a disaster! (unplugs Genie's ear) Will you cut that
Genie: Oh, were you talking to me?
Iago: I'm tryin' to tell ya— LOOK OUT!
(Sluguthu jumps on them and eats them. Genie hangs onto his
uvula, while Iago floats next to him.)
Iago: You gotta show me how to give your powers
back before we learn all about our friend the small intestine!
Genie: You really mean it?! You don't want
to be a genie?!
Iago: I have never been so sincere! So whadda
we need? Lab tables, some lightning...
Genie: Oh, that was just for show. Here, pull
Iago: You aren't serious.
Genie: Go ahead.
Iago: Oh, I can't believe I'm—
(Iago pulls Genie's finger, and is electrocuted. The electricity
in his mouth surprises Sluguthu, and he spits them both out. Iago
crawls out of the water, back in his normal shape, coughing. Then
Genie bursts out of the water, with his smoke tail again.)
Genie: Yes! (turns into a penguin, Carmen
Miranda, a pirate, a space shuttle, a big game hunter, and then
back to his normal self) Now uh, what seems to be the problem?
(Iago, still coughing, points at Sluguthu.)
Genie: Oh, yes. Mr. Esophagus. (pulls a giant
bath plug out of the water, which starts to drain away) Oh,
I do hope this doesn't leave a nasty ring around the city.
(Sluguthu dives into the hole the water drained into. The streets
are no longer flooded.)
Iago: Ya know, I was just about to try that.
Genie: No time to chat. Busy busy! (disappears)
(Setting: the Marketplace. Farouk is mopping the water out
of his stall, and the man with the duck is arguing with him. The
man has a wheelbarrow full of emeralds, and his duck is wearing
a miniature turban.)
Man with duck: What do you mean, two figs for
a whole cart of gems? They are worth four figs if they are worth
Farouk: Gems are worth nothing. Now, if you want
to trade for the duck...
Man with duck: Never!
(The emeralds suddenly change into figs.)
Man with duck: (gasps) Figs! Hundreds
of figs! We are rich! Ducky, ha ha, we are rich! (throws figs
into the air)
(Setting: just outside the city walls. Genie in the form of a bulldozer,
lifts the river up and moves it away, while the two farmers watch.)
Farmer 1: There goes our river.
Babkak: And good riddance. So tell me, Kassim,
what do you know about cactus farming?
(Setting: Agrabah, a little while later. Aladdin, Jasmine,
and Carpet arrive back in the city.)
Jasmine: See, Aladdin? Everything's just as we
Aladdin: Huh, you're right. I've never seen Agrabah
so peaceful. The streets are almost empty. I wonder where everybody
(Setting: somewhere else in the city, Iago is now sitting in
the dunking booth.)
Iago: Okay, okay, so a few things didn't work
out. I still say— Aaah! (falls into the water)
Genie: Step right up and dunk the chump! Three
balls for a shekel! Right here! Shekel talks and nobody walks! Step
(The line for the dunking booth stretches as far as the eye