Ron Clements and John Musker were just up-and-coming animators when they first got the chance to direct The Little Mermaid. That decision worked out pretty great for Disney. Now, after Beauty and the Beast, which was the product of a different team, the studio was more than willing to give these two proven powerhouses the reigns to Aladdin.
For their part, Clements and Musker wanted to work on Aladdin because they felt it could be different from other Disney movies in the past. It was fast paced and more contemporary. It would pack in jokes and pop culture references, all while building on the amazing song and story style that Clements and Musker had perfected with The Little Mermaid. It was a new challenge, and they were ready for it.