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It does always seem that I say “this film is one of my favourites” but I’m so flakey that many films are my favourite! This week it is the turn of Aladdin… I watched this film so much that I could recite the film as I watched – I have no shame in admitting that!
Jafar, the Grand Vizier to the Sultan is trying to obtain a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders, but soon learns, to recover said lamp, he needs to find a diamond in the rough.
Meanwhile, Jasmine, the Sultan’s daughter is frustrated with her life, and runs away into the local market where she meets street rat, Aladdin and his pet monkey, Abu. Jasmine and Aladdin form a friendship, when he is arrested for theft and thrown into the palace dungeons. Jasmine orders Jafar to release him, but he tells her that Aladdin has already been executed. She is heartbroken.
Whilst locked up, Aladdin meets a fellow prisoner, a very old man who tells him about the Cave of Wonders and promises to reward him if he fetches the lamp for him. They escape and arrive at the mouth of the cave – a huge tiger head which warns Aladdin to touch nothing but the lamp.
Aladdin returns the Princess home, and is captured, then thrown, bound and gagged into the ocean. Jafar once again tries to make a second marriage advance on Jasmine, but Genie has rescued Aladdin (he made a nod to a wish request to be rescued) and Aladdin reveals Jafar’s plot. As Jafar flees the castle, he sees the magic lamp on Aladdin’s belt and plots his revenge. Aladdin meanwhile starts having second thoughts about using his last wish to free Genie, thinking that Jasmine will not want him just as he is. Iago (Jafar’s pet parrot) steals the lamp and gives it to Jafar who now becomes the lamp’s master.
He uses his first two wishes to dethrone the Sultan, and to become a powerful sorcerer. He uses his new powers to enslave the Sultan and Jasmine, then banishes Aladdin and Abu to a frozen wasteland. They escape by using Magic Carpet to fly back to the palace.
Aladdin, realises he can’t keep up the act of being a prince, and finally, true to his word uses his final wish to free Genie. Seeing this act, and Aladdin’s love for Jasmine, the Sultan changes the rules of the kingdom so that the sweethearts can marry, while Genie then uses his new found freedom to explore the world!
Statistics & Trivia…
- released in 1992
- was the most successful film of 1992, earning over $504 million worldwide
- part of the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance
- 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series
- based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights
- Aladdin’s success led to other material inspired by the film, including two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves; an animated television series; toys, video games, spin-offs, and Disney merchandise. A Broadway adaptation debuted in 2014
- won two Academy Awards, Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for “A Whole New World”
- Genie’s celebrity impersonations are (in order): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, William F. Buckley, Señor Wences, Robert De Niro, Carol Channing, Arsenio Hall, Walter Brennan, Mary Hart, Ethel Merman, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Lorre
- became the 14th (and the first animated movie) to gross more than $200,000,000.
- the first major animated film which was advertised on the strength of having a major movie star providing one of its voices (Robin Williams in this case). This has since become the norm with animated features
- during the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost 16 hours of material.
- Scott Weinger as Aladdin, (Brad Kane as the singing voice)
- Robin Williams as The Genie
- Jonathan Freeman as Jafar
- Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine (Lea Salonga as the singing voice)
- Frank Welker as Abu
- Gilbert Gottfried as Iago
- Douglas Seale as The Sultan
- Jim Cummings as Razoul
Why I Love Aladdin…
- Robin Williams – as the Genie he is BRILLIANT. I know that he ad libbed a lot of his lines and this made for some great comedy.
- The Soundtrack – so kid’s these days singing Frozen songs all the time – back in 1992, it was the songs from Aladdin! My sister and I always used to sing the duet, A Whole New World.
- I can recite the whole film – yeah, I’m weird!
I hope that you enjoyed reading about one of my favourite Disney movies!
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