Aladdin #100DaysOfDisney

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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!

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The Story…

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.

 

 

Along the winding cave to the lamp, Abu and Aladdin meet a magic flying carpet. Just as Aladdin retrieves the lamp, Abu’s eyes are drawn towards a shining gemstone which he picks up, causing the cave to collapse around them. Magic Carpet flies them to safety, and the old man (who is Jafar in disguise) takes the lamp, pushing Aladdin and his friends back into the cave as it closes for good. It turns out that Abu stole the lamp back, and eventually, Aladdin releases the magic genie.

 

 

The genie grants Aladdin three wishes after explaining the rules…he can make any wish he likes with the exception of murder, romance, revival of the dead, or additional wishes. Aladdin tricks Genie into escaping from the cave, and whilst contemplating his wishes asks Genie what he would wish for. He tells Aladdin that he would wish for his freedom since he is a prisoner in the lamp, but it can only be made by the master of the lamp. Aladdin promises to use his last wish to free Genie, and then wishes to be turned into a prince so that he can court Jasmine.

 

 

Whilst Genie is working his magic, Jafar is also working his own evil magic on the Sultan and convinces him to let him marry Jasmine, but just as he is about to agree, Aladdin, now known as Prince Ali of Ababwa makes a grand entrance. Jasmine fails to be impressed. He takes her on a magic carpet ride to show her a whole new world…

… but she soon figures out that it is the street rat, Aladdin, and tricks him into admitting it and demanding the truth as to his identity. He convinces her that he really is a prince but dresses like a commoner to escape palace life, to which she can relate.

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.

 

 

Jafar’s third wish is to make Jasmine fall in love with him, but as Genie tries to explain he can’t grant such a wish because of the rules. By now Aladdin is back, and whilst Jasmine pretends to fall in love with Jafar, Aladdin tries to swipe the lamp, but is caught. Jafar turns himself into a giant Cobra, and he and Aladdin battle. Jafar claims to be the most powerful being on earth…which he isn’t, Genie is. so Jafar makes his final wish, to become an all powerful Genie. The only downfall is he is now trapped inside the lamp, and is banished to the Cave of Wonders for eternity…

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.

The Cast…

  • 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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Posts in the #100DaysOfDisney Series…
Disney Make It Monday | Tasty Tuesday | Wednesday Around The World | Theme Park Thursday | Disney Fashion Friday & Disney Merchandise | Saturday Night at the Disney Movies | Disney Sunday Sounds

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