Ok, I will admit that I am going to be a bit biased here as Aladdin is a top-tier Disney Classic for me. I would probably put this as my number one of all time when it comes to Disney Classics! This is such a great movie, it has a good story, great characters, and some of the best songs of any Disney movie.
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The Movie Review
At the end of the day what we have here is a retelling of the Aladdin story, but done in that timeless Disney style. We have our titular hero Aladdin who lives in Agrabah with his monkey buddy Apu. Aladdin dreams of a better life, but just survives by being a charming street thief… or street rat if you are one of the bad guys.
Princess Jasmine wants to experience life away from the palace. Her father, the Sultan is a good dad, but he is very overprotective. One day, Jasmine sneaks out into the streets of Agrabah and ends up in trouble, trouble which Aladdin saves her from. She is shocked at the way people are living, but before long she is captured along with Aladdin.
Jasmine is returned to the palace, but Aladdin is thrown into jail! Now, our villain of the movie, Jafar, agrees to free Aladdin as long as he will go to the Cave of Wonders and get him a lamp. He tells Aladdin that he can keep all of the other treasure, as long as he brings him the lamp.
The Cave of Wonders scene is awesome! Abu though steals from the Cave of Wonders and it leads to it crashing down and trapping them inside after they were betrayed by Jafar! Thankfully, Abu is a master thief and he took back the magic lamp before they were trapped inside the Cave of Wonders.
It is here we meet Genie! The Genie is one of the most iconic Disney characters of all time and one of the best Robin Williams performances of all time too! He, Aladdin, Abu, and the magic carpet make for a fantastic team and it is still funny all these years later the way Aladdin tricks the genie to get them out of the Cave of Wonders.
Aladdin wants to be a prince so that he has a shot with the Princess. However, we also get to see the kind of honorable guy Aladdin is as he vows to use his final wish to set the Genie free. Aladdin makes his movie on Princess Jasmine, but as Prince Ali, she sees through this and he gets to be himself around her.
Jafar is no fool and realizes what is going on. Eventually, Jafar ends up with the lamp and we have one of the most epic final battles of any Disney Classic! I freaking love this movie and feel that it holds up to this day! It manages to be fun, has some great music, and also has a lot of action too.
Before I give my final thoughts, I also want to say that the two Aladdin video games, one on Super Nintendo and one on Sega Genesis/Mega Drive are awesome as well. While many prefer the Sega version for its incredible visuals, I have to say that as an actual “game” the Super Nintendo version has aged far better.
In closing, Aladdin well and truly passes the test of time and is an absolute classic! I have probably seen this movie more than any other Disney movie and it is one that I will never get tired of watching. It manages to be a Disney movie that has a strong male character, a strong female character, and a compelling cast of support characters as well.
Aladdin Home Media Releases
Aladdin was released in cinemas on November 11, 1992. Next year in 1993 it was already available for purchase as VHS in the original English version and in French for the Canadian market. A year later it could be also bought in the Laserdisc format. In 1995 Spanish speakrs in the US market could also enjoy a special VHS edition in their native language.
- How can you not love Robin Williams as the Genie
- It has a lot of thrilling and exciting action
- There are some of the best Disney songs of all time in this movie
- It also has two excellent video game adaptations too
- The Aladdin sequels are some of the worst straight to video/DVD sequels Disney has done
- I really cannot think of anything that I do not like about this movie!