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Walt Disney’s Aladdin

Walt Disney’s Aladdin (1992), starring  Scott Weinger,  Linda Larkin,  Robin Williams,  Jonathan Freeman,  Gilbert Gottfried

Walt Disney's Aladdin (1992) with the voice talents of Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried“A diamond … in the rough.” Walt Disney’s Aladdin can be summarized in that one sentence. It’s the story of a poor young man, Aladdin (Scott Weinger) — a street rat, who knows that he can be more — living by his wits on the streets, committing petty larceny to eat, with the help of his only friend, the monkey Abu; but who’s still soft-hearted enough to give away his purloined meal to younger children, even hungrier than he is.

Along the course of the story, he makes several new friends — the magic carpet (mute, but given a  lot of character due to Disney’s storytelling), a Genie from a lamp (Robin Williams as his zany, manic best), and his love interest, the beautiful Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin).

The villains of the story, however, are nearly as entertaining: the scheming Jafar (voiced wonderfully by Jonathan Freeman), who is arguably one of the best Disney villains ever, and his speaking parrot Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, who’s annoying delivery was absolutely perfect for this character).

Also, the songs are wonderful, and absolutely memorable – a true delight. For a sample of some of the verbal humor, be sure to read funny movie quotes from Walt Disney’s Aladdin.

Songs performed in Walt Disney’s Aladdin

  • Arabian Nights
  • One Jump Ahead
  • Friend Like Me
  • A Whole New World
  • Prince Ali
  • A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)

Editorial review of Walt Disney’s Aladdin – DVD review, courtesy of Amazon.com

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Disney’s 1992 animated feature is a triumph of wit and skill. The high-tech artwork and graphics look great, the characters are strong, the familiar story is nicely augmented with an interesting villain (Jafar, voiced by Jonathan Freeman), and there’s an incredible hook atop the whole thing: Robin Williams’s frantically hilarious vocal performance as Aladdin’s genie. Even if one isn’t particularly moved by the love story between the title character (Scott Weinger) and his girlfriend Jasmine (Linda Larkin), you can easily get lost in Williams’s improvisational energy and the equally entertaining performances of Freeman and Gilbert Gottfried (as Jafar’s parrot). —Tom Keogh

DVD features on Walt Disney’s Aladdin

First off, the presentation is a knockout. Restored and cleaned up for the DVD release, the 1992 film looks grand, with the strong color scheme brought to a new level of vitality. The — €œDisney Enhanced — € 5.1 sound is a bit warmer and robust than the standard 5.1 Dolby sound (also included). Disney has honed its ability to present a vast amount of information smoothly. ‘A Diamond in the Rough,’ the two-hour documentary, can be viewed three ways: via an index (with the duration of each segment nicely noted), an interactive menu, or a simple one-click ‘play all’ mode.

Add the information from the two new commentary tracks (one by the directors and producers, the other –much more amusing– by four character animators), and you can digest that even though Beauty and the Beast may have been more prestigious, Aladdin was much more challenging and fun to animate. A town hall-type retrospective brings together many of the talents to reminisce but, alas, Robin Williams’s lack of participation in the DVD is evident (he does appear–in rare form–in the vintage recording-session footage). In a nice change from the usual Disney sheen, the original story that was radically changed is discussed and deleted scenes are shown.

A town hall-type retrospective brings together many of the talents to reminisce but, alas, Robin Williams’s lack of participation in the DVD is evident (he does appear–in rare form–in the vintage recording-session footage). In a nice change from the usual Disney sheen, the original story that was radically changed is discussed and deleted scenes are shown.

Another spotlight is on the music with four deleted songs on display with their rough animation (which was also deleted). One song,  ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ receives an orchestral version with none other than Clay Aiken crooning the tune. For the kids, the games are quite lame, but a must-see–on the biggest screen possible–is the Magic Carpet Adventure. Like The Lion King DVD’s ‘Virtual Safari,’ viewers race through the settings of the movie as if we are on a theme-park ride–without the motion. The adults will want to view it and might be needed to solve the puzzle via some quick inputting from the DVD remote. —Doug Thomas

Product Description of Walt Disney’s Aladdin

Soar away on a magic carpet ride of nonstop thrills and fun in the most spectacular adventure of all time! Now meticulously restored and enhanced — €”experience the wonders of ALADDIN like never before, from the Academy Award(R)-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1992) to the unforgettable moments of sidesplitting comedy and soaring adventure. In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery. Through his adventures, Aladdin proves that he is a prince where it truly matters most — €”on the inside!