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Walt Disney’s Aladdin

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

A diamond … in the rough“. In short, Walt Disney’s Aladdin can be summarized in that one sentence. It’s the story of a poor young man, Aladdin (Scott Weinger). He’s a street rat, who knows that he can be more. He lives by his wits on the streets. He commits 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.

The Genie of the lamp, voiced by Robin Williams in Aladdin

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 finally, his love interest, the beautiful Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin). And her best friend — the tiger, Raja.
The sultan (Jasmine's father) being hypnotized by the villain Jafar

The villains of the story, however, are nearly as entertaining:

  • the scheming Jafar (voiced wonderfully by Jonathan Freeman). He is arguably one of the best Disney villains ever.
  • and his speaking parrot Iago. He’s 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

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

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Song lyrics to Prince Ali, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Performed by Robin Williams in Walt Disney's Aladdin

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


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