Number of Times Seen – Way too many to count (video, DVD, 7 Jul 2001, 8 Apr 2014 and 26 May 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A vagabond is tricked by an advisor to the Sultan into retrieving a lamp that has magical powers.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I saw it for the first time 27 years ago and in some ways it gets even better each time I watch it.
After watching the new live action version of Aladdin (2019), I decided to rewatch the original to see which one truly is a better film.
This is an amazing adatation of the classic tale of the genie in the lamp.
Disney always knows how to take a fascinating story like thi sone and make it so much more than anyone could have expected.
The music of this film is spectacular set and the songs are all so very memorable even after nearly 3 decades.
The animation hels bring forth so much of the story since the use of animation gives less much less limitations on the way to give these characters and scenarios something so much more entertaining.
Robin Willaims steals the show in every scene that he appears in and I perosnally think that of all his classic film roles, this might be his very best since he was given so much leeway when ad-libbing his lines throughout the entire film.
The animators created many of the scenes following his recording of them since he gave them so many fresh and funny ideas.
This is one of Disney’s best animated films and since it came out during the Animated Disney Renaissance of the early to mid-90’s, it has become part of an iconic collection of films that starting with The Little Mermaid (1989) and ending with Tarzan (1999) made a name for Disney once again after a hiatus of nearly a decade.
The only flaw that this film has is that it lacks a strong connection between Aladdin and Jasmine and even the remake fails to improve on that aspect.
This is all quite unfortunate since it would have made the story much more powerful.
The Oscar winning sing – A Whole New World is such an amazing sing and both versions of it are so enjoyable to listen to, but the credits version has always been slightly more dearer to my heart.
Check them both out here:
This film carries with it a great message about being true to oneself no matter what and that idea is so timeless to ensure that this film remains that way too since it works so well here.
Bottom Line – Amazing adaptation of this classic story Disney knows how to take a fascinating idea and make it so much more. The music is spectacular and the animation helps bring this story to life since they are less limited in the kinds of things available to do with the characters. Williams steals the show in every scene that he appears in and this is one of his greatest roles due to the fact that he was given so much leeway when ad-libbing most of the dialogue that his character shares with us. This is one of Disney’s best animated films and came out during the Renaissance of the 90’s which gave us so many great stories told exceptionally well. The one thing that is slightly lacking in this film is the fact that Aladdin and Jasmine aren’t given an even stronger connection because that would have made it even more powerful. The Oscar winning song – A Whole New World is amazing in both versions even if I prefer the onscreen one slightly move. The message of this film is great and the idea of always being as true to yourslef as possible is such a timeless idea that works so well here. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was rejected for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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