25.7.12

Aladdin - Review (1992)



I had a stage right before my final school exams in which I watched a whole load of animated and childhood films with the assumption that my childhood was essentially over. Two years later, I just watched Disney's Aladdin for the first time. How far I've come.

The second instalment of my collection of reviews of films released in my Boyz II Men plagued year of birth – 1992.


Disney's Aladdin (and it is of course necessary that we mention Disney) follows the story of the poor thief Aladdin who falls in love with the local princess and her to him. This then gets him and his monkey friend Abu, along with Jasmine the princess, into all the dramas of royal life with the help of the bad guy, Jafar, who subsequently wants the kings power for himself. Then the magical 3-wish-granting Genie and the flying carpet should be basic general knowledge.

Aladdin and Jasmine have your pretty basic love story, which explains my cynicism. They are both horribly written and are only there to keep the bare bones in place so the generic plot can play out as planned. In the end however, it isn’t really the two protagonists that you care about when it comes to lava tsunamis and big burly palace guards but it's the monkey, the tiger and even the carpet who manage to provoke more emoution from you.

Although I found the monkeys voice annoyingly familiar (voiced by Frank Welker who has played around 600 characters, explaining the familiarity) the sub characters are really the only ones worth mentioning. Jafar's parrot has more characteristics than Jafar himself, the monkey's much less irritating than Aladdin and the tiger deserved more screen time. By the time Robin Williams takes his up his role as the Genie it is just in time to save you from the cheese. While it is a sigh of relief, all he does is make pop culture references to keep the parents amused while kids continue to chow down on his blue aesthetics. Even with that, Williams does it so perfectly.

Although it is the highest grossing film of 1992 it has, as a cheesy animation, become outdated to all but those for whom it retains reminiscent purposes, unlike myself. It has been replaced by more talented and more recent films like The Lion King, followed by the dictatorship that is Disney's exclusivity to 3d animation.

Rating: 4/10