Review: AladdinAladdin * by Ron Clements, John Musker
Released by Disney on 11 November 1992
Genres: Animation
Length: 1h 30m
Source: Seen online
Cast: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale.

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Aladdin is a street-urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago with his faithful monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city, she sneaks out to the marketplace, where she accidentally meets Aladdin. Under the orders of the evil Jafar (the sultan's advisor), Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in Jafar's plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Legend has it that only a person who is a "diamond in the rough" can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin might fit that description, but that's not enough to marry the princess, who must (by law) marry a prince.

One of my Day Zero goals was to (re)watch a movie from the year I was born in, and review it. I was born in 1992, and where were several good movies released that year; including The Bodyguard, Home Alone 2, and Aladdin. I think I was very young when I saw this movie for the first time, and I loved it very much (like almost every Disney movie I’ve seen since I’ve been born). I’ve been busy trying to watch as many Disney movies in English, because I’ve seen the older ones only in Dutch – and I just want to watch it in the original language.

So when I saw Aladdin on Horizon TV (a sort of Netflix for people who have TV/Internet/Phone from Ziggo), I decided to watch it last night.

While I thought I didn’t remember anything from the movie, things did start to get back to me as I started watching it. Aladdin is about a poor thief who falls in love with a girl he meets at the market. What he doesn’t know is that she’s the princess, Jasmine, who has run away to escape the palace, and the marriage she is forced into by ‘the law’. In the mean time, royal advisor Jafar is in search for the magic lamp that can grant him three wishes. He tricks Aladdin into helping him retrieve the lamp, but not everything goes the way he expected it would go.

I love this movie, honestly. I don’t know if it will be in my top five Disney movies (maybe the top ten?), but gods I love this so much. That is mostly thanks to the genie, voiced by Robin Williams. He just bring so much humour into this movie, it’s incredible. This was my first time watching a Robin Williams movie after he died, and honestly I did get a couple of tears in my eyes at the end of this movie, because I had to think about that. My other favourite characters were the animals, Abu the monkey (Aladdin’s sidekick) and Iago (who I believe has a completely different name in the Dutch version? Or I just didn’t remember what his name was at all). And of course Rajah, Jasime’s pet tiger. I want a pet tiger guys, give me one!

The movie is from 1992 of course, so it’s rather old (okay now I’m calling myself old, oops), but still I loved the way it was drawn. I think I prefer the older movies to the new digital versions (though they are nice too), just the fact that most of this was drawn by hand. I love it!

Aladdin is just a classic Disney movie that belongs in the row of ‘movies you need to see before you die’, it’s amazing, it’s arabic and the songs are great too! Also it’s got Robin Williams, what more do you want?! I loved rewatching this movie, and it’s definitely made me excited to see more old Disney movies in English. Which one should be next? Leave a comment with your favourite Disney movie!

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