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Aladdin, Disney Movie Review

Updated on December 13, 2013

"Tonight the part of Aladdin will be played by a tall, dark, ugly man"

The line above (I'll leave you to find out when it happens) and a whole load of other lines, is one of the things that makes this movie so special.

I think I have watched most, if not all the Disney animated flicks, but this is the one that I keep coming back to, time and again.

The story is great, the music award winning (deservedly so, in my opinion) and the humour just keeps on coming.

Right from the start of the first scene, which is introduced by a slightly odd narrator, there are hilarious gags, both visual and spoken, such that it can be hard to keep up with the pace. Hence, you will need to watch it more than once to appreciate it all.

Many of the jokes will appeal to adults as well as the kids - without getting crude or innuendo laden, a good thing in my book - and even those children who are too young to 'get' it will find themselves engrossed in a gripping adventure story.

Why am I not surprised?

All the characters are superbly voiced and interact with each other really well.

Aladdin, the Princess Jasmine, her father the Sultan and Jafar his 'trusted' Vizier are all interesting and amusing in their own way. There is great interplay between Aladdin and the Princess, both feeling trapped in their very different worlds.

The standout performance has to be Robin Williams as the Genie and it is his quickfire wit that really sets things alight. I especially like the Genie's song when he is explaining his powers to Aladdin.

Sidekicks get a special place here too. Aladdin has Abu, a very clever monkey, but I have to admit to loving Iago the parrot, the right hand 'man' to the evil Jafar, even more.

I feel sheepish

However, the real surprise in this film and one which at the time it was made, elevated the art of animation to a new level, is ...the magic carpet!

There is something about how it moves: it flies, trembles, waves in the air, sits up, lies down and even somehow hangs its head, which just begs you to believe that 'it' is really a person with feelings.

As the Genie says at one point, "I can't believe it, I'm talking to a rug!"

I would highly recommend Aladdin to young and old.

If you already know and love the film, then you know that the headlines I have used in this review are all funny lines taken from it. Why not take the poll below and vote for the your favourite one?

If you haven't seen it before, then ask someone to get it for you for Christmas, or buy it for the kids so you'll have an excuse to watch it too!

Background photo credit: Aladdin's Lamp.

Aladdin has so many funny lines in it, I have listed a few of them below for you to vote on.

What's your favourite funny line in Aladdin?

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Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

I watched this a lot when I was kid, but had forgotten about it.

It was only when my own kids saw it that I realised I knew all the music.

Great use of a classical piece gives it a sense of culture too.

 
The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition)
The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition)

What can I say?

"I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo"!

 
Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition)
Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition)

Very 'clean' and colourful animation in this one.

Watch out for the ballroom scene in particular.

 

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @asereht1970: Thanks!

      Thank you for reading.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Great review.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @PAINTDRIPS: Glad to be of service, lol.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Nice review. I have to laugh at the great Robin Williams funny lines. Ha. Made me laugh!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @TheHonestWebGuru: You're welcome.

      Thanks for reading.

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      TheHonestWebGuru 4 years ago

      I love this movie! Thanks

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Minoru10: Well put.

      They do seem good at pulling our heart strings, although I think they do it better in this one than in some of the others.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thanks for reading.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I loved this movie along with the music,the magic, and humor Disney brings in their movies.

      Even after conflict or adult like situations in a movie there is always something all of us can relate to individually within the story or characters. Disney always seems to touch our hearts and make the magic happen in any event.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Disney movies are the best of all times.