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May 24, 2019

Aladdin (1992) --- “Would You Like To Here The Tale About The Diamond In Rough?”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    When poor street rat Aladdin (Scott Weinger) frees a genie (Robin Williams) from a magical lamp, he finds his wishes to impress Agrabah’s own Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) are granted and the two fall madly in love. However, he soon discovers that a power-hungry Grand Vizier, Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), has evil other plans for both the lamp and Princess Jasmine. Can Aladdin find the strength within to stop Jafar as well as save those he loves and the Kingdom before it’s too late? Or will Jafar get away with his evil plans? Directed and co-written by the ones who brought us The Little Mermaid (1989), Hercules (1997),  Moana (2016), and more - Ron Clements and John Musker - Aladdin (1992) is a classic and colorful tale that takes audiences to a “whole new world.”
   Part of Disney’s Renaissance era - which began with The Little Mermaid (1989) and ended with Mulan (1998) - and emerging alongside many other well-done Disney films from the 90’s, Aladdin (1992) stands out as one of my favorite Disney film’s and one of Disney’s highest grossing films of 1992. The story is filled with magic and adventure that has charmed audiences from the last 27 years and will continue to do so in the years to come. Interestingly this is the only Disney Princess film that is not actually about the princess, but rather the film is both named after the “prince” and follows said “prince” for most of the film. This not only allows for a stronger story than if it had followed Princess Jasmine but it also allows for Disney to show that it can do a Princess film without having to focus only on the princess.
  Aside from the story, there are several other aspects that make Aladdin memorable. The first being the music by Alan Menken and Dennis McCarthy. The film opens with the unforgettable “Arabian Nights” followed by “One Jump Ahead” which introduces us to the film’s leading character, next is “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” which provide two back-to-back big numbers, and then there's the Oscar-winning piece “A Whole New World.” The music is memorable from start to finish and lies at the heart of the entire film with top-notch vocal talents from Brad Kane, Lea Salonga, Regina Belle, and Peabo Bryson.
   The second most memorable aspect of Aladdin is the humor, when you have Robin Williams in any film it is bound to be filled to the brim with humor and that is exactly what we get here. Albeit there are a lot of adult innuendos but unless your an adult or you have been subject to more mature things then you won’t even notice that they are there.
   The final most memorable aspect of Aladdin is the voice acting. Obviously Robin Williams (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) stole the show with his impressions and humor that is sure to put a smile on your face. Scott Weinger (Full House, Fuller House), Linda Larkin (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Jonathan Freeman (The Producers), and Gilbert Gottfried (Beverly Hills Cop II) gave tremendous vocal performances that brought life to their respective characters.
   Overall, Aladdin (1992) is a must watch for Disney fans, young and old. The story is filled with magic and adventure, the music is unforgettable, and the voice acting is tremendous. It is the highest grossing Disney film of 1992 and it is also one of Disney’s more unique films as it chooses to follow the prince rather than the princess. All in all, this is a classic must-watch and I cannot wait to see what the live action version is going to be like. Will it live up to the original? Will it stand on its own? Or will it fail to measure up?

Final Vote --- 8.5 of 10 stars

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