A favourite Disney love story is brought back to life in this blu-ray presentation of Aladdin, a story that kids and adults will enjoy through laughter and song, and even a few tears, but fortunately, they’ll be tears of joy.
In the ancient city of Agrabah, Aladdin (Scott Weigner), a poor commoner with a big heart and his trusted pet monkey Abu wander the streets trying to survive, but are barely doing so. Aladdin dreams of being rich and living the life of luxury, maybe even someday in the palace. Despite his impoverishment, Aladdin possesses one thing: He doesn’t know that he is the diamond in the rough, the only person who can go to the Cave of Wonders and get out the magic lamp which Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), the Sultan’s (Douglas Seale) advisor and evil sorcerer wants.
In the distant castle is Princess Jasmine whose father the Sultan is trying to wed off. Jasmine has three days to find a prince that she will agree to marry, but she rejects every suitor who comes to call. Jasmine has other ideas about marriage, she wants to marry for love She dreams of the things that Aladdin has: freedom, independence and autonomy . Jasmine decides to run away from the palace where she meets Aladdin.
When Jafar discovers Aladdin to be the diamond in the rough, he orders him captured and tricks him into going into the Cave to retrieve the lamp. When the plan backfires, Aladdin ends up with the lamp and more than he bargained for when the Genie comes out.
The Genie is brilliantly personified by Robin Williams, of course this Genie has a sense of humour. From characters like Richard Nixon and Jack Nicholson and his entire cast of personalities, the little ones won’t get most of his jokes, but the grownups won’t stop laughing. Genie offers Aladdin three wishes. His first wish is to be a prince so he can court Jasmine.
Everything goes according to plan until Jafar steals the lamp and makes his own three wishes. Jafar’s wishes are evil and destructive. It is up to Aladdin and Abu to save Jasmine and the Sultan from Jafar’s evil plans.
Although there are some scary moments, the humour of Genie and Jafar’s parrot Lago played (Gilbert Gottfried) provide enough comic relief to distract small children and even their parents and will replace fear with laughter.
The film’s catchy songs will stick with you like glue.
-Discussion with Directors John Musker and Ron Clements
-A Walk Down Memory Lane with Scott Weinger