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A hand holds an oil lamp and another rubs it, and glowing dust starts coming off the lamp's nozzle. The text "Walt Disney Pictures presents: Aladdin" is atop the image, with the tagline "Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true." scrawling underneath it.
Original theatrical poster; art by John Alvin
Directed by Ron Clements
John Musker
Produced by Ron Clements
John Musker
Written by Ron Clements
John Musker
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Starring Scott Weinger
Jonathan Freeman
Robin Williams
Linda Larkin
Frank Welker
Gilbert Gottfried
Douglas Seale
Music by Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Tim Rice
Editing by Mark A. Hester
H. Lee Peterson
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million
Gross revenue $504,050,219
Followed by The Return of Jafar

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin was the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was part of the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, and is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. The voice cast features Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, and Douglas Seale.

Lyricist Howard Ashman first pitched the idea, and the screenplay had to go through three drafts before Disney president Jeffrey Katzenberg greenlighted the production. The animators based their designs on the work of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and computers were used for both colouring and creating some animated elements. The musical score was written by Alan Menken and features six songs with lyrics written by both Ashman and Tim Rice, who took over after the former's death.

Aladdin was released on November 25, 1992 to positive reviews, despite some criticism from Arabs who considered the film racist, and was the most successful film of 1992, earning over $217 million in revenue in the United States, and over $504 million worldwide. The film also won many awards, most of them for its soundtrack. Aladdin's success led to many material inspired by the film such as two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, an animated television series, toys, video games, spin-offs, and merchandise.



In the some time after the Rise of Islam, Jafar, Grand Vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, is attempting to access the Cave of Wonders for a magical oil lamp containing a genie. He and his talking parrot, Iago, learn that only the metaphorical Diamond in the Rough can enter the cave, or anyone accompanied by him.

Jasmine, the Sultan's daughter, frustrated with "having her life lived for her" and the obligation of marriage, escapes the palace and goes to Agrabah's marketplace. There she meets street rat Aladdin and his monkey, Abu. Jafar uses a machine to discover that Aladdin is the "diamond in the rough", and has him captured. Jasmine orders him released, but Jafar lies, telling her Aladdin is dead.

Jafar, disguised as an elderly man, releases Aladdin from prison and leads him to the Cave of Wonders. The tiger-shaped head of the cave tells them to touch nothing but the lamp. Aladdin enters the cave and encounters a magic carpet who guides him to the lamp. Abu tries to steal a ruby, which causes a cave-in, but the carpet helps them to the entrance. Jafar tries to kill Aladdin after getting the lamp, but Abu bites Jafar and takes the lamp back. Abu, the carpet and Aladdin fall back into the cave just as it collapses.

When Aladdin awakens, he rubs the lamp, unleashing the Genie who reveals he will grant Aladdin three wishes. Aladdin dupes Genie into freeing them from the cave without using up a wish. While contemplating his wishes, Aladdin asks Genie's opinion. Genie admits he would wish for freedom, since he is a prisoner to his lamp. Aladdin promises to wish him free for his last wish. For his first wish, Aladdin asks to become a prince so he can marry Jasmine.

Jafar decides to trick the Sultan into arranging a marriage between himself and Jasmine, and then kill both the princess and her father. His plans are interrupted when Aladdin parades into the Sultan's palace as "Prince Ali". Jasmine rejects Ali, considering him a buffoon. That night, Aladdin meets Jasmine, and takes her "around the world" on a "magic carpet ride." Jasmine realizes that Ali is the boy from the marketplace; Aladdin fabricates a story that he sometimes dresses as a commoner to escape palace life. Aladdin returns her home and they kiss.

After delivering Jasmine, Aladdin is captured by Jafar who tricks the guards into chaining Aladdin and throwing him into the ocean. Aladdin summons Genie, who rescues Aladdin as his second wish. Aladdin returns to the palace, revealing the vizier's plot to Jasmine and the Sultan. Jafar realizes Aladdin's identity, and escapes from the Sultan's bodyguards. Surprised by Aladdin's bravery, the Sultan decides Aladdin should be his successor. Aladdin faces a moral dilemma, and decides to wait before wishing Genie free. Then Iago steals Genie's lamp and brings it to Jafar, who uses his first wish to become sultan. Jafar's second wish turns him into a powerful sorcerer sending Aladdin to a far-off place.

Aladdin uses the magic carpet to return to Agrabah. Jasmine distracts Jafar as Aladdin attempts to steal the lamp, but the vizier notices and attacks the boy. Jafar boasts that he is "the most powerful being on Earth", and Aladdin reminds him Genie is more powerful. Jafar uses his final wish to become a genie, but forgets that genies are not free entities and is sucked into his new black lamp, dragging Iago with him. Genie flicks the lamp into the Cave of Wonders.

Aladdin wishes for Genie's freedom, much to Genie's surprise and happiness. Since Jasmine loves Aladdin, the Sultan changes the law so they can marry. Genie leaves to explore the world while Aladdin and Jasmine celebrate their engagement.


  • Scott Weinger as Aladdin/Prince Ali Ababwa: A poor but kind-hearted Agrabah thief. Brad Kane supplies the character's singing voice. Weinger sent in a homemade audition tape with his mother playing the Genie,[1] and after several call backs he found six months later that he had the part.[2]
  • Robin Williams as The Genie: A comedic genie, with nigh omnipotent power that can only be exercised when his master wishes it. Clements and Musker wrote the part of the Genie for Williams, and when met with resistance created a reel of Williams' standup to animation of the Genie. When Williams watched the video, he "laughed his ass off" and agreed to do the project.[3]
  • Jonathan Freeman as Jafar: The power-hungry Grand Vizier of Agrabah and the main antagonist of the film. Jafar was originally envisioned as an irritable character, but the directors decided that a calm villain would be scarier.[4] Animator Andreas Deja tried to incorporate Freeman's facial expressions into the character.[5]
  • Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine: The princess of Agrabah, who is tired of life in the royal palace. Lea Salonga supplies the character's singing voice. Larkin was chosen nine months after her audition, and had to adjust her pitch to reach the voice the filmmakers were looking for the character.[4]
  • Frank Welker as Abu: Aladdin's kleptomaniac pet monkey with a high-pitched voice. The animators filmed monkeys at the San Francisco Zoo to study the movements Abu would have.[4] In the three years it took to record the film, Welker did not meet Weinger or Williams.[6] Welker also voiced Jasmine's tiger Rajah, and the Cave of Wonders.[7]
  • Gilbert Gottfried as Iago: Jafar's sarcastic, foul-mouthed pet parrot sidekick. Iago's animator Will Finn tried to incorporate some aspects of Gottfried's appearance into Iago's design, specially his semi-closed eyes and the always-appearing teeth.[4]
  • Douglas Seale as The Sultan: The pompous but kind ruler of Agrabah, who desperately tries to find a suitor for his daughter Jasmine. Some aspects of the character were inspired in the Wizard of Oz, to create a bumbling authority figure.[4]
  • Jim Cummings as Razoul: The Captain of the Guard. He was named after layout supervisor Rasoul Azadani.[4]
  • Robin Williams as The Narrator: A mysterious merchant who appears at the beginning of the film. After promoting useless goods to the audience, he reveals the magic lamp and begins the story of Aladdin. Bruce Adler supplies his singing voice. The scene was completely unscripted — the production left Williams a table with props covered with a sheet and asked him to pull out objects without looking at them and describe them in-character. The double role originally led to the merchant revealing to be the Genie disguised, but that idea was later dropped.[3] The merchant would later reappear in the ending of Aladdin and the King of Thieves.[8]
  • The Magic Carpet is a sentient carpet who is able to fly. Animator Randy Cartwright described working on the Carpet as challenging, since it is just a square shape, who expresses himself through pantomime - "It's sort of like acting by origami".[9] Cartwright kept folding a piece of cloth while animating to see how to position the Carpet.[9] After the character animation was done, the carpet's surface design was applied digitally.[5]



Script and development

In 1988, lyricist Howard Ashman pitched to Disney the idea of an animated musical adaptation of Aladdin. After Ashman wrote some songs with partner Alan Menken and a film treatment,[10] a screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton, who had worked on Beauty and the Beast.[11] Then directors John Musker and Ron Clements joined the production, picking Aladdin out of three projects offered, which also included an adaptation of Swan Lake and King of the Jungle - that eventually became The Lion King.[12] Musker and Clements wrote a draft of the screenplay, and delivered it to studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1991. Katzenberg thought the script "didn't engage", and only approved it after the screenwriting duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio rewrote it.[10] Among the changes, the character of Aladdin's mother was removed, Princess Jasmine was made into a stronger character, Aladdin's personality was rewritten to be "a little rougher, like a young Harrison Ford,"[8][10] and the parrot Iago, originally conceived as a "British" calm and serious character, was reworked into a comic role after the filmmakers saw Gilbert Gottfried in Beverly Hills Cop II. Gottfried was cast to provide Iago's voice.[13] Several characters and plot elements are also based on the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad,[14][15] and many aspects of the traditional story were changed for the film — for instance, the setting is changed from "China" to a fictional Arabian city, Agrabah.[16]

Design and animation

A style guide, depicting above the characters, and below the geometrical shapes they follow. Notes on design, such as "High hip" for Jasmine and "Broad shoulders" for Jafar are scattered through the page. Atop the page is written "0514 - Aladdin Style"
Style guide depicting the main characters. The animators designed each one based on a different geometrical shape.[17]

One of the first issues that the animators faced during production of Aladdin was the depiction of Aladdin himself.[18] Director and producer John Musker explains:

In early screenings, we played with him being a little bit younger, and he had a mother in the story. [...] In design he became more athletic-looking, more filled out, more of a young leading man, more of a teen-hunk version than before.[18]

He was initially going to be as young as 13, but that eventually changed to eighteen.[18] Aladdin was designed by a team led by supervising animator Glen Keane, and was originally made to resemble actor Michael J. Fox. During production, it was decided that the design was too boyish and wasn't "appealing enough," so the character was redesigned to add elements derived from actor Tom Cruise and Calvin Klein models.[3]

The design for most characters was based on the work of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld,[5] which production designer Richard Vander Wende also considered appropriate to the theme, due to similarities to the swooping lines of Persian miniatures and Arabic calligraphy.[9] Jafar's design was not based on Hirschfeld's work because Jafar's supervising animator, Andreas Deja, wanted the character to be contrasting.[19] Each character was animated alone, with the animators consulting each other to make scenes with interrelating characters. Since Aladdin's animator Glen Keane was working in the California branch of Walt Disney Feature Animation, and Jasmine's animator Mark Henn was in the Florida one at Disney-MGM Studios, they had to frequently phone, fax or send designs and discs to each other.[9]

For the scenery design, layout supervisor Rasoul Azadani took many pictures of his hometown of Isfahan, Iran for guidance.[4] Other inspirations for design were Disney's animated films from the 1940s and 50s and the 1940 film The Thief of Bagdad.[9] The coloring was done with the computerized CAPS process, and the color motifs were chosen according to the personality - the protagonists use light colors such as blue, the antagonists darker ones such as red and black, and Agrabah and its palace use the neutral color yellow.[4][5] Computer animation was used for some elements of the film, such as the tiger entrance of the Cave of Wonders and the scene where Aladdin tries to escape the collapsing cave.[5]

Musker and Clements created the Genie with Robin Williams in mind; even though Katzenberg suggested actors such as John Candy, Steve Martin, and Eddie Murphy, Williams was approached and eventually accepted the role. Williams came for voice recording sessions during breaks in the shooting of two other films he was starring in at the time, Hook and Toys. Unusually for an animated film, much of Williams' dialogue was ad-libbed: for some scenes, Williams was given topics and dialogue suggestions, but allowed to improvise his lines.[5] It was estimated that Williams improvised 52 characters.[20] Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for the Genie, then reviewed Williams' recorded dialogue and selected the best gags and lines that his crew would create character animation to match.[5]

The producers added many in-jokes and references to Disney’s previous works in the film, such as a "cameo appearance" from directors Clements and Musker and drawing some characters based on Disney workers.[7] Beast, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and Pinocchio make brief appearances,[4] and the wardrobe of the Genie at the end of the film—Goofy hat, Hawaiian shirt, and sandals—are a reference to a short film that Robin Williams did for the Disney/MGM Studios tour in the late 80's.[7]

Robin Williams' conflicts with the studio

In gratitude for his success with the Disney/Touchstone film Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams voiced the Genie for SAG scale pay ($75,000), on condition that his name or image not be used for marketing, and his (supporting) character not take more than 25% of space on advertising artwork, since Toys was scheduled for release one month after Aladdin's debut. For financial reasons, the studio went back on the deal on both counts, especially in poster art by having the Genie in 25% of the image, but having other major and supporting characters portrayed considerably smaller. The Disney Hyperion book Aladdin: The Making Of An Animated Film, listed both of Williams' characters "The Peddler" and "The Genie" ahead of main characters, but was forced to refer to him only as "the actor signed to play the Genie".[3]

Williams and Disney had a bitter falling-out, and as a result, Dan Castellaneta voiced the Genie in The Return of Jafar, the Aladdin animated television series, and had recorded his voice for Aladdin and the King of Thieves. When Jeffrey Katzenberg was fired from Disney and replaced by former 20th Century Fox production head Joe Roth (whose last act for Fox was greenlighting Williams' film Mrs. Doubtfire), Roth arranged for a public apology to Williams by Disney. Williams agreed to perform in Hollywood Pictures' Jack, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and even agreed to voice the Genie again for the King Of Thieves sequel (for considerably more than scale), replacing all of Castellaneta's dialogue.[21]


Composer Alan Menken and songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice were praised for creating a soundtrack that is "consistently good, rivaling the best of Disney's other animated musicals from the '90s."[22] Menken and Ashman began work on the film together, with Rice taking over as lyricist after Ashman died of AIDS-related complications in early 1991.[23] Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only six are featured in the movie, three by each lyricist.[24] The DVD Special Edition released in 2004 includes four songs in early animations tests, and a music video of one, "Proud of Your Boy", performed by Clay Aiken,[25] which also appears on the album DisneyMania 3.[26]


"The original story was sort of a winning the lottery kind of thing. When we got into it, particularly coming in at the end of 1980s, it seemed like an Eighties 'greed is good' movie. (...)Like having anything you could wish for would be the greatest thing in the world and having it taken away from you is bad, but having it back is great. We didn't really want that to be the message of the movie"
—Ron Clements[9]

The filmmakers thought the moral message of the original tale was not appropriate, and decided to "put a spin on it", by making the fulfillment of wishes seem like a great thing, but eventually becoming a problem.[9] Another major theme was not trying to be what the person is not - both Aladdin and Jasmine get into trouble faking to be different people,[4] and the Prince Ali persona fails to impress Jasmine, who only falls for Aladdin when she finds out who he truly is.[27] It is also discussed on being "imprisoned", a fate that occurs to most characters - Aladdin and Jasmine are stuck to their lifestyles, Genie is attached to his lamp and Jafar, to the Sultan - and is represented visually by the prison-like walls and bars of the Agrabah palace, and the scene involving caged birds which Jasmine later frees.[4] Jasmine is also depicted as a different Disney Princess, being rebellious to the royal life and the social structure,[28] and trying to make her own way, unlike the princesses who just wait for rescue.[9]

Release and reception

Theatrical run

A large promotion campaign preceded Aladdin's debut in theaters, with the film's trailer being attached to most Disney VHS releases, and numerous tie-ins and licensees being released.[29] After a limited release on November 13, 1992,[30] Aladdin debuted on 1,131 theaters in November 25, 1992, grossing $19.2 million in its opening weekend — number two at the box office, behind Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.[31] It took eight weeks for the film to reach number one at the US box office, breaking the record for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve with $32.2 million.[32] The film held the top spot five times during its 22-week run.[33] Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992 grossing $217 million in the United States and over $504 million worldwide.[34] It was the biggest gross for an animated film until The Lion King two years later.[35] As of 2009, it is the third highest grossing traditionally animated feature worldwide, behind The Lion King and The Simpsons Movie.[36]

Critical response

Aladdin was well received by critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 92% of critics gave the film a positive review based on a sample of 49 reviews, with an average score of 7.9/10.[37] Among the "Top Critics", it has a 100% positive review rating from eight critics.[38]

Most critics' praise went to Robin Williams' performance as Genie,[37] with Janet Maslin of The New York Times declaring that children "needn't know precisely what Mr. Williams is evoking to understand how funny he is".[39] Warner Bros animator Chuck Jones even called the film "the funniest feature ever made."[10] James Berardinelli gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the "crisp visuals and wonderful song-and-dance numbers".[40] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the comedy made the film accessible to both children and adults,[41] a vision shared with Desson Howe of The Washington Post, who also said "kids are still going to be entranced by the magic and adventure."[42] Brian Lowry of Variety praised the cast of characters, describing the expressive magic carpet as "its most remarkable accomplishment" and considered that "Aladdin overcomes most story flaws thanks to sheer technical virtuosity".[43]

Some aspects of the film were widely criticized. Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine wrote a negative review, describing the film as racist, ridiculous, and a "narcissistic circus act" for Robin Williams.[44] IGN's review considered that besides the Genie and the cave-in scene, Aladdin was "totally by the numbers (...). You know how it will all turn out, it contains no surprises, and for that matter, very little that's truly special," and described the cast, particularly the protagonists, as "cookie-cutter characters".[25] Roger Ebert considered the music inferior to its predecessors The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and claimed Aladdin and Jasmine were "pale and routine".[45]

Animation enthusiasts have noticed similarities between Aladdin and Richard Williams's unfinished film The Thief and the Cobbler (also known as Arabian Knight under Miramax Films and The Princess and the Cobbler under Majestic Films International). These similarities include a similar plot, similar characters, scenes and background designs, and the antagonist Zig-Zag's resemblance in character design and mannerisms to Genie and Jafar.[46][47] Though Aladdin was released prior to The Thief and the Cobbler, The Thief and the Cobbler was started much earlier in the 1960s, its production being mired in difficulties including financial problems, copyright issues, and late production times caused by separate studios trying to finish the film after Richard Williams was fired from the project for lack of finished work.[48] The late release coupled with Miramax (a Disney-owned studio) purchasing and re-editing the film, has sometimes resulted in The Thief and the Cobbler being labeled a copy of Aladdin.[47]


Aladdin also received many award nominations, mostly for its music. It won two Academy Awards, Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for "A Whole New World" and receiving nominations for Best Song ("Friend Like Me"), Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound.[49] At the Golden Globes, Aladdin won Best Original Song ("A Whole New World") and Best Original Score, as well as a Special Achievement Award for Robin Williams, with a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.[50] Other awards included the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature,[51] a MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance to Robin Williams,[52] Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Film, Performance by a Younger Actor to Scott Weinger and Supporting Actor to Robin Williams,[53] the Best Animated Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association,[54] and four Grammy Awards, Best Soundtrack Album, and Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for "A Whole New World".[55]

Home media

The film was first released in VHS in October 1, 1993, as part of the "Walt Disney Classics" line. In its first week of availability, Aladdin sold over 10.8 million copies[56] and went on to sell over 25 million in total (a record only broken by the later release of The Lion King).[57] It entered moratorium on April 30, 1994.[58]

On October 5, 2004, Aladdin was released on DVD, as part of Disney's Platinum Edition line. The DVD release featured retouched and cleaned-up animation, prepared for Aladdin's planned but ultimately cancelled IMAX reissue in 2003,[59] and a second disc with bonus features. Accompanied by a $19 million marketing campaign,[60] the DVD sold about 3 million units, less than any of the other Platinum Edition titles so far.[61] The film's soundtrack was available in its original Dolby 5.1 track or in a new Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix.[25] The DVD went into moratorium on January 2008, along with its sequels.[62]


One of the verses of the opening song "Arabian Nights" was altered following protests from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The lyrics were changed in July 1993 from "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face/It's barbaric, but, hey, it's home," in the original release to "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense/It's barbaric, but, hey, it's home." The change first appeared on the 1993 video release.[63] The original lyric was intact on the initial CD soundtrack release, but the re-release uses the edited lyric. The rerecording has the original voice on all other lines and then a noticeably deeper voice says the edited line. Entertainment Weekly ranked Aladdin in a list of the most controversial films in history, due to this incident.[64] The ADC also complained about the portrayal of the lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine. They criticized the characters' Anglicized features and Anglo-American accents, in contrast to the other characters in the film, which are dark-skinned, have Arab accents and grotesque facial features, and appear villainous or greedy.[63]

Protests were also raised to another scene. When Aladdin is attacked by the tiger Rajah on the palace balcony, Aladdin quietly says "Come on... good kitty, take off and go..." and the word "kitty" is overlapped by another, unidentifiable sound, possibly Rajah's snarl. Some people reported hearing "Good teenagers, take off your clothes,"[65] which they considered a subliminal reference to promiscuity. Because of the controversy, Disney replaced the phrase with "Down, kitty" on the DVD release.[66]


Sequels and spin-offs

Aladdin was followed by Disney's first direct-to-video sequel, The Return of Jafar in 1994. The film saw the debut of a new character, Abis Mal, voiced by Jason Alexander, and all of the original cast, except for Robin Williams, replaced by Dan Castellaneta, and Douglas Seale, replaced by Val Bettin. The plot mainly focused on Jafar seeking revenge on Aladdin. However, this time, with Iago on Aladdin's side, Abis Mal becomes Jafar's new henchman.[67] Shortly after The Return of Jafar, the Aladdin TV Series was aired on television. The episodes focused on Aladdin's adventures after the events of the second film.[68] In 1996, the final sequel to Aladdin, Aladdin and the King of Thieves was released on video. The story concludes as Aladdin and Jasmine are about to be married and Aladdin discovers that his father is still alive, but is the king of all thieves in Agrabah.[67]

The Aladdin characters later made a crossover with Hercules: The Animated Series,[69] and were featured as guests in the television series House of Mouse and related works to those series—Jafar was the leader of the villains in Mickey's House of Villains.[70]

The film also inspired a Disney On Ice presentation,[71] and two attractions in Disney's theme parks: "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin", a Dumbo the Flying Elephant-like ride at both Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Resort Paris;[72][73] and the show Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney's California Adventure Park.[74]

Video games

Along with the film release, three different video games based on Aladdin were released, one by Virgin Interactive for the Sega Mega Drive, Game Boy (later ported to the Game Boy Color), Nintendo Entertainment System and PC;[75] another by SIMS for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System;[75] and another by Capcom for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis (later ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2002).[76]

The television series inspired another game by Argonaut Games, entitled Aladdin: Nasira's Revenge and released in 2000 for the PlayStation and PC.[77] Also, in 2004 Vivendi Universal released Disney's Aladdin Chess Adventures, a chess computer game with the Aladdin license.[78]

The Kingdom Hearts series features a playable Aladdin world known as Agrabah.[79] In Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the plotline is loosely related to the storyline of the original film.[79][80] In Kingdom Hearts II, it is a mixture of Aladdin and The Return of Jafar.[81] Genie is also a recurring summon in the series.[79]


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Preceded by
"Beauty and the Beast" from
Beauty and the Beast
Academy Award for Best Original Song
"A Whole New World"

Succeeded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" from

Simple English

Directed by Ron Clements
John Musker
Produced by Ron Clements
John Musker
Written by John Musker
Ron Clements
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Starring Scott Weinger
Robin Williams
Jonathan Freeman
Linda Larkin
Frank Welker
Gilbert Gottfried
Douglas Seale
Music by Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Tim Rice
Editing by Mark A. Hester
H. Lee Peterson
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date(s) November 25, 1992
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28,000,000
Gross revenue $504,050,219 (worldwide)
Followed by The Return of Jafar (1994)

Aladdin is an animated movie made by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the fairy tale of the same name. The movie is the thirty-first animated movie in the Walt Disney animated classics series. It was the second last of the era known as the Disney Renaissance beginning with The Little Mermaid, with the last being The Lion King. It was the most successful movie of 1992, earning over $217 million in revenue in the United States, and over $504 million worldwide.

The story

The movie opens on a fictional Arabian kingdom named Agrabah where a scandal happens: the Sultan wants his daughter Jasmine to get married but she refuses all suitors and escapes from the palace. In the marketplace, she meets a poor boy of the streets named Aladdin. Meanwhile, at the palace's high tower, the evil wizard Jafar discovers that Aladdin is the man that can help him to find a magic lamp. Jafar sends the royals guards to arrest Aladdin. In the dungeon, Jafar tells Aladdin to enter the Cave of Wonders to get a lamp.

Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu enter the cave to found mountains of gold, jewels and a magic carpet. After being told not to touch anything but the lamp, Abu tries to steal a forbidden treasure and the cave destroys itself. When Aladdin tries to clean the lamp, Genie escapes and offers Aladdin three wishes. Aladdin agrees and first wishes to become a prince, thus letting him marry Princess Jasmine. With much celebration, Aladdin travels to the palace and announces to the Sultan that he wishes to marry the princess.

That night, Aladdin and Jasmine fly on the magic carpet and they fall in love. The next morning, Jasmine announces to the whole kingdom that she had chosen a suiter. After hearing the news, Jafar, whose plan was to marry Jasmine and become Sultan, steals the lamp from Aladdin and uses his first wish to become the Sultan. The new evil Sultan reveals Aladdin's true character, the average "streetrat", and sends him to the end of the earth. He then makes Jasmine and the former Sultan his servants and tells the genie to construct his palace.

Aladdin escapes the ends of the earth and rerturns to the palace to rescue Jasmine and defeat Jafar. When she sees Aladdin approaching, Jasmine distracts Jafar by pretending to fall in love with him. The plan fails when Jafar sees Aladdin's reflection in Jasmine's tiara and attacks him. When Jafar boasts that he is the "most powerful sorceror in the world", Aladdin argues that a genie has more power. Upset by this fact, Jafar uses his last wish to become an all-powerful genie. Aladdin reminds Jafar of everything involved in being a genie, and Jafar is confined to the lamp, unable to use his power. The lamp is sent back to the Cave of Wonders, to ensure that Jafar never escapes. Agrabah is put back under the old Sultan, whose first change is a new law that a princess can marry a common man, not only another royal figure. Jasmine is free to marry Aladdin. At the end of the film, Aladdin wishes Genie free, as he had promised in the beginning.

Voice cast

  • Aladdin/Prince Ali Ababwa: Scott Weinger/Brad Kane (singing)
  • Genie/Merchant: Robin Williams/Bruce Adler (Merchant's singing voice)
  • Jafar: Jonathan Freeman
  • Princess Jasmine: Linda Larkin/Lea Salonga (singing)
  • Abu: Frank Welker
  • Iago: Gilbert Gottfried
  • The Sultan: Douglas Seale
  • Head of Palace Guards: Jim Cummings
  • Rajah: Frank Welker

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