||This movie works well as both a comedy and
a love story. Aladdin, being a "street rat", doesn't believe he is a
prince, even after being made into one by the genie. His lies, of
course, build up more and more, and he can't let go of them. When he is
caught, in a terrific scene where Jasmine figures out who he is, he
creates more outrageous lies. Fortunately, he really is a "diamond in
the rough", and he can't let anything bad happen to anybody, from the
little toddlers in the street, to the Sultan and his daughter. He is
more than a match for Jafar, because he has a true heart, and evil
cannot resist the temptations it is given.
The best part of this movie is the
combination of music and animation. Although nothing compared to movies
that followed, like Lion King and
Mulan, the animation captures a lot of
movement and detail, and is quite beautiful. Unfortunately, this movie
doesn't really make much use of the widescreen format, as everything is
pretty much centered in the frame. The video, however, was incredibly
enhanced compared to the original. For a quick comparison, check out the
original 1992 music video of A Whole New World!
The songs, of course, were terrific.
When we first saw this movie, back in theatres twelve years ago, we
bought the soundtrack CD, and listened to it over and over. When the
songs were playing in this edition, we still knew all of the words! I
wish the movie had more songs in the second half, as the first half is
quite song-intensive, and it would have evened things out a little. "A
Whole New World" is a terrific ballad, which holds as much meaning today
as when it was first written -it is one of those timeless tunes.
I have a solution to genie's problem
with getting released and making Aladdin a prince again: get Jasmine to
rub the lamp, like Jafar did. She can wish for a prince, and Aladdin
still has a wish left. So there!
All of the characters were
well-developed, but I think two of the most developed of them were Abu
and Iago. They were both hilarious, with Abu hanging onto Aladdin, and
being the selfish part of him, the spiteful way we sometimes want to be.
I loved his reaction to having to give bread to the young children. Iago
was so sarcastic and hilarious himself. His "why am I not surprised? I'm
going to die of not surprise" at the fact that the thief was not worthy
of entering the cave, was downright awesome. The magic carpet was also
imbued with so much personality that I was amazed once again.
The sequels to this movie go way
downhill from this terrific story. I found them dull, and I could never
buy into the way Jafar defeated the lamp to become powerful again
without the restrictions of a genie. It's almost as if Genie had a
conscience, but Jafar, not having one, could do as he wished. I don't
remember much about the third one, except that I couldn't wait for it to
This movie, however, is definitely
worth seeing on the clarity of DVD.