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Almost Kiss: Between Aladdin and Jasmine in his hideaway before they are interrupted by the guards, just after Jafar is revealed as a traitor, and again at the conclusion before Genie grabs them in a group hug.
During the "A Whole New World" sequence, Aladdin and Jasmine fly by an Egyptian stonemason working on the Sphinx. They startle him, causing his chisel to slip and break off the nose of the Sphinx. However, in reality, the Sphinx would have been thousands of years old by Aladdin's time, and the ancient Egyptians long gone.
Also, after the song's done they end up watching a Chinese New Year Celebration on the roof of what looks very much like the Forbidden City in Peking; the palace wouldn't be built until 1406-20.
When Aladdin tumbles through the clotheslines in his first appearance, a definitely modern bra is clearly visible among the falling clothes.
Iago says "Pack the guns, the weapons, the knives... oh, and how about this picture, I think I'm making a weird face in it." Miniature paintings were absolutely not in vogue in the Abbasid period, but more to the point, THE GUNS??? According to the DVD Commentary, that was Gilbert Gottfried ad-libbing, and it got a laugh out of Robin Williams.
Princess Jasmine's freakin' regular outfit is an anachronism, overlapping with Politically Correct History. The bedlah outfits worn by her (and various harem girls throughout the film) are a Hollywood invention, created during the early twentieth century. Hollywood popularized it enough to result in Defictionalization. If you get over that, it still makes no sense at all that the Princess goes around wearing a belly dancer costume.
Abu pulls out what is, on closer inspection, a modern bobby pin to pick the lock and free Aladdin within the dungeon.
Aside Glance: When the Sultan, frustrated with Jasmine's rebelliousness, glares at Rajah and declares, "Allah forbid you should have any daughters!", Rajah turns a baffled look towards the audience. May double as a Silent Snarker moment.
Attractive Bent-Gender: When Iago is disguised as a flamingo and mimicking Princess Jasmine's voice, a nearby male flamingo gives him the bedroom eyes. Iago's disguise sure is paper thin: just a fake beak and some stilts.
Angel Face, Demon Face: The Genie begins the movie as a playful, googly, shape shifting whack job. But when his lamp comes into the possession of Jafar, his coloration and body shape change to the "evil Djinn" style (only temporarily, because this is a Disney movie, and the Genie had to be recognizable for marketing purposes).
Badass Arm-Fold: Jafar can pull this off well, like the scene where Prince Ali visits.
Badass Boast: "Friend Like Me" is part this in that Genie shows how powerful he is and what he's capable of, also part showing Aladdin how lucky he is to have found Genie. "Prince Ali" is all this with regard to Ali's fortune/possessions/exploits/etc.
Bald of Evil: Jafar's male-pattern baldness the one time he's seen without his hat.
Beard of Evil: Not everyone with a beard is evil (in fact, every male citizen of Agrabah we see, besides Aladdin and little boys, has a beard) but Jafar's beard is definitely a Beard Of Evil. It's so...twisted.
Aladdin's wish to become a prince didn't make him any more attractive to Jasmine; if anything, she liked him less as a prince than as a "street rat".
Aladdin's trick to defeat Jafar: making him ask to be a genie... because that would lock him in a lamp.
BeeYourself: The entire point of Aladdin's Character Development. He thinks that he's worth nothing without the Genie and that Jasmine wouldn't be interested in him if he wasn't a prince. Naturally, Jasmine falls in love with him when he's just a poor boy living on the streets (and she initially doesn't care for his princely alter-ego) and Aladdin manages to defeat Jafar entirely without the Genie's help.
Aladdin's first wish, "I wish for you to make me a prince", was pretty easy to "misinterpret", too, so Genie certainly was benevolent in making him into a rich, beloved prince "as strong as ten men" and complete with enormous retinue. Interpreting a forced nod as "I wish for you to save my life." He's very kind and helpful toward Aladdin long before getting promised his freedom, and in the end, when he thinks that Aladdin using his last wish to free him will mean Aladdin won't get to marry Jasmine, Genie encourages him to use the last wish to be a prince again, willingly facing "an eternity of servitude" to make them happy.
Genie is even benevolent towards an evil master like Jafar, when it would behoove him to be a bit more literal or jackassish. So, Jafar, you want to be Sultan? Okay. You're Sultan of this tiny "Far Side" Island. You want to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world? Great! You are now the only sorcerer in the world — nobody else shares your ability to magically vanish rabbits. Oh, and the world in question is Venus. Enjoy!
Berserk Button: Iago being fed crackers by the Sultan with the latter often asking "Polly want a cracker" before feeding him. This was also the primary motivation for Iago wanting to aid Jafar in usurping the Sultan.
Ironically, said berserk button was also what finalized Iago's decision to defect from Jafar in the beginning of Return of Jafar, and leave Jafar in a well.
Shows up in King of Thieves as well:
King of Thieves: Good birdy... Polly want a— Iago: [wielding a vase] Say "cracker" and I'll let ya have it on principle!
Aladdin gets one as well after his first kiss with Jasmine, and promptly jumps backwards off the balcony (he knows Carpet is there to catch him).
Bilingual Bonus: In "Friend Like Me", Genie refers to the newly affluent Aladdin as "nabob" (an Arabic phrase meaning "important, wealthy or powerful person").
Most of the signs are just Foreign-Looking Font or random scribbles, but there is a sign over Jafar's door that's readable Arabic. It has his name and title on it. Which makes you wonder why it's on the inside of a secret door...
So that he can read it every day before he goes to work? I mean, what an ego!
After he turns from a sultan to a sorcerer, his "Down, boy!" turns Rajah into a kitten.
Later, during the battle, he puts Jasmine in an hourglass, saying, "Your time is up!"
"Don't toy with me!" turns Abu into a windup cymbal monkey.
"Things are unraveling fast" causes Carpet to unsew himself into a pile of threads.
"Get the point!?" when he momentarily traps Aladdin in a ring of swords.
"I'm just getting warmed up!" breathes a circle of fire.
And after being called a "snake" by Aladdin, Jafar retorts, "Perhaps you'd like to see how sssssnakelikeI can be!"
Bowdlerise: The line "where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" was redubbed for the VHS/DVD release because of complaints by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Arguably subverted in the same musical number, because Disney kept "it's barbaric — but, hey! it's home" despite similar complaints.
Buddy Picture: The filmmakers have admitted that the relationship between Aladdin and Genie is at least as important (if not more so) than that between Aladdin and Jasmine.
Buzzing The Deck: While the Sultan is flying the magic carpet around, he at one point flies quickly over Aladdin and Jafar, causing both of them to duck as he does.
By Wall That Is Holey: When Aladdin is banished to the frozen wastelands by Jafar, and his transportation (a broken off tower of Agrabah palace) starts rolling towards him, realizing there's no way to outrun the threat, he notices a tiny window and decides to position himself just perfectly so that the tower will simply roll past.
Merchant: Please, please, come closer! [smacks into camera] Too close, a little too close!
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Jasmine, while trying to run away, takes an apple to give to a hungry kid. She is immediately beset upon by the shopkeeper who attempts to give her the standard punishment for thievery: losing a hand!
Early/midway through the movie, Aladdin belittles the Genie's power and abilities, prompting Genie to show off exactly what he's capable of by getting the gang out of the supposedly inescapable tomb in the Cave of Wonders, without actually using a wish on getting out. In the climax, when Jafar appears to have won and rendered Aladdin and the other good guys helpless, Aladdin belittles Jafar's power and abilities by pointing out the Genie gave him his powers and is stronger than him. This prompts Jafar to use his final wish to become a genie, and everything that goes with it.
Like some other kinds of birds, Iago is an impressive vocal mimic. In the movie, they introduce his ability to impersonate Jasmine while he's making fun of her, then uses it later to trick Aladdin into leaving the lamp unprotected.
When Aladdin and Jasmine first meet, we see that she's very good at catching on and playing along with Aladdin's cons. At the end of the movie, she quickly notices him trying to steal back the lamp and promptly starts flirting with Jafar, to keep Jafar's attention elsewhere.
The end of "One Jump Ahead" sees Aladdin grab a rug and take a flying leap, Foreshadowing his handling of the carpet.
Aladdin's trick of rolling an apple across his shoulders and flipping it off his elbow first shows up when he tricks a vendor into thinking he was giving back a stolen one. He does it again on the carpet ride, and judging by Jasmine's knowing expression it gives her another clue about his true identity.
Comically Missing the Point: When Jafar tries to hypnotize the Sultan into having Jasmine marry him, the Sultan breaks out of the trance not to point out that it's against the law (Jasmine must marry a prince), but to mention that he's so OLD.
Composite Character: The Robin Williams Genie was a combination of the Magic Ring and Magic Lamp Genies from the original story. Likewise Jafar was a combination of the the Sorcerer who wanted the Genie, the Vizier trying to discredit Aladdin after his rise to wealth, and the Prince Charmless son who the Vizier was trying to get the princess to marry.
Conspicuous CG: The Tiger Head leading into the cave of wonders, as well as the cave escape sequence.
The Carpet is slightly less conspicuous.
Convection Schmonvection: Aladdin, Abu, and Carpet all come within inches of the lava while escaping the Cave of Wonders.
Could Have Avoided This Plot: A whole lot of trouble could have been avoided if the Sultan had changed the law forbidding the princess from marrying a commoner and requiring her to marry by her 16th birthday much earlier.
Counterpoint Duet: Briefly used in "Prince Ali". An odd example, as the two melody lines are expressing more or less the same opinion (that Prince Ali is great and handsome), rather than conflicting ideas.
Crashing Through the Harem: This happens to the title character while he's escaping the guards (after stealing a loaf of bread) and singing "One Jump Ahead".
Crowd Song: Special mention goes out to "Prince Ali", which is not only a Badass Boast, in song, but is almost as crowded, if not more so than "Belle".
Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Aladdin, when Abu unlocks his chains in the dungeon. Also, when Genie gets his freedom. Though in later appearances, Genie has them back on.
Jasmine has a pretty impressive one when questioning Aladdin after the carpet ride. (Hilariously turned Up to Elevenhere.) The even more menacing one she has on her face early on when the guards capture Aladdin and she's told she has to speak to Jafar.
Jafar has a fairly good glare too. Most notably when he meets "Prince Ali", and when Iago suggests that "[Jafar] should be the chump husband."
Deconstruction: In the original Aladdin story, Aladdin gets pretty much everything he wants - riches, marriage to a princess, the sultanate - by wishing with a genie. Here, Aladdin does the same, and starts feeling bad for wholly depending on the Genie for everything.
It's generally implied that he's done it lots of times - often enough to become a familiar face to the Head Guard Razoul.
The fruit vendor nearly cuts off Jasmine's hand for stealing an apple. That she didn't even steal for herself. An example of Truth in Television for the period the film takes place in.
An even worse example of a potential disproportionate retribution, imagine what would've happened to the vendor if Aladdin hadn't stopped him and word got out that he cut off the hand of the princess...
Does Not Like Shoes: Aladdin, when he's 'dressed as a commoner'. This carries over to the first sequel but by the second sequel he's noticeably wearing shoes while still being dressed as a commoner.
A total aversion from the original tale, in which Aladdin was permitted to take (and keep) as much of the treasure as he wanted, provided he retrieved the lamp.
The Door Slams You: Happens to Jafar and Iago both at once, when "Prince Ali" makes his big entrance. Happens to Iago later when Jafar quickly shuts a secret door so Jasmine won't notice it, accidentally trapping Iago between the door and the wall.
Empathic Weapon: The Genie. With Aladdin as his master, he's the closest to his trueform, but under Jafar's leash he becomes more muscular and imposing (which is clearly against his will), with his skin tone shifting to purple to match.
Exact Words: A behind-the-scenes example that overlaps with Throw It In. According to the DVD commentary, the team was struggling with how to end the "Friend Like Me" number. Part of the problem was then-Disney President Jeffrey Katzenberg, who wanted the audience to applaud after each musical number. Eric Golderberg (who animated the Genie) thus came up with the 'Applause' sign on the Genie's back. It worked and became one of the film's best gags.
Expy: Jafar is Jafar from The Thief of Bagdad crossed with Zigzag from The Thief and the Cobbler. Also there are a lot of similarities to the character played by Leonard Nimoy in the Shelly Duvall version of the story. Although obscure, there are several other elements like the rocketing Minaret and the "give me a hand/give me the lamp" dialogue that both versions have in common.
Face Palm: The carpet does one when Prince Ali falls for Jasmine's trap question and reveals his true identity.
Fake Aristocrat: Aladdin poses as Prince Ali in order to woo Jasmine — though given that he wished for Genie to make him a prince, it's an open question of whether his rank counts as "fake" or not. Still, it's a Street Urchin trying to pass as royalty, so the trope fits.
Fanservice: Besides Jasmine, there's the harem Aladdin falls into during "One Jump Ahead", the harem girls in "Friend Like Me", the girls in "Prince Ali" ... let's just say there's a lot of pretty girls in sheer, low-cut fabric.
On the male side, Aladdin himself was based on Calvin Klein underwear models and Tom Cruise (at the height of his popularity), specifically so he'd appeal more to female viewers. This is even shown in-universe - sure, the harem girls have zero interest in Aladdin, but several older women seem attracted to him in the "One Jump Ahead" sequence.
Faux Affably Evil: Jafar in most of his appearances in the first half of the movie. Sure he may have been calm and polite toward Jasmine and the Sultan, but it was only because he had to be in so to cover his true motives, not to mention as while polite to their faces (while still being quite manipulative) he was clearly shown to drop the demeanor whenever not in their present. It's half the reason people love him.
Felony Misdemeanor: After Aladdin is caught stealing food from Agrabah, the guards begin throwing swords at him. Aladdin even lampshades it: "All this for a loaf of bread?"
Finish Dialogue in Unison: When Aladdin and Jasmine are in his hideout, they talk about their troubles and conclude in unison that they both feel "trapped".
Foreshadowing: Aladdin and Abu ride a non-magical carpet during the song "One Jump Ahead". Later on Aladdin rides a magic carpet several times.
Forgot About His Powers: When Jafar wished to be a genie, Genie seemed scared and apprehensive. If he remembered that all genies are bound to a life of servitude - his problem throughout the movie - he would've caught on to Aladdin's plan sooner.
Forgot I Could Change the Rules: The Sultan at the end. Though he points out in the beginning that he's using the law as a way to take care of his daughter.
From Bad to Worse: Jafar turns up and declares himself Sultan. Then Aladdin realizes that the lamp is missing. Then he turns around to see a giant, pupil-less Genie pick up the palace and place it high above the city. Then Jafar wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world, spirits Aladdin into a tower, shoots it to the other side of the world, and turns around to laugh maniacally at the sight of Jasmine and the Sultan cringing in his shadow. And all this happens about ten minutes before the giant snake...
Hypnotize the Princess: Jafar wishes for the Genie to make Jasmine fall in love with him, which would give him a beautiful, willing consort and be a nasty revenge on Jasmine for having to serve her and her father all his life. Genie doesn't have that power, but Jasmine pretends it worked to distract Jafar.
Aladdin and Abu, Aladdin and the Carpet, Jasmine and Rajah, Jafar and Iago (if you consider them friends...)
Idiot Ball: Jafar in the finale. He's spent years searching for the lamp, knows full well that the genie that resides in it will become the slave of whoever owns the lamp (he even refers to Genie as slave a couple times), and displays cunning and wisdom throughout the movie. Though he's been chasing after the lamp all this time with the 3 wishes specifically in mind, apparently the most recognizable trait of any genie in any medium (granting wishes unquestioningly to whoever holds the imprisoning object) slips his mind and he wishes to become a Genie. Not 'I wish to possess the phenomenal cosmic powers of a genie' or 'I wish for my sorcerer powers to equals your own' or anything that would have made more sense. Specifically, he wishes to become a Genie. Stop and think about things for a few seconds dude.
This idiocy seems to be completely in line with his greedy power-seeking character. At the beginning of the film, Jafar already seems to have more power than the Sultan has, giving orders on his own, and hypnotizing his boss (in fact, he's actually in a better position than the Sultan - he orders everyone around, but can leave the Sultan to take care of the boring day-to-day stuff). But what makes his grab for more power in foolish ways is the mere fact that someone is technically more powerful than him. As long as he is 'second best', he'll go to supremely foolish lengths to elevate his title.
I Gave My Word: Aladdin promised to free the Genie with his third wish. What makes him the hero is that he actually kept his promise. Especially considering he kept his promise despite being unsure whether or not he would be able to marry Jasmine.
This is emphasized even more in Kingdom Hearts I, where he goes through with his promise despite Jasmine having been kidnapped and still probably being in grave danger.
I Want My Best Friend to Be Happy: Genie is willing to face an eternity of servitude if it means Aladdin and Jasmine get to stay together. And Aladdin is willing to give that up to keep his promise.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy is also evident in the relationship between Jasmine and Aladdin. Jasmine will let Aladdin lose his chances of courtship to drop the disguise and be himself.
"I Want" Song: Aladdin sings about wanting people to not see him simply as a street rat.
I Will Show You X: When a prince tells a bunch of little kids in the street to get out of his way:
Aladdin: If I were as rich as you, I could afford some manners. Prince Achmed: I'll teach you some manners! [Prince Achmed then kicks Aladdin into the mud]
Jaw Drop: Genie, when he realizes Aladdin tricked him into providing a free "wish". Then again when Jasmine suddenly gets close and snuggly with Jafar. Jafar, Iago, Abu and Aladdin all get one in this scene.
Justified Criminal: Aladdin. "Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat, tell you all about it when I got the time!"
Karma Houdini: The rather jerkass guards who have no trouble throwing a prince (or so they thought) over a cliff for no better reason than the "tall, dark, and sinister ugly man" said so... go on to be jerkass guards in the other movies... Karma, where'd you go?
It's possible though that Jafar hypnotized them.
Kiss of Distraction: Jasmine lays one on Jafar. Subverted when Aladdin gets caught because he's disgusted by the sight.
Kneel Before Zod: Hilarious, in that when Jafar first gives the command, the Sultan immediately begins to bow. But then Jasmine has to go and open her mouth...
Lampshade Hanging: Aladdin's "all this for a loaf of bread?" line. Honestly, it seems a little overkill for a bunch of palace guards to go to that extreme for shoplifting, then you consider that during that time period, theft may as well have been murder.
Laser-Guided Karma: Negative non-villainous example: The Sultan, during his interactions with Jafar prior to the latter's treachery being exposed, often fed Iago some crackers (something Iago did not enjoy or appreciate). One of Iago's first actions upon Jafar becoming both Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world is force feeding the former Sultan the same crackers the sultan fed him.
Late to the Punchline: Robin Williams is a guarantee of dialogue children will only understand years later.
Latex Perfection: This is how Jafar disguises himself as an old man to lure Aladdin to the Cave of Wonders, complete with his mask giving him bad, crooked teeth!
Large Ham: Genie and Jafar (the latter, mostly when he becomes a sorcerer and a genie).
Laughably Evil: Jafar; when he's not making horrible puns, he's trying to screw Jasmine.
Leitmotif: Most of the main characters have one. Aladdin and Genie's are the refrains from "One Jump Ahead" and "Friend Like Me" respectively, while Jasmine's is (apparently) a few bars from the melody of "A Whole New World". While not based of a song from the movie, Jafar's leitmotif features heavily here, is extended during the scene where he schemes in the throne room, and is everywhere in the final battle.
Strains of Jasmine's unused song "To Be Free" are used constantly for both Jasmine and Genie.
Loophole Abuse: When Aladdin is drowning, Genie shakes his head back in forth in a nod, takes it as a "yes", and rescues him.
When stuck in the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin goads the Genie into blasting him and Abu out of there. They stop at a oasis and talk about the wishes. When Genie states he already used up one, Aladdin states he didn't wish to be out of there. The Genie did that all on his own in a show of power. The Genie is forced to consent.
Genie: Boy. I feel sheepish. (turns into a sheep) Alright, you ba-aaa-d boy, but no more freebies.
Love at First Sight: On seeing Jasmine in the market-place, Aladdin is immediately smitten. After he rescues her from trouble, Jasmine isn't too far behind. Given the pure emotion of Aladdin and Jasmine's scenes together, the writers/animators actually make this trope work.
It can also be argued that it's more of a mutual crush at first sight. After they are initially torn apart, Aladdin spends a chunk of the film trying to win Jasmine's favor again. They have a little bonding time (albeit one night) and the two of them actually tackle issues like trust and self worth before they officially get together at the end. Compare to earlierDisneymovies where the hero and heroine spend a grand total of one scene together, and by their second scene the antagonist has already been vanquished and the two are ready to be married.
Also how Jasmine figured out Aladdin's ruse. "Do you trust me?" The first time he asked this when they were running away from the guards, and the second time was inviting her for a carpet ride.
Medium Awareness: The Genie. Most notably in his many transformations and mannerisms, but also in the song "Friend Like Me" when he sings that 'Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Sheherezade had a thousand tales'; most people don't know that both "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "Aladdin" were among Sheherezade's tales.
Also, the morning after Aladdin uses up his second wish, Genie pulls out an Aladdin screenplay and tells him it's time for the scene where he sets Genie free.
And, later that same day, when Jafar has the lamp:
Genie: [after being summoned and realizing that Aladdin isn't the one summoning him, with a Playbill and Opera binoculars] Tonight, the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark, and sinister ugly man.
Aladdin as well, which is one of the similarities between them. Originally Aladdin was meant to have a mother and some brothers, but this was changed.
Moment Killer: When Aladdin and Jasmine are talking in Aladdin's hideout, Razoul and his thugs show up just as the pair are about to kiss.
Mondegreen: When "Prince Ali" first visits Princess Jasmine's terrace, he has some trouble with Rajah, whom he tries to shoo away. "Down kitty, good boy... take off and go!" The second line is both whispered and spoken very rapidly, leading some of the more paranoid Moral Guardians (and giggling teenagers) to mishear the line as: "Good teenagers, take off your clothes."
Mr. Fanservice: Aladdin. His animation design was based on Tom Cruise (at the point where Tom Cruise was the hot young thing of the moment) for this very reason. He was originally designed much younger and based on Michael J. Fox, but that design didn't go down as well.
Ms. Fanservice: Jasmine. Arguably the most sexual of all the Disney Princesses, and consistently the highest billed in their Princess Collection range.
"And your beard. It's so... twisted..."
Must Make Amends: After Aladdin left behind the genie lamp, which led to Iago bringing it to Jafar, then Jafar using it to wish himself to be sultan and the world's most powerful sorcerer, Aladdin said:
"I made a mess of everything... somehow I gotta go back and set things right."
Mutual Envy: Aladdin is jealous that Jasmine lives in wealth, while Jasmine is jealous that Aladdin's life isn't as regimented as hers.
Aladdin: I wonder what it'd be like to [live in the palace]; have servants, valets... Jasmine: ... oh, sure, people who tell you where to go and how to dress...
When Jasmine nearly figures out his lies during their date, Aladdin tries to cover by claiming he - as a prince - enjoys dressing as a commoner exploring his kingdom for the fun. This was the favorite pastime of Haroun Al Rashid whenever he appeared in the original stories.
When Aladdin becomes a prince, he uses the name Prince Ali. In the original stories, prince Ali was a character from a different tale, "The Three Princes". Prince Achmed, who is rejected by Jasmine in the movie, is also from that story.
Named by the Adaptation: The Grand Vizier from the original tale is named Jafar. The princess did have a name in the original but it's usually lost in retellings so naming her Jasmine technically counts too. Disney wasn't actually the first to use that name - she was called Jasmine in a 50s film called Aladdin And His Lamp.
Narrator All Along: An unused alternate ending features the salesman telling the story suddenly turning into the Genie before the credits roll. Not technically confirmed in the film itself, but both of them were still voiced by Robin Williams, and if you look closely, the salesman and the Genie both have four fingers, while all the other human characters have five.
Neck Lift: One of the guards does this to Aladdin when they break into his hideout and capture him.
Nice Hat: A whole city's worth. Practically the only males without a hat are Iago and Genie. And Iago actually gets one, right after Jafar uses his second wish to become sultan.
No Flow in CGI: Averted. The whole point of rendering the carpet in CGI rather than traditional animation was to allow it to have an extremely intricate design, while still flowing and moving like cloth.
Also, based on the characters' comments Aladdin's prince wish apparently has to be recast by the end.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Jafar - not that he was never a serious menace for his enemies having an extensive knowledge of arcane lore, spells, potions, but initially he doesn't seem to possess any genuine magical power which apparently makes him look less dangerous. However as soon he wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world he becomes one of the most omnipotent evil sorcerers in the Disney universe. Moreover, although he is Laughably Evil, he CAN also be ruthless and cruel.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Iago pretends to be a dumb parrot to everyone but Jafar for a while, but drops the façade when Jafar seizes power (and briefly forgets it in shock when Aladdin confronts Jafar after the former was nearly killed by the latter).
Paper-Thin Disguise: Jasmine's hood, when she's disguised as a peasant. In this case it's immediately addressed when she wants to use her authority to save Aladdin from the guards. All she has to do is pull down her hood and the guards immediately recognise her.
Pinocchio Nose: Prince Ali's hat (the plume falls and covers his face whenever he lies).
The genie actually turns into Pinocchio with an extended nose to imply what he thought of one of Aladdin's promises.
Politically Correct History: As a woman in ancient Arabia, Jasmine's free spirit wouldn't have been quite so tolerated in Real Life. There'd be no such thing as suitors; she's marrying whoever Daddy chooses. On the other hand, the Sultan really is a softie, and in this time period the father is allowed to consult the daughter's wishes even though he doesn't have to.
Subverted however in that, when freed, a genie has less power.
Pride: Jafar was this close to complete victory, but his refusal to accept any position other than that of the most powerful being on the face of the Earth was what ultimately undid him. He was already the Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world as a result of his first two wishes upon capturing the Genie, but his undoing came when Aladdin tricked him into wishing to be a genie — with everything that goes along with the package. He could probably even have avoided the last third of the movie altogether if he hadn't wasted his first wish on, essentially, stealing the Sultan's clothes - out of pride.
Rags to Royalty: Aladdin (and Abu). A deconstruction, as becoming a prince doesn't solve any of his problems and arguably makes them worse.
Reading Ahead in the Script: The Genie pulls out a copy of the movie's script and tries to feed Aladdin his next lines, which will have him use his third wish to free the Genie.
Reality Ensues: Aladdin becomes worried when he's told he'll become the next sultan. The only reason he's gotten this far is because of a wish, and worries what would happen if anyone learns he's not a real prince, including losing Jasmine.
Rescue Hug: When Aladdin leads Jasmine to his hideaway, the girl trips and falls into Aladdin's arms. Needless to say, they don't brake the embrace right away.
Rescue Introduction: Aladdin meets Princess Jasmine when rescuing her from a street vendor who she accidentally stole an apple from and her arm is nearly slashed off. Leading into a mini...
Rescue Romance: Do you notice a pattern here? Aladdin and Jasmine first fall for each other after the rescue, and they connect further afterwards. However, while they each clearly begin to have a thing for the other, before the spark can grow Rasoul raids Aladdin's place and cuts it short before it can really start. The rest of the movie and some magical intervention is needed to continue things along.
Revised Ending: The movie had at least two alternate endings. Originally, it was supposed to end with a reprise of "Arabian Nights", which was later used in the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. The second deleted ending starts with the reprise of "A Whole New World" as seen in the final movie, but then cuts to a sequence where the peddler from the beginning of the movie reveals himself to be the Genie. This is followed by a cruder version of the "made you look" gag from the final ending.
Something Completely Different: After The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast this is the first Disney Princess movie to focus on the male character more than the female (of all the Disney Princess merchandise to ever show the Disney logo, this film and Tangled are the only ones that do not have a custom Disney Princess logo resembling a pink oval, instead a purple oval is substituted, all the merchandise based on other Disney franchises use a Disney logo resembling a blue oval). This is Justified as Aladdin is the title character and so naturally the story would focus on him more than the Princess. However, this was a calculated move by the folks at Disney as after years of Princess movies they wanted to work on something that would attract a larger male audience and thus the film became more action-heavy than the standard Disney Animated Canon movies with multiple chase scenes, fights, and elements of male bonding between Aladdin, Abu, Carpet, and Genie. Jasmine is the only real female character in the entire trilogy (albeit a very strong and well-developed one).
Spikes of Villainy: If you pay attention, you can see that Jafar's "Real Sorcerer" Suit has pointer shoulders, his hat isn't round anymore(with two more points), and his Cobra Cane is more realistic and has its mouth open.
Stealth Pun: When Iago tells Jafar about the plan to marry the princess and then kill her and the Sultan, Jafar responds with "I love the way your foul little mind works!"note Geddit? Fowl? Because he's a bird?
Right at the end when Genie pretends to be the moon, then turns around to show his face... You can see his backside because he's mooning you.
Stepford Smiler: Kind of. Genie dances around, cracks jokes, and seems to have a lot of fun granting wishes...but Aladdin pokes around a little bit and discovers that Genie is actually miserable and desires freedom from his life of servitude more than anything else in the world.
Take Over the City: For all he wants power, Jafar never seems interested in political power beyond Agrabah.
Talking Animal: Downplayed with Abu, as he mostly speaks in monkey chatter, although he can vocalize some words. Completely averted with Rajah. Played straight with Iago, although it's strongly implied that his talking was not one of his natural traits, but the result of modifications made by Jafar (according to Jafar in Return of Jafar, the only thing Iago could say prior to Jafar getting his hands on him was indeed squacks of "Polly Want A Cracker.")
Tap on the Head: Jafar's guards to Aladdin when they kidnap him and Abu to Iago during the final combat.
Tempting Fate: "For the first time in my life, things are starting to go right." (Things instantly go bad.)
Ten Thousand Years: Genie states that he's been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years. Who or what made the lamp 10,000 years ago is never explained.
Genie's first words upon his release are given a Meaningful Echo later on when Jafar is turned into a genie and trapped in his own lamp.
Genie: 10,000 years in the Cave of Wonders ought to chill him out!
Theme Tune Extended/Second Verse Curse: Arabian Nights was originally written to be three verses long, notwithstanding the reprises, but only the first stanza was used in the film. The recent stage musical used the full-length song and all four reprises.
Unknown Rival: Aladdin and Jafar spend a good two-thirds of the film unaware of each other's true identity/intentions. Jafar assumes Aladdin died in the Cave of Wonders, then when he returns as Prince Ali neither of them knows who the other is. It's not until Jafar sees "Ali" has the lamp that he puts it together. And Aladdin never recognizes Jafar as the "old man" who had led him to the Cave of Wonders.
Though in the TV episode "Seems Like Old Crimes", Aladdin recalls Abu stealing the lamp back from Jafar in the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin must have figured it out at some point by recognizing his voice with the "old man"'s changed voice before he tried to kill him.
Uptown Girl: Aladdin wants to pursue Jasmine but is insecure about his poverty.
Villain Ball: If Jafar had simply saved Aladdin and given him some pocket change or something, Abu wouldn't have stolen the lamp, Aladdin would never have known what it does and Jafar would have successfully conquered Agrabah. Furthermore, he would never have lost the final battle if he hadn't let his greed get the better of him and wasted his last wish turning himself into an immortal indentured servant.
While this movie doesn't have a lot in common with the famous story, that first Villain Ball—evil sorcerer has a pointless tantrum, chucks Aladdin into the cave, loses lamp as a result—is straight from the original "Aladdin".
Interestingly, Jafar had 5 separate songs and all but one of them were cut. Aside from Prince Ali, there was "Humiliate the Boy" where Jafar does what the title suggests (cut for being too caustic). '"My Time Has Come" where Jafar recounts how hideous his life has been and how he is going to make everyone else miserable (cut for being too slow and introspective). "Why Me" was the same as "My Time Has Come" (cut because the directors felt it didn't advance the story enough, they also wanted something with a big chorus). And "My Finest Hour" where Jafar pulls the earth into a ball and bats it around with the Genie (cut because the directors decided it was too late in the movie for an extended showstopper for the villain). "Why Me" was revived for some stageplay adaptations.
When Aladdin first meets Jasmine, he rescues her from a man about to cut off her hand with a sword. Aladdin takes the sword off him and hands it to Jasmine. A few seconds later, it disappears completely.
There's also the shop merchant/narrator at the beginning of the movie who tells the tale of the lamp (and Aladdin). He was there for that scene only. Then it's revealed in the third film that he was the narrator of, and therefore technically passively present during, all three films. The entire time he'd been recounting how we got to this point... on Jasmine and Aladdin's wedding night. He even attempts to sell them a commemorative carpet with their portraits embroidered on it for the occasion, and it can therefore be assumed that to make a buck off their wedding was why he was traveling to Agrabah during the opening sequence.
There are indications that the merchant/narrator is in fact the Genie in disguise. They have the same voice actor, and both are the only characters in the film (besides Abu) with Four-Fingered Hands.
Who Dares?: The Cave Of Wonders: "Who disturbs my slumber?"
Why Won't You Die?: When Aladdin returns to the palace in the climax, Jafar retorts "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?!"
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Jafar under a beggar disguise, attempts to kill Aladdin once he has completed his task and gives him the lamp, during which the time the Cave Of Wonders was currently collapsing.
You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Snake-Jafar tells Aladdin that he's nothing without the Genie. Aladdin promptly proves how wrong he is by using the same response on Jafar in order to trick him into becoming a genie himself.