Aladdin and the King of Thieves is the final installment in Disney's Aladdin series, following on from Aladdin: The Series. It was originally released Direct-to-Video on August 13, 1996.Aladdin and Jasmine are finally about to get married. Everyone is overjoyed, but Aladdin is saddened by the fact that none of his family can be present, as his mother died when he was young and his father left the family. At the same time the gang of forty thieves is plotting to raid the ceremony and steal all the valuables. The thieves are fought off, after which the heroes discover that they were after a specific artifact containing an oracle spirit who will tell anyone the truth of a single question they ask her. Aladdin discovers that his father has long been trapped in the world of the forty thieves, and goes on a quest to find and rescue him.
This film provides examples of:
- Aesop Amnesia: Razoul, between this movie and the TV series. The series had several episodes that dealt with Razoul and Aladdin slowly overcoming their previous animosity and Razoul coming to accept the idea of Aladdin as the future Sultan, including "Mudder's Day", "The Return of Malcho" and "Destiny on Fire". This movie has Razoul back to hating Aladdin and resenting the idea of a street rat marrying the princess.
- And This Is for...: "That's for ruining my wedding!" when Jasmine punches out one of the thieves.
- And the Adventure Continues: In the end Aladdin and Jasmine go off on their honeymoon while his father and Iago are seen Riding into the Sunset.
- Animation Bump: Particularly the opening and climax, which comes very close to rivaling the original in animation quality, and is several levels above that seen in The Return Of Jafar and the series.
- Anti-Villain: Cassim, Aladdin's father and King of the Forty Thieves. He has been stealing valuables for near on 20 years and obsessed with finding an ancient treasure, but he did it so he could provide for his wife and son. When he couldn't find his family anymore after returning, he became trapped in the criminal world as he couldn't leave the gang without getting killed and it was all he had left. He abandons his quest at the end and attends Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding, albeit from the shadows.
- Artistic License – History: One of the highlighted thieves in Cassim's band is a Mongol... who is also a master of kung fu! Obviously this isn't impossible, but there wasn't much room for hand-to-hand martial arts in military training under Genghis Khan and his successors, as you would expect from an army that did most of its fighting (even its swordplay) on horseback. Portraying the Mongol as an archer would have been more accurate, but long-range tactics don't seem to suit the Forty Thieves' style.
- Badass Crew: The Forty Thieves. In the words of palace guards, "They fight like demons!" "Worse than demons.....these are ''The Forty Thieves'!"
- Badass Beard: Cassim, not that weird considering he is inspired by Sean Connery.
- Big Bad: Cassim is in this role for the first part of the movie as the leader of the Forty Thieves, but after Aladdin introduces himself to his father he becomes more noble, and his authority is gradually usurped by Sa'luk who becomes the main bad guy.
- Big Entrance: The Thieves' arrival is heralded by a stampede.
- Bittersweet Ending: Aladdin and Jasmine are married. Iago leaves his friends in Agrabah to go with Cassim on adventures and Cassim (now freed from the Forty Thieves) now has a companion he can trust. The bitter part here is father-and-son aren't likely to see each other again, given how Cassim is a wanted fugitive in the city that his son is going to rule.
- Blade Brake: During his fight with Sa'luk, Aladdin is thrown over the side of a cliff, and uses his father's knife to coast to a small ledge. Sa'luk gives chase using his Wolverine Claws.
- Body Horror: Sa'luk is transformed, while screaming loudly, into a solid gold statue.
- Book Ends: King of Thieves ends just like the first movie started, with the Peddler singing "Arabian Nights" (though a variant, not the original song).
- Brick Joke:
- "Will you be having the chicken or the sea bass?"
- In reference to the first movie, Abu's got a sword to defend himself, but instead of running, he tosses it up to bring a chandelier down on some of the 40 thieves.
- Less joking, but during the wedding invasion, Sa'luk says that "Cassim said nothing about facing the powers of a genie!" before he leads the other thieves in escaping. Later, it's confirmed that Cassim didn't know about Genie, as he reacts with surprise when he finds out Aladdin knows one who was fixing up the palace for him.
- Cave Mouth: Much like the Cave of Wonders from the original, there's a huge turtle whose mouth is like a cave.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The's plot is Aladdin and his conflict with the Forty Thieves.
- Continuity Nod:
- Several characters from the animated series appear in the crowd at Aladdin and Jasmine's final wedding: Sadira, Prince Uncouthma, King Mamoud and Captain Merc being the most visible at the very front of the crowd.
- One of the Forty Thieves looks like a member of Abis Mal's gang. It could be the same person.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sa'luk fights all seven remaining thieves single-handedly and wipes the floor with them mid-song.
- Darker and Edgier: With a truly despicable villain, very intense Fight Scenes, and easily one of the most disturbing deaths in a Disney movie, King Of Thieves is much darker in tone than Return Of Jafar, and arguably even darker than the first film at times. It also has very explicit commentary relating to organized crime, with surprisingly strong parallels to the modern western variety.
- Death by Materialism: The villain dies as a result of his own greed. Cassim throws Sa'luk the Hand of Midas in the climax to protect Aladdin from him. Too late does Sa'luk realize that touching it will turn him too into gold.
- Digital Destruction: All home video releases from 2005 onward have the top and bottom cropped off to fill a 16X9 TV (specifically, a 1.85:1 ratio, hence smaller black bars still being visible on top and bottom).
- Disappeared Dad: Cassim. Trends into Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You, as he left with the intention of securing a fortune for his wife and son. He refused to return empty-handed and by the time he did, he couldn't find his loved ones. He "disappeared" for good because as far as he knew, he had no family left.
- Disney Villain Death: At first, it seems played straight: Sa'Luk initially was knocked into the ocean by Aladdin from a high cliff from the hideout. However, it's subverted as it is later revealed that he actually survived. His actual cause of death later in the film is being turned into a gold statue by the Hand of Midas. But ultimately played straight all the same: said gold statue, a few seconds after the transformation is complete, falls from the platform Sa'Luk was standing and in into the sea.
- Exact Words: The Oracle said Cassim was "trapped in the world of the Forty Thieves." Aladdin took that to mean he was their prisoner, but the truth was more figurative.
- Eyebrow Waggle: Aladdin does one at Jasmine at the end of Aladdin and the King of Thieves when they fly off on the magic carpet to their honeymoon.
- Fade Around the Eyes: Sa'luk does it at the end of his Villain Song, "Are You In or Out?" At the end of the song, a fiery background appears out of nowhere around his face, and when the fire goes out, everything goes black except for his eyes and teeth, which then fade away.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Thanks to Abu, several bad guys are chunked in the head by a chandelier.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Saluk gets transformed into pure gold by inadvertently touching the Hand of Midas, and sinks to the bottom of the treasure room.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Sa'Luk gloats about finally having the Hand Of Midas, a small golden twinkle flashes on his left foot. Seconds later, he's painfully transformed into a golden statue.
- Foreshadowing: When Cassim is explaining the story of The Hand of Midas to Aladdin, he shows him the proof of its existence; a ship which is resting in an underground lake within the lair, that had been touched by the Hand and turned to solid gold. Aladdin angrily points out that in being turned to gold by the Hand, the ship had been sunk. During the climax, when Cassim realizes that his pursuit of the Hand wasn't worth leaving his family, he calls the spell on the Hand of Midas a curse and throws it to the sea. This causes it to strike the boat the remaining members of the 40 Thieves were on, leaving them to marvel as the boat turns to gold before their eyes... and then sinks from beneath them.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- If you meticulously pause "Welcome to the forty thieves" scene carefully, you can count precisely 39 thieves with Aladdin as the 40th. Makes sense after seeing his initiation required him to kill one of the previous members.
- During the initiation fight, Sa'Luk slashes Aladdin's arm with his Wolverine Claws. The next shot◊ is cast in dark shadow as Aladdin is clutching his arm, with a dark spot resembling blood being seen where the injury was.
- Gang Initiation Fight: The thieves have a ceremony called The Challenge, where the applicant has to fight one of their members to the death and take their place. In order to save his son's life after he discovers their hideout, Cassim suggests Aladdin partake in it, prompting Sa'Luk to volunteer as his opponent.
- Generation Xerox: Visually, Cassim really is nothing more than an older version of Aladdin with a beard.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- "I thought the earth wasn't supposed to move until the honeymoon!" This line was removed when aired on Disney Channel / Disney XD.
- An aversion to Never Say "Die" when Cassim encourages Aladdin with "Knock 'em dead, kid. Seriously." while handing him a dagger before he fights Sa'Luk.
- Aladdin's "Ooh, I'm gonna get some tonight!"◊ expression right before he and Jasmine lay down on Carpet while kissing after departing their wedding.
- Genie trying to throw a bachelor party for Aladdin. The guy shapeshifts into a Gainaxing stripper and pops out of a cake, while snatching what's obviously supposed to be beer from the Carpet and calling him the "designated flyer".
- Grand Finale: Chronologically serves as the ending for the whole franchise, following the TV series. However, Aladdin would make a guest appearance on a crossover episode of the Hercules series after the events of this film.
- Happily Married: At the end, Aladdin and Jasmine finally have a successful wedding. Iago joins Cassim in Walking the Earth because he doesn't want to be around for "newlywed lovey dovey" stuff.
- Hey, Catch!: In the climax Sa'luk threatens to kill Aladdin in front of Cassim if he doesn't hand over the Hand of Midas. Cassim throws the magical object in Sa'luk's direction, who catches it with his bare hands—and is immediately turned into a gold statue.
- He Knows Too Much: Regardless of the fact that Aladdin is Cassim's son, Sa'luk quickly declares that Al is still an intruder.Sa'Luk: Blood or mud, the boy is an intruder, and we have rules about intruders. He has found our secret lair. He has seen too much. He must die. (turns to Abu and Iago) They must ALL die!Iago: DIE?! He's your son! I'm his friend! CAST A VOTE FOR MERCY HERE!!Sa'Luk: Yes, Cassim, mercy would be so like you. Soft...and weak!
- Honor Before Reason: After breaking Cassim out of prison at Agrabah and getting discovered in the process, Aladdin has the chance to run away with Cassim. But reminded of his father abandoning him and refusing to put Jasmine through the same, he willingly returns to Agrabah, deciding to accept the consequences of his actions.
- I Have No Son: After Cassim and Aladdin's bitter falling out.Cassim: I would never cut my men out the deal. They're my family, my only family.
- Impact Silhouette: Inverted when the thieves start an elephant stampede at the wedding. Wreckage ensues, so Genie grows to giant size and braces his hands and feet against the ceiling to hold it up. Not long after that, the entire roof has collapsed except for a Genie-shaped overhang.Genie: [looks at his silhouette] I guess there's really no point to this now.
- Implacable Man: Sa'Luk is thrown off a cliff into the sea by Aladdin and attacked by big toothy sharks. He walks back to the shore, having knocked out the shark with his bare hands.
- Infernal Background: At the end of "Are You In or Out?", flames appear behind Sa'luk and some of his minions, which leads to a Fade Around the Eyes when the flames go out at the end of the song.
- It Only Works Once: The Oracle is "bound by the rule of one; one question one answer" She knows everything and will answer one question to any person who asks. After, she will never answer another of their questions (Much to Iago's frustration).Jasmine: What were they after, the gifts?
Aladdin: Not all the gifts. This is what the King of Thieves wanted. (Holds up the mysterious scepter he wrestled from the King of Thieves during the chaos)
Iago: With all the other great stuff in here, why go for this thing?
(Suddenly, a blinding light emerges from the staff and it floats out of Al's hand. A voice rings out as a visage of a woman appears in the air)
Oracle: Your question is mine to answer! The King of Thieves sought my sight to find the Ultimate Treasure.
Iago: Did someone say "treasure?"
Genie: Hmm...Looks like an Oracle.
Oracle: I see all that has been, and all that will be.
Genie: Uh oh, uh oh, definitely an Oracle, tells the future, uh oh. (back to normal) Girlfriend, where were you registered?
Iago: Okay, you know all, so tell all. Where is the treasure? You know, the ultimate one?
Oracle: I am bound by the rule of one. One question, one answer.
Iago (frustrated): I only want one answer! WHERE IS THE ULTIMATE TREASURE?!
Oracle: You have already asked your question.
Iago: You mean before? Oh, uh, that wasn't a question! That was uh...thinking out loud!
Genie (grabbing Iago): VERY loud!
- Justified Criminal: The movie reveals Aladdin's father Cassim to have originally been one of these. When Aladdin was a young boy, Cassim left him and his mother behind in Agrabah, joining the Forty Thieves and pursuing the mythical Hand of Midas to ensure that his family could live in comfort. When Cassim returned several years later he discovered that his wife had died and Aladdin was nowhere to be found, leaving him with only his Kingship over a group of outlaws.
- "Just Joking" Justification: After Genie makes a crack about Aladdin not being essential to the wedding, he has to resort to one. The joke isn't even that bad, it goes:Genie: [as Chico Marx] Hey, that'sa no good! What this wedding needs isa theme!
Genie: [as Groucho Marx] Needs a groom too, but let's work with what we have!
Genie: It was a joke! [deadpan] I do that...
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Jasmine decks one of the Forty Thieves will wearing her white and gold wedding dress.
- Knight of Cerebus: Sa'Luk may not have any supernatural powers like Jafar, but he is definitely almost as threatening. After surviving an apparent Disney Villain Death he kills a shark onscreen and the film takes a much darker turn when he sets his plot in motion. His death is also nightmarish.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: At the end of The Teaser, the Genie shoots some magic into the air while the music builds up, only for this trope to happen when the magic ends up creating a crappy neon Aladdin logo that disappointingly frizzles out. The Genie then turns to the audience and says, "Awwwwwww.... some of you don't believe." Cue the real title screen of the film.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Aladdin and Cassim quickly realize they have nothing in common, Cassim enjoying the life of a thief and Aladdin only doing it out of necessity and glad to be done with it. Their differing personalities cause their falling out.
- Limited Wardrobe: Finally averted, over the last few films and an entire TV show both Aladdin and Jasmine are shown in outfits other than "ratty street rat" clothes and the blue princess outfit. Aladdin appears in his first scene wearing clothing similar to his street rat design, though there are no torn patches and the coat is lined with gold fabric. For most of the film he wears more fashionable and regal clothing, and in fact tears off a sleeve to wrap the Hand of Midas so he wouldn't make direct contact.
- Long-Lost Relative: Aladdin and Cassim never really knew what happened to each other.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Aladdin to Cassim. The Oracle shows Aladdin what his father looks like and where to find him. Cassim is convinced by Aladdin carrying a weapon he once owned and left to his young son.
- MacGuffin: The Hand of Midas is the goal of the Forty Thieves. It is why they attacked the wedding and finding it informs the climax.
- Mad Eye: The Knife Nut thief's left eye is much larger than the right, and at least two of the other thieves are scared of him.
- The Magic Touch: Anything touched by the hand of Midas turns to gold, but its bronze handle is safe. Cassim knew that and so he uses his cloak to catch it indirectly, which turned his cloak to gold. Sa'luk knew this too, but he didn't realize he caught the hand by the gold part till it was too late.
- Metaphorically True: The Oracle told Aladdin that his father is "Trapped in the world of the Forty Thieves". But Cassim isn't a prisoner, he's their leader. What's keeping him there is his own greed.
- Mood Whiplash: The Genie, when confronting Cassim:Genie: [dead serious] If you're Al's dad, and the King of Thieves, I just want to know one thing.
Genie: [turning into a maître d'] Will you be having the chicken or the sea bass?
- Motor Mouth: Genie is talking a mile a minute in "There's a party here in Agrabath". He's voiced once again by Robin Williams, natch.
- Mythology Gag: Aladdin's father and king of the Forty Thieves is named Cassim, after Ali Baba's doomed brother in the original story. "Ali Ababwa", Aladdin's alias from the original film is Ali Baba's name with an extra "a" and "w" added in.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Cassim reveals that he added this to the code of the Forty Thieves after becoming their leader. Which displeases Sa'luk; he doesn't like this kind of "weakness".
- No One Could Survive That!: Sa'luk is presumed dead when Aladdin knocks him off a cliff in their duel. As soon as the Forty Thieves are done welcoming Al to the team, the movie cuts to Sa'luk surfacing and killing a shark as he makes his way ashore.
- Not So Different: Aladdin and his father Cassim.Cassim: You don't understand. You don't know what it's like to have nothing, to stare up at the palace and know you deserve more, to be called "street rat."
Aladdin: Yes, I do.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Despite being curbstomped by the Forty Thieves in their first fight, Rasoul and the Royal Guards proceed to storm their hideout and capture thirty-one of them with no casualties in Round 2. The battle itself is never shown.
- Open Sesame: Naturally comes up when the Forty Thieves return to their lair.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Aladdin turns out to have one of these in the third film, his dagger — he thoughtfully mentions it just before it becomes plot relevant.
- Out of Focus: Jasmine has very little to do in the movie, especially during the second act, as the movie is mostly about Aladdin and his father.
- Papa Wolf: Cassim is very protective of his son. While they have been separated for years, he still risks his life and tries everything in his power to keep Aladdin safe.
- Parental Bonus: Genie passes out Frothy Mugs of Water to everyone, but quickly takes back Carpet's, claiming, "Not you, you're the designated flyer."
- Pet the Dog: At the end when Aladdin and Jasmine finally marry, Razoul catches the bouquet, indicating that he's finally learning to accept the former Street Rat.
- Pun: Genie loves these."And your name is?"
"Well it hurtth."
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The seven thieves who side with Sa'luk. A Fat Idiot adept at weaponizing his own Kevlard, a Kung Fu Mongol warrior, a green-skinned rope charmer, a Dual Wielding Knife Nut, and a trio of acrobatic triplets.
- Recurring Traveller: The merchant from the first movie reappears at the end. Now he's selling tapestries of the newly wed royal couple.
- Red Alert: Parodied (of course)—Genie calls a Code Red when he finds out that the King of Thieves has just strolled onto castle grounds and brings in The Cavalry, but calls it off when Aladdin introduces the King of Thieves as his father.
- Role Reprisal: While the voice cast from Aladdin the TV series would return, the biggest surprise was that Robin Williams would voice the Genie once more, replacing The Other Darrin Dan Castellaneta.
- Save the Villain: Aladdin seems to try to save Sa'luk from falling off a cliff at the end of their duel to the death, but fails. Sa'luk proves to be Not Quite Dead and later returns to menace the protagonists further.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Sa'Luk accidentally grabs the Hand of Midas by the golden hand itself rather than the bronze handle, and is consequently turned into a gold statue.
- A large chunk of the plot bears a striking resemblance to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Aladdin's father is even voiced by Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) doing a rather good Sean Connery impersonation.
- Robin Williams goes nuts doing impersonations and shout outs. He starts off with Tinkerbell ("In color!") and then goes through Woody Allen, Carmen Miranda, Marx Brothers, Mrs. Doubtfire, Rocky (and Don King), Rambo, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Pocahontas, Pumbaa (lampshaded when he says "Whoa, talk about having an out-of-movie experience!"), and ends the entire thing with Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie. And when he shows wedding dresses to Jasmine, he suggests Minnie Mouse, The Little Mermaid and... Jessica Rabbit. He also shifted into Pluto to sniff out Kassim.
- After the attack on the wedding, Genie upgraded the palace security with ED-209.
- Slipped the Ropes: Iago does this after he and Cassim has been captured by the Forty Thieves. It takes him time that Cassim that has to stall for.
- Standard Hero Reward: After two sequels and an animated series, plus more heroics than one could count, Aladdin finally marries Jasmine.
- Stealth Pun: Sa'Luk is changed into solid gold after touching the Hand Of Midas. You could say he's worth more dead than alive.
- Stepping-Stone Sword: After Blade Braking down the cliff, Aladdin's knife remains embedded in the stone. Al wins the fight with Sa'luk by grabbing it and swinging, kicking Sa'luk into the ocean.
- Stock Sound Effects: The sharks which Sa'luk fights and kills reuse some growling and snarling noises of the hyenas from The Lion King
- Story-Breaker Power: The Forty Thieves are formidable but are still normal humans, making them no match for Genie. During the attack on the wedding Genie was occupied trying to prevent the entire building from collapsing, but once that was no longer an issue (the roof collapsed gradually until only the outline of Genie's body was left) he got involved with the fight and quickly sent them running. Sa'luk even berates Cassim for not knowing they would be fighting a Genie. Similarly, in the climax on the Turtle Island Genie was tasked with getting the turtle to sink faster, leaving the other characters to fight off what remained of the Forty Thieves.
- Taken for Granite: Sa'luk's fate is to be turned into solid gold!
- Tempting Fate: "Without Jafar and all his malice. Everybody's happy!" "What could possibly go wrong?" Cut to the Forty Thieves' part of the song.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sa'luk grabs a magical artifact that he unquestionably knows will turn to solid gold anything it touches. The result is a golden statue of Sa'luk.
- Turtle Island: The Vanishing Isle, which holds the location of the Hand Of Midas, the treasure that Cassim has been looking for all his life, is on the back of a giant stone turtle. That's why it is never in the same place twice.
- Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Aladdin finds out that his missing dad is who left years ago to find the Hand of Midas, is the King of Thieves. Cassim never could find it and was too ashamed to return home empty handed, until he finally returned and couldn't find his family (Aladdin's mother having died, leaving him to survive on the streets).
- Villain Song: "Are You In or Out?" and, to a lesser extent, "Welcome to the Forty Thieves" describe the rules of the villain's organization and describes their motivations.
- Wedding Smashers: The Forty Thieves crash Aladin and Jasmine's wedding in order to steal a wedding gift.
- Welcoming Song:
- In "There's A Party Here In Agrabah", the Genie welcomes people to the palace to witness the marriage ceremony of Aladdin and Jasmine.
- In "Welcome to the Forty Thieves", the forty thieves congratulate Aladdin on becoming their newest member after his father takes him to their hide-out.
- Wham Line: When Cassim and Iago return to the Thieves lair, only to find that Sa'Luk has turned the remaining Theives against the former.Iago: Why don't they look happy to see you?
Sa'Luk: We are! We're thrilled!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not clear what became of the Oracle. It's last seen showing the way to the Vanishing Isle and just disappears afterwards.
- Why Are You Lookingat Me Like That: In the climax, Sa'Luk asks this to Aladdin before realizing that he was foolishly holding the Hand of Midas by the hand itself.
- Wolverine Claws: Sa'luk's Weapon of Choice is a set of brass knuckles with fairly short, hooked blades.
- Wrap It Up: This film ties up loose ends for the continuity of the Aladdin trilogy at large, but particularly the TV series.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: One of the Forty Thieves' rules is that if you manage to kill one of their members, you can take that member's place.Cassim: You killed Sa'luk. The Code of The Forty Thieves is very clear on this point... You're in.
Come back soon! That's the end!