Disney: Aladdin and the King of Thieves
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:
- 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.
- Badass Beard: Cassim, not that weird considering he is inspired by Sean Connery.
- Badass Princess: Jasmine, even more than before.
- Big Bad: Cassim is in this role for the first part 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 as to become the main bad guy.
- Big Entrance: The Thieves' arrival is heralded by a stampede.
- Book Ends: King of Thieves ends with 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.
- Cave Mouth: There's a huge turtle whose mouth was like a cave.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- 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 might have been a member of Abis Mal's gang.
- 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 arguably one of the most disturbing deaths in a Disney movie, King Of Thieves is easily the darkest movie in the Aladdin trilogy. It also deals very explicitly with issues relating to organized crime, albeit of the ancient middle-eastern variety, but 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.
- Demoted to Extra: The Genie really doesn't have much to do in this movie, and could probably have been cut without any real problems. It's a shame, since this is also the movie where Williams finally came back.
- 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: Subverted with Sa'Luk. He initially was knocked into the ocean by Aladdin from a high cliff from the hideout. However, it's 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.
- 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.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Thanks to Abu.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: When Cassim is explaining the story of The Hand of Midas to Aladdin, he shows him proof of its existence, in the form of a ship, 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, causing 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 meticuosly pause "Welcome to the forty thieves" very carefully, you can count precisely 39 thieves, as Aladdin is the 40th. Makes sense seeing his initiation required him to kill one of the previous members.
- Gang Initiation Fight: The thieves have a ceremony called The Challenge, where one has to fight one of their toughest members.
- 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.
- 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".
- Happily Married: After the succesful ceremony at the movie's conclusion, this is implied for Alladin and Jasmine. Iago joins Cassim in Walking the Earth because he doesn't want to be around for "newly wed lovey dovey" stuff.
- He Knows Too Much: Sa'luk quickly declares this when Aladdin manages to find the 40 Thieves' secret lair.
- 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.
- 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:
(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! Jasmine:
It was a joke! (deadpan) I do
- Limited Wardrobe: Finally subverted, 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.
- 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.
- Mood Whiplash: The Genie, when confronting Cassim:
- Motor Mouth: Genie. Voiced 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.
- 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
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Aladdin turns out to have one of these in the third film — he thoughtfully mentions it just before it becomes plot relevant.
- 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."
- 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.
- Role Reprisal: While the voice cast from Aladdin the TV series would return once more, 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.
- Slipped the Ropes: Iago does this.
- 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.
- Standard Hero Reward: After two sequels and an animated series, plus more heroics than one could count, it finally happened.
- Taken for Granite: Sa'luk's fate. He gets turned into solid gold!
- Tempting Fate: "Got Jafar and all his malice. Everybody's happy!" "What could possibly go wrong?" Cut to the Forty Thieves' part of the song.
- The Magic Touch: Anything touched by the hand of Midas turns to gold, but its handle is safe, Cassim knew that, Sa'luk didn't.
- 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.
- Villain Song: "Are You In or Out?" and, to a lesser extent, "Welcome to the Forty Thieves".
- Wedding Smashers: The Forty Thieves.
- 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 Forthy Thieves", the forty thieves congratulate Aladdin on becoming their newest member after his father takes him to their hide-out.
- We Need a Distraction
- You Kill It, You Bought It and Challenging the Chief: One of the Forty Thieves' rules is that if you manage to kill one of their members, you can take that member's place.
You killed Sa'luk
. The Code of The Forty Thieves is crystal clear at this point... You're in.
Come back soon! That's the end!