Fridge: Aladdin

Disney's Aladdin

    Fridge Brilliance 
  • The requirement for entering the Cave of Wonders, "one whose worth lies far within", seems rather arbitrary at first...until you realize that it can also be used to describe the Cave itself. The mountains of gold and gems are a metaphor for a person's surface appeal, while the Genie's Lamp, a metaphor for who someone is on the inside, is kept several chambers in and is the most valuable thing within the Cave.
  • Aladdin was this troper's personal favorite of the Disney animated movies. It wasn't until later that I realized that the movie itself was a partial adaptation of The Count Of Monte Cristo. Both Edmunde and Aladdin are in, or about to start, a romantic relationship. Both are also imprisoned, and in prison both meet an old man who tells them of a grand treasure they know of. The two character's reach their respective treasures. Aladdin and Edmunde both reemerge as a wealthy newcomer.- Mister Noc
    • Since Aladdin the movie was based on Aladdin the story in One Thousand and One Nights, published in the 18th century, it may be a coincidence or the other way around
      • The romantic relationship, imprisonment, and old prisoner are unique to the Disney version. However, Edmunde does use the alias Sinbad the Sailor so you might not be far off.
  • On the subject of Aladdin: all that with surviving being shot miles in moments, then finding the carpet, the one thing that can help him out, then pulling off that impressive bit with the getting under the window slot? Well. Genies can't kill people. (And the big blue guy likes Al.) —Red Wren
    • Unfortunately for that theory, as I recall it was Jafar who fired Aladdin into the Himalayas, rather than Genie.
      • Ah, but who gave Jafar enough power to fire Aladdin into the Himalayas, hmmmm?
      • Then it would have been impossible for Jafar to harm any of the characters with the hourglass, or the flames, or the swords, or when Scaled Up. Not what happened.
      • Genies cannot kill, but that does not mean that they can't get someone killed indirectly. It is pretty much like in one of Isaac Asimov's stories: in it, the First Law of Robotics, "A robot may not harm or, by inaction, cause harm to a human", is reduced to "A robot may not harm a human". The potential for disaster is that a robot could actually kill a person by carrying out an action that would kill the person, but the robot would not do the killing (the example is dropping something heavy over a person).
  • Okay, so the setting of Aladdin seems to be a cross between India and the Middle East. And what's it called? Agrabah — literally a Portmanteau of Agra and Baghdad. - Hello999
  • Sultan (at the beginning of the movie):
    "Dearest, you've got to stop rejecting every suitor who comes to call! The law says you must be married to a prince, by your next birthday! You've only got three more days!"
    • So, let's see... that night, she sneaks out, the next day she meets Aladdin, who is caught and "sentenced" that night, he comes back the next day as Prince Ali, and that night they have a ride to a whole new world. Not a bad start to your birthday, indeed, until you realize that the rest of the story concludes that same day. So a genie takes over Agribah ON HER BIRTHDAY!! And no one even stops to wish her a happy birthday! Though, I guess getting engaged and saving the universe on your birthday is a halfway decent present. :P —Tustin2121
  • If the Moroccan magician really did know Aladdin's father, the father may also have been North African or Middle Eastern - which would explain why Aladdin has an Arabic name despite living in China with a Chinese mother.
  • Iago, being a New World scarlet macaw, seems like Misplaced Wildlife until this conversation:
    Jafar: Where exactly did you say you were from?
    Aladdin: Oh... uh... much... farther than you've traveled, I'm sure.
    Jafar: Try me.
    • That's debunked in The Return of Jafar.
    • The civilizations in South America had markets
    Jafar: If it weren't for me, you'd still be in a cage at the bazaar, squawking "Polly want a cracker?"!
  • When Jafar wishes to become the world's most powerful sorcerer, he reveals "Ali" is Aladdin by changing his robes back into his beggar's rags - but remember that Aladdin had wished to be a prince, not just look like one. Now, who do we later learn Aladdin's father is?
  • It doesn't take much insight to see that Jafar is a color-coded villain (you don't often see heroes wearing black after all), but what really hits you later is that Jafar's wardrobe matches his personality perfectly! His clothes are black on the outside (for overt malice, shadow and irritability) and red on the inside (for private feelings of anger and envy). Of course, later Jafar's color palette becomes almost entirely defined by the red, since anger becomes almost the sole driving force behind his character.
    • To take it one step further, after Jafar is turned into a genie, this colour-coding stays with him — on the outside, his lamp is black, and on the inside, it is red, as it contains him in all his red-genie glory.
  • The genie actually grants Aladdin's wish after he's been freed. To recap: He asks Aladdin to wish for the Nile, and when he does, the genie rejects him, as proof of his freedom. But Aladdin says it so fast, what does he sound like he's saying? "Denial." And that's exactly what he gets.
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the rules of genies still apply, with Aladdin using up the wishes, and a Genie's master ordering the genie to do something counts as a wish - this still applies to the movie as well, since when Genie gets Aladdin out of the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin never gives Genie an order, he flat out tricks the genie. In-universe as well - since Genie tries to tell Aladdin that he had already made a wish, only for Aladdin to say that it wasn't an actual wish.
  • From the series: in the episode "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath", Mozenrath reveals to the others that his weapon is a wind elemental. Iago remarks that wind is an unimpressive weapon and asks if he can "buy some sand to go with that." In Mozenrath's next chronological episode, "Black Sand", guess what element is now dangerous?
  • Another from the series: the chronological production order of episodes has Mozenrath appear several times in seasons 1 and 3, but not in 2. However, in his last episode in season 1, a team of sprites steals his magic gauntlet and hides it in a vast desert; he immediately begins digging with his bare hands. Where was he for that absent year between seasons 1 and 3? Still digging!
  • In the "Hero With a Thousand Feathers" episode of the series, it initially seems like the whole adventure was a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. If Fasir hadn't informed Iago that he would unleash and (possibly) defeat an ancient evil, then the parrot wouldn't have accidentally released Amok in his panicked attempts to avoid fulfilling the prophecy in the first place. However, since the Sultan was planning on opening a trade route through the cavern Amok was imprisoned in, it was very likely the demon would have eventually been released anyway, likely by someone who wouldn't have ever been able to defeat him. Iago was an ideal candidate to release and destroy Amok because his ability to fly meant he could easily go inside Amok with the medallion in hand. It wasn't a prophecy at all; it was a Batman Gambit.
  • A lot of people point out that the Genie is unusually nice; there are all sorts of ways he could've played with Aladdin's words to screw him over. But consider this: before Aladdin starts his wishing, the he strikes a deal with the Genie to set him free with the third wish. If the Genie'd screwed him over on the first two — say, just giving him a certificate to verify that he's a prince, rather than the lavish entrance he actually got — Aladdin would've had every reason to go back on the deal and seal him away for another 10 millenniums. This also goes a long way to explain why he loosely interpreted Aladdin's second "wish" to save his life, or why he was so friendly and helpful and somewhat intrusive during most of the movie. Part of it is definitely that he's just a nice guy, but also, if Aladdin dies or the Genie fails to get him what he wants, his one chance at freedom is gone, and he probably would never get another one. In other words, the Genie was really trying to make sure he didn't fuck this one up.
    • That makes sense for why he was so nice to Aladdin but not why Genie was so nice to Jafar. With Jafar it's pretty much the exact opposite he had every reason to be as much of a Literal Genie or a Jerkass Genie as possible. You wish to be Sultan? Fine you're the Sultan of that 1 square foot piece of land you're standing on. You wish to the world's most powerful sorcerer? Congratulations you're now the only sorcerer on Earth
      • As for the "only sorcerer left on Earth", one, Jafar might not have minded that one bit since it would have given him more of an edge anyways, and two, Genies "can't kil people. So don't ask."
      • Well, indeed he can't kill all the other sorcerers, but he can still take away their powers and make them normal peoples ? And then, grant Jafar, I don't know, the power to transform sausages into daisies (but taking away all his other powers). Transforming sausages into daisies is sorcery. So it counts.
  • Just read something on the Disney Wiki that suddenly made everything make sense to me - Robin Williams, among several other requests on his contract that Disney didn't follow, believed the Genie's voice to be his intellectual property and didn't want it to be imitated. That made it click in my head why Dan Castellaneta's version of the Genie doesn't sound a thing like Robin despite that being well within Dan's talents - I suspect Disney knew they were already on Robin's bad side and didn't want to make things worse by having anyone do an authentic impression of him. On the same page, I read that Robin reconciled with the Disney company shortly before his death, and if I'm doing the math right, that was right about the time Jim Meskimen started playing the role - he lacks the energy and range of Dan's portrayal, but his imitation of Robin's voice is pitch-perfect. Pure speculation based on two facts, but it adds up.

    Fridge Horror 
  • Aladdin has in this fragment Jafar imprisoned by turning him into a genie. Then you realize what it entails - that some beings are supposed to live in servitude.
    • Imagine if Jafar had succeeded in forcing Princess Jasmine to fall in love with him.
      • Heck, imagine if Aladdin hadn't bailed Jasmine out in the marketplace, and her hand really had been chopped off!
      • Not just that, but if that storekeeper found out who Jasmine really was, he'd be like Oh Crap!, because as a result, he'd most likely wind up executed by the Sultan. Then again, in his case, the audience would instead see it as Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Aladdin has a few involving Genies:
    • In the first sequel we learn that the only way Genies can die is if their lamp is destroyed if they are not freed, whether they are in it or not. In the first movie when Abu touches the gem and causes the whole cave to destroy itself the podium the lamp is on blows up as well; if Aladdin hadn't grabbed the lamp first then Genie would have died before he had a chance to notice what was happening!
    • Genie was stuck in the lamp for 10,000 years at the end of a secret cave that only one specific person is allowed to enter, surrounded by endless treasure that causes the cave and everything in it to melt and collapse. Not only does this mean he should be scared to die at any moment when someone sneaks in and tries to take treasure, but in the series we find out that genies can't use any of their powers when they are in a sealed space like a lamp, so he couldn't use his magic to materialize things to entertain himself or take his mind off the situation. All he can do is lay there in a tight space hoping that one day he might finally be let out again. Even with the next time in mind it's still scary.
      • Genie may have been the cave of wonders itself. Notice that both the cave's head and Genie have their right ears pierced. Also notice how all that treasure disappears, and how Genie is able to make a lot of treasure appear in "Friend Like Me," only to make it disappear at the end of the song. Just because we only see him when he's let out of the lamp doesn't mean he isn't present at other times. That could be how he knew to appear when Aladdin and the lamp were underwater. We really have no idea what the true limits of his power are. He's already the most powerful character in the history of Disney, and just because he says something doesn't mean it's true. He's able to become multiple people at once and generate fake people . . . how do we know who's real and who's a magical illusion, or who is Genie himself? Jafar needed Iago to free him from the lamp, but that could have been Genie's work—Genie could have been writing new rules for him. Also, sort of unrelated, but does anyone else think it's odd that Iago, one of the greediest characters in the series, passes up the opportunity to get three wishes out of Jafar at the beginning of The Return of Jafar?
      • Perhaps Iago didn't think it was worth the risk, knowing Jafar well enough to know that he'd be a Jackass Genie, and cowardice won out over greed.
      • Or . . . perhaps Genie feels so tortured by being trapped in the lamp and otherwise being a slave that the idea of freedom through accidental death is more relieving than dreadful to him.
    • Genie is at a minimum 10,000 years old, almost surely much, much older. Genies don't die unless their lamp is destroyed, and this only kills them if they aren't free, so no problem here right? WRONG! Try this Cracked article on for size. Now a genie wouldn't have to worry about most of these things: humans know genies are different, and if humans evolved to a point where genies as we see them look nothing like humans in the slightest genies could always make themselves look more like current humans. Since genies aren't human they wouldn't have to worry about 4, and the magic of genies probably helps them avoid 3. They can always escape 1 with their magic, unless they are locked in a container after the end of the world. But 2 could be a scary if not very sad problem for a genie. In one episode of the series we learn that a Genie cold lasts a century or two, or can possibly be a "twenty-four year bug", and to Genie—at his age—a century or two is like one or two weeks. So even if Genie stays with Aladdin and Jasmine until they die it will still feel like no more than a few days with them. After a long time, the years he spent with them, or any other friends, would feel like a few hours, and eventually anyone he knew for even one hundred years would feel like someone he knew for just minutes! Unless he makes friends with other Genies or immortals it would feel like he never actually had any friends at all!
  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Cassim and Iago are sentenced to life in prison but then set free. At a separate point in time, Razoul and the rest of the guards arrest a bunch of the thieves, and they are sentenced to life in prison. They're NEVER FREED, at least not on screen. This is sort of acknowledged in the end credits when Genie says "We're not getting out of here! This is it guys, end of the line!" Life in prison is depressing enough, but life in the dungeon of Agrabah's palace looks horrific.
  • In an episode of the series version of the same name, Aladdin's head is (magically) separated from his body. If they hadn't reversed the process, his body, unable to eat or drink, would have died of thirst.
  • Remember Aladdin's wish in the movie to become a prince? Read it carefully. He wanted to become a prince—not pass off as one but become one, as in, a bonafied prince with untold riches, and the ability to afford a large army of singing and dancing servants to march onto Agrabah. That leaves a hidden implication that the genie may have had to create an entire country in order to solidify Aladdin's claim of prince-hood, as discussed by Cracked. This raises worrisome questions such as...
    Genie never said they weren't allowed to create life, they just weren't allowed to end it (or resurrect the already deceased.) Doesn't this give him the 'cosmic powers' the lamp was trying to restrain?

    What happened to the poor people of Aladdin's fictional country when he was momentarily reverted back to being the beggar he really was? Even if they were still around, they're now busy wondering where the hell their Prince Ali Ababua got to. Even worse, the supposed mother and father of Prince Ali Ababua are probably having to come to grips with the fact that their son is currently MIA, and may never return.
    • He has a father, the KING of thieves. That makes Aladdin the PRINCE of thieves.

    If Genie didn't magically create a country, but had merely altered the minds of an already existing country's populace, that still leaves the question of Genie potentially abusing his powers, and of Ababua's parents having to come to grips with suddenly remembering they have a son that they've never seen before and will never, ever see in the future.

    Aladdin's lie would have been exposed sooner or later. If Jafar hadn't gotten his nose into the deal, no doubt some time later either Jasmine or the Sultan would ask Aladdin about the country he's prince of. Imagine what would've happened then?
    Not necessarily - Genie's magic could have gone so far as to magically create memories in Aladdin's mind once they were necessary, like he Scooby Gang when Dawn shows up in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Being a prince doesn't necessarily mean he rules over subjects. You don't even need to rule an entire country—he could technically rule that oasis they landed in after escaping the Cave of Wonders and be considered a prince. No need for any other royal family either, since prince is only an honorific in some cultures. As for the riches and processional, they could just be realistic mirages created by the Genie to help Aladdin better look the part.
    • Right, there are plenty of ways to explain all the people and animals. The genie could have exercised some sort of mind control on existing people which would explain how a giant procession was so well-choreographed. He could have created some kind of mirage or manipulated people into thinking that they saw more than what was really there. Which means the movie audience was similarly manipulated. Or he just has the ability to momentarily conjure up people and animals without bringing anything to life or killing anything when they disappear. They could all be extensions of him somehow, which is true for at least some of the people and animals.
      • I've always assumed—after watching the third movie anyway—that the moment Aladdin gets his wish to become a prince, his father becomes the King of Thieves, thus making Aladdin, unbeknownst to himself, the "Prince" of Thieves. Genie never mentioned a country, and when Jafar questions Aladdin about where he's from, Aladdin couldnīt give a straight answer, so I doubt he even stopped to wonder what or where he was prince of. In the third movie Razoul does call Aladdin the Prince of Thieves after learning that the King is his father.
      • Aladdin could have been made a prince by being "added" to the royal family of an existing country.
      • Aladdin did become a prince. He marries Princess Jasmine
  • Back on the prince subject, there is a scene in the first movie where Jafar tries to have Aladdin killed when he's still masquerading as a prince. Now, at this point, he is still under the impression that Aladdin is the real thing, so that means Jafar knowingly and willingly tried to off someone who was likely a member of a royal family. Now imagine if he actually was. Lesser offences have lead to war, and that's just assuming that "Ali's" father or whoever was just a vanilla human. For all Jafar knew, this Ali guy could have had the equivalent of the Witch-King of Angmar for a father, with all that implies. And that goes double for the guards following his orders.
  • Prince Achmed leaves with a bite taken out of his pants. Later, the sultan pulls a piece of Achmed's heart-covered undies out of Rajah's mouth. Only there wasn't any fabric missing from the undies when he left. If the fabric isn't from the back of his undies...
  • Al and Abu weren't allowed to touch anything but the lamp in the Cave of Wonders, yet Carpet made contact with them multiple times. This can potentially be handwaved by Carpet not being a native treasure of the cave, but, if that's the case (considering it's very much sentient), exactly how long has it spent in isolation within the cave?

     Fridge Logic 
  • Example from the series that caught me off guard: In the episode Vocal Hero, the plot mainly revolves around Amin Damoola bungling the use of several magical items that look... less than spectacular, including a pair of flying shoes that don't take him anywhere near where he wants to go (and that kick him if he takes them off) and a cotton swab that fires like a ballistic weapon. Pretty standard for Amin...until the Reveal comes halfway through the episode that he's working for Mozenrath, who supplied him with those magical gadgets. This means that the defective shoes and the cotton swab actually BELONGED to the villain who's considered the greatest threat in the series, and probably long before Amin came along. To top this off, the cotton swab was used—Amin kisses it and remarks that it tastes like earwax—and Amin didn't know about it. That's right: Mozenrath was hoarding a cotton swab with all his other precious magical items, USED it, and then passed it off to someone else.
  • From the movie: earlier in the film, Jasmine is upset because she thinks Aladdin has been executed. When he takes her on the carpet ride as Prince Ali, however, she recognizes him. Why is it a headscratcher? Because at no point does she say "I thought you were dead" or anything like that. If she had previously thought he was dead, how come she never brings it up, or wonders why he's alive?
    • She may have wondered but didn't have a chance to bring it up? She tricks him into revealing he's a street rat, his response being that he was pretending just as she was when they met. At that point she probably figures that, as a prince, he got an official pardon or was able to pay off the guards or something.
      • It's possible she just realized that Jafar had lied to her for whatever reason and decided not to press it.
  • When Aladdin makes his climactic choice between using his third wish to be with Jasmine or free the Genie, Jasmine and the Sultan are standing right there. He could easily have wished to be a prince again, and then simply handed the lamp off to either one of them, who'd have three more wishes coming. Of course, this wouldn't have been half as heroic or satisfying.
    • Also, Jasmine or the Sultan might have been tempted to make two wishes of their own first. Or one of them make three wishes and then pass the lamp to the other person. And hey, why not call in someone else? Passing the buck would have been admitting that the wishes were more valuable than Genie's freedom, and set up a slippery slope to keep him from ever getting his freedom.
    • In any case, had he passed the lamp off to one of the others, he STILL would have gone back on his word to use the last wish to free Genie. A less than stellar way to start off a new life with the woman you love.