- After nearly getting himself killed for stealing bread, Aladdin hands the whole loaf — probably all the food he would have had that day — over to two orphans. They don't mean anything to him, they're just two more street rats, two out of dozens... and he hardly gives it a second thought. The look on the little girl's face is just so touching.
- And then when the kids begin eating it, we see the girl has given the bulk of it to her little brother, taking only a bite or two for herself.
- Also, Abu - he was very reluctant to part with the share of the loaf he'd gotten before they saw the kids, and defiantly takes a big bite out of it... but his conscience gets the better of him, and he gives the rest of his piece to the children after Aladdin gave his. And though he was grudging about it, he brightens up when the kids show their appreciation towards this unexpected generosity (they were incredulous enough that Aladdin gave them his bread since life as a street rat is a struggle). The scene shows not only Aladdin's selfless compassion, but that Abu has a heart of gold beneath his own capacity for greed (for further heartwarming, imagine that Abu represents Aladdin's baser instincts - the kindness that cannot be extinguished even by a life of desperation and need).
- Doubles as a CMOH and CMOF:
- The magic carpet ride, one of the most romantic and magical falling-in-love montages ever. That it comes on the heels of Aladdin realizing that his faux charm isn't going to work on Jasmine and reverting back to his natural self makes it even more heartwarming, since the carpet ride is when he knowingly treats her to the one thing she's always wanted: freedom.
"No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we're only dreaming..."
- The cutest part? The fact that Jasmine's eyes are wide as she stares around at the world she's never seen before, but Aladdin hardly ever takes his eyes off her.
- "I choose you, Aladdin." It's a perfect line of dialogue that brings both Jasmine and Aladdin's desires full circle: she gets the freedom to choose, he's loved for being himself, and there's nothing preventing them from being together. And then they bop heads. Awww!
Aladdin: (chuckles) Call me Al...
- How far Genie was willing to go for Aladdin just because he was his friend. When he sees Aladdin and Jasmine together at the end, he tells Aladdin that he can use his last wish to become a prince again even though it means he might not ever get a chance to be free again.
Aladdin: But Genie, what about your freedom?
Genie: Hey, it's only an eternity of servitude. This is love! Al, you're not going to find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know, I've looked.
- Aladdin wishing Genie free, despite Genie saying that he's willing to stay in the lamp just so Jasmine and Aladdin can be together.
- And how about when Genie gets ready to use the final wish to make Aladdin a prince, and is completely caught off-guard when Aladdin wishes for Genie's freedom?
- After the Genie has been freed:
Genie: Oh, does that feel good! I'm free! I'm free at last! I'm getting outta here! I'm off to see the world! I—
Aladdin: Genie... I'm really gonna miss you...
Genie: (tears up) Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.
- Genie celebrating as he leaves to enjoy his freedom:
"Hey, rugman! Ciao! I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Oh, I don't care, I'm free!" (elated laughter as he flies into the distance)
- Aladdin describing why Jasmine is so important that he deserves an exemption to Genie's "I can't make anybody fall in love" rule:
Aladdin: But Genie, she's smart and fun and...
Aladdin: Beautiful! She's got these eyes that just...and this hair, wow...and her smile...ahhh...
- Seriously, plain text can't do Aladdin's emotions justice. Just watch this video!
- Aladdin telling Jasmine that she stood out in the marketplace. He's so sincere when she says it, and she's so sincere when she smiles back. It's chemistry like this that makes the Fourth Date Marriage (if there only had been the one movie, and they got married at the end) just a little bit more plausible.
- A smaller one, but the Sultan, who is SO set on his daughter getting a princely husband, refuses to force her to marry any of the suitors she refused. Even with all his strictness, he loves his daughter enough to not want to force her to marry someone she hates.
- And then there's why he's so adamant on her getting married; he wants to make sure Jasmine has someone to take care of and support her after he dies, which he knows is going to come sooner rather than later.
- Meta examples:
- While the film was still in production, Robin Williams would often send or receive calls to and from Steven Spielberg, who at the time was working on Schindlers List where a lot of the cast was feeling down. Williams would be put on speaker phone and would tell jokes to the cast and crew (including Spielberg) in order to cheer them up.
- Animator Eric Goldberg worked with the writers to conceive the Genie character as Ambiguously Jewish so that his deep bond with the Arab Aladdin might disprove any kind of racial Reality Subtext.
- After the death of Robin Williams, many of Disney's airings of the film included this little bit between 'The End' and the credits: "In memory of Robin Williams, who made us all laugh."
- So far, as of then, any time it's aired it's been uninterrupted. (The gaps where the commercials would be are still there, but it's still commercial-free).
- Another tribute; the Broadway version engaged in a sing along of "Friend Like Me" during curtain call the day after Williams passed away. Lead by the actor playing the Genie, no less!
- At the end of the second movie, Iago gets the good end of Laser-Guided Karma when he kills Genie!Jafar and gets saved from death himself.
- Genie has a tough to catch, but still heartwarming Call Back to "A Friend Like Me" during the "Father and Son" number from The King of Thieves:
You got a whole new shoulder to cry on
Take a chance, now give it a spin!
You've had chums for pallin' around with,
But you've never had a friend like him!
- In The King of Thieves, when Cassim throws the treasure he has been searching for all his life into the sea, recognising his son as the real treasure.
- And when Aladdin tries to face off Sa'luk on the golden hand:
Aladdin: Don't worry, Dad, I can take him alone.
- Also from "The King Of Thieves" after Aladdin and Jasmine have finally gotten married the crowd parts and standing at the back of the wedding pavilion stands Cassim. "Even a wanted man can risk a bit to see his own son's wedding."
- You don't think about it much, but in The King Of Thieves, Genie is Aladdin's Best Man at a remarkably western wedding. That coveted job traditionally goes to the best, most trusted, deepest friend of the Groom. Awww...
- Also, when Aladdin tells Genie about his Disappeared Dad and his own worries about married life...
Aladdin: What if I'm no good at it? Genie, if my father were here...
Genie: Al, little buddy, if your father were here, he'd be as proud of you as I am.
- This line from Jasmine to Aladdin as he's having pre-wedding worries: "People like you just don't come out of thin air."
- Iago and Cassim's developing friendship during the course of the third movie — true, they're both amoral scoundrels who initially bond simply over the prospect of getting rich beyond their wildest dreams, but they seem to genuinely like one another, and the ending, where Iago (who over the course of the TV series has been The Drag-Along) willingly goes off with Cassim for more adventure, and Cassim welcomes him along, is genuinely touching.
Cassim: Well, you little turkey? Have you come to say goodbye?
Iago: Nah, I already said my goodbyes. 'Course, the monkey had to cry... (Starts tearing up) ...And that got me goin'...
- The Book Ends ending, which is pretty touching on part of the development team; they remembered a one-shot character who only appeared for a few minutes in the beginning of the first movie, giving the series some serious closure.
So it goes, short and sweet
They were wed down the street
May their marriage be truly blessed
Happy end to the tale
and tomorrow's a sale
So I'd better go home and rest
Here's a kiss and a hug
Sure you don't need this rug?
I assure you the price is right
Well, salaam worthy friend
Come back soon, that's the end
Till another Arabian Niiiiiight!