Tear Jerker: Aladdin

The Disney film

  • Jafar has been beaten, the Genie has been freed, everything's okay, right?
    Genie: Oh does that feel good! I'm free! Free at last! I'm hitting the road! I'm off to see the world! I—
    Aladdin: Genie... I'm really gonna miss you.
    Genie: [with tears in his eyes] Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.
  • After her escape plan has spectacularly failed, Jasmine weeps in her garden, believing that she's the one responsible for the execution of the boy who saved her life in the marketplace. Rajah comes over to comfort her, and she says, "I didn't even know his name!" Think for a moment about how this feels for her: making a deep connection with a stranger, then losing him in the same day and believing that it's all her fault.
  • Even though it wasn't technically in the movie (although used in the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation), the song "Proud of Your Boy" is extremely poignant. Especially when you hear the story behind it. Just... watch the video.
    • It's also chock full of heartbreaking Heroic Self-Deprecation, that really sounds like it's coming from someone with low self-esteem.
      So say I'm slow for my age, a late bloomer,
      Okay, I agree!
      That I've been one rotten kid.
      You'll see, mom, now comes the better part!
      Someone's gonna make good, cross his stupid heart!
      I'll do my best, what else can I do?
      Since I wasn't born perfect, like dad or you...
    • Even worse in the musical when the audience learns that his mother is dead .
    • In Jafar's deleted Villain Song, "Humiliate the Boy", there's a brief moment wherein Aladdin looks out to the crowd and sees his mother giving him a look of deep disappointment. Aladdin's expression immediately afterward makes you wanna hug him.
  • When Aladdin asks Genie what he would wish for, if he had the chance.
    Aladdin: What would you wish for?
    Genie: Me? ...No-one's ever asked me that before. Well, in my case- Aw, forget it.
    Aladdin: What?
    Genie: No, I can't, I-
    Aladdin: C'mon! Tell me!
    Genie: ...Freedom.
  • The reprise of "One Jump Ahead".
    Riff-raff, street rat
    I don't buy that
    If only they'd look closer
    Would they see a poor boy? No siree
    They'd find out
    There's so much more
    To me
  • Meta example: the death of Robin Williams, the original voice of Genie.
    • Genie's final in-movie line has a sadder connotation now: "I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Oh I don't care what I am, I'm free!"
      • As does, "Genie, you're free" and "Y'ain't never had a friend like me!"
    • Even with Williams and Disney's known feuds, they released a touching artwork from the supervising animator for Genie. It's a perfect example of Tear Jerker and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    • The Saturday following Williams' death, Disney aired the film commercial free on all of its networks as a tribute. The broadcast ended with artwork above being shown before the end credits, with the caption "In memory of Robin Williams, who made us laugh."

The Disney sequel films

  • After Jafar's lamp is destroyed and Jafar is defeated in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and his friends become sad thinking Iago is dead.
  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves Aladdin and Jasmine are finally married and share their first kiss as husband and wife, the crowd parts as they walk back up the aisle, and standing in the back is Aladdin's father.
    Cassim: "Even a wanted man can risk a bit to see his own son's wedding."
    • And earlier on in King of Thieves, when Cassim explains to Aladdin how he set out to chase the Hand of Midas, but when he finally returned, his wife was dead and his son was gone, so he went back to the only thing he believed he had left. Just the way Cassim talks about his wife alone, is heartwrenching.
    Cassim: I knew exactly what I wanted for my family; the best. I couldn't give up and go back empty-handed! But, the weeks turned into months, and the months turned into years... I came back to Agrabah one night, but I couldn't find my wife... or my son. I thought my family was lost forever. At that moment, I would have traded anything to get your mother back.