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Aladdin was lucky Genie was in a good mood...In most myths, Djinns are not actually obligated to help you or grant you any wishes, and in the song "Friend Like Me" Genie specifically says "I'm in the mood, to help you dude". Had Genie been grumpy at the time, he may have just turned Aladdin and Abu into mice or something!
Why Genie REALLY returns in the sequelThe first wish was either negated or never granted in the first place, and the second wish was essentially a "freebie". After being freed by Aladdin, Genie found out on his world travels that "by Genie rules" he was bound to serve Aladdin until his two wishes were satisfied. Note that on the day of (and the days leading up to) his wedding in the film Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Genie seemed more powerful (and was voiced by Robin Williams). This is because part of his duties have been fulfilled. Since Genie "wasted" one of Aladdin's wishes to save him from certain death, the second wish will be satisfied when Aladdin's dead.
Aladdin never wished for anything except Genie's freedomAladdin's wishes are, in order, "I wish to be a prince", "I wish you would save my life", and "I wish for your freedom, Genie". However...
Cassim was not the king of thieves until the first filmFirst, we must assume the Genie is a bonafide Reality Warper, and his wishes are 100% guaranteed to come true. Now, a prince is not defined by riding an elephant or wearing nice clothes; a prince is defined by his royal family. When Aladdin wished to become a prince, the Genie gave him the clothes and parade, but he also (perhaps unknowingly) gave him a royal family. At the same time, Cassim became the king of thieves. He either legitimately became the king of thieves at that moment, or the Genie Ret-Conned him into having been the king of thieves for years.
The whole story is a clever sales pitch for an ordinary lamp, and the viewer's viewpoint at the beginning is Antoine GallandYou have to ignore the sequels for this one, but that's no big loss. The peddler at the beginning is trying to sell a lamp as a fabulous object. He can't say that when you buy it you get a genie because that's obviously not true. So he spins a tale about a lamp that USED to hold a genie but then the kind-hearted individual who found it let the genie free. The peddler has a gift for voices—he's Robin Williams, and so he can do all the voices Genie does plus all the other characters'. So far so good. The original story of Aladdin did not appear in any Arabic manuscripts of One Thousand and One Nights. French translator Antoine Galland claimed to have heard it from a storyteller. The version we saw was the original version—from a storyteller/peddler looking to make some dinars off a foreigner with an interest in stories. The later differences in the written versions are a result of Galland's garbling of the clever peddler's tale.
Jafar transforms the palace to be held into place by the undeadWhen he turns into a genie, he loses the power to kill people or resurrect the dead. Thus, all his life-ending spells (including destroying the magic carpet and transforming Abu) were undone, and his undead were redeadened, thus returning the palace to its place. So no illogical no ontological inertia.
Aladdin was the Diamond in the Rough because his father is the King of ThievesSo because he is the son of the king of thieves, that makes him the diamond in the rough; a thief who is capable of stealing one of the greatest treasures in the world, the lamp.
Mozenrath was going to do a Heel-Face Turn and get together with Sadira in the end.Sadira and Mozenrath were both going through character development regarding their relationship with Aladdin. Sadira started out as the Stalker with a Crush antagonist but eventually grew into a valuable ally. Mozenrath, on the other hand, started out using Aladdin as a pawn and ended up having a particular desire to spite him (and later, Jasmine as well). Mozenrath was being set up for an epic showdown with Aladdin or Jasmine (and possibly later a Heel-Face Turn) while Sadira was being set up as his eventual love interest. (Sand-related powers, anyone?)
Destane was planning to take over Mozenrath's body.Just like Mozenrath attempted to do with Aladdin, Destane was going to exchange bodies with Mozenrath in order to keep on living.
Genie didn't go complete on the "Make me a prince" wish because of Aladdin's "freebie" wish to get out of the cave.Aladdin doesn't rule anything;he's just dressed like a prince. This was Genie's making up for the first wish swindle.
The REAL reason Cassim was after the Hand of Midas.Warning: Long post. OK, so common rumor among fans: Aladdin and Mozenrath were supposed to be brothers (which makes a heck of a lot of sense). This obviously makes Cassim their father. The Forty Thieves made their big goal to get the Hand O' Midas. From Wikipedia: "Cassim believed that, with the Hand, he could return to his family and give them the life they deserved instead of one living out in the streets, and had instigated the raid so he could capture the oracle's staff and question the seer as to the precise whereabouts of the artifact."
Apparently, he left the family for this. This one artifact. Which is shaped like a hand. And was supposed to give his family "the life they deserved".
We also know that Cassim has a tendency, like John Silver, to completely put his family on hold when there's a quest afoot. Because who leaves his son(s) behind just to go get one silly treasure without more of an explanation than that? Crazy Cassim, that's who. Also consider that Cassim DOES NOT RECOGNIZE Aladdin at first. So he is capable of completely forgetting about a family member while on a quest to get something that was supposed to fix things for them. So let's try this. Cassim went to find the Hand—THE HAND—of Midas, not to turn things into gold and buy his wife and son(s) a beautiful life, but to get the life they deserved by RECONCILIATION. Reconciliation because the family was torn apart, and Cassim wanted to reunite them. So Cassim was on a different treasure hunt (where he picked up his band, including Sa'Luk, who is important, especially combined with Cassim's "I forgot my son because of this adventure" tendency), when ol' Whatsherface back at Agrabah dies. The two boys are cast out on the street. Aladdin...well, we know what happened to him. On the other hand, Mozenrath (who was probably the least liked of the two; Cassim probably preferred the more athletic and outgoing Aladdin to his brooding, intellectual counterpart) knew he wanted power and set out for the Land of the Black Sand, where he met Destane, who, for the purposes of this theory, we will assume is the Archmage from Gargoyles, because that's the only way I can accept that a) someone without a name is more powerful than Xanatos in the Gargoyles continuity, and b) Destane could possibly SCARE Jafar. Because please. Jafar fears nothing, except what that Archmage could do with his 3 artifacts. Also, we'll assume Destane/Archmage left Agrabah alone because it wasn't magical, and that's why Jafar felt free to turn it into his stomping ground (if not for Archmage Destane, he would have gone for the whole Seven Deserts and moved his palace to the Black Sand). Once you've bought these ridiculous assumptions about Destane, you can figure what happened next—Mozenrath becomes his apprentice, realizes he needs to find a source of power, attains the extremely dangerous gauntlet, decides randomly that it's a GOOD idea to enchant an eel so it can fly and talk, and then deposes Archmage Destane, making him into the first zombie/Mamluk. By this point, he's consumed by the desire for power. Now Cassim is distracted by the sidequests, and he's like, "Oh yeah, I had a family...should probably get back to them." Goes back—they're all missing. So he sets out on a quest to go find them, probably becomes distracted AGAIN because CASSIM, and then eventually ends up trying to rob the Black Sands (either his idea or Sa'Luk's). But what is this? One of his estranged sons! It takes Cassim freakin' forever to remember Mozenrath was his son (and then a bunch of profuse apologizing for playing favorites), but by this time Mozenrath is too far gone—he refuses to accept Cassim's outreach for love, and probably tries to kill him. Somewhere during this whole brawl Cassim recognizes the gauntlet (he probably tried to steal it once, heard about what it did to a person's body, and dropped it like a hot potato), gets Mozenrath to take it off, and sees what it's done to his hand. And so Cassim sets out with vigor to find a new artifact—the Hand of Midas. Not only will it turn everything to gold and perhaps bring greater power to the bearer than, say, the gauntlet of Doomy Dooms of Doom (OK, it doesn't have a name anywhere), but since it isn't a flesh-and-blood appendage, someone could conceivably replace one's hand with it, wear the gauntlet, and no longer suffer the gauntlet's effects. Long story short: Cassim, eager to reconcile with Mozenrath, set out to REPLACE HIS MISSING HAND. But then, on the way to get the Oracle, OH MY GOD I HAD ANOTHER SON!!! THAT'S RIGHT!!! Cassim meets Aladdin. And Cassim being Cassim, he COMPLETELY FORGETS ABOUT HIS OTHER SON AND THE WHOLE POINT OF THE HAND. At one point, he probably turned to Sa'Luk and asked, "Why are we after the Hand of Midas again?" And Sa'Luk, seeing his opportunity, replied, "BECAUSE IT TURNS THINGS TO GOLD, YOU FOOL!" Cassim's train of thought: "Hmm...I must have wanted this to get a better life for Aladdin, since he's the last guy I met that I told myself I wanted to remember no matter what sidequest got in my way!" And then he lets the hand drop. But it's OK. Because all he's really done is trade in some useless power and a distrustworthy henchman for his son, who's got a good life anyway, and a new parrot. Except that one of these days, Cassim is going to sit up in bed and yell "OH SH*T! I HAD ANOTHER SON AND I WAS GOING TO BRING HIM THAT HAND!" OK, the lot is unlikely, but I was just thinking about why in particular Cassim was going after a FREAKIN' HAND. The connection is just sitting in front of my face...begging to be made...
Genie can't kill anybody because a much more powerful djinni announced that human lives are collectively under his/its protection.Just like the djinni of the ring (in the earlier Arabic/Chinese/Tibetan Kitchen Sink story) couldn't do anything forbidden by the djinni of the lamp, or undo anything that the djinni of the lamp did, Genie can't go against the more powerful djinni's protection of human life.
Genie was originally a humanAbout 23 seconds into this implies it. Now about his name being Genie, this could mean he was a female who found a male genie and accidentally made a wish that caused the genie to become human so she turned into a male genie to take his place, or he was a cross-dresser or transgender who went by the name Genie. Or, and this is the one I want to believe, my WMG involving him on this page is true and he is now known as The Blue Genie, or just Genie when he is not with his friends, his friends are the other pony mane cast, who were also celebrities who became different colored genies, I will soon get around to putting that whole story on another FIM page.
The Genie was once exactly like JafarThe blue of the Genie shows that he is completely reformed. One day, Jafar will be blue as well! Or he would've been if he hadn't been destroyed.
The Genie is from AtlantisHe says that he's been in the lamp for 10,000 years. Since Aladdin takes place some time in the 9th or 10th Centuries A.D., that would mean the Genie and the lamp were either born or created some hundred years before the sinking of Atlantis, which is said to have happened in 9,000 B.C. And who would have the ability to put an incredibly powerful being in a seemingly ordinary object? Why, the Atlanteans. The lamp is supposed to look like an ordinary object at first glance, but it's still too artistic to have been made by some Stone Age hunting/gathering Average Joe.
Genie wasn't really trapped in the lamp for 10,000 years.That's how long he's been in the wish-granting business. One of his previous masters appear in the TV series. Even though he wished for immortality, he doesn't seem to resemble any cro-magnon man.
The Merchant is The GenieThis might be All There in the Script, but the Merchant who opens the first movie and closes out "King of Thieves" is CLEARLY The Genie. Think about it: he has the lamp, his clothes are the same color scheme as the Genie's natural form (light blue with a red belt), and he's voiced by Robin Williams.
The magic carpet was a former master of Genie.They clearly had history together — the Genie greets him as soon as he leaves the lamp. The rug is also clearly sentient and, judging from what the Genie said, several millennia old. When the rug was human, his third wish was for immortality. The Genie couldn't figure out a way to give him conventional immortality, and so he simply turned him into a form that would last forever; a sentient flying carpet.
The magic carpet was always with Genie.Genie's lamp needed a guard other than the Cave of Wonders itself. An immortal flying carpet was created for that task. The two became friendly, and the carpet would accompany Genie and his master whereever they went. After all three wishes were granted and Genie returned to the lamp, Carpet would fly the lamp back to the Cave of Wonders.
One of Genie's old masters wished for a sentient carpet.When he died, Genie kept it.
The Carpet was an unfortunate thief who found the Cave of WondersIt was turned into a rug as punishment for trying to take the treasure.
The Carpet is the unfortunate thief who Jafar sent into the Cave of Wonders at the start of the film
The Carpet was once a greedy carpet merchant.One fateful night, in the gloomy light of an oil lamp, he made an unholy pact with an evil wizard seeking the powers of the gods themselves. When said wizard got cursed into being forever the slave of the lamp, the carpet merchant received his own ironic punishment. He would no longer step on others.
Aladdin is Sikh.But if Genie gives him some chicken soup, he'll be all better! OK, pun out of the way. Aladdin's father left him a fancy ceremonial dagger that Aladdin could've sold when he was a poor street rat, but didn't. Aladdin espouses many of the philosophies of Sikhism. Examples: Slavery is wrong. Marriage is a partnership that must be entered willingly. All people, from the highest Sultan to the lowest street rat, are beloved children of God and are to be treated as such.
Iago is a fully fledged "Familiar"Jafar is a sorcerer. Making Iago his familiar would explain a lot of the animated animal aptitude and his ability to speak. It even helps explain his feather fingers, depending on how much you're comfortable ascribing to magic. It would also explain his general distaste at being treated as a pet.
Mozenrath is Aladdin's brother.This one's been floating around for a long time: Mozenrath is Aladdin's brother, and was going to be the "family member" that would be revealed in the third movie. This may have been confirmed by one of the producers; but even if it hadn't, there's still some evidence. If you darken Mozenrath's skin and thin his lips, he looks just like Aladdin.
Genie CAN bring people back from the dead...and has.The way he words it when he's laying down the rules to Aladdin suggests that Genie can bring back the dead- but only as shambling zombies.
Abu is a girl.Note the lack of tusks in Abu's elephant form. Abu's territorialness might be because "he" had a heterosexual inter-species crush on Aladdin, or possibly saw Aladdin as his- erm, her male. Abu didn't like Jasmine taking her exact place.
Abu was genderbent in his elephant formAnd maybe the horse form, too.
Abu was designed to look like a Nerfed elephantIt's doubtful that even trained bull elephants are alowed to wander around rich peoples' castles while still possessing tusks.
Jafar is a crypto-pagan.That's why he ended up in the underworld of Classical Mythology after his death. He pretended to be a Muslim, because only this way it was possible for him to gain an influential government position in an Arabian sultanate. (This bears Unfortunate Implications, with Jafar fitting the "idol-worshippers are amoral" stereotype, but you have to admit that it doesn't sound too out of place for a story supposedly from a medieval monotheistic society.)
Iago used to be humanHe's a parrot who can talk. I prefer the idea that he was a human turned into a parrot rather than him always being a parrot. My personal favorite theory is that he got hold of the lamp long ago, and he was a Jerk Ass then too. His third wish was to be able to fly, and the Genie turned him into a bird. Eventually he was bought by Jafar. That's how Jafar found out the lamp was more than a myth. He doesn't talk about it now because he's ashamed.
Mozenrath is the son of Cassim and Mirage.Going with the theory that Mozenrath is either Aladdin's brother or half brother.I was thinking before Cassim married Aladdin's mother,he had a fling with a disguised Mirage who then took off without a trace.Then nine months later she gave birth to Mozenrath and she placed her son into the care of Destante in order for him to make her son into a powerful soccerer.
Genie isn't much of a genie.When Jafar wished to be the most powerful sorcerer, Genie could have used that as the perfect opportunity to twist his wish and save everyone... but he didn't. All Genie had to do was turn Jafar into the person who currently was the most powerful sorcerer, in mind and body. As the most powerful sorcerer had not taken over the world, we can assume that he is not evil, and thus everyone would be saved. Genie just was a little too rusty at intentionally misinterpreting wishes.
Genies take the form of the dominant species in the planet.But they can grant wishes of other intelligent creatures.
There are six different-coloured genies all over the worldThey are the Elements of Harmony, which are the most powerful magic(al beings). But they never happened to be all together, mostly because only the blue one is free.
Sentient beings are exempt from the Cave of Wonder's "Touch nothing" rule.Aladdin touches the carpet but the carpet can think for itself, just like the lamp can.
Agrabah is under a curse that causes disaster to occur on a near-weekly basis if the princess is unwed by her birthdayThis is why the marriage law existed in the first place. The Sultan never knew the real reason behind the law, since he seemed to be in no hurry to get Aladdin and Jasmine married after their engagement. Once Aladdin and Jasmine tied the knot in "King of Thieves", the curse was rendered powerless again, enabling the couple to settle into a slightly less hectic life and giving Aladdin much-needed time to learn more about being a future Sultan.
Aladdin is set in the future.In one scene, Genie notes that Aladdin's clothes are "so third century". Considering that the Genie most likely doesn't know about fashion trends while in his lamp, while also considering the Genie has been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years and makes references to 20th century entertainment, the setting for Aladdin must be at least 10,989 AD. This not only explains Genie's constant impressions, but also why people praise Allah but show no other signs of Islam (degeneration of the religion after thousands of years). Agrabah is simply Arabia after an apocalypse, having lost all modern technology (except for talking parrots and magic carpets) and maintaining some Greek culture. This also accounts for the existence of bras and heart-print boxers, new world monkeys, and new world fruits.
Genies do not use base 10.10,000 is only 16 in base 2, so theoretically, the Genie could have been in the lamp less than two decades.
Genie's first two rules are to prevent him from treading in the realm of God/Allah/other synonyms.Only Allah has the power to give life, and to take it. It is not the place of a lesser being to choose the fate of a man ("man" as in "human-type mortal". The same goes for women and children), with the semi-exception of humans, who somehow get both free will (which leads to the third rule) and predestination.
The material of a genie lamp in this world reflects the genie's heartGenie's lamp is gold, which could go with him having a heart of gold. When Jafar is turned into a genie his lamp is black, which could mean he has a heart of onyx or jet.
There was originally just one genie.But as time went by, people started wishing to become genies themselves. Their motives were varied; Some wanted phenomenal cosmic power (and either didn't know or didn't care about the consequences), others just wanted to help people.
Agrabah is a Maronite or Druze StrongholdAgrabah is in Lebanon or Syria, and instead of being home to generic Sunni Muslims, it is home to one of two major minorities in the region; the Druze, a Unitarian Islamic Sect, or the Maronites, a Catholic Sect. It would explain the more liberal elements of the Kingdom's Populace (Harems, dancers both male and female, the lack of Mandatory Facial Covers for all women) while still allowing it to be in the past.
The poor quality of the sequels was caused by a curseJafar cursed the franchise in revenge of Disney not giving him a full-length Villain Song.
CHILDHOOD SHATTERING CONSPIRACY THEORY!Robin Williams was secretly the voice of every single character in at least the first movie, and they got a bunch of back up voice actors for him to imitate and listed them as the voices. Not just the big blue lovable genie, but the sexy princess, Aladdin himself, and everyone else is voiced by an insane actor/comedian. In retrospect doesn't that make your childhood favorite disturbing?
Mapping out locales from the TV series.Specifically, mapping the various locations in the TV series to real-world places. This isn't all of them, but it's a start:
Each Aladdin film corresponds to a limitation of the genie(s)Though it's not always done literally, each movie is themed around the three limitations given to genies, and the limitations are subverted in various ways.
Magic: The Gathering AlignmentsRecently, Mark Rosewater revealed that he thinks Aladdin himself is Red. So...
Aladdin and the Prince of Persia are on the same family treeWhy not? In the first game, the Prince was from a "foreign land" and has to face an Evil Vizier named Jaffar—maybe this is some kind of multi-generational blood-feud.
The Genie is Dr. ManhattanBlue. Reality. Warper. He created the lamp and the "3 wishes" in order to study humanity's desires.
Genie and Al Gebraic are former companions of the DoctorIt explains how a lamp that couldn't have been designed more than a few centuries before Aladdin's time could have been sitting around for ten thousand years. It also explains Genie's anachronisms.
Jafar Is The Evil Younger Brother of the original Jaffar from the Arabian NightsHis scheming nature is due to lifelong jealousy that he could never be as successful as his brother.
Jafar is the younger brother of ZigZag from The Thief and the CobblerJafar just hasn't been doing magic as long, hence the still-normal skin coloring and regular number of finger joints.
Genie is a Twilight Archon.Also, Jafar at the end of the movie may turn into a Dark Archon, but we see him only in a stage just before the merge. When he is sucked into his lamp, he takes Iago with him because he knows that he needs another being to merge with in order to complete the transformation into a Dark Archon. The reason he as a human can become an Archon is debatable; either it has something to do with Genie, o the Xel'naga have been to earth too at some time.
Genie's previous master was Rita Repulsa.
Ali Baba is Aladdin's uncleThe movies and series takes place in an alternate version of the Arabian Nights where Ali Baba was killed by the forty theives but Cassim survived and eventually joined their number.
Aladdin takes place in the Assassin's Creed universe
Jafar's snake staff is Kaa.Sometime after the events of The Jungle Book 2, Kaa was captured and sold at the same market Jafar found Iago. Jafar bought both the snake and the parrot, then after putting a spell on the parrot so he could speak perfect English, he turned the snake into gold. However, even as a gold statue, Kaa was still able to hypnotize, which Jafar could use to his advantage. The reason why the staff has a cobra hood when Kaa is a python? Well, Jafar probably added it because it looked cool. If this is true, then this results in some major Fridge Horror when you remember Aladdin smashing the staff and realize that Kaa was alive and conscious in there the whole time!
Iago is one of the Angry Birds
Aladdin and Jasmine are Laney Penn's ancestors.
How different Aladdin could have been if the Sultan had a harem like he's suppose too?For one thing Jasmine would have been poisoned like 15 million times by age 15 both accidentally and on purpose by the step-moms and her half-sisters that she would have shared a common living space with (minus the bedrooms) and also very young half-brothers. Would she also be very competitive too?