YMMV / Aladdin

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The 1992 animated Disney movie:

  • Accidental Innuendo: The movie has a famous example of unintentional innuendo in the song "A Whole New World".
    I can open your eyes,
    Take you wonder by wonder;
    Over, sideways and under
    On a magic carpet ride.
    A whole new world!
    A new, fantastic point of view.
    No one to tell us no, or where to go,
    Or say we're only dreaming.
    Unbelievable sights!
    Indescribable feeling!
    A whole new world!
    Don't you dare close your eyes.
    A hundred thousand things to see.
    Hold your breath — it gets better!
    • Well at least the song has a happy ending. At the end, they hold hands as literal fireworks are shown going off.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Did you know that in the original tale, Aladdin had unlimited wishes instead of just three? Or that he had a second genie in a magic ring? Or that the story was set in China? Chances are that you don't.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Jafar's controlling the incompetent and childish Sultan the only reason the kingdom hasn't fallen apart decades ago? The idea was exploited by the parody musical Twisted, but it was around earlier.
    • When Jafar tried to wish that Jasmine would fall in love with him, was it because he was attracted to her? Or was it just a means of gaining his ultimate victory over her?
    • Was the Genie imprisoned for a reason?
    • Is Aladdin a nice guy who simply uses a good thing to his advantage and falters from time to time only to do the right thing at the end or is he a selfish opportunist who lies and uses people to get his way and frees Genie because leaving him enslaved would break Aladdin's bond with Jasmine?
    • The Genie does not technically grant Aladdin his wish; or rather, he goes about it in a much more subtle and sophisticated way than it seems. Aladdin wishes to be a Prince to marry Jasmine, but as both he and the Genie note throughout he is not actually a prince, in spite of his newfound mountains of magical wealth, servants and royal clothes- he doesn't even have a country to be a prince of. But he does become a Prince eventually, since he ultimately marries Princess Jasmine which would (in theory, at least) raise him to the status of Crown Prince of Agrabah and sultan-in-waiting. This is Fridge Brilliance of the highest order and raises the Genie to the status of the Chessmaster Sidekick and a Ditzy Genius par excellence.
  • Award Snub: There was some buzz about Robin Williams becoming the first voice actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
    • The film wasn't allowed to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay because too much of the Genie's dialogue consisted of Robin Williams' ad libs.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Genie, a creature that bends logic on a regular basis, is missing a marble or two, which makes his relentless over-the-top personality nothing short of amazing.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Iago. Gets a Heel–Face Turn, a more important role, and his own song in Return of Jafar.
    • Surprisingly, the Carpet is also one. It was even popular enough to have been made into a Xbox Live Avatar prop. It's become an icon in how to animate a character with a ton of personality despite their not having any lines or even facial features.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jafar is up there with Maleficent, Scar, and Hades as one of Disney's most famous and popular villains.
  • Fanon: Jasmine is often thought of as a Belly Dancer, despite her being a princess and belly dancing as we know it not existing in her time period.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Genie cutting off his own head to demonstrate that he can't kill anyone ("so don't ask"), when Robin Williams actually would commit suicide. Complete with Aladdin grabbing his throat as the Genie cuts his head, as if to say "Sheesh, that looks painful", and the part where the Genie yanks on a tie he's wearing after he loses an important chess piece to Carpet, given how Williams killed himself. Doubles as Harsher in Hindsight.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact that Abu sounds just like Donald Duck foreshadows the Kingdom Hearts games, where Donald and friends interact with Aladdin.
    • Jafar's voice actor's name? Jonathan Freeman!
      • Also hilarious right away considering Jafar's living conditions at the end of the movie.
    • Aladdin and Jasmine's world tour in "A Whole New World" includes visits to Greece and China (the latter even with fireworks); in the former case, given the subsequent cartoon crossover, that would suggest Hercules himself was around at the time.
    • Jafar tricks Aladdin into getting the lamp by dressing as a bald, scrawny, eccentric, old man with bad skin. Twenty years later, Disney created a similar character that lives in a fictional town in Oregon.
    • The first lyrics in "Friend Like Me" include a reference to the Forty Thieves. Flash forward to the third movie and learn that Aladdin's father is their leader (and would've been during the first movie's events).
      • In the same vein, a woman in "One Jump Ahead" says "I'd blame parents, except he hasn't got'em".
      • The big obstacle keeping Aladdin from marrying Jasmine is that he is not a prince. The third movie reveals his father is the King of Thieves, making him the Prince of Thieves.
    • In one scene of the first movie, Jafar deceives Jasmine into believing that Aladdin has been executed "by beheading" (while Al is actually alive and imprisoned). In the first sequel, Al is condemned to death by decapitation, and nearly beheaded by Public Execution when Genie arrives in time to save him in a Big Damn Heroes moment. In the TV series's episode, Al finally gets his head "cut off" by Caliph Kapok... or rather separated, since the rest of Al's body is still alive while his friends find a way to reunite it with his head. Weird. (Though since his brain and heart became no longer connected, he becomes a complete Jerkass.)
    • "Look at that, Abu! It's not every day you see a horse with two rear ends!" Four years later, a costume of a horse with two rear ends appears at the Feast of Fools.
    • The Swedish dub eventually became this. In this dub Jafar is voiced by Mikael Samuelsson who originated the role of The Phantom of the Opera in Sweden and Aladdin is voiced by Peter Jöback who as of 2016 has played the Phantom on the West End, Broadway, and Stockholm. While performing it in London one of the actresses playing Christine against Jöback also voiced Jasmine (though not in the Swedish dub).
    • The Genie is bald (save for his topknot), sports facial hair, has primary-coloured skin, four fingers on each hand and a burly physique. When he wasn't being voiced by Robin Williams, he was being voiced by Dan Castanella a.k.a. Homer Simpson!
    • When trying to flee the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin tells Abu, "This is no time to panic!"
  • Ho Yay: This line from Genie: "Oh Al, I'm getting kinda fond of you, kid. Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything..."
  • Love to Hate: Jafar.
  • Memetic Badass: Prince Ali!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Prince Ali, X is he, Ali Ababwa!"
    • PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER! ...itty-bitty living space.
    • "Do you trust me?"
    • Some Moral Guardians made a stink over a bit in the balcony scene where Aladdin seems to be saying "Good teenagers, take off your clothes."
    • Deviant ART artists that like drawing Bound and Gagged people have a field day on alternating the scene where Aladdin is ambushed, Bound and Gagged by Jafar's men and tossed into the sea until he accidentally rubs Genie's lamp under the sea, saving his life. They just replace Aladdin with any character they like, and either stop before the character 'rubs a lamp'... or use an equivalent of Genie to save the day.
    • "Jafar, Jafar, he's our man. If he can't do it, GREAT!!!"
    • Thanks to Team Fortress 2, one can never take the "your eternal reward" scene seriously ever again.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Yes it's a very Disneyfied take on Arabian mythos, but that didn't stop Arabs from enjoying the film. Recently, many people of Arabic descent have praised Aladdin for offering positive portrayal of Middle Eastern people rather than depicting them as only terrorists and savages.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jafar leaving Aladdin to die in the Cave of Wonders, once the latter gives him the lamp.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Both the Virgin Games Sega Genesis game and the Capcom SNES game were well received by the gaming community. The Game Gear and Game Boy Color versions, on the other hand, are bad.
  • Older Than They Think: Aladdin is actually the fourth attempt at the "three wishes" rule for genies by Disney; it had been used twice on DuckTales (1987), on one regular episode and in that show's feature film, and it was on one episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Painful Rhyme: "His forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers"... Ouch. note 
  • Signature Scene: The showstopping "Friend Like Me" number is the most famous part of the film.
  • Signature Song: "A Whole New World".
  • Smurfette Breakout: Jasmine is a supporting character while the story is about Aladdin, but she is included in the Disney Princess franchise and is the only princess in the lineup who isn't the main character in her film.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the CGI head of the Cave of Wonders and the integration of CGI and hand-drawn animation with the magic carpet and the lava still holds up well today, some of the CGI bits inside of the cave (i.e. the escape sequence) are really showing their age now, especially if you watch it on Blu-Ray.
  • Squick: Jafar isn't particularly attractive on his own, but any scene where he puts advances on Jasmine makes him look even slimier, causing major squick! Even in the movie's own universe, Abu and Iago have a Squick noise at Jasmine and Jafar's kiss. Jasmine looks pretty grossed out as well during that. Made even worse by the fact that Jasmine is possibly only fifteen or sixteen.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Jasmine has a huge one, and may have the biggest of any of the Disney Princesses (possibly behind Ariel). This is due to her very sexy Bedlah Babe outfit, making her one of the more scantily clad princesses, and the additionally revealing red number Jafar traps her in. What's more is her feisty personality and the fact that she establishes herself as an Action Girl in the spin-off media.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The movie came under fire by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for the infamous lyric "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" in "Arabian Nights". The line was changed to "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense" for the VHS release.
  • Values Dissonance: This stands out amongst later Disney films based on non-American cultures. Disney does a lot of research into presenting the cultures accurately and respectfully. Aladdin on the other hand isn't a particularly accurate film and some aspects have been considered offensive (such as how "Arabian Nights" needed to be censored to remove some violent references). This wasn't a well-known issue in the early 1990s but in modern times the film would be written much differently. The Live-Action Adaptation will be more accurate. What's more is that most of the characters were voiced by white actors. Disney would correct this as soon as Pocahontas came along.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: What is Rajah supposed to be, again? The tiger is likely a male since the female equivalent to "Rajah" would be "Rani" but this is not in the movie.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The spirit that acts as the entrance to the Cave Of Wonders still looks amazing to this day (especially since the relatively-dated CGI, combined with its flat-tone art style and smooth animation, gives it an otherworldly feel).

The original story:

  • Newer Than They Think: Not part of the original Arabian Nights tales, but added in the Antoine Galland's French translation of the book in 1710.
  • Values Dissonance: Aladdin's plan to marry the princess is to kidnap her every night and go to bed with her without revealing himself (though he does leave a sword between them so she can defend herself and never actually has sex with her until they're married).