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YMMV / Aladdin

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The original 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? Chances are that you don't.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jafar.
  • "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 2011 has played the Phantom on West End and on Broadway. 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!
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Painful Rhyme: "His forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers"... Ouch. note 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Absolutely a requirement with Genie in other languages - the movie just doesn't work unless the language has a speaker with Robin Williams' juice, playing the role.
    • The Norwegian dub offered a contender to Williams with Lars Sørbø voicing Genie. His unique voice fit the character so well it was like he was born for the role.
  • 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.

The original story: