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Let's just say there's a very good reason why Chuck Jones labeled this as "the funniest animated film of all time".

The movie
"Genie, I wish you free!"

  • Pretty much everything involving the Merchant.
    • His introduction:
      Merchant: Please, please, come closer. [ His face gets smushed against the screen ] Too close, a little too close.
    • Before the merchant shows the lamp:
      Merchant: Look at this! Yes! Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes Julienne fries! It will not break! [Taps it on table] It will not— [BOING!] ...It broke! [Tosses it over his shoulder] Oh! Look at this! [Pulls out a small white box] I have never seen one of these intact before. This the famous Dead Sea Tupperware. Listen. [Razzes] Ah, still good!
    • A little behind-the-scenes trivia about this scene: Robin Williams was brought onto the sound stage and positioned in front of a table with a bunch of random objects covered by a sheet. He was then told to improvise a bunch of things in-character. So that line about that thing that would not break but immediately broke was no doubt caused by Robin breaking a prop and just rolling with it.
      • An especially hilarious example that unfortunately (though quite understandably) didn’t make it in the film: Eric Goldberg (Genie's supervising animator) recalled that, at one point, Robin picked up a bra, and riffed on it by saying it was a "double slingshot" or a "double yarmulke."
  • Iago's Establishing Character Moment. Having spent his first few minutes on screen acting like a normal parrot, he breaks character when Gazeem goes to enter the Cave of Wonders;
    Iago: Awk! The lamp! Awk! The lamp! [quietly, to Jafar] Geez! Where'd you dig this bozo up?
  • Iago's rant after the Cave of Wonders eats Gazeem.
    Iago: I can't believe it! I JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT!! We're NEVER gonna get a hold of that stupid lamp! Just forget it! Look at this! Look at this! I'm so ticked off that I'm molting!
    Jafar: Patience, Iago. Patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
    Iago: Oh, there's a big surprise. That's an incredi— I think I'm gonna have a heart attack and DIE from THAT SURPRISE! WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?? We got a big problem here, a big— [Jafar pinches his beak shut]
  • A few funny moments just before "One Jump Ahead".
    • "All this for a loaf of bread?"
    • This exchange:
      Aladdin: Morning, ladies!
      Woman: (teasingly) Getting into trouble a little early today, aren't we, Aladdin?
      Aladdin: Trouble? No way! You're only in trouble if you get caught.
      Razoul: (grabs him) Gotcha!
      Aladdin: I'm in trouble!
  • It's very quick, but during “One Jump Ahead”, the lady who sings “I’d blame parents except he hasn’t got ‘em” takes a swing at Aladdin's head with a broom. He ducks, but his fez stays where it is, spinning in the air. He rises back into the frame to put it back on his head with the most unamused facial expression you can imagine.
  • If you had to name a moment that doesn't include the Genie, it would be in the "One Jump Ahead" sequence, when Abu pulls a scimitar on the guards.
    Razoul: [the only one not freaking out] You idiots! We've all got swords! [he draws his sword and the others follow suit with a warcry].
    Abu: [gently puts the sword down with a sheepish grin, then bolts]
    • Abu pulls the scimitar from a sword-eater's mouth, then the sword-eater grabs his throat and starts gagging.
    • At another point in the same sequence, Aladdin tries to lose the guards by going over a bed of hot coals. He uses the performer as a stepping stone, while the guards just run over coals while comically dancing on their scorched tootsies and then login back to normal the millisecond they get across the coals.
    • The way Aladdin ducks behind a pole right as so many thrown projectiles slam into it.
    • The guards screaming as they fall out a window right into a mucky cart — the contents of which are advertised as "Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer". The man standing next to the cart, presumably Crazy Hakim himself, has a pair of pins on his nose to avoid the stench as he uses a shovel to scoop up a pile that was thrown into the floor while the guards are discomforted that they are now covered in the horrible stench.
  • At the very beginning, there's a scene where Aladdin meets Prince Achmed, heading to the palace on his horse. As the rude prince rides away, Aladdin hollers out:
    Aladdin: Look at that, Abu! It's not every day you see a horse with TWO rear ends!
    • Not only is the horse also offended, but he realizes it's an insult before Achmed does. Explain the joke?
      • Not a joke, but Hilarious in Hindsight after the arrogant prince tells Aladdin he will amount to nothing and have no one. Not only does Achmed fail to marry Jasmine and get attacked by Rajah, Aladdin himself ends up with her as well as being Agrabah's greatest hero.
  • After Achmed says that only Aladdin's fleas will mourn him, and everyone's gone, Aladdin mutters that he's not worthless and doesn't have fleas, then immediately scratches his head for a moment before catching himself.
  • This gem.
    Jasmine: Please try to understand! I've never done a thing on my own! I've never had any real friends. [Rajah growls] Except you, Rajah. I've never even been outside the palace walls!
    Sultan: But, Jasmine, you're a princess!
    Jasmine: Then maybe I don't wanna be a princess anymore!
    Sultan: [Growling with frustration] Oooh, I—! Allah forbid you should have any daughters!
    [Rajah grunts in confusion, thinking the Sultan is referring to him]
    • Alternative interpretation: The Sultan really is talking to Rajah, which is a different funny.
  • The Sultan inadvertently putting himself down (twice even) when he complains about Jasmine rejecting all those princes asking for her hand.
    Sultan: I don't know where she gets it from. Her mother wasn't nearly so picky!
  • Perhaps the funniest introduction of a main villain into the scene, we get the Sultan greeting Jafar as his "most trusted advisor", with the shot of the latter being about as subtle as a brick to the face.
  • Jafar laughing and trolling Iago after the Sultan force-feeds him a cracker, saying, "Your majesty certainly has a way with dumb animals." Iago looks at him with an expression that clearly says, "Dick."
  • Aladdin's ploy to rescue Jasmine from the marketplace after she steals an apple. It becomes even funnier as Jasmine plays along with his insanity plea.
    Aladdin: Now come along, sis. Time to go see the doctor.
    Jasmine: [Addressing a camel while staring vacantly into space] Why, hello, Doctor. How are you?
    Aladdin: [In a tone of voice that clearly says, "Dial it back, dial it back."] No, no, no, not that one.
    • Doubles as a Heartwarming Moment, because it shows their chemistry. They both understand and are willing to assist each other, something rather different from previous Disney relationships.
    • Earlier, Jasmine looks visibly offended when Aladdin calls her "a little crazy".
  • In fact, anytime Iago suffers. Like when he's powering Jafar's clockwork contained-storm generator and gets pulled into the gears. When he finally is shot out and splats into the wall, he's completely naked.
    Iago: With all due respect, your rottenness, couldn't we just wait for a real storm?
    • In an interview featured on the 2004 DVD, Gilbert Gottfried says that he heard rumors that screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio had a sign in their workspace that said, "When in doubt, hurt the bird."
  • Let's face it, Abu has a bunch of the funnier moments here. Here are just three examples:
    • Abu chewing Aladdin out in monkey speak, ending with his sarcastic monkey-speech impression of Jasmine. It really speaks to Frank Welker's acting and imitation abilities that you can tell exactly what he's saying.
    • There's also the look on Abu's face when Aladdin manages to spin the monkey-tantrum into fuel for seducing Jasmine. His expression is one of rage, disbelief, and confusion all rolled into one face.
    • And then Abu sets to freeing Aladdin...with a set of lockpicks. Just how often does Abu have to bust Aladdin out of handcuffs, anyhow?
      • Perhaps the more important question is: just where is Abu keeping those lock-picks?
    • During the aforementioned insanity plea, Aladdin says that Jasmine thinks Abu is the Sultan. She plays along, bowing to Abu and greeting him formally, and he responds by actually acting like a sultan.
  • Aladdin/Jasmine: "They're after me! They're after YOU?"
    • Also noteworthy is, after Aladdin frantically asks her, "Do you trust me?", Jasmine gives a hesitant, "...Yes??"
  • Jasmine confronting Jafar just as he's sneaking out of his secret door, forcing him to try to conceal it throughout the whole conversation. Iago doesn't quite make it out:
    Iago: [struggling in the door] "Jafar, could you just..." [Jafar kicks Iago through the door crack] "OW THAT HURT!!"
    • When Iago finally gets out he crawls spluttering and coughing onto Jafar's shoulder, gasps painfully twice before suddenly recovering and mildly asking Jafar how it went.
  • Aladdin meets Jafar for the first time. All of it. Jafar's old man disguise, the Gross-Up Close-Up of his teeth ("You've heard of the golden rule, haven't you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules. HUUUUOOOOYYYYYEEEEE!!"), and the scene reveals that poor Iago has been stuffed under his cloak the entire time.
  • When Abu grabs the Gem and realizes he's in trouble, he sheepishly puts it back, acting like the kid who got caught sneaking cookies from the jar.
    Cave of Wonders: INFIDELS!!
    Abu: Uh-oh.
    Cave of Wonders: You have touched The Forbidden Treasure!
  • While fleeing the Cave of Wonders:
    Aladdin: Abu! Abu, This Is No Time to Panic! [pulls Abu off his face and sees they're flying straight into a wall] Start panicking!
  • When Jafar thinks he has the lamp after leaving Aladdin and Abu trapped in the Cave Of Wonders.
  • When Genie comes out of the lamp for the first time in 10,000 years. Perfectly demonstrates where most of the rest of the movie's Funny Moments are about to come from.
  • "Hello, Aladdin. Nice to have you on the show. Can we call you Al? Or maybe just Din? Or how about 'Laddin? Sounds like, 'Here, boy! [whistles] Come on, Laddie!'"
  • "Say, you're a lot smaller than my last master. (Lifts his beer-gut.) Either that or I'm gettin' bigger. Look at me from the side --do I look different to you?".
    • Eric Goldberg had animated that particular bit as a poke at himself (he had put on a lot of weight at the time), but it turned out to be a particular favorite among Disney's female staffers for reminding them of their pregnancies.
  • The image and voice when Genie says, "The long contaiiiiiined..."
  • Once "Friend Like Me" is done, all the magical stuff the Genie conjures goes away, leaving only a beeping sign saying 'Applause'. (which was added to inform the audience that yes, the showstopper was over and they could\should applaud!)
  • When Genie lists his three rules when it comes to his three wishes, he briefly turns into a green, oozing zombie, complete with a hilarious (Peter Lorre-inspired) voice:
    Genie: ARULENUMBAHTHREE! (turns into zombie) I can't bring people back from the dead. It's not a pretty picture! I DON'T LIKE DOING IT!
    • Aladdin's blink-and-you'll-miss-it reaction to this is a picture, too. He clutches his stomach and gets an utterly nauseated look (as well as gagging slightly), as if he's about to lose his lunch.
  • Aladdin tricking Genie into getting them out of the cave without wasting his first wish. Especially funny is when Aladdin dismisses him and tells Abu that they'll have to find a way out themselves.
    Genie: Excuse me? Are you lookin' at me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you wake me up? Did you bring me here? And all of a sudden, you're walkin' out on me?! I don't think so! NOT RIGHT NOW! YOU'RE GETTIN' YOUR WISHES, SO SIDDOWN!!!!!
  • Iago impersonating Jafar and Jasmine (with the actual Jafar and Jasmine voices coming out of his mouth). Bonus points for briefly looking like the two he's imitating. It's almost like Linda Larkin and Jonathan Freeman are actually coming from Gilbert Gottfried's mouth!
  • Iago suggesting Jafar marries the princess, and Jafar's reaction.
    Iago: Wait a minute, wait a minute, Jafar! What if you were the chump husband?
    Jafar: What?!
    Iago: OK, OK, you marry the Princess, a'right?! And and uh... you-then you become the Sultan!
    Jafar: (smiles evilly) Ah, marry the shrew. I become the Sultan. The idea has merit.
    Iago: (excitedly) Yes, merit, yes! And then we drop [makes himself look plump like the Sultan] "Papa-in-law" and [makes his shape petite] the little woman off a cliff! [Iago divebombs off Jafar's staff as he screams!] YAAAAAAAH!!! KER-SPLAT!!! [laughs]
    Jafar: (laughs as well) I love the way your foul little mind works!
  • Just before the exchange above, Jafar and Iago's simultaneous Squick reaction to the prospect of being beheaded. Given their dynamic for the majority of the film, seeing them on the same wavelength for just a quick moment is hilarious.
    Iago: To think we gotta keep kissing up to that chump and his chump daughter for the rest of our lives! I can't — Oh!"
    Jafar: No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she will have us banished — or beheaded!
    Both: Eeeewwwwwwwwwwwww.....
  • The Genie vents about his lot in life, especially the overly-sarcastic way he does the "arms folded with head bobbing" gesture typically associated with genies.
    POOF "Wudya need??" POOF "Wudya need??!" POOF "Wudya need?!?"
  • The bit where Genie snaps his fingers and turns Abu into all kinds of different things (including a car, which is anachronistic, as the setting is ancient Arabia, and cars like the one Abu gets turned into weren't invented until around 1940), before settling on an elephant. He's not even looking at Abu, he's letting his mind wander, and that just makes him more human.
    • In an Easter Egg, the license plate for Abu as a car says "ABU-1".
    • Order of Abu's "mode of transportation" transformations (that we see): camel, horse, octopus, duck, ostrich, turtle, car, elephant.
  • The Sultan momentarily gets distracted from trying to feed Iago a cracker, prompting a look of relief as Iago stops trying to dodge it, right before it's suddenly shoved into his mouth. The look on his face....
  • Jafar trying to hypnotize the Sultan the second time.
    Jafar: You will order the princess to marry me.
    Sultan: I... will order... the princess to... (snaps out of it) But you're so old!
    • Also oddly heartwarming: the ONLY time he manages to resist Jafar's hypnosis is out of concern for Jasmine, even when him pushing her to marry sets off the plot.
  • Several during "Prince Ali"
    • As the song starts, Genie is joyfully and flamboyantly DEMANDING the crowd's attention for Ali by knocking people over, getting in their faces (even a camel's face!), drumming on a bigger dude's stomach, and shapeshifting.
    • Jafar — not the sort of character usually susceptible to slapstick — tries to keep the parade out of the palace only to get Squashed Flat by the door. How he and Iago look afterward also counts.
    • Also, toward the start of the song, Iago dances along, charmed by the music, hastily stopping when Jafar shoots him an angry look.
    • The Sultan also bops along to the music.
    • The camera cuts repeated to Jasmine at one point, and she gives a series of very unimpressed looks.
    • In mid-song, the Genie plays the role of two commentators from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And then we cut to a giant ape balloon.
    • When it's revealed that "Prince Ali" has ninety-five white Persian monkeys, we cut to Captain Razoul and the guards doing a goofy little dance while singing "He's got the monkeys! Let's see the monkeys!"
    • During the song's big finish, there's a brief shot of Jafar shoving the entourage out of the palace, then at the very end him slamming the doors with a hilariously irritated scowl.
    • At one point, Genie and the crowd sing: "And that good people is why, he got dolled up and dropped by: with sixty elephants" and we cut to sixty elephants, all standing on each others' shoulders, with the bottom elephant on three llamas who are, in turn, balancing on a small ball!
    • And then when the Sultan introduces him, joyfully telling "Ali" that Jafar is delighted to meet him too. Cut to Jafar standing with his arms crossed giving them a Death Glare, and then mutters "Ecstatic" in the most deadpan voice possible.
    • Did anyone actually hear Aladdin wish for a giant parade to go along with him being a Prince? No? That's right, it means Genie did it just because he wanted to sing in a parade and look fabulous while doing it!
    • At one point, Genie disguises himself as a woman and sings counterpoint with the three women Aladdin tried to flirt with during "One Jump Ahead". Aladdin sees and flexes to show off, leading Genie to buff him up...except he makes the muscles look too big and poor Aladdin is looking like "...uh, a little help here, Genie?"
  • The Sultan's joyride on Carpet, which includes him telling Jafar to "button up", buzzing Elephant!Abu, terrorizing Iago (who bumps into a pillar after dodging the Sultan, lands at the bottom, and sees miniature Sultans flying on Carpets, chanting, "Have a cracker! Have a cracker!"), and Carpet ending up so dizzy that he falls over (though Abu does prop him up with his trunk).
  • Jasmine berates Aladdin, Jafar, and the Sultan for talking about her behind her back, and even Jafar looks uncomfortable as she tears them a new one.
  • "I think it's time to say goodbye to Prince Abooboo."
  • Genie vs Carpet in a game of Chess:
    Genie: [Impatiently] So move!
    (Carpet picks up their Queen...)
    Genie: [Confused] Wait.
    (...and swats Genie's Queen off the board - nearly hitting the camera in the process, then plants theirs in its place and crosses their arm-tassels in smug defiance.)
    Genie: That's a good move. [To camera] I can't believe it; I'm losing to a rug.
  • "Tell her the TRUUUUUUTH!!!!!"
    • And when the Genie says that, he's pointing to a blackboard with those words written on it, and the first three words are underlined, and "truth" is written in gold and has several hands pointing at it.
      • Along with a trumpet.
    • Aladdin quickly swipes the blackboard away, saying "No way!"
  • "Prince Ali" is outside the balcony on Carpet, desperately trying to describe how he can't possibly be the guy she met in the marketplace because he has "servants who go to the marketplace for my servants." Jasmine and Rajah turn to each other to share a look of pure "is this guy for real?" The way Jasmine purses her lips just seals the deal. Just look at it!
  • Genie the bee trying to help Aladdin woo Jasmine, but messes things up.
    Genie: Enough about you, Casanova! Talk about her!
    Aladdin: What?
    Genie: She's smart! Fun! The hair! The eyes! ANYTHING! Pick a feature!
    Aladdin: ... Jasmine... you're very...
    Genie: Wonderful! Magnificent! Glorious! ... Punctual!
    Aladdin: Punctual!
    Jasmine: (confused) Punctual?
    Genie: Sorry...
  • Jasmine leading "Prince Ali" into a charm trap.
    Jasmine: Hm... I'm rich, too, you know...
    Aladdin: Yeah...
    Jasmine: (seductively) The daughter of a sultan...
    Aladdin: I know...
    Jasmine: (seductively sauntering over to him) A fine prize for any prince to marry...
    Aladdin: (realizing) Uh... right! Right... a prince like me!
    Genie: (buzzing in Aladdin's ear) Warning! Warning!
    Jasmine: Right... a prince like you... (pulls Aladdin's turban down and drapes his head with his cape) and every other STUFFED-SHIRT SWAGGERING PEACOCK I've met!
    Genie: (crashing and burning) MAYDAY! MAYDAY!
    • More Black Comedy, but soon after this, Jasmine angrily suggests he go jump off the balcony. When Aladdin sighs and apologizes, he does just that, knowing Carpet will catch him - Jasmine doesn't know this, and naturally reacts with a horrified "No!", leading Aladdin to instantly pop up with a startled "What!? What!?". Jasmine's expression and meek "How...?" as she's trying to process this turn of events is priceless.
  • Bee Genie making an interesting suggestion when Jasmine rejects "Prince Ali".
    Genie: Stop her! STOP HER! Want me to sting her?
    Aladdin: (waves off Genie) Buzz off!
    Genie: OK, fine. But remember: Beeee yourself!
  • "A Whole New World" is generally beautiful and romantic, but still contains some amusing sight gags, such as the startled bird and the sphinx guy who breaks the nose. Then, afterwards, Jasmine tripping up Aladdin by commenting, "It's a shame Abu had to miss this," and Aladdin falling for it hook, line and sinker before realizing he's been had.
  • How the Genie takes his time to save Aladdin from drowning like he's expecting to get an answer from Al's unconscious body.
    Genie: Never fails. You get in the bath, and there's a rub at the lamp. (squeaks rubber duckie) Hello? (sees the unconscious Aladdin) Al? (gasps) Al! Kid! Snap out of it! Oh, you can't cheat on this one! I can't help ya unless you make a wish! You have to say "Genie, I want you to save my life." Got it? Okay. (shakes Aladdin) C'MON, ALADDIN! (Aladdin's head droops) I'll take that as a "yes". (head becomes siren) WOOGA! WOOGA! (Genie turns into a submarine) Upscope! (babbles in mock German as he pulls Al out of the water)
  • Iago's "How in the he- uh, RAWK!"
  • The Sultan ranting about how Jafar has been plotting against him, he breaks up Aladdin and Jasmine about to kiss. Neither of them seems bothered by it and go back embracing and making eyes at each other. Then the Sultan got out of his funk when he realizes his daughter finally chose a suitor.
  • The Sultan is thrilled Jasmine has finally chosen a suitor.
    Sultan: (to Aladdin) I could kiss you. Well, I won't, I'll leave that to...
  • After Aladdin exposes Jafar:
    Iago: We gotta get outta here! We gotta get out! I gotta start packing, your highness! Only essentials, we gotta travel light. Bring the guns, the weapons, the knives... And, uh, how about this picture? I don't know, I think I'm making a weird face in it. (He then makes said weird face, complete with buck-teeth.)
    • As well as guns and swords, he tosses a set of brass knuckles in there.
    • A meta example involving that particular bit: According to the DVD Commentary, not only was that line ad-libbed by Gilbert Gottfried, but it made Robin Williams laugh his head off!
    • In the Norwegian dub, he makes a great pun that's actually pretty easily translated to English:
      Iago: What about this picture? Not one of my best, I look a little beaky in it.
    • Then mid-packing, he sees Jafar laughing like he just heard the best joke ever.
      Iago: Oh, boy. He's cracked. He's gone nuts. (flies down to Jafar) Jafar? (knocks on Jafar's hat which is hollow) Jafar! GET A GRIP! (Jafar gets a grip around Iago's neck, choking him) Good grip...
      • When Jafar squeezes Iago, he's now suddenly angry, because he realized Prince Ali is Aladdin with the lamp.
  • Three moments after the Sultan decides to make Aladdin his heir (which he isn't too happy about):
    • After the announcement, Genie arrives, cheering "Hail the conquering hero!", and bursts into a full-on one-man brass band... and promptly deflates when Aladdin glumly walks away.
    • When the Genie reads from the script.
      "Pssst! Your line is 'I'm going to free the Genie'. Any time."
    • And finally, the scene providing the above image.
      Aladdin: (depressed) Genie... I can't.
      Genie: Sure you can! You just go, (holds Aladdin's head and uses him like a puppet) "Geenee, I wish you fwee!"
      Aladdin: (pushes Genie) I'm serious!
  • When Iago's impersonating both Jasmine and a flamingo, an actual flamingo gets the goo-goo eyes for him, tongue hanging out and everything. After tricking Aladdin, he turns around mid-evil laugh to come face to face with aforementioned love-smitten flamingo...
    Iago: Ya got a problem, Pinky?! (kicks the flamingo over) Jerk.
  • When Jafar rubs the lamp for the first time:
    Genie: You know, Al, I'm getting really[Nebbish] Iiiiii don't think you're him. [Looks at a theater program, reads aloud] "Tonight the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark, and sinister UGLY man."
    Jafar: [grabs Genie by the goatee] I am your master now! [Stomps Genie's face]
    Genie: [Squeezing out the words] I was afraid of that.
    • Note how Jafar's evil grin promptly turns into an angry scowl when Genie calls him "ugly".
  • When Jafar declares that the Sultan and Jasmine will finally bow to him, the Sultan actually does briefly start to bow before stopping in a hurry when Jasmine states "We will never bow to you!"
  • You have to admit, Iago getting his revenge on the poor old Sultan for years of unknowingly patronizing cracker feedings is pretty hilarious.
    Sultan: Have a cracker, pretty Polly! [stuffs cracker down Iago's throat]
    • "Your Majesty certainly has a way with dumb animals." Followed by Iago's reaction to that.
      • Honestly, it looks like he's gonna THROW UP on Jafar more than a death glare, but it's still damn funny!
    • Later, after Jafar has deposed the Sultan, who is now tied up and dressed as a Jester: And when Jafar raises his hand for Iago to stop (on behalf of a begging Jasmine), Iago pauses...then shoves more crackers down the Sultan's throat one final time.
    Iago: [attacking the Sultan with crackers] Puppet ruler want a cracker?! Here!! Here's YOUR cracker! SHOVE 'EM ALL THE WAY DOWN YOUR THROAT!! HERE!!! Have lots of crackers (Laughs wildly, as Jafar can't help but snicker at the sight of it).
  • When Jafar becomes sultan, he puts Jasmine in a slave-girl outfit - which is no skimpier than the clothes she wears normally. Though it's colored red, which makes it more alluring.
  • When Jasmine pretends to fall in love with Jafar so she can distract him long enough for Aladdin to get Genie's lamp, Jafar and Genie's reactions are priceless, especially Genie's.
    • There's also Genie scratching his head and looking at his finger, clearly thinking "Did I do that?''
  • Jafar was described as "Señor Psychopath" by the Genie, who also briefly changes his face to Jafar's.
  • The look on Iago's face when he spots Aladdin trying to sneak up to the lamp.
    • When Jasmine kisses Jafar, both Abu and Iago adopt identical expressions of shock and disgust. Aladdin is also squicked out.
      • If you look closely enough, you can see that even Jasmine is disgusted with having to kiss him, with a furrowed brow and only kissing him with the corner of her lip.
  • "How many times do I have to kill you, boy!?"
  • Jafar's Hurricane of Puns during his final battle with Aladdin.
    Jafar: Ah ah ah, Princess! Your TIME IS UP! (to Jasmine, who gets trapped in an hourglass) Don't TOY with me! (to Abu, who turns into a wind-up toy) Things are UNRAVELING fast now, boy! AH HAHAHAHA! (to Carpet, who unravels) Get the POINT? (to Aladdin, who gets surrounded by swords) I'm just getting WARMED UP! (again to Aladdin, when he breathes fire)
  • During Aladdin's fight with Snake!Jafar, Genie becomes a cheer squad and cheers for Aladdin. Jafar tells him to shut up and Genie responds with this gem.
    Genie: Rick 'em, rack 'em, rock 'em, rake. Stick that sword into that snake!
    Jafar: You ssssstay out of thisssss!
    Genie: (complete deadpan) Jafar, Jafar, he's our man. If he can't do it, GREAT!
  • When Snake!Jafar has Aladdin in his coils, Iago tries to goad Jafar into crushing him and Genie comes along and nonchalantly whacks him.
    "Squeeze him Jafar! Squeeze him like a... AWK!"
  • Aladdin is battling Jafar (currently in giant snake form) and, in an Indy Ploy, flings an Always Second Best jibe at him. The Genie wishes he hadn't.
    Aladdin: The Genie has more power than you'll ever have!
    Snake!Jafar: (astonished) WHAT?!
    Aladdin: He gave you your power. He can take it away!
    Genie (looking awkward): Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?
    Aladdin: Face it, Jafar! You're still just second best!
  • The Ironic Echo when Jafar gets everything that's coming to him:
    Aladdin: Phenomenal cosmic powers!... eeeeety-bitty living space.
  • Jafar and Iago, now imprisoned inside the lamp, can be heard arguing like kids, furious over their situation.
    Jafar: Get your blasted beak out of my face!
    Iago: OH, SHUT UP YOU MORON!!!!
    Jafar: Don't tell ME to shut up!!!
  • Right after Aladdin frees the genie:
    Genie: Quick! Quick, wish for something outrageous, say "I want the Nile." Wish for the Nile, try that.
    Aladdin: Uh, I wish for the Nile!
    Genie: NO WAY!! [laughs] Oh does that feel good!
    • Possible bad Stealth Pun there (Al's eyeroll when Genie laughs certainly says so); Aladdin got "denial", just like he wished!
  • "Made you look!"
    • Look at the bottom of the background that he pushes out of the way. Both the peg-bar registration and the scene number are animated onto it!
  • The October 2015 Blu-Ray release has some never-before-heard outtakes from Robin Williams on it, complete with drawings of Genie acting them out, including one where he accidentally spills coffee on the script note . See it here before it probably gets taken down.
    Robin: Whoa! It's everywhere! There's coffee everywhere. We'll take a brief break while we clean up.
    • At the end, he even handwaves his usual humor style as Genie.
      Robin: What's really wonderful is, I say it and they draw it! [laughs] We'll both be arrested! Here we go!
      • This, in the storyboards, is swiftly followed by Police-Genies appearing behind Genie.
        Robin (Police-Genie): Not since the dancing mushrooms have we seen this much intensity.
    • This. Need we say more?
      Genie: (after he saves Aladdin from drowning) I would've done mouth-to-mouth, but I don't find you that attractive.
    • After Jafar transforms into a snake, in the outtakes, Genie becomes a football referee:
      Genie: [imitates whistle] Becoming a reptile, unnecessary use of reptile, 500-year penalty!
    • Alternate takes for the "Jafar, Jafar, he's our man" cheer:
      Cheerleader-Genies: Time for a Jafar cheer! Give me a B, give me a B, give me a B, B, B, give me a B, B, B, B, B! What's that spell? (bbbbbbbbbb!)
      Cheerleader-Genies: Push 'em back! Push 'em back! Ja-farther, Ja-farther!
    • And Genie's advice during the battle.
      Genie: Non-violence, Al! Turn the other cheek! (he turns his lower body around) Matter of fact, turn both cheeks, and RUN! You's haul cheek, boy! HAUL CHEEK!

Aladdin: The Musical Spectacular

  • At the beginning, after Jafar sends somebody into the Cave of Wonders, Iago shouts how unsurprised he is when said person is deemed unworthy and engulfed. He ends up being so loud that Jafar starts strangling him to shut him up.
    Iago: Choking... The bird... choking.
  • The show gets an hilarious one close to the end, where Iago (probably as a Shout-Out to Return of Jafar) tries to convince the good guys that he's reformed, honestly, and starts singing about how he's become "A whole new biiiirrrd...!" Needless to say, nobody buys it.
    Genie: Two Words.
    Iago: Yeah?
    Genie: Chicken Nuggets!
  • A performance has the Genie say after being freed from the lamp "I'm free! I feel like Martha Stewart!"
    • What's great about this show is that periodically, the Genie's pop culture references change to whatever's most popular during that time. Once, the Genie introduced himself as Captain Jack Sparrow.
    • Genie even references The Weakest Link at one point:
      Genie: You are the weakest link, goodbye! (throws lamp away)
    • The Genie, after throwing away the lamp after sealing Jafar in it:
  • Another great moment: Jafar summons Genie for the first time, but Genie is caught in the shower, singing Jasmine's "I Want" Song from earlier. Then it goes:
    Genie: (sees Jafar) AAAHH! A MAN! (covers chest)
  • Who could forget the classic Sultan Peppershaker joke?
  • It's also quite common for him to say to Jafar "Cher called, she wants her costume back." Or the same with "Lady Gaga."
  • Let's face it, pretty much anything the Genie says.
  • "I'm so excited I lost my beard!" This becomes a running gag in the rest of the show.
  • The Genie's reactions when Jasmine initially turns Aladdin down, often involving "no you didn't!" Then, after all the parade performers walk off, he'd say something to the effect of "I haven't seen a place clear out like this since a Justin Bieber concert!"
  • There was one performance where as Aladdin has to tell the Genie he can't wish him free, a baby in the audience started to cry, very noticeably as the rest of the audience was silent. Genie sputters for a bit, then says "You just made that baby cry!"
    • Another time this just so happened to occur at this point, he asks Al he know what? The baby's crying because of him.
    • Variations on this in other performances include noting the audience booing with "You're ruining vacations" or "You hear that? Those are my thoughts!"
    • One instance of the audience booing turned into a brilliant Brick Joke. Genie goes on a spiel saying that while he isn’t happy with Aladdin either, the audience can’t boo him because he’s the main character, and if the audience is gonna boo someone it should be Jafar. And after Jafar wishes to be the Sultan, instead of the classic "Sultan Peppershaker" joke... Genie (with a little help from the audience) gives us this.
    • Another performance had one person in the audience loudly yelling "BOOOO! BOOOO!" Genie turns to look at that person and simply says, "No more churros for you."
    • In the last performance of Jeff Sumner (one of the actors that played Genie), one guy in the audience yells, "YOU PINKY SWORE!" Genie responds with "Yeah, what he said!"
    • Another performance had Genie earlier boasting on "I'm so going to add you as a Facebook friend!" When Aladdin turns him down, one kid yells "unfriend him!" and Genie explains "this is real life, I can't just do that."
  • No matter what jokes he does when Jafar gets the lamp, the Genie finishes with "are we through here?" Depending on the actor, Jafar's exasperated "NO!" can be hilarious.
    • Before that, Jafar gloats "Everyone who has three wishes coming to them, raise their hand!" Some actors look downright gleeful, waving the hand around.
  • January 10, 2016 marked the show's final performance. As expected, the Genie went all-out with his jokes, as gloriously demonstrated when he confronts Jafar. One particular gem has him comparing Jafar to other Disney Villains.
    Genie: You are a Disney Villain. You are, like, the Disney Villain, do you realize that? You're like all sorts of Disney Villains all rolled into one right now. You've got Scar's thirst for power, you've got Hades' temper, you've got Captain Hook's craziness, you've got Maleficent's dress, you're carrying around Kaa from The Jungle Book, you even have a half-wit sidekick! Kinda like, y'know, Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove. (laughs) That'd make you Yzma!
    • He then proceeds to turn it into an Overly Long Gag by turning a "boo" fest into an impromptu performance of "We Will Rock You" while naming all the previous cast members and asking why Jafar's actor chose to be the villain. Jafar's actor has to stand there with a straight face for about ten minutes. Credit to him that he doesn't break character at all while Genie's actor is trolling him.
  • From a couple performances, Iago decides to get into the act when Jafar is telling Jasmine about Aladdin's tragic fate:
    Jafar: Sorry to say, but the boy has already been... oooooh.... how to put it...
    Iago: Eaten.
    (Jafar and Jasmine stare at him dumbfoundedly.)
    Iago: By a giant cave. (Dramatic whisper) Shaped like a tiger's head!
    Jafar: (Looks at him, looks at Jasmine, shakes his head in a "don't listen to him, he's insane" way): ... No.
    Iago: Uh... YEAH. Remember? It said "GIT IN MAH BELLYYYY!"
    • These are then followed up by Jafar grabbing Iago's beak and saying "Disposed of."
  • One time, most of the actor become unhearable around the point after Jafar gets the lamp with the Genie being one of those who thankfully didn't, their mics suddenly cutting off. After Jafar makes his wish to be Sultan, Genie snarks he should've wished to get everyone's mics to work.

The Broadway Musical

  • On the soundtrack for the musical, there is a track called "Genie Medley", which is mainly Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) singing duets of classic songs by Alan Menken.
    • In the musical proper, Genie takes a break in "Friend Like Me" to sing a couple of old classics, which are "Beauty and the Beast," "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Colors of the Wind," and "Belle (Reprise)"
  • Genie's entrance isn't nearly as bombastic as in animated form, but when he finally walks onstage, his first word from the smoke is, "Whoo! Talk about your smoky entrances!"
    • This piece of dialogue:
      Aladdin: I'm kind of lost here. You came from...inside the lamp?
      Genie: (aside to the audience) Oh, boy, we got a slow one. (to Aladdin) Okay, let's take it easy. We'll start from the beginning, so you don't hurt yourself. I'm Genie, you rubbed the lamp, which makes you master of the lamp!
      Aladdin: Master of the lamp?
      Genie: Master of the lamp.
      Aladdin: Master of the lamp?
      Genie: Master of the laaaaaammmmmpppp!
      Aladdin: Master of the-
      Genie: (covers Aladdin's mouth) Whoo, child, I thought the echo inside the lamp was bad!
  • Around July 2016, as Genie is happily jumping up and down after being freed, he shouts "I can finally play Pokémon GO!".
  • Whoopi Goldberg stealing the Genie's Big Entrance for a performance, to commemorate James Iglehart's final weeks in the role. Aladdin's actor tries valiantly to stay in character, but comes close to Corpsing when she flirts with him. James steps onstage just seconds later to continue the show, but not before snapping a selfie with her.
    James Monroe Iglehart: (taking out his phone): I gotta do this, I mean... (to the audience) Y'all probably already did it, even though you shouldn't have.
  • Sometimes, Genie will appear on stage at the start of the show with different New York souvenirs (such as a mini Statue of Liberty), and mention how much fun it is to waste money on these little trinkets before kicking off the "Arabian Nights" song.
    • In at least one case in the London West End showing, he pulls out a Union Jack umbrella, and then tosses it aside, claiming he did a little pre-show shopping.
    • In the Adelaide run, Genie pulls a jar of Vegemite from his pocket. He realizes his mistake, and shoves it back in.
  • As Aladdin goes over his plan to earn money legitimately from performing in the streets, one of his friends has something to say to it:
    "People pay money to watch other people sing and dance? *Beat* Who does that?"
  • Its very nature as a live show means that Genie's pop-culture references can be a lot more up-to-date; for example, in London in 2018:
    Aladdin: Did you... come from the lamp?
    Genie: No, I'm from Wakanda! [Salutes]
  • After "Somebody’s Got Your Back", Babkak, Omar, and Kazzim all sing a reprise of the song. While they sing, Razoul and the guards sneak up on them and hit them on the back of the head with clubs, one at a time, until they’re all knocked out and dragged off stage. The funny part is they don’t recognize what’s going on at all!
  • To celebrate the musical’s 5th Anniversary, 5 actors who played Genie (James Monroe Iglehart, Michael James Scott, Major Attaway, Juwan Crowley, and Deonte L. Warren) performed a “5 Genie Medley” on stage. And while the whole medley is both funny and awesome, it’s the way it gets started:
    James Monroe Iglehart: Do you mind if uh, I start this thing off, though?
    Michael, Major, Juwan, and Deonte: You’re the Tony winner!
  • One show had James Monroe Iglehart forget his lines as the Genie, but thanks to Genie's character he was able to improvise long enough to remember and continue the show. Later, an audience member said it was so funny when he "pretended" to forget his lines.


  • Watch as Iago takes a tour of Genie's lamp (after being literally kicked out of Jafar's lamp). It's an absolute paradise inside the lamp, but of course, Iago has a terrible time thanks to the Interactive Narrator.
    • Hilarity insures if you take the self-guided tour especially the one where the bed and the pillows were spun around by the fan.
  • "The Genie's World Tour." If you don't feel like clicking the link, it's Jafar and Iago (still stuck in the lamp) getting post cards from Genie about his world travels now that he's free. Highlights include.
    • Iago complaining that Genie is on a cruise.
      Iago: Oh no! He's on a cruise! What's he say this time!?
      Jafar: I love this cruise. It's party, party, party and somehow, we never run out of ice.
      Camera pulls back to reveal Genie standing on the deck of the Titanic.
    • His Totally Radical description of Hawaii. Bonus points for Jafar clearly having no clue what he is saying.
    • Genie joining the Mickey Mouse Club, complete with Mouse Ears and an clearly too small shirt.
      Jafar: He's getting too big for his britches, that's for sure.
      Iago: Well, he's certainly getting to big for that shirt...
    • Genie becoming the governor of California, much like a certain famous actor.
      Iago: Oh come on! Who's ever gonna believe that!?
    • The Shout Outs to both The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    • Genie's last laugh at the two villains.
      Iago: Oh, it's so cruel! Wait, there's one more card. What's it say?
      Jafar: My last stop is China, where they are celebrating the anniversary of the invention of fireworks.
      Cue several fireworks going off inside the lamp
      Jafar: You had to ask, didn't you?
      Iago: I'm a glutton for punishment. (coughs)

  • The Great Minds Think for Themselves segments from One Saturday Morning. Since they’re hosted by Genie, they’re as funny as they are educational (especially since it’s Robin Williams reprising the role). You can watch them here and here.

Made you look!