"You'll always be a prince to me."
- After nearly getting himself killed for stealing bread, Aladdin hands the whole loaf — probably all the food he would have had that day — over to two orphans. They don't mean anything to him, they're just two more street rats, two out of dozens... and he hardly gives it a second thought. The look on the little girl's face is just so touching.
- And then when the kids begin eating it, we see the girl has given the bulk of it to her little brother, taking only a bite or two for herself.
- Also, Abu - he was very reluctant to part with the share of the loaf he'd gotten before they saw the kids, and defiantly takes a big bite out of it... but his conscience gets the better of him, and he gives the rest of his piece to the children after Aladdin gave his. And though he was grudging about it, he brightens up when the kids show their appreciation towards this unexpected generosity (they were incredulous enough that Aladdin gave them his bread since life as a street rat is a struggle). The scene shows not only Aladdin's selfless compassion, but that Abu has a heart of gold beneath his own capacity for greed (for further heartwarming, imagine that Abu represents Aladdin's baser instincts - the kindness that cannot be extinguished even by a life of desperation and need). It also shows Abu's loyalty and respect for Aladdin. They're very close and seeing someone he cares so much about being so selfless moves Abu.
- Not to mention the following scene where Aladdin steps between them and Prince Achmed when the prince was about to whip the children. He displays something similar to a Big Brother Instinct, even though he just met these two.
- How Jasmine and Aladdin meet. He became smitten with her when he first saw her but cared enough that she was in trouble to actually help her.
- Not only that, how quickly she plays along with his plan. It shows how real their chemistry is even when they first met.
- When Aladdin rescues Jasmine from the vendor, he tells the vendor that they are brother and sister, rather than romantic partners. Even though he had been smitten with her, he didn't want to take things too far and kept his distance.
- Doubles as a CMOH and CMOF:
- The developing relationship between Genie and Aladdin. It went from being a master and servant relationship to a very close friendship.
- When Aladdin tries to decide on his first wish, the first thing he does is ask Genie what he would wish for. Genie is genuinely surprised, and states that no one's ever asked him before. Aladdin is the first master to treat Genie like a friend or partner, rather than a servant or slave.
- And when Genie does tell him his one desire — to be freed from servitude — the first thing Aladdin does (after expressing sympathy) is promise to use his last wish to free him.
- It's a small moment, but Genie giving Carpet a friendly casual greeting and Secret Handshake when he wakes up; it's clear that thousands of years apart haven't stopped these two from being good buddies.
Genie: Yo, rugman! Haven't seen you in a few millennia! Give me some tassel! (Carpet and Genie do a little handshake together) Hyeah, yo-yo!
- The magic carpet ride, one of the most romantic and magical falling-in-love montages ever. That it comes on the heels of Aladdin realizing that his faux charm isn't going to work on Jasmine and reverting back to his natural self makes it even more heartwarming, since the carpet ride is when he knowingly treats her to the one thing she's always wanted: freedom.
"No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we're only dreaming..."
- The cutest part? The fact that Jasmine's eyes are wide as she stares around at the world she's never seen before, but Aladdin hardly ever takes his eyes off her.
- When Aladdin drops Jasmine off at the balcony, after they bid each other good night, they continue to gaze at each other; then Carpet, being a Shipper on Deck, suddenly raises Aladdin up where he and Jasmine share their First Kiss. They were initially surprised, but they both blissfully lose themselves in it!
- Even their goodbye is sweet. As Jasmine returns to her room, she calls Aladdin "my prince", and Aladdin just smiles at her as he falls over backwards onto Carpet with a happy sigh.
- "I choose you, Aladdin." It's a perfect line of dialogue that brings both Jasmine and Aladdin's desires full circle: she gets the freedom to choose, he's loved for being himself, and there's nothing preventing them from being together. And then they bop heads. Awww!
Aladdin: (chuckles) Call me Al...
- How far Genie was willing to go for Aladdin just because he was his friend. When he sees Aladdin and Jasmine together at the end, he tells Aladdin that he can use his last wish to become a prince again even though it means he might not ever get a chance to be free again.
Aladdin: But Genie, what about your freedom?
Genie: Hey, it's only an eternity of servitude. This is love! Al, you're not going to find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know, I've looked.
- Aladdin also was willing to give up his chance to be with Jasmine and set Genie free as he promised him.
- Aladdin wishing Genie free, despite Genie saying that he's willing to stay in the lamp just so Jasmine and Aladdin can be together. He's so happy, that he literally bounces off the walls with joy,
- And how about when Genie gets ready to use the final wish to make Aladdin a prince, and is completely caught off-guard when Aladdin wishes for Genie's freedom?
- After the Genie has been freed:
Genie: Oh, does that feel good! I'm free! I'm free at last! I'm hittin' the road! I'm off to see the world! I— (glances back at Aladdin)
Aladdin: Genie... I'm gonna...miss you...
Genie: (tears up) Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.
- The sheer fortitude and respect with which Aladdin speaks his final wish. It sounds just as you would imagine it should - he wasn't just dismissing a valuable slave from his service. By making the wish, he was addressing and acknowledging Genie as his equal.
- Granted Aladdin's already proved his worth by outsmarting Jafar and saving everyone, but it's this final act of kindness that convinces The Sultan that Aladdin is a worthy husband to Jasmine, prompting him to change the marriage law on the spot.
"Well am I Sultan, or am I Sultan?"
- Genie celebrating as he leaves to enjoy his freedom:
"Hey, rugman! Ciao! I'm history! No, I'm mythology! D'aww, I don't care what I am, I'm FREE-HEEE!" (elated laughter as he flies into the distance)
- Aladdin describing why Jasmine is so important that he deserves an exemption to Genie's "I can't make anybody fall in love" rule:
But Genie, she's smart and fun and... Genie:
Beautiful! She's got these eyes that just...and this hair, wow...and her smile...ahhh...
- Seriously, plain text can't do Aladdin's emotions justice. Just watch this video!
- It really says something that Aladdin talks about Jasmine's personality before her appearance, as it shows just how much he really likes her and sees her as much more than Ms. Fanservice.
- Also the Genie's reaction when Aladdin says that Jasmine is beautiful. Sure he rolls his eyes but he's smiling.
- Aladdin telling Jasmine that she stood out in the marketplace. He's so sincere when she says it, and she's so sincere when she smiles back. It's chemistry like this that makes the Fourth Date Marriage (if there only had been the one movie, and they got married at the end) just a little bit more plausible. Watch!
- A little bit before that she stumbles a bit coming down off the railing into Aladdin's "apartment". She falls into Aladdin's arms and they gaze into each other's eyes for a moment before she pulls away and distractedly tugs at her hijab. Like before, there are ways to show chemistry without words.
- A smaller one, but the Sultan, who is SO set on his daughter getting a princely husband, refuses to force her to marry any of the suitors she refused. Even with all his strictness, he loves his daughter enough to not want to force her to marry someone she hates.
- In this time period, the sultan could have forced Jasmine to marry whoever he wanted her to, usually for political gain. The Sultan is aware of this but he refuses to do so since he can't bear the thought of forcing Jasmine to marry someone she hates. He shows that he loves her daughter and is far more concerned with her happiness than for any financial or political alliance. He has no issue with her marrying a commoner who would bring no such benefits.
- And then there's why he's so adamant on her getting married; he wants to make sure Jasmine has someone to take care of and support her after he dies, which he knows is going to come sooner rather than later.
- He only wanted her to marry a "prince" because the law said she had to marry a prince. But he is completely ok with her marrying a commoner and even changed the law so that she could and welcomes Aladdin into the family with open arms.
- Back at the "could have forced" matter, forcing Jasmine to marry Jafar is something the latter couldn't brainwash the Sultan into doing. It's the one time the Sultan is seen resisting to Jafar's power.
- Jasmine falls in love with Aladdin as himself. She doesn't care for the stuffiness of the suitors and is put off when he attempts to be like that. She likes him just the way he is.
- The Sultan's reaction when he sees Jasmine has fallen in love. He's overjoyed and immediately runs towards Aladdin (in his Prince Ali persona) and pinches his cheeks, declaring they'll be wed at once and names Prince Ali as his heir.
- A small moment happens when Jasmine is in the marketplace and she sees a little boy looking at a stall of food. Even if she doesn't really have a concept of currency, Jasmine gives the kid an apple without a second thought.
- A weird example, but Jafar and Iago's relationship counts—until the second movie, they snap at each other, but they have each other's backs. When Jafar takes over Agrabah, he keeps Iago by his side rather than pulling a I Can Rule Alone gambit. For all that their relationship was toxic, their Villainous Friendship was real, and Jafar is furious and hurt when he finds out Iago changed sides. Sure, he deserved that, but they actually were friends once.
- The first time Aladdin says "Do you trust me?" to Jasmine they were in the middle of a tight spot. Technically speaking Jasmine had no choice but to say "yes" as the alternative was surrendering herself to the guards, and she wasn't ready for that yet. The second time it's "Prince Ali" asking her. It's not just that she's piecing together that he's the guy she met before, it's his face as he holds out his hand to her. His face shows no deception, no ego, no Gaston tough-guy confidence. It's a face of pure openness, a face that is saying "I know you're taking a risk coming with me, but I promise that everything will be all right. You don't have to worry." What else can she do but take his hand? And you know that this is the final nail in the coffin of his deception, but she doesn't care. Her trust in him earlier paid off, so why wouldn't it now?
- When the Sultan sees Jasmine so sad, mourning the supposed death of the boy from the market, he sits down next to her to talk to her and try to make it right. Even if it doesn't quite help Jasmine feel better, it's sweet seeing him so concerned over his daughter's feelings.
- The 2000s edition of the film onward has the Genie thanking the audience during the Disney logo, especially even more heartwarming after Williams' death.
Genie: You have been a fabulous audience! Tell ya what, you're the best audience in the whole world! Take care o' ya'selves! Goodnight, Alice! Goodnight, Agrabah! ¡Adios, amigos!
Disney film meta
- While the film was still in production, Robin Williams would often send or receive calls to and from Steven Spielberg, who at the time was working on Schindler's List where a lot of the cast was feeling down. Williams would be put on speaker phone and would tell jokes to the cast and crew (including Spielberg) in order to cheer them up. Some of those jokes actually made it into the film. (Aladdin, that is. Not Schindler's List.)
- Animator Eric Goldberg worked with the writers to conceive the Genie character as Ambiguously Jewish so that his deep bond with the Arab Aladdin might disprove any kind of racial Reality Subtext.
- After the death of Robin Williams, many of Disney's airings of the film included this little bit between 'The End' and the credits: "In memory of Robin Williams, who made us all laugh."
- So far, as of then, any time it's aired it's been uninterrupted. (The gaps where the commercials would be are still there, but it's still commercial-free).
- Another tribute; the Broadway version engaged in a sing along of "Friend Like Me" during curtain call the day after Williams passed away. Lead by the actor playing the Genie, no less!
- On the Diamond Edition, there are special Genie bloopers that include hand-drawn animation. In between the bloopers are the producers and animator for the Genie talking about Robin Williams and working with him.
- Despite things souring between Robin Williams and Disney after the film came out, their relations eventually repaired in the 2000s. After the firing of Jeffrey Katzenberg, his successor Joe Roth issued a public apology for exploiting Robin's voice the way the company had agreed they wouldn't. He then returned to voice the Genie a few more times.
- Will Finn, the chief animator for Iago, getting to meet his hero, Gilbert Gottfried, who was cast for the voice. Since then, Will and Gil have remained close friends.
- At a convention, Akira Kamiya, the Japanese voice of Iago, praised Kōichi Yamadera (Genie) for his amazing voice range. Sure, Yamadera wasn't present but it was the thought that counted.
- Lea Salonga at one concert opened a medley of Disney songs with a speech about how she grew up with Disney and how getting to sing for a Disney Princess was a dream she never thought she'd achieve. And then a few years later, the impossible happened and she got to sing for Mulan too!
- When Instagram set up a filter to select a random Disney character in 2019, Robin Williams' daughter Zelda just happened to get the Genie, which she fortunately filmed for posterity.
- When Genie returns to Agrabah in the second film, he almost immediately launches into a musical number about his trip around the world... and how much he missed Aladdin and the others during it. Even the line right before the start of the song is a CMOH:
Genie: Agrabah has something that no other place in the world has! YOU GUYS!
- At the end of the second movie, Iago gets the good end of Laser-Guided Karma when he kills Genie!Jafar and gets saved from death himself.
- Earlier in the second movie, the Genie intrudes on a private moment between Aladdin and Jasmine, and Iago, outraged, shoos them out so they can have a moment to themselves. The scene is a key moment in his journey to redemption.
- Genie has a tough to catch, but still heartwarming Call-Back to "Friend Like Me" during the "Father and Son" number from The King of Thieves:
You got a whole new shoulder to cry on
Take a chance, now give it a spin!
You've had chums for pallin' around with,
But you've never had a friend like him!
- How Cassim takes to everyone. Though it would be dashed pretty quickly, it's still sweet seeing how much he is getting along with his future in-laws.
- Though it came when Aladdin was at a low point, after Aladdin learns Cassim came along for the wedding so he could get the oracle, Aladdin realizes that his life was already perfect without his father. He had a loving family he was entering, great friends, respect from the people of Agrabah as a hero and a bright future. He decides to break his father out and pretend nothing happened.
- After he is caught, the Sultan ignores Razoul trying to convince him Aladdin is a criminal and decides to forget anything ever happened. He doesn't even try to find Cassim, a wanted man. Cassim probably would have been off Scott free without worrying about the Sultan sending anyone after him, if out of respect for Aladdin.
- In The King of Thieves, when Cassim throws the treasure he has been searching for all his life into the sea, recognizing his son as the real treasure.
- And when Aladdin tries to face off Sa'luk on the golden hand:
Aladdin: Don't worry, Dad, I can take him alone.
- Also from "The King Of Thieves" after Aladdin and Jasmine have finally gotten married the crowd parts and standing at the back of the wedding pavilion stands Cassim.
"Even a wanted man can risk a bit to see his own son's wedding."
- You don't think about it much, but in The King Of Thieves, Genie is Aladdin's Best Man at a remarkably western wedding. That coveted job traditionally goes to the best, most trusted, deepest friend of the Groom. Awww...
- Also, when Aladdin tells Genie about his Disappeared Dad and his own worries about married life...
Aladdin: Genie, what if I'm no good at it? (sighs) If my father were here...
Genie: Al, little buddy, if your father were here, he'd be as proud of you as I am.
- Even better, the events of the movie prove Genie absolutely right.
- This line from Jasmine to Aladdin as he's having pre-wedding worries: "People like you just don't come out of thin air."
- The entire bit where Genie cheers up a worried Jasmine. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
Jasmine: Thank you, Genie. I'm sure [the wedding] will be wonderful. (kisses him on the cheek) And thanks for cheering me up.
- Iago and Cassim's developing friendship during the course of the third movie — true, they're both amoral scoundrels who initially bond simply over the prospect of getting rich beyond their wildest dreams, but they seem to genuinely like one another, and the ending, where Iago (who over the course of the TV series has been The Drag-Along) willingly goes off with Cassim for more adventure, and Cassim welcomes him along, is genuinely touching.
Cassim: Well, you little turkey? Have you come to say goodbye?
Iago: Nah, I already said my goodbyes. 'Course, the monkey had to cry... (Starts tearing up) ...And that got me goin'...
- The Book Ends ending, which is pretty touching on part of the development team; they remembered a one-shot character who only appeared for a few minutes in the beginning of the first movie, giving the series some serious closure.
So it goes, short and sweet
They were wed down the street
May their marriage be truly blessed
Happy end to the tale
and tomorrow's a sale
So I'd better go home and rest
Here's a kiss and a hug
Sure you don't need this rug?
I assure you the price is right
Well, salaam worthy friend
Come back soon, that's the end
Till another Arabian Niiiiiight!
- When Jasmine is tricked into using a magical lotion (by playing on her insecurities concerning her appearance and how much Aladdin loves her), she wakes up to find herself turning into a giant snake. Aladdin and the gang accompany her to find a cure, but when the fruit withers in her hand, she demands that they all return to Agrabah without her. Aladdin then uses the lotion on himself, turning himself into a snake, so that he can stay with her. Awww.
- Eden makes friends with Dhandi, a homeless girl, even encouraging her to make better wishes. Dhandi's last wish is for them to be together forever. D'aww. Eden doesn't seem to mind terribly much. Unfortunately, it means Eden and Genie can't be together until Dhandi dies. Still, Genie seems willing to wait.
- Basically, any romantic interaction between Aladdin and Jasmine.
- When the Sultan and Aladdin are together, it is quite sweet. Rather than fulfilling the stereotypical role of an in-law the Sultan actually treats Aladdin very well and thinks very highly of him. Despite other royalty treating Aladdin badly because of his low birth, the Sultan never once does this and even changes the law so his daughter can marry him. He even trains Aladdin himself so he will know how to be a sultan in the future.