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Tear Jerker / Aladdin

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If the only man you ever loved was just declared dead, wouldn't you feel the same way?
  • Jafar has been beaten, the Genie has been freed, everything's okay, right?
    Genie: Oh does that feel good! I'm free! Free at last! I'm hitting the road! I'm off to see the world! I—
    Aladdin: Genie... I'm really gonna miss you.
    Genie: [with tears in his eyes] Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.
  • After her escape plan has spectacularly failed, Jasmine weeps in her garden, believing that she's the one responsible for the execution of the boy who saved her life in the marketplace. Think for a moment about how this feels for her: making a deep connection with a stranger, then losing him in the same day and believing that it's all her fault. Rajah comes over to comfort her, but it doesn't help...
    Jasmine: It's all my fault, Rajah... I didn't even know his name!
    • Cut to Aladdin in prison after Jafar had him arrested and he's remembering what happened. He's so embarrassed by what he said to Jasmine and is sort of relieved he supposedly won't see her again as he feels unworthy of her due to his low status.
  • Even though it wasn't technically in the movie (although used in the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation), the song "Proud of Your Boy" is extremely poignant. Especially when you hear the story behind it. Just... watch the video.
    • It's also chock full of heartbreaking Heroic Self-Deprecation, that really sounds like it's coming from someone with low self-esteem.
      So say I'm slow for my age, a late bloomer,
      Okay, I agree!
      That I've been one rotten kid.
      You'll see, mom, now comes the better part!
      Someone's gonna make good, cross his stupid heart!
      I'll do my best, what else can I do?
      Since I wasn't born perfect, like dad or you...
      • A heartbreaking Fridge Tear Jerker in the history of the song? This was one of the last songs Howard Ashman wrote before his death...and his mother outlived him. Looking at it as an apology for dying before her makes the song even sadder.
      • Midway through the final verse, Abu bursts into tears.
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    • Even worse in the musical when the audience learns that his mother is dead.
    • In Jafar's deleted Villain Song, "Humiliate the Boy", there's a brief moment wherein Aladdin looks out to the crowd and sees his mother giving him a look of deep disappointment. Aladdin's expression immediately afterward makes you wanna hug him.
  • When Aladdin asks Genie what he would wish for, if he had the chance.
    Aladdin: What would you wish for?
    Genie: Me? ...No-one's ever asked me that before. Well, in my case- Aw, forget it.
    Aladdin: What?
    Genie: No, I can't, I-
    Aladdin: C'mon! Tell me!
    Genie: ...Freedom.
  • The reprise of "One Jump Ahead".
    Riff-raff, street rat
    I don't buy that
    If only they'd look closer
    Would they see a poor boy? No siree
    They'd find out
    There's so much more
    To me
    • It's really sad because of the way Aladdin is judged simply because of his status in life. Everyone treats him like scum because he is a "street rat".
  • After Aladdin refuses to set Genie free, he angrily goes back into his lamp.
    Genie: Fine, I understand. After all, you've lied to everyone else. Hey. I was beginning to feel left out. Now if you'll excuse me... master.
    • Also, the reactions of Abu and the Carpet after Aladdin snaps at them.
  • The reprise of "Prince Ali", remade into a Villain Song. After Jafar uses his newfound powers to revert Aladdin and Abu back to their real selves, then sends them flying far to the ends of the Earth, Genie could only watch helplessly as his friends get banished. It is alarming to see the happy-go-lucky Genie in despair as he was forced to watch his friends suffer, and despite the powers he wields, he is unable to do anything no matter how much he wants to as he is bound by the rules of the lamp.
    Genie: "Sorry, kid... I got a new master now..."
    • The look on Aladdin's face when Jafar exposes him to Jasmine as not Prince Ali but a poor thief named Aladdin. He looks so mortified, ashamed that Jasmine saw the real him as well as his lie to her. He attempts to explain himself but is pushed away from Jasmine by Jafar.
      • Jasmine too. She finds out the man she loves lied to her about his identity and then has to deal with Jafar taking over Agrabah and imprisoning her. Then she has to watch her father be tortured by him and Iago.
  • After Jafar is defeated and Aladdin is not really a prince, he and Jasmine start to say their goodbyes, thinking they'll never be able to see each other again and Jasmine probably anticipating a bad arranged marriage since she cannot marry her true love due to the fact he's a commoner. Those moments are just heartbreaking.
  • Jasmine is willing to forgive Aladdin for lying about his identity because she knows he pretended to be a prince so that they could be together. She angerly curses the law and admits her love for Aladdin. It must have been so frustrating for Jasmine in the end. She finally found someone she truly loved and wanted to marry but couldn't because of an unfair law. Forunately, the Sultan remembers he makes the laws, and immediately changes it.
  • Meta example: the death of Robin Williams, the original voice of Genie.
    • Genie's final in-movie line has a sadder connotation now: "I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Oh I don't care what I am, I'm free!"
    • As does, "Genie, you're free" and "Y'ain't never had a friend like me!"
    • Even with Williams and Disney's known feuds, they released a touching artwork from the supervising animator for Genie. It's a perfect example of Tear Jerker and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    • The weekend following Williams' death, Disney aired the film commercial free on all of its networks as a tribute. The broadcast ended with artwork above being shown before the end credits, with the caption "In memory of Robin Williams, who made us laugh." Disney has even considered using that in all future home video and television releases of the film (however, the Diamond Edition of Aladdin, at least on digital platforms such as Disney Movies Anywhere, omitted the artwork).
      • If you wanted to get cynical, you could accuse Disney of using it as one final cash-in on the Genie now that Robin Williams couldn't complain, but you could also point out that by this stage everybody who mattered knew about the rift between Williams and Disney, and they really didn't have to risk being accused of this either.

The Disney sequel films

  • After Jafar's lamp is destroyed and Jafar is defeated in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and his friends become sad thinking Iago is dead.
  • After locking Jasmine and her father in chains, Jafar informs Jasmine that he sentenced Aladdin to death disgused as her. Not only will the love of her life die, he will die thinking it was her fault.


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