- Broken Base: Genie's antics in the film. Some found them too annoying, especially the numerous references to other Robin Williams roles. Others found them Actually Pretty Funny.
- Critical Dissonance: While critics acknowledged the film was better than Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, it only garners a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes (albeit with only eleven reviews total). The fans are more forgiving, however, with a 50% approval.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: For a sequel villain, Sa'Luk left quite an impact.
- Evil Is Cool: Sa'Luk. He's able to defeat and physically dominate the remaining Forty Thieves on his own, all while singing his Villain Song.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
- Sometimes people may find it too difficult to change who they've turned out to be, no matter how much they may want to or even it's for the sake of a loved one. They might not be the person you want them to be, but that doesn't mean they don't love you all the same.
- It's important to recognize when you're sacrificing too much for the sake of a goal that may never come to fruition. Learn to appreciate what you have before you risk throwing it away over some lost cause.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The voice John Rhys Davies uses to voice Cassim is the exact same one he would later use to voice Gimli.
- Genie dressing Jasmine up as Snow White and Cinderella is amusing when you see how many Disney Princess merchandise dresses Jasmine up in a western style Pimped-Out Dress to match the others.
- The "or to come back from the dead" line Sa'Luk jokes about. Aladdin and Jasmine's next Disney appearance would be in Hercules: The Animated Series - this time featuring a character (Jafar) coming back from the dead.
- Ho Yay: Between Abu and Iago during "There's A Party Here In Agrabah", specifically with the way they link arms (er... wings in Iago's case) before getting on the carpet.
- Narm: "Are You In Or Out" is supposed to show the remnants of the Forty Thieves planning to return to their bloodthirsty rampaging roots after Cassim reformed them into Noble Demons. But it's hard to take some of them seriously since several of them are still humorous in design, and the lyrics include "I'm the prince of generosity" and "Imagine the fear on their faces / when we drop by for cookies and tea."
- Spiritual Adaptation: This movie has almost no connection to Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story-wise, and is more like an Indiana Jones movie with Aladdin characters. A lot of plot elements, including Aladdin's long-lost father and a cursed artifact which punishes the greedy, mirror Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade specifically.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While The Return of Jafar isn't exactly a bad sequel (compared to many of the Disney DTV sequels), it's more of a pilot for the TV series and the animation is on that level. It's also more about Iago than Aladdin himself. This film has a much stronger plot featuring Aladdin as the main character, Robin Williams returning as Genie, a genuinely threatening villain who doesn't need to have magic powers like Jafar to still be a huge terrifying threat (unlike many of the TV series villains) and much higher quality animation, if nowhere on par with the original film. It's one of the few Disney sequels where the fans don't call Fanon Discontinuity.
- Woolseyism: In the first verse of the Croatian version of "There's A Party Here In Agrabah", the third line is changed from "People pouring in from near and far" to "There are even guests coming from Zagreb" — with the word "Zagreb" rhyming with "Agrabah" from the first line nearly perfectly and also being the name for Croatia's capital city.
YMMV / Aladdin and the King of Thieves