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  • Awesome Music: "You're Only Second Rate" gets a lot of praise for giving Jafar his own Villain Song, as well as being amazingly catchy in its own right.
  • Broken Base: Is this movie an alarming symbol of Sequelitis, being a useless sequel made only for Disney to milk the cash cow that the original movie was? Or is it a solid, well-written sequel that suffered mostly from the appallingly tight animation budget? Both opinions dwell on the Internet.
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  • Franchise Original Sin: The first of Disney's infamous line of cheapquels, with the crippling budget issues that come with it. While this film could be excused as a Pilot Movie for the animated series, its successors would more explicitly try to pass themselves off as "true" sequels to their Disney Animated Canon counterparts, and sully their reputation as a result.
  • He Really Can Act: Gilbert Gottfried displays a greater range of emotion than before when playing Iago, particularly when he expresses guilt and remorse.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During the song "There's Nothing in the World Quite Like a Friend," Genie mentions racing Hercules while in Greece. Aladdin and Jasmine would meet a teenage Hercules a few years later.
  • Narm Charm: The quality of the script in the Swedish dub can get more than a little odd at times, especially during Jafar's Villain Song, but it ends up working mostly thanks to his voice actor's bombastic delivery.
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  • Sequelitis: Debated, as seen in the Broken Base entry. Its detractors often invoke the fact that Robin Williams didn't reprise his role as the Genie, and complain about the ridiculously off-model Limited Animation used in some scenes.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When it seemed like Iago made a Heroic Sacrifice, and everyone's reaction as Aladdin holds his seemingly lifeless body.
    • Earlier than that, poor Aladdin must've been devastated to see (Imposter) Jasmine sentence him to death, believing he really did kill her father in order to ascend to the throne.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The absence of Robin Williams as the Genie was a glaring omission for many, even for those who think Dan Castelleneta put up a good effort to replicate him. Even Dan himself thought the shoes were too big to fill.
  • Uncanny Valley: The animation in the first half gives the characters some creepy facial expressions, especially the Genie.
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