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YMMV / Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: A lot of the same events and actions from the movie take on a new meaning by changing the character's motivations.
    • Ja'far is a kind-hearted, well-intentioned, Only Sane Man who just wants what's best for the kingdom, but is nevertheless mistaken for an evil sorcerer by the people who doesn't understand him.
    • Aladdin is a womanizing sociopathic douchebag who only wants to get into the princess's pants.
    • The Princess is a whiny and extremely naive teenager who falls for Aladdin's tricks.
    • The merchant from the beginning of the animated movie is an Unreliable Narrator who paints Aladdin as the hero because he is Aladdin.
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    • Prince Achmed may have been a throwaway joke character to stand in for elitist douchebag nobles, but he does in fact have every right to be offended that the Princess had a freaking tiger attack him.
    • In-Universe: Are Prince Achmed's guards really so stupid that they can't understand he didn't fuck a tiger, after having it loudly and repeatedly explained to them? Do they really think that his Dastardly Whiplash mustache is great? Or, do they dislike their murderous manchild prince, and are intentionally messing with him while pretending to misunderstand because open dissent would get them killed.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Parodied. The opening number "Dream A Little Harder" pokes fun at the family unfriendly morals offered up by some Disney animated fairy-tales:
    No need to be proactive:
    Good things will just happen to you!"

    "If you're sure of your intention,
    Will give you the edge that you need!"
    • Matt Lang has said in interviews he has been specifically upset at Disney's Aladdin for years for being a beloved children's movie that justifies stealing as a way to make a living, especially since there's no clear reason given why Aladdin can't find honest work. He even gives Ja'far the opportunity to lecture a poor orphan boy that if everyone used this rationalization to ignore other people's property rights, society would crumble.
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    • As the Captain of the Guard tells the Princess, Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse when she tries to defend Aladdin from having to face trial because he had unfortunate circumstances. He points out Aladdin killed someone, whose Good Parents dearly miss him.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Achmed as the kingdom of Pixar with artisans and given a reputation a "tiger-fucker" after the Princess's tiger tears apart his pants? Hilarious. The former founder of Pixar being accused as a creep and forced to step down? Horrifying.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Dylan brings tears to many people as Ja'far: an idealistic man that fails all the time and ultimately becomes the villain of the story.
    • Jeff Blim becomes chilling in the final act when he reveals he has a Split Personality and the other guy is murderous.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Maleficent's part in the title song, considering that she recently got her own sympathetic retelling.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Djinn. He would have been annoying as hell with a bigger part, but we get just the right amount before it gets there.
    • The former Grand Vizier.
    • The other Disney villains. Some are even getting requests to have their own shows.
  • Squick: The Sultan talking about how he accidentally gave himself an inverted penis
    • Aladdin is 33. The Princess is 16.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Subverted. Up until we learn that Aladdin murdered his parents, his Wangst about losing his parents at 33 would be somewhat reasonable, because losing your parents at any age is not fun. Finding out he killed his parents because they wanted him to become independent knocks this to the ground.
  • Wangst: The Princess talking about how she wants to be free... while being pampered by her slaves. Deliberately done as part of the Princess's Alternate Character Interpretation, setting up her Character Development later on. This line, in particular, deserves a mention:
    I just want to be free so badly! You slaves could never understand this feeling...
    • Even more so, Aladdin's self-pitying sob story about being tossed out on the street to fend for himself after his parents' death... at the age of 33. Gets worse when you find out he's in fact a Self-Made Orphan.
  • The Woobie: Ja'far, but he doesn't complain much. Same goes for Sherrezade.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: As with several of Starkid's casting choices, the initial announcement took some people aback — from the moment this musical was announced, Starkid fans were clamoring for Joey Richter to play Aladdin, since he's an extremely good fit for what they pictured a parody of Disney's Aladdin would be (a Cool Loser Woobie). The announcement that Joey was unavailable for this production, and that Aladdin would be played by Jeff Blim — the Comedic Sociopath Sweet Tooth from Holy Musical B@man! — signaled this show would be going a different direction entirely.


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