870. Aladdin

Title: Aladdin
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Year: 1992
Run time: 1hr 30m

“Soar away on a magic carpet ride of non strip thrills and fun in this spectacular adventure! In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery. Through his adventures, Aladdin proves that he is a prince where it truly matters most – on the inside!”

Live blog

2:28 – “Will not break. It broke.”
4:31 – That is such a scary looking cave. How much would you have to pay me to go in there?
5:26 – Humble thief.
5:48 – I feel like they didn’t know how to animate sand. It’s like glitter.
9:24 – Still, a monkey with a sword is something different.
13:11 – Interesting that all the humans in this are best friends with an animal – Jasmine, Aladdin and Jafar.
19:59 – “Yes, oh mighty evil one.”
24:08 – Jeez louise, didn’t realise it took so long for the genie to show up.
26:28 – The monkey being sassy is hilarious.
30:49 – It’s so clever how they make a rug look like it’s sad.
36:04 – Yayyyyyy! Genie!
40:56 – “You’re getting your wishes, so SIT DOWN.”
43:59 – “Well, I feel sheepish. Alright, you baaad boy.”
50:55 – That elephant is making light work of the steps.
57:45 – I hadn’t noticed the BTTF references in this before.
1:05:28 – The snake staff is quite like The Jungle Book too.
1:11:37 – “That’s Sultan Vile Betrayer to you.”
1:16:08 – Princess in chains, that’s familiar.
1:19:16 – Eek, the snake is scary.
1:26:04 – “Made you look.”

Conclusions

So I managed to get Mr C to watch The Lion King, and after viewing that one, I realised he probably needed to watch Aladdin as well, because I was going to want to see the live action remake next year. We finally got round to it, and yay!

I love this film. The songs aren’t quite as good as The Lion King, and although the story is quite similar (bad guy wants to take over the throne, protagonist is trying to figure out who they are whilst also falling in love), it’s more relatable thanks to the human element rather than the big cat element.

Anyway, Mr C said he liked it more than Lion King, and he seemed to somewhat enjoy it even though it’s not his thing at all.

Rating: 5/5