Monday, March 11, 2013

Aladdin (1992) Review


Release Date: 3rd June 1993 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $28,000,000

Box Office Gross: $504,050,219

Plot Summary
Aladdin is a street-urchin
who lives in a large and busy
town long ago with his faithful
monkey friend Abu. When
Princess Jasmine gets tired
of being forced to remain
in the palace that overlooks
the city, she sneaks out to
the marketplace, where she
accidentally meets Aladdin.

Under the orders of the evil
Jafar (the Sultan's adviser),
Aladdin is thrown in jail and
becomes caught up in Jafar's
plot to rule the land with the
aid of a mysterious lamp.
Legend has it that only a
person who is a diamond
in the rough can retrieve the
lamp from the Cave of
Wonders. Aladdin might
fit that description, but
that's not enough to marry
the princess, who must (by
law) marry a prince. (Source - IMDb)

Voice Cast
Scott Weinger - Aladdin
Jonathan Freeman - Jafar
Robin Williams - The Genie/
Linda Larkin - Princess Jasmine
Frank Welker - Abu/The Cave of Wonders/Rajah
Gilbert Gottfried - Iago
Douglas Seale - The Sultan
Jim Cummings - Razoul/
Brad Kane - Aladdin (singing
Lea Salonga - Princess
Jasmine (singing voice)
Charlie Adler - Gazeem/Various
Corey Burton - Prince Achmed/Necklace Merchant

Screenplay/Producers/Directors - John Musker 
& Ron Clements
Story/Visual Development - Francis Glebas
Story/Character Designer - Daan Jippes
Story - Burny Mattinson, Roger Allers, Kevin Harkey,
Sue C. Nichols, Darrell Rooney, Larry Leker,
James Fuiji, Kirk Hanson, Kevin Lima,
Rebecca Rees, David S. Smith, Chris Sanders,
Brian Pimental & Patrick A. Ventura
Screenplay - Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Story Supervisor - Ed Gombert
Co-Producers - Donald W. Ernst & Amy Pell
Production Designer - Richard Vander Wende
Art Director - Bill Perkins
Artistic Coordinator - Dan Hansen
Character Designer/Supervising Animator: "Genie" -
Eric Goldberg
Supervising Animator: "Aladdin" - Glen Keane
Supervising Animator: "Jasmine" - Mark Henn
Supervising Animator: "Jafar" - Andreas Deja
Supervising Animator: "Carpet" - Randy Cartwright
Supervising Animator: "Iago" - Will Finn
Supervising Animator: "Abu" - Duncan Marjoribanks
Supervising Animator: "Sultan" - David Pruiksama
Background Supervisors: Florida - Ric Sluiter &
Robert E. Stanton
Layout Supervisor - Rasoul Azadani
CGI Supervisor - Steve Goldberg
Film Editor - H. Lee Peterson
Original Score/Songs - Alan Menken
Lyrics/Pre-Production Development -
Howard Ashman
Lyrics - Tim Rice


1993 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "A Whole New World" -
Alan Menken & Tim Rice (Won)
Best Music, Original Score - Alan Menken (Won)
Best Sound - Terry Porter, Mel Metcafe,
David J. Hudson & Doc Kane (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Mark A. Mangini (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "Friend Like Me" -
Alan Menken & Howard Ashman (posthumously)

'ALADDIN' is the kind of Disney animated classic that takes you on a magic carpet ride which is exactly what you'll find in this film. It also relies on three goodies; romance, action and pure comedy. This is the main feature of the movie that drives this animated movie. I remember previously watching it when I was very little and then again, when I was 12. As an adult however, I do notice some flaws in this old childhood feature such as the opening sequence, but that's an issue better left unsaid. 

Having said this, I still enjoyed almost everything in the movie such as Robin Williams' manically vocal performance as the Genie. Williams vocals made me laugh, particularly the way his character does celebrity impersonations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Groucho Marx, Peter Lorre and Rodney Dangerfield. Williams mostly improvised these send-ups and doing so, steals the entire show. The other two best things about 'ALADDIN' are the memorable characters and the fantastic songs by Alan Menken such as the enchanting and romantic tune “A Whole New World”. 

How wondrous is it that 'ALADDIN' happened to be the first animated film to use pop culture references including these celebrity impressions. This is the reason why these same writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio went on to use similar references when they wrote the first 'Shrek' film. 'ALADDIN' happened to be a harmless piece of entertainment, not a stereotyped and offensive flick that some Arabic people thought of it to be. Either way, it's still got a lot of excitement and Disney magic.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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