Monday, 11 March 2013

Aladdin 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.

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)

Directors - John Musker & Ron Clements
Story/Visual Development - Francis Glebas
Story - Burny Mattinson, Roger Allers, Daan Jippes,
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
Story Supervisor - Ed Gombert
Production Designer - Richard Vander Wende
Character Designer/Supervising Animator: Genie -
Eric 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 a kind of Disney animated classic that takes on a magic carpet ride, it also relies on three goodies, romance, action and the main thing of the movie that emphasises on is pure comedy. I remember previously watching it when I was very little and then again, I was 12, now in last year, I do notice some flaws in this old childhood feature like the opening, but it's better off in-discussed. I enjoyed everything in the movie such as Robin Williams’s manically vocal performance as the Genie which makes me laugh, the way his character acts and does celebrity impersonations like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Groucho Marx, Peter Lorre and Rodney Dangerfield which he improvises mostly, exquisite characterizations and the fantastic songs by Alan Menken such as the best, the enchanting and romantic tune “A Whole New World”. 

How wondrous is that ALADDIN happened to be the first animated film to use cultural references which is why the writers got the idea to turn the first SHREK into an entertaining feature and it happened to be a harmless piece of entertainment, not a stereotyped and offensive flick that the Arabs thought of it. Ether way, it's still got a lot of excitement and Disney magic.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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