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Aladdin (DVD) Review

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Summary:
Anxious to follow up on the massive
 commercial and critical success of
 Beauty And The Beast, Disney creat
ed another animated masterpiece wit
h Aladdin. Although not nearly as s
uccessful in terms of critical accl
aim as the aforementioned film, or
later Disney creations such as The
Lion King and Finding Nemo, Aladdin
 is nevertheless just as entertaini
ng and probably the funniest of all
 the animated Disney features. With
 the voice of Robin Williams leadin
g the way, the film is a ...
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Anxious to follow up on the massive
 commercial and critical success of
 Beauty And The Beast, Disney creat
ed another animated masterpiece wit
h Aladdin. Although not nearly as s
uccessful in terms of critical accl
aim as the aforementioned film, or
later Disney creations such as The
Lion King and Finding Nemo, Aladdin
 is nevertheless just as entertaini
ng and probably the funniest of all
 the animated Disney features. With
 the voice of Robin Williams leadin
g the way, the film is a non-stop f
oray into the timeless fantasy worl
d of A Thousand And One Arabian Nig
hts spliced together with the rapie
r-like wit and quick-fire humor of
one of America_s most talented comi
c performers&

The film takes place hundreds of ye
ars ago in the windswept sands of t
he kingdom of Agrabah, where a youn
g street urchin named Aladdin wande
rs the streets, stealing and hustli
ng for survival. Along the way, he_
s joined by his loyal companion Abu
, a clever and enterprising monkey.
  Yet, in stark contrast to the pove
rty-ridden streets below, the lustr
ous facade of a massive palace towe
rs high above the urban world of Al
addin. Inside, the Sultan of Agraba
h lives a carefree life of opulence
 and luxury with his beautiful daug
hter Jasmine and a cunning, ambitio
us adviser named Jafar.

Forced to spend her days inside the
  palace walls, the headstrong Princ
ess Jasmine sneaks out in order to
experience the world around her. Du
ring this dangerous trek through th
e streets of her kingdom, the girl
befriends Aladdin who is immediatel
y awestruck by her beauty. But when
  Princess Jasmine_s escape is broug
ht to the attention of Jafar and he
r father, she is quickly rounded up
, and Aladdin is thrown in prison.
Hoping to seize the kingdom for him
self, Jafar enlists the aid of Alad
din in an effort to obtain a fabled
  magic lamp, the purported powers o
f which are unlimited. Legend has i
t that only a _diamond in the rough
_ is capable of retrieving the lamp
  from the Cave of Wonders. All othe
rs will be swallowed whole by the e
ndless sands of the desert.

When Aladdin fails in Jafar_s quest
, he is left for dead. But he soon
discovers the mysterious lamp and t
he blue genie who resides within. G
ranting Aladdin the ultimate power
of three wishes (with certain condi
tions such as not wishing for more
wishes or wishing for someone to fa
ll in love with you), the genie tra
nsforms Aladdin into a powerful Pri
nce, thus making him eligible to ma
rry Princess Jasmine. Riding into A
grabah at the helm of a triumphant
parade, only Jafar knows the true s
ecret of Aladdin_s identity and his
 success, and he_s determined to sc
heme and connive until he gains con
trol of the magic lamp himself&

Aside from Robin Williams, this fil
m is easily forgettable. With him,
Aladdin is transformed into a legen
dary blockbuster hit. In fact, the
later appearances of comic voices i
n animated films such as Shrek (Mik
e Myers and Eddie Murphy), Mulan (E
ddie Murphy), Finding Nemo (Ellen D
eGeneres), and The Lion King (Natha
n Lane & Whoopi Goldberg) can most
likely be traced back to the overwh
elmingly positive audience reaction
 to Robin Williams and the comic re
lief his blue genie provided. This
once overlooked aspect of the anima
ted film has since become a staple,
 and Aladdin is the reason why. In
addition, the film boasts a beautif
ul soundtrack that gave birth to th
e chart-topping hit _A Whole New Wo
rld_. Fun for children and adults a
like, Aladdin is the perfect film f
or those who enjoy creativity, humo
r, and a great story&

				
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