- 1 hr 30 min
Aladdin is a 1992 animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. The film is based on the classic Arabian folktale of the same name and tells the story of a young street criminal named Aladdin who falls in love with a beautiful princess named Jasmine, and finds himself caught up in a power struggle when he is granted three wishes by a magical genie.
The film opens with a jovial and lively song, "Arabian Nights," which introduces the film's setting and central protagonist. We see the fictional city of Agrabah in Arabia, where Aladdin makes a humble living as a street urchin, along with his pet monkey, Abu. While sneaking around the city's marketplace one day, Aladdin spies and immediately falls for Princess Jasmine, who is out exploring the city in disguise.
As fate would have it, Jasmine's father, the Sultan, has decreed that Jasmine must marry a prince. She rejects every suitor who comes to court her, but when Aladdin disguises himself as a prince in order to win Jasmine's heart, the two become fast friends. Things seem to be going well for Aladdin until he falls into the clutches of a villainous sorcerer named Jafar, who seeks to use Aladdin to gain access to a powerful magical lamp that can grant wishes.
When Aladdin inadvertently unleashes the lamp's magical genie, voiced by the legendary Robin Williams, the story shifts into a grand adventure, filled with spectacular set pieces and memorable musical numbers. From the exhilarating "One Jump Ahead" chase sequence, to the hilarious "Friend Like Me" song and dance set piece, the film is a non-stop romp that never seems to slow down.
Despite its lighthearted tone and animated flourishes, Aladdin is a story with deep, resonant themes. At its core, the film is about the power of love, the dangers of ambition, and the importance of being true to who you are. While Aladdin may have to disguise himself to get close to Jasmine, it is ultimately his honesty and integrity that endear him to her, and that ultimately save the day.
Throughout the film, Aladdin grapples with his own sense of identity, as he struggles to reconcile his humble origins with his newfound power as a prince. Similarly, Jasmine is a complex character who defies the expectations of her gender and social station, and who ultimately fights for her own freedom and autonomy.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Aladdin, however, is the performance of the late Robin Williams, who brought the genie character to vivid life with his trademark blend of manic energy and heartwarming charm. Williams' improvisational style and virtuoso voice acting made the genie a beloved character among audiences of all ages, and his performance is widely regarded as one of the highlights of his illustrious career.
Overall, Aladdin is a classic Disney film that remains just as entertaining and enchanting today as it was upon its release nearly three decades ago. With its unforgettable characters, memorable songs, and timeless themes, this animated masterpiece is a must-watch for all ages.
Aladdin is a 1992 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.0 and a MetaScore of 86.