DVD Vault: Aladdin

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 19, 2009 7:21 AM

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Aladdin, 1992

Disney’s best films were arguably made in the late-80s and early ’90s. For a good number of years, the company continuously churned out instant classics — case in point, Aladdin. It’s rich animation, infectious soundtrack, and unforgettable characters are the epitome of Disney’s “glory days.”

Released on Nov. 25, 1992, Aladdin tells the age-old “rags to riches” tale but inserts enough danger, romance, and humor into the plot to make for an adventure that never grows tired. Our protagonist, the poor Aladdin, is smitten with Jasmine, princess of Agrabah, who disguises herself as a commoner in the marketplace. Jasmine loathes the idea of marriage until Aladdin stumbles into her life as “Prince Ali.”

Aladdin is able to keep up the royalty act with the help of the Genie (voiced by Robin Williams, back when he was funny). But when the treacherous Jafar blows Aladdin’s cover, Jasmine decides Aladdin is still worthy of her heart, despite his “Street Rat” status.

The memory of Aladdin is etched in the minds of millions, young and old. Today’s children can still experience it for the first time, and the older set can look back with a strong sense of nostalgia, wondering if such an incredible era of animated classics may ever be seen again.

— by Rebecca Koons

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