Logline: A street urchin unleashes a genie who turns him into a prince so he can marry a beautiful princess with whom he has fallen in love.
Review: Aladdin is one of Disney’s most beloved films and for good reason. It is a relentlessly paced animated adventure with gorgeous visuals, compelling characters, wonderful songs, and an incredible performance from the late Robin Williams who provides the voice for Genie.
The story in Aladdin is nothing new but it is such a great tale. The Arab fable of Aladdin and the magic lamp is taken from One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights. The story has been translated into film many times over the years, notably in Alexander Korda’s classic live action version The Thief of Baghdad (1940).
Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Aladdin features gorgeous hand-drawn animation and some early CGI work as well. The film is full of color and at times, the visuals seem to jump off the screen. The CGI work of Pixar studios is astounding but I miss this animation style dearly.
Aladdin features excellent voice work, particularly from Robin Williams as Genie. Williams’ comic genius is evident throughout the film and most of the humor is derived from him. His celebrity impersonations are priceless and include the likes of Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Rodney Dangerfield. Williams steals nearly every scene in which he appears.
Aladdin is a timeless, upbeat pure entertainment and a visual tour de force that is fun for all ages. Revisiting this film is pure nostalgia for me as it is a film I grew up with and adored since childhood. It is my favorite film done in classic hand-drawn style animation and one of Disney’s greatest.