ALADDIN || 1992, USA || Animation || Directed by – Ron Clements, John Musker / Written by – Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Ed Gombert, Burny Mattinson, Roger Allers, Daan Jippes, Kevin Harkey, Sue C. Nichols, Francis Glebas, Darrell Rooney, Larry Leker, James Fujii, Kirk Hanson, Kevin Lima, Rebecca Rees, David S. Smith, Chris Sanders, Brian Pimental, Patrick A. Ventura / Produced by – Ron Clements, Donald W. Ernst, John Musker, Amy Pell / Music by – Alan Menken / Production Design by – Richard Vander Wende / Editing by – H. Lee Peterson / Starring – Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale / Running time: 90 mins.
Aladdin draws inspiration from the popular One Thousand and One Night tale of the titular street urchin falling falling in love with a princess – Princess Jasmin. After he finds a genie in a lamp, it seems as if there may be hope for his seemingly hopeless infatuation. However, the story darkens, as his romantic ambitions cross the path of the evil and manipulative Jafar, and his plans of rise to power.
Even upon its release, Aladdin seemed like an instant classic. Indeed, there is everything you might want and expect from a Disney classic. It is packed with exciting action and adventure, distinctive creativity, well defined characters, a great soundtrack and even a sweet inner core.
It is no wonder hence that the success of the film would materialise into one of its biggest and most well-known franchises to date. But what is more is that its flawless animation contributes to making this film feel timeless, whilst never overtaking the magical fairy-tale aura that is synonymous with the best of productions from the house of mouse.
Aladdin also memorably features Robin Williams, who lent his voice to the character of the genie, in fact contributing greatly to the creation of this character. His performance quite probably revolutionised the perception of voice actors in feature length animation, in a way in which perhaps no one had since the days of Mel Blanc and Clarence Nash. – 5/5