Film: Aladdin

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Film:

Aladdin

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
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Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Disney’s 1992 animated feature is a triumph of wit and skill. The high-tech artwork and graphics look great, the characters are strong, the familiar story is nicely augmented with an interesting villain (Jafar, voiced by Jonathan Freeman), and there’s an incredible hook atop the whole thing: Robin Williams’s frantically hilarious vocal performance as Aladdin’s genie. Even if one isn’t particularly moved by the love story between the title character (Scott Weinger) and his girlfriend Jasmine (Linda Larkin), you can easily get lost in Williams’s improvisational…

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Amazon.com

Disney’s 1992 animated feature is a triumph of wit and skill. The high-tech artwork and graphics look great, the characters are strong, the familiar story is nicely augmented with an interesting villain (Jafar, voiced by Jonathan Freeman), and there’s an incredible hook atop the whole thing: Robin Williams’s frantically hilarious vocal performance as Aladdin’s genie. Even if one isn’t particularly moved by the love story between the title character (Scott Weinger) and his girlfriend Jasmine (Linda Larkin), you can easily get lost in Williams’s improvisational energy and the equally entertaining performances of Freeman and Gilbert Gottfried (as Jafar’s parrot). —Tom Keogh

Barnes and Noble

DVD is a whole new world for Aladdin, which soars to dazzling new heights in this magical two-disc set. Out of circulation for nearly a decade, this story of the street urchin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine has topped many a Disney buff’s wish list, and this special edition doesn’t disappoint. This first-ever digital presentation offers eye-and ear-popping picture and sound. As the song says, hold your breath, it gets better. The second disc contains nearly two hours of entertaining and illuminating segments that take viewers behind the scenes of a tumultuous production that became a contemporary Disney classic. Among the highlights: clips of the test animation that convinced Robin Williams to sign on as the voice of Genie; memories of “Black Friday,” when the project seemed doomed after a poorly received early screening; and hilarious green-room interviews with the reunited filmmakers and cast members (but not Williams, unfortunately) conducted by Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of hench-parrot Iago. Other gems include deleted scenes—rendered here in storyboards—and, for the kids, two music videos: “A Whole New World” performed by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and the deleted song “Proud of Your Boy,” performed by Clay Aiken. Aladdin was a rollicking departure from the fairy-tale romance of Beauty and the Beast, with a hip sense of humor unprecedented in a Disney animated film. With its timeless Arabian Nights adventure, wondrous animation (the awesome Flying Carpet), and Williams’s tour-de-force performance, Aladdin is truly one for the ages. Make way! Donald Liebenson

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