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Aladdin
1992 - G - 90 Mins.
Director: Ron Clements
Producer: Ron Clements, John Musker
Written By: Ron Clements
Starring: voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried
Review by: Carl Langley
   
'Aladdin' was the medium of a string of Disney masterpieces that began with 'Beauty and the Beast.' Director Ron Clements would submit two more Disney films after 'Aladdin' bellowed its way through the box office in 1992. 'Hercules' collected a considerable fandom, but only validated the nugatory and the enervation put alongside this cartoon extravaganza. His last film 'Treasure Planet' was a loutish attempt worthy of heavy verbal abuse. 'Aladdin' was the second installment in a string of perpetually neoclassical souvenirs Disney released in the virgin years of the 90’s that halted shamefully following Simba’s sovereign ruling over his African land. After the 1994 blockbuster hit, 'The Lion King,' Disney never actually produced an awe-inspiring and considerably immediate classic.

Aladdin (voice of Scott Weinger) and his kleptomaniac monkey, Abu, stumble upon a magical lamp after Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) deceitfully uses them to enter the verboten Cave of Wonders to retrieve the oddity, absconding the two vagabonds when they fall helplessly to the pit. Jafar realizes he does not bear the lamp thanks to Abu’s sticky fingers. It is in the cave that we are introduced to Genie (Robin Williams), in what is the gut-busting vocal performance of the century. Ellen DeGeneres is the only potentiality for the prize of best vocal performance with her uproarious Dory in 'Finding Nemo,' but she is located several light years away.

Aladdin uses Genie to manufacture himself into a fraudulent prince, so he may seize the personal attention of Jasmine (Linda Larkin), the princess of Agrabah, who can only marry a prince because of law. Meanwhile the mordent Jafar has plans of his own to exploit Genie in becoming the most dominating magician in the world and taking over the city, only to become the most sad-sacked villain in Disney cinema.

To say that this is Williams best work would be an overstatement, but to say this is the best vocal work for a cartoon film by an individual would be hitting the nail right on the head. Williams was so magnificent, vibrant and off-the-wall, that he received a special Golden Globe that year for his work. There was even talk that year that he was up for an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. Williams and his performance paved the way for other A-list actors to show off their magical talents and bringing the cartoons to life (e.g. Eddie Murphy in 'Shrek,' the aforementioned DeGeneres).

The absence of Williams would have expunged 'Aladdin' of all its jocoseness and forced it to feed off the conventional love story and superb musical numbers, a 'Hercules' commodity without the latter. Williams brightens the viewers with impersonations galore, ranging from Jack Nicholson to Ethel Merman. An ingenuous film, 'Aladdin' ranks up there with Disney’s inimitable.
 
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