Sick on a Sunday

Disney’s “Aladdin” – 17 years later

Posted in Entertainment, Random Rants by jamiemarie on October 14, 2009

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Disney released Aladdin in 1992, which puts me at age 7 at the time of release.  For months after, my friend and I reenacted the movie – particularly the songs (which won Oscars).  To this day, I know all the words.  And the movie still holds up – the audience cares about the characters and there’s all that typical Disney build up.  The villain is strong and scary, and accompanied by a Gilbert Godfried-voiced parrot named for a character from Othello.  Some advanced stuff here.

However, maybe I shouldn’t rewatch movies like this.  There are some huge plot holes or moves by characters that just make you go “WHAA?!!?!”

Carpet1For example, when Aladdin and Abu are down in the Cave of Wonders – with the specific instruction to “touch nothing but the lamp” – they touch the magic carpet.  And this is okay?  On the other hand, I guess the carpet touches them, and Aladdin doesn’t take it for a spin until the cave is collapsing; so I guess I’ll let this one slide.

Why does the Sultan only have one advisor?  That’s like Congress only being one person.  And yes, I get that it’s a monarchy and the whole “checks and balances” thing doesn’t really apply, but it still strikes me as impractical and unrealistic.  But I’m admittedly being pretty nitpicky, so I’ll let that slide too.

Aladdin wishes for the Genie to “make me a prince!”  It is not “give me a makeover!”  When Jafar wishes to be a genie, he gets turned into one.  Had Aladdin’s wish actually been granted, he’d have a real kingdom instead of just “75 golden camels”, etc. for show.  What’s up with the inconsistency of wish granting?  It seems Aladdin got seriously cheated.

At the very end, when Jafar has been defeated by Aladdin’s cunning, Aladdin remains with one wish.  Being the “diamond in the rough” he fulfills his promise and frees the Genie with his last wish, sacrificing a wish that could have potentially brought him and Jasmine together.  

Obviously the lamp can be passed between people before the 3 wishes are up.  Why not just hand the lamp to Jasmine and have her wish for something.  Or shit, 3 things?  They seem to have similar goals here.

sultanFinally – and this is a real cop out on the part of the writers – at the very end, after the Genie has been freed, and everyone is lamenting that Aladdin and Jasmine can’t be together because of the “must be married to a prince” law, the Sultan has an epiphany: “Am I sultan or am I sultan?!” and simply just changes the law.  You mean he could have done that the whole time?!  It renders the entire movie totally moot.

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  1. mjskk said, on October 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Te part of the movie you described as,

    “Aladdin wishes for the Genie to “make me a prince!” It is not “give me a makeover!” When Jafar wishes to be a genie, he gets turned into one. Had Aladdin’s wish actually been granted, he’d have a real kingdom instead of just “75 golden camels”, etc. for show. What’s up with the inconsistency of wish granting? It seems Aladdin got seriously cheated.”

    always really bugged me. There was no need for Aladdin to wish to be a prince again later in the movie… wasn’t he already supposed to be one? The sultan shouldn’t have had to change the law so the Aladdin and Jasmine could be together, Aladdin was supposed to already be a prince. But I guess he wished to be a prince and the genie gave him a parade instead.


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