Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1992. Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker. Story by 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, Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio. Produced by Ron Clements, John Musker. Music by Alan Menken. Production Design by Richard Vander Wende. Film Editing by H. Lee Peterson. Academy Awards 1992. Golden Globe Awards 1992.
High-spirited Disney romp that takes much of its inspiration from Alexander Korda’s classic The Thief of Bagdad. Aladdin is a poor young man who survives the streets of the city by begging and stealing for a living. When he gets tricked into robbing a gold mine with a mysterious old crone, he ends up without a cent but in possession of a magic carpet and lantern. One rub of the lantern and Poof! a genie emerges, offering three wishes of his heart’s desire to be fulfilled. Now Aladdin can have a triumphant entrance into the city disguised as a prince and royal enough to win the gorgeous princess Jasmine. Beautiful songs by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman (who sadly died during production) and colourful animation are to be commended, though what really steals the show is Robin Williams‘ hilarious voice work as the genie. Great fun for the whole family.