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AladdinAladdin is one of the tales with a Syrian origin in the collection 1001 Nights and one of the most famous in Western culture. The story concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin living in Arabia, who is recruited by a sorcerer to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby trapped magic cave. After the sorcerer attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin keeps the lamp for himself, and discovers that it summons a surly djinn that is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the djinn, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries princess Badroulbadour.
The sorcerer returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin's wife, who is unaware of the lamp's importance. Aladdin discovers a lesser, polite djinn is summoned by a ring loaned to him by the sorcerer but forgotten during the double-cross. Assisted by the lesser djinn, Aladdin recovers his wife and the lamp. The story of Aladdin is a classic example of one of the seven basic plots in story-telling i.e. an example of the "rags-to-riches" story. This type of story presents in three parts: from lowly beginnings, a protagonist achieves an initial success in life, traverses a major crisis in which all seems lost, and finally triumphs over adversity to achieve more stable and enduring success. This final success is only possible because the hero has learned a degree of inner maturity by going through the crisis.
Aladdin's first success came too easily and was not based on his own efforts, but the genie's who helped him; his despair at losing the princess and the palace to the evil sorcerer takes him to a spiritual place at which he needs to arrive before he can develop true strength and wholeness by making his own efforts to succeed. The wholeness he finally achieves is symbolised by the re-establishment of the relationship with the princess. One of the reasons for the enduring interest of the Aladdin story lies in our often unconscious recognition of the importance of its underlying meaning. We recognize our own struggles to grow and develop in Aladdin's journey.
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AladdinAladdin is the thirty-first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released on November 25, 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. It relates a version of the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. As is usual with Disney film adaptations, many aspects of the traditional story were changed for the movie.
It was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and songs were by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (with additional lyrics provided by Tim Rice after Ashman's death). Menken received the 1992 Academy Award for Original Music Score of Aladdin. The main soundtrack song "A Whole New World" (sung during the closing credits by Peabo Bryson and Céline Dion) won a Grammy Award as well as the Academy Award for Best Song in 1993.
The Return of JafarThe Return of Jafar (later retitled Aladdin: The Return of Jafar) is a direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin, produced by The Walt Disney Company in 1994. The movie was released direct-to-video, and serves as the origin of the Aladdin animated series. Another direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, followed in 1996.
Aladdin (DVD Release)
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The first Disney direct-to-video animated feature release, it grossed $228 million, the second highest of all time. It is currently available on Special Edition DVD (with "Aladdin:" added to the title), with digitally restored picture and remastered sound.
Aladdin and the King of ThievesAladdin and the King of Thieves is an animated film made by Disney in 1996. It is the second sequel to Aladdin, following 1994's The Return of Jafar. It was released direct to video, and it marks the end of the Aladdin movies and the Aladdin animated series.
This movie grossed $186 million, making it the fourth highest grossing direct-to-video animated feature film of all time. In 2005, the film was re-released as a Special Edition DVD, with digitally restored picture and remastered sound.
The movie is based on the tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, replacing Ali Baba with Aladdin and providing the Forty Thieves with a leader, the King of Thieves.
Aladdin and His Wonderful LampAladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on April 7, 1939 by Paramount Pictures. It was produced by Max & Dave Fleischer for Fleischer Studios, Inc. and directed by Dave Tendlar, with musical supervision by Sammy Timberg. The voice of Popeye is performed by Jack Mercer, with Margie Hines as Olive Oyl and Carl Meyer as the evil vizier.
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