Disney's 'Aladdin' turns 20!

By Robert Kirchgassner,

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Disney animated film, Aladdin.

The title character, who lives on the streets of Agrabah with his pet monkey, Abu, falls in love with Jasmine, the Sultan’s daughter, who wants to see what lies beyond the walls of her palace.

However, Jafar, the Sultan’s devious aide, takes Aladdin to a secret location and promises him Jasmine’s love if he retrieves a special lamp.

Aladdin finds that lamp, as well as a magic carpet. Jafar attempts to kill him, but Aladdin, the rug, and Abu escape with the lamp, which they soon realize houses a magical, wisecracking genie, who offers to grant Aladdin three wishes.

What most people, naturally, remember about this film is the great voice work from Robin Williams as the genie, who is funny without being annoying.

However, this scene-stealing is not at the expense of the title character (voiced by Scott Weinger), who ends up saving the day and defeating Jafar with some quick thinking.

The sensibilities of the film itself lean a bit toward the Looney Tunes side, but the story moves along at such a nice pace that we can easily forgive that.

The film deservedly won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“A Whole New World”).

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