HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Night Raiders
Samourai, Le
Advent Calendar, The
Champion
Merchant of Four Seasons, The
Love of Jeanne Ney, The
Blonde. Purple
Dirty Ho
Annette
Shepherd
Dying to Divorce
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Trouble with Being Born, The
Last Matinee, The
Strings, The
Free Hand for a Tough Cop
People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan
Dear Future Children
Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus
Swallow
Thin Red Line, The
Petite Maman
Fast & Furious 9
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
Sweet Thing
Maelstrom
Father, The
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Night House, The
Father of Flies
80,000 Years Old
Dead & Beautiful
Bull
Censor
Sleep
Freaky
Nightbooks
Whisker Away, A
Wild Indian
Whale Island
   
 
Newest Articles
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
Vestron Double Bill: Dementia 13 and The Wraith
Farewell Dean Stockwell: His Years of Weirdness
Kung Fu Craft: Cinematic Vengeance! on Blu-ray
999 Letsbe Avenue: Gideon's Way on Blu-ray
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
   
 
  Aladdin Aye, There's The Rub
Year: 1992
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Charles Adler, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Phil Proctor
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Animated, Fantasy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 2 votes)
Review: There was a legend of a magic lamp in ancient Arabia, one which has resonated down the centuries, but now the truth can be told of how it fell into the possession of a street urchin named Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger). The Sultan (Douglas Seale) had in his court the powerful Grand Vizier (Jonathan Freeman) who was intent on getting hold of the lamp, and he thought he knew where it was - out there in the desert somewhere, not to be found by just anybody but able to be found by him. The trouble was, he needed a lowly beggar to fetch it for him...

The Little Mermaid changed a lot for Disney, as all of a sudden, or so it appeared, their animated movies were bigger business for them than seemingly at any time since the late sixties. Call it nostalgia, call it goodwill finally bearing fruit, call it a new roster of talent who were injecting new blood into the studio's formula, now everyone seemingly wanted to go and see their movies again. Beauty and the Beast was even an bigger hit, even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in an unprecedented move, but those two films hitting the cusp of the nineties had mainly been popular with the female fans of Disney, and in 1992 they needed something to appeal to the boys.

Aladdin was that film, and with a celebrity voice at the forefront of the production, the first time what sounded like an obvious idea had ever been implemented, Aladdin went on to be one of the biggest blockbusters of its year. It was simple, really: here was a Disney movie which acted like a Tex Avery cartoon, maybe not quite what Uncle Walt would have had in mind, but at last it felt you could legitimately laugh along with The House of Mouse, and Robin Williams' voice of the Genie of the Lamp was that selling point. The comedian had never been bigger news than he was back then, Mrs Doubtfire was about to send his stardom stratospheric, and his gifts for improvisation were rarely better served here.

The animators matched his stream of references and gags in cartoon form, presenting celebrity caricatures for the impressions and throwaway visuals to keep the jokes coming at a dizzying pace. Even when Williams' star began to wane and his public began to find his schtick overfamiliar and not as funny as they used to, there was always Aladdin to look back on and think, hey, he's not so bad, not bad at all, but much of that was down to directors Ron Clements and John Musker surrounding the big, splashy comedy of Williams with genuine fairy tale spirit. The plot was not exactly Aladdin, it owed more to The Thief of Bagdad though if you were going to seek inspiration there were worse places to go than a stone cold classic of fantasy cinema, so sure enough the magic rubbed off.

A lot like the lamp. Aladdin on first meeting is a rogue, he'd not stoop to murder but he has no qualms about stealing food to survive, though we see he has a conscience and helps other less fortunates out as well. It is on the streets of Agrabah that he meets cute with Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) who has escaped the palace for the day, sick of her father's insistence that she marry any available prince, and the two quickly hit it off as potential partners, though the class difference is a issue. When Jaffar enlists Aladdin to fetch the lamp, he becomes its keeper, frustrating the villain but benefitting the young man with three wishes, and us for it means that after over half an hour Williams was unleashed. What came before was fun, but now the film ramps up the entertainment to frantic heights, not least because of the songs - A Whole New World was the hit which won the Oscar, but Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's Prince Ali was the true gem. Not everyone gets a genie as a life coach, but Aladdin offered a glimpse of the dazzling amusement if you did.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2998 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: