DisneyToon Studios review: The Return of Jafar

DisneyToon Studios 2nd film.
DisneyToon Studios 2nd film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion on the film is that while I do not hate it, it is not a good movie in any sense. The songs are unbearable, the animation is not good, there is a confusion with the who the protagonist is, and there is a lot that is rehashed from the first film. This was a cash in from Aladdin, and a lead into the TV series.

Production

Apparently the film was meant to be a TV special (it sure feels like it), and there was even questions for it to be theatrical, though they chose for it to be direct-to-dvd for a few reasons. One is that it would take them 5 years to put a movie in the theater lineup, and it would take longer for the film to be made. Two, Disney was pressuring the studio to make more television items for the growing Aladdin franchise, needing a speedy follow up.

There was the fallout with Robin Williams and Disney over the contractual deals over the first film (I covered it more there), which is why he did not return for this film.

Story

So the film starts off with a group of bandits running to their hideout, with Arabian Nights being played. They return to their hideout from stealing a bunch of treasure, and are clearly not impressed with their lackluster leader, Abis Mal (Jason Alexander). Aladdin (Scott Weigner) and Abu (Frank Welker) are stealing their stolen treasure, only for Abu to get them caught. Aladdin manages to steal their loot, and run out like the boss he is.

So here is our protagonist Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and he escaped fm Jafar's lamp, sick and tired of all of his bullshit, since Iago came up with the plans, so he thinks that he can take over Agrabah himself. I do not know if he was supposed to be the protagonist of the film, but it was a really bad choice for him to have so much focus. He was tolerable in Aladdin, but gets really annoying in this movie from being in it so much. It is not even like he is the protagonist in a spinoff.
So here is our protagonist Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and he escaped from Jafar (Jonathan Freeman)’s lamp, sick and tired of all of his bullshit, since Iago came up with the plans, so he thinks that he can take over Agrabah himself.
I do not know if he was supposed to be the protagonist of the film, but it was a really bad choice for him to have so much focus. He was tolerable in Aladdin, but gets really annoying in this movie from being in it so much. It is not even like he is the protagonist in a spinoff.

So Aladdin and Abu are pulling off a Robin Hood, with the whole stealing from the rich and undeserving, and giving back to the poor. He makes Agrabah rain with jewels, and they all love them. Abu wants to keep some treasure for himself, but Aladdin only keeps a jewel flower to give to his fiancee Jasmine (Linda Larkin), and when he gives it to her in her room, she is very pleased, and I see that they are still very touchy touchy with one another.

She tells him that her father Sultan (Val Bettin) wants them to go to a dinner with him, since he has a message for him. Aladdin thinks he is in trouble, only for her to assure him that it is good news. Abu tries to steal the flower, but Rajah (Frank Welker) is not about that.  Aladdin and Abu decide to change into royal clothes (for some….reason) to walk the streets of Agrabah, and Iago decides that here is where he can create a ploy to get inside the palace. They bump into one another, and Iago tells him that Jafat hypnotized him, but Aladdin and Abu refuse to believe him. They bump into Abis Mal and co (who are mad that he stole their treasure), and after a chase, Iago saves them from the crazy group. Iago tells him that he owes him, and to get him in the palace, only for Iago to be put in a cage, much to the parrots’ chagrin.

We get the rehashed plot of Aladdin's lying affecting his relationship with Jasmine. He lies to Jasmine about not hiding something (though he is hiding Iago in the palace.....which is right behind him, and she should see from her viewpoint). HOW in the HELL does she not see Iago? Jasmine KNOWS for sure when he is lying.  The character designs for Aladdin and Jasmine are awful......mostly Jasmine's design. She barely looks like herself.
We get the rehashed plot of Aladdin’s lying affecting his relationship with Jasmine. He lies to Jasmine about not hiding something (though he is hiding Iago in the palace…..which is right behind him, and she should see from her viewpoint). HOW in the HELL does she not see Iago? Jasmine KNOWS for sure when he is lying.
The character designs for Aladdin and Jasmine are awful……mostly Jasmine’s design. She barely looks like herself.

So Genie comes back, and sings a song about how he traveled, and it was a bit lonely since he likes them all, and missed them, which is why he came back. Apparently he has less power now that he is free from the lamp (though he still has his shackles on….the shackles that were removed at the end of the first film. The bandits are sick and tired of the pathetic Abis Mal and his useless, causing them to attempt to kill him please do it, but Abis Mal finds the lamp, and he rubs it to reveal the genie Jafar, which creeps all of them the fuck out.

After his former bandits left him, he demands that he gets 3 wishes, with Jafar tricking him to waste his 2 wishes on pointless things, only coming to the agreement that he will get his final wish after Jafar is returned to Agrabah. So Abis Mal is a plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah.

Aladdin is at the dinner with Jasmine and the Sultan, and he is completely shocked when the Sultan offers him a job as his royal vizier, which Jasmine knew about as well. Things take a turn for the worst when Rajah finds Iago, and they end up brawling where the dinner is. Aladdin tries to cover his tracks about Iago being there, but Jasmine and Sultan are not about it initially, but he convinces them to let him stay. Jasmine is furious with him because there are a lot more lies, and she thought that he had changed. I am just gong to interrupt here. There is legit no benefit that Aladdin would have with lying about Iago. How in the hell did he expect to hide a parrot in THEIR (not his, but their) palace? And is this really that big of a deal to tear apart a relationship? Aladdin already proved himself in the last film. I do not konw why they had to rehash that Aladdin knew something, and it affects his credibility.
Aladdin is at the dinner with Jasmine and the Sultan, and he is completely shocked when the Sultan offers him a job as his royal vizier, which Jasmine knew about as well. Things take a turn for the worst when Rajah finds Iago, and they end up brawling where the dinner is. Aladdin tries to cover his tracks about Iago being there, but Jasmine and Sultan are not about it initially, but he convinces them to let him stay. Jasmine is furious with him because there are a lot more lies, and she thought that he had changed.
I am just going to interrupt here. There is legit no benefit that Aladdin would have with lying about Iago. How in the hell did he expect to hide a parrot in THEIR (not his, but their) palace? And is this really that big of a deal to tear apart a relationship? Aladdin already proved himself in the last film. I do not know why they had to rehash that Aladdin knew something, and it affects his credibility.

So Aladdin is all mopey dopey, and Genie uses his psychology to get Iago to do something good for Al, since he did put himself in trouble to cover for him. Iago uses reverse psychology through the song Forget About Love to get Jasmine to forgive Aladdin, since she wants to feel good like she always does, and she can’t forget about love. The two have some alone time, and Aladdin is suddenly in his normal clothes (the inconsistencies are pretty notable), but everyone tries to cockblock them, only for Iago to finally tell everyone to get lost.

Iago goes to his quarters, and talks about his plans to have an important role in Agrabah’s politics, only for Jafar and Abis Mal to suddenly show up. Iago thinks he wants his head, but Jafar reveals to him that he wants him to help with his big scheme, which Iago is reluctant to do, and is disgusted when Jafar said that he is friends with Aladdin and co.

The next day, Aladdin and Sultan go on a carpet ride to clear the air between them, causing Jasmine to be stuck with Abu and Genie, which she is not about to spend alone time with them. Another issue I have with the film is that all of these characters have nothing to do, and they are legitimately  sitting there to do nothing.

Jafar sings a bootleg song called You're Only Second Rate, which is his villain song of the film. He is saying that he is so much better than Genie. Soon after, he manages to capture the Sultan, Genie, Abu, Carpet, and Jasmine, with Iago unwillingly helping.
Jafar sings a bootleg song called You’re Only Second Rate, which is his villain song of the film. He is saying that he is so much better than Genie. Soon after, he manages to capture the Sultan, Genie, Abu, Carpet, and Jasmine, with Iago unwillingly helping.

Aladdin is taken by Abis Mal, and is thrown into the river, so he can look roughened. When he returns to the palace, Razoul and “Jasmine” (Jafar in disguise) show Aladdin the Sultan’s ripped up hat, and accuse him of killing the Sultan. Aladdin is confused, and is taken to jail where he will soon be executed. In another chamber, everyone is mad at Iago, but he saves Genie by breaking the glass ball he was trapped in, with the two then saving everyone else.

It is sunrise, and "Jasmine" decides to pay a final visit to Aladdin, as he is about to be headed. He reveals himself to be Jafar as he is saying goodbye, with Aladdin realizing that thiis is all Jafar's doing, seeing his face. HOW IN THE HELL DID THE GUARDS NOT SEE JAFAR'S FACE? They were legit right behind Aladdin, and they were looking towards the direction anyways. So right before his head is about to get chopped off, Genie saves him.
It is sunrise, and “Jasmine” decides to pay a final visit to Aladdin, as he is about to be headed. He reveals himself to be Jafar as he is saying goodbye, with Aladdin realizing that thiis is all Jafar’s doing, seeing his face.
HOW IN THE HELL DID THE GUARDS NOT SEE JAFAR’S FACE? They were legit right behind Aladdin, and they were looking towards the direction anyways. So right before his head is about to get chopped off, Genie saves him.

I am gong to wrap this up pretty quickly. Abis Mal is hesitant on wishing Jafar free, since he does not want all of his wishes to turn into nothing, like they never happened. Jafar threatens his life, and the crew tries to take it. They all end up in the palace gardens, where Jafar turns it into a bunch of fissures with lava in it, and uses a bunch of his powers to stop them from getting to the lamp to destroy him, since Genie tells them that they can kill a genie if their lamp is destroyed. THEN WHY DID YOU NOT DO THINS IN THE LAST FILM, INSTEAD OF FLICKING JAFAR’S LAMP AWAY? An injured Iago kicks the lamp into the lava, causing Jafar to die. Everything returns to normal, and when Sultan asks him if he wants to be visier, Aladdin refuses, since he wants Jasmine to continue to be the suga mama and provide for him wants to go on an adventure around the world (cough cough, an excuse to have a TV series). Iago thinks he is crazy, and Jasmine reveals that she is going on adventures with him. Is this what they got out of everything? Nothing really…….changed for any of the characters except….Iago.

There are a lot of questionable things with the plot, like.....why is the film only an hour and 2 minutes long? Why is Aladdin lying over something so small? Why does so much make so little sense, and why is the execution for everything so poor? I still do not hate this film, or dislike it as much as everyone else, but there are some notable issues.
There are a lot of questionable things with the plot, like…..why is the film only an hour and 2 minutes long? Why is Aladdin lying over something so small? Why does so much make so little sense, and why is the execution for everything so poor? I still do not hate this film, or dislike it as much as everyone else, but there are some notable issues.

Characters

A lot of the characters were pretty useless and flanderized in the film. I am still confused whether Aladdin or Iago was the protagonist of the film. I get excited every time I see these characters, but they are not the same.

He is pretty much the amin character, but was very annoying. I like the idea of him getting redemption, but it is pretty contrived.
He is pretty much the amin character, but was very annoying. I like the idea of him getting redemption, but it is pretty contrived.
He started to lie again, and just when he had the chance to earn his own income, he refuses it for.....adventure. I feel like he went absolutely nowhere in this film.
He started to lie again, and just when he had the chance to earn his own income, he refuses it for…..adventure. I feel like he went absolutely nowhere in this film.
She was pretty much reduced to the love interest in this film, with nothing to do other than to be mad at Aladdin over Iago. She was a lot more prominent in the first film, and she was just....there.
She was pretty much reduced to the love interest in this film, with nothing to do other than to be mad at Aladdin over Iago. She was a lot more prominent in the first film, and she was just….there.
I do not knwo why, but I did not take him seriously at all in this film. He appeared pretty late in the film, and there was a lot of notable flaws with his rushed plan. A bit disappointed.
I do not knwo why, but I did not take him seriously at all in this film. He appeared pretty late in the film, and there was a lot of notable flaws with his rushed plan. A bit disappointed.
He was utterly useless in this film, and his jokes were not funny in the slightest. Just there.
He was utterly useless in this film, and his jokes were not funny in the slightest. Just there.
Does not do anything, like usual. Still greedy.
Does not do anything, like usual. Still greedy.
He is extremely pathetic and annoying. I know he was not the main villain, and is barely a sidekick, but he is the plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah. There was nothing endearing about him.
He is extremely pathetic and annoying. I know he was not the main villain, and is barely a sidekick, but he is the plot device to get Jafar to Agrabah. There was nothing endearing about him.

Animation

The animation is……..not good. Worse than DuckTales.  There are many flaws with the character designs of the characters, especially by Princess Jasmine and Jafar. There are a lot of animation mistakes, and overall, it is low quality animation.

Music

The one tolerable song is Forget About Love, but the others are not pleasing at all. Jafar’s villain song sounds foolish, and all of the others are just blech. The score is decent (though it sounds a bit juvenile), but it does sound similar enough to the music in the first film……kind of.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on May 20th, 1994,  it sold like hot cakes, and it made $150 million in profits. The idea for Direct to DVD releases were proven to be successful, which caused DisneyToons to only make more.

It was ripped to shreds by the critics and fans, receiving negative reviews. Many called it out for having a repetitive storyline, the bland, forgettable, and grating songs, the bad animation, and the flanderization of the characters, seeing this film as complete trash, and a useless addition to the franchise.

Reception Today

Well, after 20 years, people still do hate it, and they see it as one of the worst DisneyToons films, the worst Aladdin film, and hate it even more now than they did all those years ago, since it is one of the reasons why Walt Disney Animation Studios rarely makes sequels.

Final Score

Story: 5.5/10

Characters: 5.5/10

Animation: 4.5/10

Music: 4/10

= 19.5/40 = 49%

Next time…

Review: January 19th, 2015
Review: January 19th, 2015
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13 thoughts on “DisneyToon Studios review: The Return of Jafar

  1. I believe I mentioned this before, but this was one of the few DisneyToon videos I used to own (another one being Lion King 2), and I used to watch it in my early teen years when I was bored and had nothing else to do. I know it’s a bad movie, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t hate on it too much. Call it a sort of sentimental value, if you will.

    Huh, usually I hear people saying that Second Rate is the best song of the bunch. It does show that Genie’s powers have weakened ever since being freed and because of that, Jafar is the more powerful of the two, which Jafar points out. I personally don’t have much of a problem with the song. Heck, I’ll admit that it’s on my MP3 list, just in case I’m bored with my other songs and want to listen something on the cheesy side.

    My only guess as to why Jafar’s lamp wasn’t destroyed at the end of the first movie is because, for starters, while the first movie was nearing the end of development, they weren’t think about sequels or anything (at least I don’t think so). And secondly, if that was the case, then having the main protagonists essentially killing the villain at the end would have seemed kinda dark for a Disney film back in the early 90s. I mean, yes, Disney films can be dark and their villains have had gruesome deaths, but having the MAIN PROTAGONISTS kill the villain outright? I think that would have crossed a line back then and made them seem out of character. That’s my opinion on the matter.

    One thing that bugged me about the climax is why didn’t Jafar better protect his lamp? I’m surprised that you, or the other reviewer I gave you links to, didn’t point that out. I mean, surrounding your lamp with lava, with no barriers around it, is just asking for it to be destroyed. Why not put thorny vines or a force field around it to protect it better? D-U-M-B!

    I’ll stop there as I’ve written enough. Look forward to your next review!

    1. No. I do not recall you ever telling me that.

      Something about the song just didn’t not do it for me. The score and the vocals did not mix well for me. It just seemed really……off for me. Genie was a bit weaker, and to be honest, he was filler in this film.

      I think I mentioned it in the Aladdin review that they were planning to make a sequel when the film was finishing. Having a main protagonist killing a villain would not be a stretch (especially since he is a man).

  2. So are you going to watch all the sequels? You poor soul. What about the series? You going to review all of the Tinkerbell movies? I actually enjoy them but they are kind of the same movie 7 times so reviewing them is going to be rough going.

    Anyway, I think Return to Jafar looks better because so many of the direct to video sequels were sooo bad. I feel like it gets a little bit of a pass by many in comparison. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it so hard to say but I think even the best of the sequels belongs on the Saturday morning TV level. They are innocuous but forgettable and don’t do much for a child’s creativity or knowledge.

    1. I watched a lot of the Aladdin series episodes for the last 2 years, so I am very familiar with them and the franchise. Yes, I am going to watch all of the Disney Sequels. I like the Tinkerbell films, and I think they are some of the best in the canon.

      I have not watched half of these sequels, and if this film is so much better than the others, than I am very nervous. This film honestly did not frustrate me, but it was just lazy to me. Your last sentence says it all. Thank you.

      1. I agree the Tinkerbell movies are great but just a little repetitive. I would group a few of them together if it was me but I look forward to reading your opinions as I’ve only seen 3 of them.

        I havent seen every sequel but my favorite is Cinderella 3 and Little Mermaid 2. I remember enjoying Lion King 2 but it’s been a long time. Oh and the Lilo and Stitch 2 is good.

        The so bad one’s IMO are Pocahontas 2, Lady and the Tramp 2, Fox and the Hound 2, Bambi 2 and the absolute worst of worst is Hunchback 2.

        But I would go into all of them with low expectations and you may be surprised like I was with Cinderella 3. It has problems but a clever premise and at least they were trying. Not a total cash grab.

        Will be interesting to read your reviews!

  3. Reblogged this on Reviewing All 54 Disney Animated Films And More! and commented:
    My friend over at animatedkid is doing a review of the Disney Toons canon. If you aren’t familiar this includes all the direct to video sequels and movies, as well as franchise films like the Tinkerbell or Planes franchises. And no I will not be doing a similar endeavor because I want to keep my sanity. Especially in the sequel phases it’s going to be rough going. Still there are a few hidden ‘not as bad’ movies like Cinderella 3 so I’m looking forward to reading the reviews. Definitely check them out!

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