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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
= 19.5/40 = 49%