My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after watching the film is that it is a lot better than The Return of Jafar, and it has a lot of creativity to it. It took a place that has not been explored in the other two films, which is exactly what a sequel should do. I do dislike that most of the other characters have little to nothing to do though.
So after the success of The Return of Jafar, in 1995, they announced another sequel to the film. Joe Rath apologized to Robin Williams for the breach of contract for Aladdin, and he was forgiven, saying that he will return to this film. All of the recordings of Dan Castellaneta were cut from this film in favor of Robin Williams.
So the film starts off with a bunch of clear bandits walking into a lineup, which eventually ends at the palace, since it is Aladdin (Scott Weinger) and Jasmine (Linda Larkin)’s wedding day. Razoul complains about them getting married, and Genie (Robin Williams) tells him to suck it up, before going on to sing Its A Party Here in Agrabah, which I have to say is a nice song. Everyone is singing about their opinion on the scandalous couple, Jasmine is thrilled about marrying her first friend, and Aladdin is excited, but is sad that he did not have a father to teach him how to be a man and to raise a family. He went to grab the knife that was his fathers, and tells Genie that he died a long time ago.
He reaches the wedding, and Jasmine walks down the aisle.Right as they were about to say their vows, the King of Thieves named Cassim (John Rhys-Davies) and his crew planned to steal the jewelry from the palace, though their main goal is to get the Oracle, which they put into motion, by poking an elephant to run and break up the palace.
The Oracle (C. C. H. Pounder) is activated, and she explains to Aladdin, that her power is the Rule of One, meaning that she can only answer one question. Iago wastes his question when eh asks her, but that is not really important. Aladdin is sure of his future (Jasmine), but he has a bunch of questions about where he came from, which the Oracle replying that he can ask his father those questions, causing him to stop in his tracks, realizing that his father is alive. She shows him who he is, and it is the King of Thieves.
They are back at his home on the rooftop, and he is shocked by the news. Him and Jasmine sing about how he will be a fine father, and how Sultan was a good man, and pretty much singing about the role of a father figure, which he never had, but Jamsine had the luck of having. I believe the title of the song is called Love Is Not Out of Thin Air or something. Aladdin asks her where Cassim is, and she tells him that he is trapped within the Group of Theives, and to follow their path to their hidden world. Jasmine tells him to take all of the time he needs to get the info that he has longed to know.
Aladdin travels with Carpet, Iago (Gilbert Gottfried), and Abu (Frank Welker), and follows their path. They watch the bandits yell the secret words “Open Sesame” to reveal their secret passageway, which leads to their liar. Aladdin and crew fly through the trail, and they see the lair of the 40 thieves himself. One of the thieves named Sa’Luk (Jerry Orbach) tells Cassim that his time is up, pissed that they still do not have the Oracle. Aladdin sees this, and attacks SaLuk, thinking that his father is trapped and is in real danger. The knife falls out of Aladdin’s pocket, and Cassim realizes that it is his son, knowing that his name is Aladdin.
So they have a reunion, which is cut short when Sa’ Luk reminds Cassim of the rule that intruders need to be instantly killed. To get his son out of certain death, Casism demands him to do “The Challenge”, which is really the fight to the death, where Sa’Luk puts himself in the position to be the one to fight Aladdin. Al is getting destroyed by Sa’Luk, and falls, only for him to kick Sa’luk off the cliff, and to fall into the river. Aladdin is now deemed as the replacement of Sa’Luk, now officially a member of the 40 thieves (which they felt like needed to put into a song). Wouldn’t it be smart to return him to marry Jasmine, so she can ship them some money? I am sure she would not have an issue financially supporting her father in law.
Speaking of Jasmine, she is worried about Aladdin, since she thought he would be back by now. genie cheers her up by healing her plan her wedding (which has her dressing up as Snow White and Cinderella), which cheers her up for a bit. Again, I wish she does more in this film. Back at the 40 thieves, Aladdin invites his father to the wedding, but Cassim does not feel comfortable, since he is now of the best criminals around. Cassim then tells him that they are after the Hand of Mitis, which is why he left Aladdin and his mother, hoping that he could find it, and so they can receive a bunch of riches to get out of their rough lifestyle. Iago tells him that his son’s wedding is the last chance he has to get The Oracle.
Turns out that Sa’Luk is alive, and managed to make it back to Agrabah, where he sells out Cassim to Razoul (Jim Cummings), telling him about the secret hiding spot. The next day, Razoul goes to the hideout, and tries to do all of the instructions that was given to him to get to the hiding spot, but fails. Cassim and Aladdin returns to the place, and Genie is ready to arrest him, though Aladdin tells him to stop. For some reason, Genie felt the need tossing a song about father and son bonding time.
So Razoul manages to capture the other thieves, who are pissed off that Sa’Luk sold them out, only for him to not be persecuted as well. Sa’Luk tells Razoul that Aladdin is one of the 40 thieves, which causes him to rush to the palace, right in time to see and capture Cassim and Iago stealing the Oracle. They are arrested, and it is known that Cassim is the King of Thieves. Aladdin is extremely pissed off that his father screwed things up by his own greed, but is convinced by Genie that he still needs to support his father Aladdin decides to dress up (I have to say the arabian clothes in this film are very creative and an upgrade from what we saw in the past 2 films), break into prison, and to release his father, so they can part ways for good, since Aladdin sees that he is better off without his father.
The guards chases Aladdin (disguised as his father) throught he time, but when that is soon discovered, Cassim saves his son form being locked up by Razoul. The both of them run out of town, and Cassim tells him that he is sorry for everything he lost, but he cannot go back to Agrabah, with Iago telling him that they have the treasure of the Oracle. Aladdin dismisses them, and tells his father that he chose money over him again, and he will not abandon Jasmine, like his father abandoned him and his mother.
Aladdin is at the palace, and is sulking, still mad over his father, offering to turn himself in. Jasmine tells him to lighten up, since she would have done the exact same thing if it was her father……… I guess that makes him lying to her fine. Sultan says that he cannot overlook his father’s crimes, but brushes off Aladdin’s helping a criminal break hostage, since he was willing to take responsibility and the consequences for it, also revealing that they should not push back the wedding anymore. Iago flies to them, and tells them that Cassim is captured, and convinces Aladdin to go after his father.
The crew all go to the location where the Hand of Mitis is, and reunites with his father. Sa’Luk forces them to find the Hand of Mitis, which they do. Right when things are looking good, Sa’Luk shows up, and threatens Cassim to give him the Hand of Mitis, or he wil kill Aladdin. Cassim gives him the hand, since he is not willing to lose his son, but Sa’luk has the “fuck it” mentality, and goes after Aladdin anyways. The problem is that Sa’Luk directly touched the golden hand, causing him to turn into gold, and falls to plummet in the water. Cassim gives up the hand, and throws it, where it lands on the boat, causing the boat and the other thieves to somehow sink…… I guess.
Aladdin and Jasmine soon get married, where Cassim witnesses from the back with no mask or cover. Iago and him leave Agrabah, to go on a bunch of unplanned adventures, and the peddler that was was narrating in the beginning of Aladdin reappears to close out the story. The married couple fly by them, say goodbye to a horse ridden Cassim and Iago, and thee film ends with the couple having a naughty kiss.
The characters were somewhat better handled in this film. While I did not like some of Aladdin’s actions, and I felt like most of the other characters had nothing to do, it is the same cast I fell in love with in the first film.
The other characters are too useless to even mention in this section.
The animation is still animation only for television, but you can definitely tell that there are some improvements. The character designs match much more closely to the original film (there is still huge differences), and there is more detail and color in the overall film with the animation department. It is not a complete sore to the eyes.
The music for this film is actually original music (while The Return of Jafar just reused many scores from Aladdin), and I felt like the songs were definitely better placed, had more significance, and was more soothing to listen to in this movie.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 16th, 1996, it was reportedly outselling its immediate predecessor, but Disney refused to actually say if it did (it probably did), and garnered around $130 million.
Critically, it was panned, but many agreed that it was better than The Return of Jafar, which does not really say much.
Well today, some people say that this is one of the only good DisneyToons films, and is much better than The Return to Jasfar, though many do realize that it is severely flawed.
25/40 = 63%
16 thoughts on “DisneyToons Review: Aladdin and the King of Theives”
I like this one…I don’t love it, but I admit, I enjoyed that they explored Aladdin’s past a little bit more.
Though I admit, the hand of midas is for me mostly the stuff of nightmares. Who would honestly want a thing like this?
Oh my gosh; you actually like something of Aladdin. I am just messing with you.
It actually did what a sequel is supposed to do, and though it is rare that a sequel nowadays does that, it is refreshing.
The hand of Midas is mostly a negative than a positive to me too. Do not understand why anyone would want it.
I actually did watch the TV series and for the most part, liked it. And I actually like Jasmine from the Series just fine, since there she is political savvy and quite smart. It is the movies in which her character falls flat for me.
I definitely have a big issue with her in the movies, which is even more annoying since she is my favourite princess. She was a lot more involved in the series.
Yeah, I think this film was a way of saying “Sorry about Return of Jafar” and produced a better film. I think there was a lot more thought to this film, and if that same thought was given to Return of Jafar, that movie would have been a lot better. I’m glad they got Robin Williams back for this film (RIP) and even though you still may not think he’s all that funny or anything, I think he was good here. Also, the animation and songs are better here as well.
Speaking about the Aladdin series, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard about this, but there’s this theory (as well as other ones) that the Aladdin series actually taking place in a post-apocalyptic future. What are your thoughts on it? I’m mixed myself. Here’s one link to it, though you can find more online:
Oh goodie, a Pooh movie next week. One of several. I may not comment next week, but keep up the good work!
I highly doubt this film was a sorry for Return of Jafar, since it gave them a lot of money, and knew these films were shit anyways.
If they did not just rehash the story for the second one, than it would have been a lot better. I did not find Robin Williams (RIP) funny because he was doing the same gimmicks, and was just there having no purpose.
I heard of that theory, and I think it is a bunch of bogus.
The Winnie the Pooh films are going to be irritating to review, because there is so many, and all of them are pretty much pointless. I would not blame you if you did not comment next week. Thanks for the support.
When I say “Sorry about Return of Jafar”, I meant that they were like “We’ll put in more effort into this one than Return of Jafar”, and I think they did that. I believe it is not only is better than RoJ, but it is one of the better DisneyToon movies out there, along with some other ones which you’ll get to later. It’s one of the only DisneyToon films to have effort (even though it was just some) put into them. To be fair though, NONE of the DisneyToon films are great or excellent. It’s just that some are less bad than others, if you will. This is one of those films.
The reason The Return Of Jafar rehashed elements from the first film was most likely to keep the costs low. Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of the film going straight to video due to the budget being too high.
I really enjoy this film!
It is definitely one of the more enjoyable films in the canon.
Nice to have Robin Williams back. That’s the only reason I remember liking it. RIP Robin Williams.
Many people only like this because of Robin Williams. It is still a shock that he passed away.
Agreed. So sad.