"Aladdin" stars Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, and Jonathan Freeman. Released on November 25, 1992, the film is about a street rat who finds a magic lamp and uses it to win the heart of a princess.
The film is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who also directed other Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and The Princess and the Frog. It is the 31st animated film to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios and the fourth film to be released during the Disney Renaissance era from 1989 to 1999. It's been a while since I saw this movie, so I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on this film in honor of the late Robin Williams. Like the other Disney films I've seen, this one still has its glory, even after 23 years.
The animation in this movie was breathtaking and perfectly fits the tone of the movie from the light-filled streets of Agrabah to the main villain's sinister deeds. Disney still proves that they are the best when it comes to animation. Whether it's hand-drawn or CGI, the animation of Disney still holds the ability to enhance the story and the characters with its colorful backgrounds. The characters are very likable, especially the Genie and Iago, and the voice acting was spot on. The biggest highlight for me was Robin Williams' portrayal as Genie. With his comedic energy and his imitations of other characters, he became the best part of the movie without being too annoying or distracting. The main villain, Jafar, is voiced by Jonathan Freeman and if you think Scar from The Lion King was sinister looking, just wait until you see Jafar. The way he talks and the way he looks made my skin shiver. The story was handled pretty well and the pacing was nearly perfect to keep kids and their parents' attention. I also enjoyed the songs in the movie with my favorites being 'Friend Like Me' and 'A Whole New World'.
Overall, with its gorgeous animation, likable characters, well-written songs, and Williams' comedic performance as the Genie, "Aladdin" is still a worthy addition to the Disney Renaissance collection. Not only is this one of my favorite animated films from Disney, but also my favorite film that starred Robin Williams. I would definitely recommend this film to families and fans of Disney alike. Robin, if you're reading my review right now, I would like to say thank you for making us laugh in your movies, even in our darkest times. You will always be remembered not only as an actor, but as a human being. I hope you can continue to make people laugh up in heaven until the end of time. You are free, Robin Williams, you are definitely free.