Starting in 1989, the Walt Disney Company began a rather large undertaking: they were going to put out one animated film per year, over the course of ten years. Aladdin was third on their release schedule, and it was a hit in 1992 and continues to have a strong following today.
One of my favorite aspects of this film is the varying color palette. The entire film is fairly warm toned, while then portraying villains in more fiery colors. It’s very pleasing, visually.
Although, the colors are pleasing, how this film did not scare me more when I was a child is beyond me. The Cave of Wonders is horrifying. Jafar is horrifying. Jafar as an old man, still horrifying.
This is the film that I point to, however, when I say that a voice acting Academy Award should have already been created. Aladdin marked the first time that Disney hired a big name actor to voice an animated character: Robin Williams as Genie. Williams had made it clear that he did not want Disney to use his name in promote the film. Unfortunately, they disobeyed his wishes. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Williams portrayal of the Genie is some of the best voice acting, to date. It constantly baffles me that he didn’t receive any kind of award for that.
And shout out to the casting department for casting Gilbert Gotfried as a parrot.