Introduce Your Family to ‘Aladdin’ This Year
The Disney animated film ‘Aladdin’ was released in 1992, making it over twenty years old. This means it is a perfect choice for your family when you are looking for something new to enjoy with your children, since chances are they never saw the film in theatres and may not have even seen it on DVD! This season, when you are looking for something new to share during those long winter nights when you want to stay inside and watch a movie, ‘Aladdin’ may be the best choice for you.
The story centers on young street urchin Aladdin, and princess Jasmine who meets him in a market and finds she has an instant attraction to him. Aladdin is then taken by thief Jafar, who needs him to help steal a magic lamp from inside a cave. Aladdin is able to retrieve the lamp but is trapped inside the cave, so he rubs the lamp to reveal a genie who promises to grant him three wishes. Aladdin tricks the genie into getting them free from the cave, then uses one wish for riches and royalty so he can woo Jasmine. His scheme is found out by Jafar, who tosses Aladdin in an ocean, forcing him to use a second wish to be rescued.
Jafar meanwhile manages to steal the lamp from Aladdin so he is the new master to the genie. He too wishes for royalty and riches so he can wed Jasmine, but then makes her and her father, the sultan, his slaves. Aladdin is able to rescue Jasmine and tricks Jafar into turning himself into a genie, now a slave in a bottle and destined to live the rest of his life granting the wishes of others. Aladdin uses his last wish to give his genie freedom from the bottle, and he and Jasmine are eventually able to wed.
The movie is enchanting for children and adults alike, as they each may appreciate something different in the story. Children will enjoy seeing the evil Jafar get his comeuppance after his treachery is revealed, and may love the exciting adventures of Aladdin who selflessly gives his last wish to his genie. The adults may appreciate the humor of the story, especially the over-the-top performance of veteran actor Robin Williams, who voices the genie.
If you cannot find a new movie to share with your children this winter season, it is good to turn to the classics and enjoy them over again. ‘Aladdin’ was met with rave reviews when it was released and is sure to be a family favorite in your home. Check it out this winter and see if you do not agree that it’s an adventure your entire family will love.