Archive: Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) A Review

Thanks to Disney+ I can now dive into the world of straight to home video Disney sequels.  And I decided to start here, with a sequel to one of my favourite Disney Classics.

Certificate: U

Director: Tad Stones

Screenwriter: Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley

Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, John Rhys-Davies

Genre: Animation, Adventure.

Runtime: 81 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Aladdin is one of the best of Disney’s classics in my opinion.  So I was so excited when I got to dive back in to the world and the characters with the help of Disney+, which now give me access to all the sequels that came out straight on home video.  I had seen ‘The Return of Jafar’ previously, so went straight into number 3 and while it is predictable, and cheesy, it is also a great story and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are finally getting married, but despite the joyous occasion, Aladdin is feeling a little anxious.  He is concerned that, as he never had a family of his own, he doesn’t know how to be a father, or to be a part of a family.  His trusty Genie at his side, he is about to finally say I do, when the palace is attacked by the 40 thieves.  Meaning he and his pals have to go on another adventure to hunt down the king of thieves to keep the kingdom safe.  But in doing this, Aladdin discovers that maybe he isn’t as alone in the world as he originally thought.

For a Disney film in the early 90s, this film deals with some heavy issues.  And does it really well, with a light-hearted attitude and tender emotional moments, it’s a great way of telling the message to kids.  Disney has dealt with a lot more heavy subjects since then in films like ‘Inside Out’, ‘Up’ and ‘Big Hero 6’, but for an early attempt, this was pretty good.

All our favourite characters return, voiced I think by all the original cast, so no expense spared just for a home video release, and of course the highlight is still Robin Williams’ Genie.  Still just as over dramatic and hilarious as ever, with quite a few more adult jokes slyly slipped in there, and a lot of references to other Hollywood films that will keep the adults entertained throughout the film at least.

The plot however is predictable and from the very first time we see Aladdin talking about his father it is pretty obvious what is about to happen.  I won’t give anything away, but you can see it coming a mile away.  And while that doesn’t bother me at all in films if the storyline is done well, this one telegraphed everything so loudly, that you could call it from beginning to end.  But this is a kids film, so I guess expecting something deep and surprising is a bit of a stretch.

For those of you who have Disney+, Aladdin and the King of Thieves as well as all other Aladdin films are available to stream now.

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