|First appearance||Aladdin (1992)|
|Created by||Ron Clements
|Voiced by||Linda Larkin (speaking)
Lea Salonga (singing, first film and the Disney Princess franchise)
Liz Callaway (singing, The Return of Jafar)
Bobbi Page (Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse)
|Family||The Sultan (father)
Unnamed mother (deceased)
Aladdin's unnamed mother (mother-in-law, deceased)
Princess Jasmine (Arabic: الاميرة ياسمين) is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 31st animated feature film Aladdin (1992). The character subsequently appears in the film's two direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), as well as its animated television series, that ran from 1994 to 1995. In all film and television appearances, Jasmine's speaking voice is provided by American actress Linda Larkin. Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga provides the character's singing voice in the first film, while American actress and singer Liz Callaway replaces her in The Return of Jafar.
Jasmine was based on the character Princess Badroulbadour from the Arabic folk tale "Aladdin", part of the One Thousand and One Nights series. She was adapted for the film by directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and animated by Mark Henn. In the first film, Jasmine is the beautiful and well sought-after Princess of Agrabah who is being forced by an age-old law to marry a prince in time for her 16th birthday. Notorious for having rejected several noble and wealthy suitors, Jasmine, fed up with her controlled and sheltered life as a princess, wishes to marry someone she loves for who they are as opposed to what they own.
Since her 1992 debut, Jasmine has garnered a mixed reception from critics. While many commentators praised her strong-willed and free-spirited personality, others criticized her role in the film, which they felt was "bland" and "unoriginal". Jasmine is a member of the Disney Princess line-up.
Linda Larkin went to accompany a friend who was auditioning for Jasmine, and decided to also test for the role after reading the script, being very inspired by the line "It's all so magical". She was chosen for the role nine months later, and had to adjust her pitch to fit what the filmmakers wanted for Jasmine; her voice was considered "too high" and sounded too young, despite Larkin being five years older than Scott Weinger, Aladdin's voice actor.
Linda was almost fired and had to re-audition for the role until Ron Clements and John Musker vied for her to keep her position. Jeffrey Katzenberg did not think her voice sounded "forceful" or "regal" enough to play a princess. A guided recording session with Linda managed to sway Katzenberg into allowing her to keep her job.
Supervising animator Mark Henn worked on early development of the character from the animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida—in full view of theme-park guests. Henn says he saw a young park visitor with a long, flowing black mane, and was inspired by her look for Princess Jasmine. Her facial features were based on Henn's sister Beth.
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Jasmine first appears in Aladdin (1992), as the only daughter of the wealthy Sultan of Agrabah. Jasmine was unhappy with having no choice in life, and being ruled over by her father. So she runs away from home the palace life for a more simple life with freedom. After escaping to the town of Agrabah that surrounds the palace walls. This is where she meets Aladdin. Jasmine first meets him by giving an apple to a hungry child. She did not pay for this apple so the owner wants to cut off her hand as payment. Though Aladdin quickly comes in to her rescue and convinces the man that Jasmine is his crazy sister who thinks his pet monkey is the Sultan. Jasmine quickly catches onto what Aladdin is doing and goes along with the story. Later they both run off together to Aladdin's house where they both realize that they want to be free of the life that they are living and they have the same dreams. Though shortly after this Aladdin is arrested by guards led by Razoul. Jasmine reveals herself to them and demands them to let Aladdin go. However, Razoul apologizes and explains that he is doing so on Jafar's orders. Jasmine confronts Jafar and orders them to release Aladdin, but Jafar tells her that Aladdin has already been executed; Jasmine is left distraught and she blames herself for Aladdin's misfortune. After Aladdin's wish to become a prince is granted to him by The Genie, he visits Jasmine in the guise of "Prince Ali-Ababwa". She initially believes him to be just another arrogant suitor, but later accepts his proposal after falling in love with him on a magic carpet ride. During this time, Jasmine sees through Aladdin's disguise, but Aladdin convinces her that he sometimes dressed up as a commoner to "escape the pressures of palace life", which she relates to. She is taken back to the palace and the two share a kiss.
However, upon announcing her decision to marry Aladdin, Jafar takes over Agrabah by stealing the lamp from Aladdin. At the same time, Aladdin attempts to reveal his true identity, but before he can do so, Jafar already exposed his identity to Jasmine. After Jafar banishes Aladdin to the ends of the Earth, he then makes Jasmine his personal slavegirl. Jasmine was then forced to wear the revealing costume of a harem concubine and leashed to Jafar's throne to serve him. While Aladdin is banished to the frozen tundra, Jasmine must endure Jafar's lecherous advances and humiliations. When Aladdin finally returns, he goes to rescue Jasmine and saves the kingdom. Jasmine helps Aladdin to distract Jafar by seducing him and pretending to fall madly in love with him. After Jafar discovers her lie, Jasmine tries to steal the lamp in order to restore her father's kingdom. She is then trapped in an hourglass, and nearly dies from lack of air. In the end, she is saved by Aladdin and returns to be the Princess of Agrabah, with her father, the Sultan. After seeing how much Jasmine loves Aladdin, her father allows her to marry any man she feels is worthy, and the two are engaged.
The Return of Jafar
In the first direct-to-video sequel, The Return of Jafar (1994), Jasmine later begins to question her choice in marrying Aladdin. She wonders if he is trustworthy enough after he defends Iago, Jafar's former pet parrot who had terrorized her father, but she quickly gets over these questions with Iago's help (who convinces her that she cares about Aladdin by calling her bluff). She later accepts Iago as a friend after he helps her mend her relationship with Aladdin, frees the Genie to save Aladdin, and defeats Jafar by risking his life for Jasmine.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Finally, in the second direct-to-video/DVD movie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) she and Aladdin are finally about to wed, when their wedding is interrupted by the Forty Thieves. After learning what they were after, Aladdin finds out from the Oracle that his father Cassim is still alive. Jasmine convinces him to seek out for his father, and that their wedding can be delayed a little bit longer.
While he is away, Jasmine grows worried, and Genie cheers her up by dressing her in bridal outfits. When Aladdin returns with Cassim, she and the Sultan take an immediate liking to him. However, he later tries to steal the Oracle, and is put in prison; Aladdin helps him escape which result in punishment. Jasmine and the Genie convince the Sultan that he helped his father out of love. At that moment, Iago (who was with Cassim) returns, telling them that Cassim has been captured by Sa'luk and the remaining Thieves.
Jasmine goes with Aladdin to rescue his father, and afterward they return for their wedding, which Cassim attends from the shadows. They go for a ride on Carpet, waving good-bye to the Merchant from the first film and Iago and Cassim as they ride off. The two then kiss.
In other media
Jasmine is an official member of the Disney Princess line, a prominent franchise directed to young girls. The franchise covers a wide variety of merchandise, including but not limited to magazines, music albums, toys, video games, clothes and stationery. She is featured prominently in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, where she is the main character of one of the film's segments.
Princess Jasmine has made many appearances outside of the Aladdin films, including appearances at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character. She is a frequently-seen character, and often accompanies Aladdin, and occasionally Genie. Jasmine is a featured character in the Mickey's Philharmagic 3D show at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Hong Kong Disneyland. Jasmine, Aladdin, Carpet, Abu and Genie make cameo appearances in the Hong Kong Disneyland version of It's a Small World. Jasmine also appears in various television series and was featured as a main character in the animated series based on the original 1992 feature. The series picked up where The Return of Jafar left off, with Aladdin still living on the streets of Agrabah, engaged to Jasmine. The character also made cameo appearances in Disney's House of Mouse and Hercules: The Animated Series. Recently, Jasmine appeared in the episode "Two to Tangu" of the Disney Junior series Sofia the First, in which she helps Sofia and Amber tame a wild magic carpet.
Jasmine appears in Kingdom Hearts as a supporting character in Agrabah, based on the Aladdin films. She is one of the Princesses of Heart kidnapped by Maleficent. She appears again in Kingdom Hearts II, and explains the strange behavior of Aladdin to Sora, Donald and Goofy. The cause of Aladdin's behavior is his loneliness after Genie went to see the other worlds. When Genie comes back all is well again. Linda Larkin reprises her role in the English version. Aside from the Kingdom Hearts series, Jasmine makes appearances in the video game adaptation of the 1992 film as well as Aladdin: Nasira's Revenge.
|"While Jasmine is not quite so liberated as Belle, she is advanced considering that she lives in the Dark Ages...Jasmine probably has more in common with the heroine of "I Dream of Jeannie" than with a Muslim princess of 850 A.D. And her dream isn't so different from Snow White's or Cinderella's: She is waiting for her prince to come, but he must be a man with both looks and character."|
|— Rita Kempley of The Washington Post, in analysis of Jasmine's character.|
Critical reception towards Jasmine has been generally mixed. Ty Burr of Entertainment Weekly positively described Jasmine as "the most full-bodied ... of the new Disney heroines". Brian Lowry of Variety likened Jasmine's strong-willed personality to that of Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991), describing her as an "anachronistically liberated" heroine. James Berardinelli of ReelViews was fairly positive in his review of the character, commending her for "show[ing] the same streak of stubborn independence exhibited by Ariel and Belle", but criticizing the fact that "she doesn't fill a more pressing role than that of Aladdin's 'love interest.'" Desson Howe of The Washington Post praised Jasmine for providing the film with "feminist consciousness". The Christian Science Monitor's David Sterrit commented, "the princess ... is less carefully worked out [than Aladdin] but equally likable as a personality type." Contactmusic.com wrote that Jasmine has "likeably cynical streaks" despite being an "essentially bland" character. Common Sense Media gave Jasmine a somewhat positive review, writing, "Jasmine is no Belle", calling her "spunky" despite the fact that "her predicament isn't very original". Similarly, Gary Thompson of Philly.com wrote, "Princess Jasmine is also more barbed, yet without the obvious feminist makeover given to Belle".
Other critics have reacted less favorably towards Jasmine. Creative Loafing's Matt Brunson gave the character a mixed review, labeling her a "liberated" but "stiff" heroine. Janet Maslin of The New York Times described Jasmine as shallow and bland character, criticizing the fact that her "main concern is deciding whom she will marry." Time Out gave the character a fairly negative review, calling her disappointing. TV Guide criticized Jasmine's role in the film, describing her as "bland". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times labeled Jasmine one of the film's "weaknesses", negatively describing the relationship between her and main character Aladdin as "pale and routine". Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine also panned the character, writing, "Jasmine is another 'free-spirited' type in the Barbie-doll tradition, a faux feminist who wants everyone to know that she can do everything the boys can".
Tala Dayrit of Female Network included Jasmine in her list of "30 Fierce and Fun Female Cartoon Characters". Describing her as "a new-age princess", Dayrit wrote that Jasmine is "opinionated and spirited, with a clear mind of her own" who "refus[es] to believe that her life should be lived according to the dictates of others". Sonia Saraiya of Nerve ranked Jasmine fifth in her article "Ranked: Disney Princesses From Least To Most Feminist". Saraiya praised her personality, likening her boldness, curiosity, and skepticism of marriage to that of Belle while commending her for "falling for a completely inadequate 'street rat' and whisking him out of poverty, instead of the other way around." However, Saraiya labeled Jasmine's use of sexuality her "only power", criticizing her for sending a negative message to young girls. Dimas Sanfiorenzo of Complex ranked Jasmine second in his article "The 25 Hottest Cartoon Women Of All Time", awarding specific praise to her hair and her eyes.
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