Aladdin (franchise)

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Aladdin
Created by Walt Disney Animation Studios
Original work The folk tale of Aladdin
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Films and television
Film(s)

Aladdin (1992)

Genies (TBA)
Television series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)*
Animated series Aladdin (1994–1995)
Television special(s) "Hercules and the Arabian Night" (1999 episode of Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series)*
Television film(s) Descendants (2015)*
Direct-to-video
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)
Games
Video game(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s) Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992)
Miscellaneous
Theme park attractions
* Work where this franchise's characters or settings appeared as part of a crossover, or has characters based on those from this franchise.

Aladdin is a Disney media franchise comprising a film series and additional media. The success of the original 1992 American animated feature of the same name, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, led to two direct-to-video sequels, a television show (which had a crossover episode with Hercules: The Animated Series), a Broadway musical, various rides and themed areas in Disney's theme parks, several video games, and merchandise, among other related works.

Films[edit]

Aladdin (1992)[edit]

Aladdin was released in 1992. The 31st Disney animated feature film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, and is based on the Arab-style folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. The plot follows street urchin Aladdin as he attempts to gain the affection of Princess Jasmine after acquiring a magic lamp.

The Return of Jafar (1994)[edit]

Aladdin was followed by Disney's first direct-to-video sequel, The Return of Jafar in 1994. The plot mainly focused on Jafar seeking revenge on Aladdin. However, this time, with Iago on Aladdin's side, Abis Mal becomes Jafar's new henchman.[1] Iago kicks the black lamp into the magma where it melts and submerges causing Jafar to disappear once and for all.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)[edit]

In 1996, the second sequel to Aladdin, Aladdin and the King of Thieves was released on video. The story concludes as Aladdin and Jasmine are about to have their wedding and Aladdin discovers that his father is still alive, but is the king of all thieves in Agrabah.[1] In 2005, screenwriter Robert Reece, who co-wrote Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, pitched a fourth Aladdin feature to DisneyToon Studios execs, although it never came to fruition.[2]

Genies (TBA)[edit]

On July 15, 2015, it was reported that a live-action prequel to Aladdin is currently in development under the title, Genies. The new film will reportedly focus on genies, their realm and reveal how Aladdin's genie ended up in the lamp. The film is being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Tripp Vinson will serve as a producer through Vinson Films. If the film is a success, a live-action remake of the original film may be made.[3]

Aladdin Live action (TBA)[edit]

October 10, 2016, Deadline reports that Disney are developing a Live Action Aladdin movie, with John August writing the script and Dan Lin producing, the site also reports that Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct the film.[4] Filming is expected to begin in July 2017.[5] On July 16, at the D23 Expo it was announced that Naomi Scott and Will Smith were cast as Princess Jasmine and Genie, respectively, along with newcomer Mena Massoud being cast as Aladdin.[6]

Television[edit]

Aladdin[edit]

Shortly after The Return of Jafar, the Aladdin TV series was aired on television. The episodes focused on Aladdin's adventures after the events of the second film.[7]

The Aladdin characters later made a crossover with Hercules: The Animated Series,[8] and were featured as guests in the television series House of Mouse and related works to those series—Jafar was the leader of the villains in Mickey's House of Villains.[9]

Once Upon a Time[edit]

On the TV series, Once Upon a Time and its spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Jafar appears as one of the main villains.[10] In addition, Aladdin and Jasmine also appear in recurring roles in Once Upon a Time's sixth season.

Descendants[edit]

Descendants is a live-action Disney Channel Original Movie based on the lives of the children of various Disney heroes and villains when they attend the same prep school. Jafar appears in the film as does his son, Jay.

Setting[edit]

The setting for the Aladdin franchise is the fictional sultanate of Agrabah.

Critical reaction[edit]

The original Aladdin film has received critical acclaim. The various other aspects of the franchise, such as the direct-to-video sequels, have received mixed to negative reviews.

Cast and characters[edit]

Voice cast[edit]

Characters Animated films Television series Video game Live-action films
Aladdin
(1992)
The Return of Jafar
(1994)
Aladdin and the
King of Thieves

(1996)
Disney Princess
Enchanted Tales:
Follow Your Dreams

(2007)
Aladdin
(1994-1995)
Hercules and the
Arabian Night

(1999)
Disney's Aladdin in
Nasira's Revenge

(2001)
Genies
(TBA)
Aladdin
(TBA)
Aladdin Scott Weinger
Brad Kane (singing voice)
Scott Weinger Scott Weinger
Brad Kane (singing voice)
Mena Massoud
Genie
Merchant
Robin Williams
Bruce Adler (Merchant singing voice)
Dan Castellaneta Robin Williams
Bruce Adler (Merchant singing voice)
Dan Castellaneta Silent cameo Dan Castellaneta Will Smith
Princess Jasmine Linda Larkin
Lea Salonga (singing voice)
Linda Larkin
Liz Callaway (singing voice)
Linda Larkin Linda Larkin
Lea Salonga (singing voice)
Naomi Scott
Jafar Jonathan Freeman Silent cameo Jonathan Freeman Marwan Kenzari
The Sultan Douglas Seale Val Bettin Jeff Bennett Val Bettin Val Bettin TBA
Abu Frank Welker TBA
Iago Gilbert Gottfried Gilbert Gottfried TBA
Rajah Frank Welker
Russi Taylor
Frank Welker Silent cameo TBA
Magic Carpet Character is mute TBA
Razoul Jim Cummings Jim Cummings Jim Cummings TBA
Abis Mal Jason Alexander Jason Alexander
Cassim John Rhys-Davies
Sa'luk Jerry Orbach
The Oracle C. C. H. Pounder
Prince Uncouthma Silent cameo Tino Insana
Merc Silent cameo Dorian Harewood
Sadira Silent cameo Kellie Martin
Hakeem Zack Shada
Mozenrath Jonathan Brandis
Jeff Bennett
Mirage Bebe Neuwirth
Amin Damoola Jeff Bennett
Eden Debi Derryberry
Mukhtar John Kassir
Phasir Ed Gilbert
Haroud Hazi Bin James Avery
Hercules Tate Donovan
Hades James Woods
Philoctetes Robert Costanzo
Icarus French Stewart
Pain Bobcat Goldthwait
Panic Matt Frewer
Nasira Jodi Benson

Crew[edit]

Occupation Films Television
Aladdin
(1992)
The Return of Jafar
(1994)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
(1996)
Aladdin
(1994–1995)
Director(s) Ron Clements
John Musker
Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Tad Stones Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Rob LaDuca
Bob Hathcock
Toby Shelton
Producer(s) Jeannine Roussel
Tad Stones
N/A
Writer(s) Ron Clements
John Musker
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Tad Stones
Mark McCorkle
Robert Schooley
Mark McCorkle
Robert Schooley
N/A
Composer(s) Alan Menken N/A N/A Mark Watters
John Given
Harvey Cohen
Carl Johnson
Thomas Richard Sharp
Production companies Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation N/A Walt Disney Television
Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributors Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Home Video Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Runtimes 90 minutes 69 minutes 81 minutes 22 minutes
Released
  • November 25, 1992 (1992-11-25)
  • May 20, 1994 (1994-05-20)
  • August 13, 1996 (1996-08-13)
September 5, 1994 (1994-09-05)
November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)

Video games[edit]

Along with the film release, three different video games based on Aladdin were released. Disney's Aladdin, a coproduction between Virgin Games and Walt Disney Feature Animation for the Genesis, was released in late 1993 and later ported to Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, Game Boy and Game Boy Color.[11] That same year, Capcom released a Super NES game, also called Disney's Aladdin, which was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2002.[12][13] In 1994, SIMS released another game called Disney's Aladdin for the Game Gear and Master System.[14]

The television series inspired another game by Argonaut Games, entitled Aladdin: Nasira's Revenge and released in 2000 for the PlayStation and PC.[15] Also, in 2004 Vivendi Universal released Disney's Aladdin Chess Adventures, a chess computer game with the Aladdin license.[16]

The Kingdom Hearts series features a playable Aladdin world known as Agrabah.[17] In Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the plotline is loosely related to the storyline of the original film.[17][18] In Kingdom Hearts II, it is a mixture of Aladdin and The Return of Jafar.[19] Genie is also a recurring summon in the series.[17]

Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Genie appeared in the 2011 motion-controlled game, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, as meet-and-greet characters. Aladdin was also referenced throughout the Disney Infinity series via power discs and in-game toys, with Aladdin and Jasmine being added to the series as playable characters in the series' second game, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.

Disney's Aladdin by Virgin Games[edit]

Disney's Aladdin was developed for the Mega Drive by Virgin Interactive's studio of Virgin Games USA and published by Sega in 1993. This was due to the fact that Sega had both obtained a license for publishing video games based on Disney's motion picture and established a collaboration deal with Disney's animation studios which was a first in the video game industry, so Sega of America tasked the Virgin Games USA development team with the programming duties because of their successful previous efforts with McDonald's Global Gladiators and 7 Up's Cool Spot. The game has been noted for its use of traditional animation, which was produced by Disney animators under the supervision of Virgin's animation staff, including animation producer Andy Luckey, technical director Paul Schmiedeke and animation director Mike Dietz, using an in-house "Digicel" process to compress the data onto the cartridge. The game also featured arrangements and original compositions composed by Donald S. Griffin.[20]

Disney's Aladdin by Capcom[edit]

Disney's Aladdin (アラジン, Arajin) was developed for the Super NES and published by Capcom separately from Virgin's version, since Capcom still held Disney licensing rights for Nintendo consoles at the time of the film's release. Although the game is still a side-scrolling platformer, it is significantly different in both presentation and gameplay. Similarly following the movie's storyline, players control Aladdin as he jumps on enemies, vaults off stumps and performs various acrobatic feats to get through levels. Throughout the level, Aladdin can collect apples to throw at enemies and golden scarabs which unlock bonus stages. Throughout each level there are various diamonds (collecting all within a level also unlocking bonus stages), with players able to unlock an extra challenge if they collect 70 red diamonds. The game was later ported to the Game Boy Advance with extra stages, though all the songs based directly on the original movie were replaced with new music, possibly because of copyright reasons. It was also unofficially ported to the NES in 1995 by Hummer Team.

Disney's Aladdin by SIMS[edit]

Disney's Aladdin was developed by SIMS and published by Sega, and released in 1994 for the Game Gear worldwide and for the Master System in Europe. Sega went on to produce this game since they already had the necessary intellectual property licensing rights in order to publish the Virgin Interactive game on the Mega Drive/Genesis. The game is also significantly different in gameplay compared to its Mega Drive counterpart. There are three main types of level, chase levels in which Aladdin must outrun enemies while dodging obstacles, exploration levels in which Aladdin must carefully navigate traps and solve puzzles, similar to Prince of Persia, and carpet levels in which Aladdin rides his flying carpet. It also, unlike its 16-bit counterparts, fairly closely follow the plot of the movie, even including cut scenes containing entire dialogue scenes from the movie.

Aladdin the Series: Tower of Gold Adventure[edit]

Aladdin the Series: Tower of Gold Adventure is a Portable game released for Handeld Electronic Game was Developed and Published by Tiger Electronic on 1994 in United States. It is based on television series of same name.

Disney's Aladdin Activity Center[edit]

Disney's Aladdin Activity Center is part of the Disney's Activity Center series.

Disney's Aladdin Print Studio[edit]

Disney's Aladdin Print Studio is part of the Disney's Print Studio series.

Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge[edit]

Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge is the Aladdin franchise video game which was developed for the PlayStation and PC by Argonaut Games and distributed by Disney Interactive in 2001. The game is set after the events of The Return of Jafar, during the television series, and before Aladdin and the King of Thieves. The legendary city of Agrabah is in trouble again: the evil sorceress Nasira (Jodi Benson) is out to avenge the death of her brother, the nefarious sorcerer Jafar (Jonathan Freeman). She begins her vengeful plot by taking over the palace with a spell and kidnapping Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) and the Sultan; she then commands the guard's captain Razoul (Jim Cummings) to bring Aladdin (Scott Weinger) to her. The treacherous Nasira believes that if she collects a set of ancient relics that are spread all over Agrabah she might be able to revive Jafar and take over the world, and so she uses her captives to force Aladdin into doing this job for her.

Critical reaction[edit]

Game Metacritic
Disney's Aladdin 59%[21]
Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge (1994) 61%[22]

Adaptations[edit]

In November 2010 Alan Menken confirmed that a musical theatre adaptation of the show is in the works with a book written by Chad Beguelin.[23] The show premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre from July 7–31, 2011.[24] Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in the film, played the role in the stage adaptation.[25] Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed played Aladdin and Jasmine. Additional actors included Seán G. Griffin as the Sultan; Don Darryl Rivera as Iago; and, playing Omar, Babkak, and Kassim – a trio of characters originally conceived by the film's creators but not used – Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Brian Gonzales, and Brandon O'Neill. The show was also directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.[26] Another production of the musical played at the Muny Theatre in St. Louis from July 5–13, 2012.[27][28] The musical premiered on Broadway on February 26, 2014 (in previews) and officially opened on March 20, 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, taking the place of Mary Poppins.[29][30] The musical had a pre-Broadway tryout at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto lasting from November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014.[31] Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed, with Chad Beguelin writing the book and additional lyrics, Bob Crowley as the scene designer, and costume design by Gregg Barnes.[31][32] Aladdin the musical was also opened at Tokyo's Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015. It had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg. It will open in Sydney and London's West End in 2016.[33][34]

In addition, a stage adaptation of the movie has been created for younger students, known as "Disney's Aladdin Jr." Licensing and performing rights are currently being held by Music Theatre International.[35] MTI licenses both a "Kids" version (which uses doubling to foster more of an ensemble feeling among young children)[36] and a "Dual Language" version (which takes the Junior version and adds an element of half the characters speaking only in Spanish).[37]

The film also inspired a Disney On Ice presentation,[38] and two attractions in Disney's theme parks: "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin", a Dumbo the Flying Elephant-like ride at both Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Resort Paris;[39][40] and the show Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park.[41]

In 2015 Disney Press launched a young adult novel series that retells Disney films but with certain elements changed. The first novel in the series is A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, written by Liz Braswell, which retells the film but with Jafar gaining control of the genie before Aladdin does.[42]

Attractions[edit]

Music[edit]

References[edit]

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