Monday, October 25, 2010

123. Aladdin (1992)


Yo, Rugman! Haven't seen you in a few millennia. Give me some tassel.

Between the years of 1989 and 1994, Disney simply had it figured out. Before this stretch they were very hit and miss and after this stretch they seemed to have lost all of their talent to a company that rhymes with fixar. "Aladdin" was right in the middle of these. It is an awesome movie, but what stands out for me are the sidekicks. Each of these "traditional" movies has a couple of sidekicks for comic relief. "The Little Mermaid" had Sebastian and Flounder, "Beauty and the Beast" had Lumiere and Cogsworth, and "Aladdin" has Abu and Carpet. Giving the flying carpet a personality was a pure stroke of genius. Without uttering a word the entire film, this team of a monkey and a rug get almost as many (if not more) laughs than an over-the-top, Robin Williams' voiced genie. This movie also has the best Disney duet (and one of the best duets of all time) with "A Whole New World".

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