Aladdin (1992) Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Disney’s Aladdin debuted in theaters 30 years ago today.

1992 Aladdin featuring Jasmine, Genie and Jafar

Thirty years ago today, Disney’s animated Aladdin movie hit theaters. The 1992 film had Aladdin voiced by Full House’s Scott Weinger, teaming up with a magnificent and glorious Genie voiced by the late Robin Williams. It also features the voices of Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, and Gilbert Gottfried, who passed this year. Aladdin became the highest-grossing 1992 film domestically.

The film followed a Street-smart Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. They both join forces to save the kingdom from the evil sorcerer Jafar. Along the way, he learns to believe in himself with help from a hilarious Genie and three wishes that can change everything. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements and spawned two sequels. In 1994 a direct-to-video sequel came out titled The Return of Jafar and The King of Thieves in 1996. In 2019 a live-action adaptation was released featuring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Marwan Kenzari.

Movie Fun Facts:

  • Jafar voice actor Johnathan Freeman reprised the role in the Broadway adaption.
  • Animators looked at Tom Cruise’s facial features when working on the film.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart was supposed to voice Jafar.
  • Robin Williams voices more than 60 characters.
  • MC Hammer’s music videos were studied to animate the movement of Aladdin’s baggy harem-style pants.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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