A magic carpet ride of a movie from Disney.
  • Review Date: September 19, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

"Love conquers all" is the big message in this movie; also themes of friendship and fulfilling your promises. But the stereotyping (both of the Semitic culture and all of the antics that the Genie gets away with) can be a little off-putting.

Positive role models

Aladdin is the sweet underdog here with a big heart, but he's also pretty obsessed with treasure and puts himself in all kinds of dangerous situations to get it. He also pretends to be someone he's not to impress Jasmine. Jasmine is spirited and has strong opinions. Genie is loyal to Aladdin beyond the requirements of their bond. Jasmine's father is caring and attentive, though weak-minded. Jafar is a terrifying leader who subjects people happily to punishment and peril.

Violence & scariness

Big henchmen pursue Aladdin with swords, threats to Aladdin's life, scary mythical monsters, perilous chase scenes, and Jasmine is chained to a chair and forced to feed Jafar. One character is eaten by a mythical sand creature.

Sexy stuff

Very curvy ladies dance about in scanty outfits -- in fact all women are barely clad in this movie. Aladdin and Jasmine kiss and hold each other close on their first date.


Some name calling: "stupid," "dumb," "idiot."  


Jasmine is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Genie says once "Mind if I smoke?" and also plays like he's in a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the bad guy, Jafar, can be pretty scary with his sorcery and mind control. So can Aladdin being chased by henchmen with giant swords and some mythological monsters. Genie provides plenty of comic relief to the more dangerous moments, however. Also expect a bit of mild name-calling and revealing outfits on Princess Jasmine and some curvy dancing ladies.

What's the story?

In this animated Disney adventure, street urchin Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger) woos Arabian Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) by pretending to be a prince. He gets help from an exuberant blue genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes. But before this story ends happily ever after, Aladdin must tell Princess Jasmine the truth about his identity, and defeat evil royal advisor Jafar ( Jonathan Freeman), neither one an easy task!

Is it any good?


Jasmine is no Belle and Aladdin is no Beast, but add a big blue genie voiced by Robin Williams to the picture and you've got a very entertaining Disney movie. Williams brings humor and vitality to a movie that might otherwise be just another "princess forced to marry against her will" story. His imagination and antics clearly inspired the animators, too, and every scene with the genie is off-the-charts creative.

Songs like "A Whole New World," and a magic carpet with more personality than all of Disney's animal sidekicks put together, help give scenes without the genie a lift. Jasmine is spunky even though her predicament isn't very original, and Aladdin is sweet and eventually learns his own self worth. DVD extras include a virtual magic carpet ride in which viewers speed through different Arabian settings as if on a roller coaster, a fun interactive 3-D tour of Genie's lamp, and music videos by pop singers Clay Aiken and Jessica Simpson.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about contradictions -- how people can be both good and bad, and learn from their mistakes? Ask kids how they think Aladdin acted selfishly or unselfishly throughout the movie.

  • Try playing the "three wishes" game in your family, and discuss the possible consequences of everyone's wishes.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 25, 1992
DVD release date:October 5, 2004
Cast:Linda Larkin, Robin Williams, Scott Weinger
Directors:John Musker, Ron Clements
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Music and sing-along
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byHeroneSilverton April 9, 2008

Why don't they make movies like this anymore?

This is a fantastic movie. It has all of the child-like wonder of disney movies, but also has some very chilling moments. This is splendidly done, with the animations right on and the mood set just right. Every time I see this movie I marvel at the way it can make you feel certain things. The ending can be nightmare inducing for younger children, and even gave me some goose bumps. The music is wonderful and the animations are also for the date it was done in. This was my favourite movie growing up, and I have a feeling it's going to be around for a looong time.
Teen, 14 years old Written byJadenp March 12, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byReviewBoy November 22, 2009

Bad stuff, Good stuff, overall, great movie!

This movie is perfect for a movie night with no worries. The stuff to watch out for is very minimal, but still there. Bad stuff: Jasmine is, throughout the whole movie, in a bikini. But they are in India, but towards the end, Jafar (the bad guy) makes Jasmine his slave with chains on her wrists. He offers to make her his wife, and to distract Jafar to help Aladdin, she takes the veil that she clung to her body and brushes it off, while walking in a provocative way. Aladdin also steals from many shops and vendors, looting their money and wares Good stuff: Aladdin sees Jasmine in the marketplace and saves her from having her hand cut off, the penalty for stealing, which she didn't. Aladdin, after a wearying chase with guards, is about to eat some freshly stolen bread when he sees a pair of young children and gives it to them. Aww....
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages


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