A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some bared teeth and clashing swords. Rampaging elephants; a fight to the death on a cliff's edge.
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This is part of Disney's franchising of the popular movie Aladdin.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this third feature in Disney's Aladdin trilogy heralds the return of Robin Williams as the Genie, but too many cutthroats and too little magic and monkeys make this less of a treat for little ones than the original. Also, there are some mature themes in this film. Aladdin must cope with finding the father who abandoned him years before. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Young fans of Disney's Aladdin will be glad to see the animated gang reunited for ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES. This one is more lighthearted than the first made-for-video sequel, The Return of Jafar, and has a less frightening villain, but the best news is that Robin Williams is back as the voice of the hyperactive Genie. He bounces all over the place like Flubber and morphs into everyone from Walter Cronkite to Tinkerbell to Woody Allen to -- well, you get the idea. Unfortunately, Princess Jasmine, Genie, and most of the other familiar characters are abandoned too often in pursuit of a father-and-son story that the target audience will find difficult to get excited about. There are plenty of snarly thieves (40, to be exact) and clanging swords, a lively quest for treasure, even some surprises, but they're not enough to distract from the realization that, without his colorful friends, Aladdin isn't all that interesting a character.
A 14-month-old danced to the livelier songs and pointed enthusiastically at the animals, but didn't much care for the movie beyond that. A 4-year old girl, old enough to sit through a feature-length cartoon, ranked this in her current top 10, but only because of the Genie. She enjoyed the visual references to other animated Disney movies and characters, and made a game with her parents of seeing who could shout out their names the fastest. That's where the real fun is.
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