The Return of Jafar

 
A genie that should have stayed in the bottle.
  • Review Date: March 14, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 66 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Alladin once again must stand up for what he believes and displays courage and tenacity.

Violence & scariness

An evil genie bent on revenge frames Aladdin for murder and imprisons his pals.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

As with most Disney films, products have been made of these characters. The video itself is part of the franchising of a great film, Alladin.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this made-for-video sequel to Aladdin may disappoint those looking for Disney's usual feature quality, but will entertain fans eager to see the story continue. But those wishing for more of the franchise would be better served by watching Aladdin and the King of Thieves, in which Robin Williams returns as the voice of the Genie. Young ones will like the music and colorful characters, but may run behind the couch when mean old Jafar appears. A cute monkey, an obnoxious parrot, and sword-banging action should fives, sixes and sevens riveted. Okay for die-hard fans of Aladdin, but the labored plot may cause restlessness in older viewers.

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What's the story?

In this made-for-video sequel, wicked Jafar returns to Agrabah after a clumsy bandit sets him free from the lamp in which he was imprisoned. But, because he must obey the genie's law and not kill on his own, Jafar uses his rescuer as a tool of revenge against his wrongdoers. Aladdin, Jafar's primary target, is now a royal advisor. He manages to stay in the good graces of the Sultan and Princess Jasmine until Iago the parrot, obeying Jafar, double-crosses him. With his friends in chains, Aladdin must first prove that he didn't kill the Sultan, then find a way to destroy Jafar's lamp, thus destroying Jafar.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE RETURN OF JAFAR has the general look of its predecessor, but this made-for-video sequel doesn't possess the wit or integrity of Disney's Aladdin. The cast is mostly the same, with welcome newcomer Jason Alexander as the greedy thief Abis Mal whose lamp-rubbing sets Jafar loose. The obvious missing ingredient here is Robin Williams, whose manic ad-libbing as the blue Genie in Aladdin had animators scribbling madly to keep up. He's replaced by Dan Castellaneta, who does a fine job but lacks Williams' spontaneity.

New songs yield a couple of good production numbers. They don't help the story much, though, which five people are credited with thinking up, and eight people(!) are credited with writing. The elements are all there -- they just lack focus and ingenuity. For that, blame the three directors and two producers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about where they get the courage to do things they are scared of. How did Alladin find work up the courage to free himself and his loved ones? How do you react when you've been accused of something you didn't do?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1994
DVD release date:July 14, 1998
Cast:Dan Castellaneta, Jason Alexander, Scott Weinger
Director:Toby Shelton
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures
Run time:66 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 28, 2010
age 6+
 

A disapointing sequel

Not only was Robin Williams gone (no offense to te other guy who did Genie), but the storylione isn't that good. It seems like it's more aout Iago than Aladdin. You could probably skip this one cuz all that happened was that SPOILER Iago turned good. It's about at the same level of the other one, as far as content goes; a little bit of violence (slightly intense peril at the end), some romance between Aladdin and Jasmine, but that's about it.
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