What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this show often runs as part of Disney's "Princess Power Hour," Jasmine's power seems generally limited to stomping her pretty foot, batting her long eyelashes, and invoking the name of her father, the Sultan, to keep people in line. Although she joins in fights when necessary, it's always Aladdin who thinks of a way out, while she loyally supports his ability to do so.
What's the story?
In its TV incarnation, ALADDIN continues the adventures of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Based on the movie and including many of the same characters, the series picks up where the direct-to-video movie The Return of Jafar ended. Voiced by the same actors from the movies, with Dan Castellaneta of The Simpsons taking over from Robin Williams as Genie, each story includes a nominal lesson -- usually that Aladdin must believe in himself, shouldn't give up, or doesn't really need Genie's help.
Is it any good?
Aladdin airs as part of Disney's "Princess Power Hour" line-up, but one problem with the show is actually that Jasmine is rarely a particularly powerful princess. She's more likely to coo "Oh, Aladdin, you can do it" than to get them out of trouble herself, and she's prone to relying on her father's name to control people. She had a stronger role and personality in the movie but is given less to do here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the different characters and myths found in the Arabian setting. What's an oasis? What's a mirage? What is Genie supposed to be able to do for Aladdin that he often can't achieve? Does Aladdin really need Genie's magic after all?