Aladdin

New this week Question: When the genie learns that Aladdin tricked him into getting them out of the cave without making a wish, couldn't he have just teleported Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet back inside the cave to make sure Aladdin wishes himself out of the cave?

New this week Answer: He is not an evil genie and, even though he was tricked, he would not have wanted Aladdin to be trapped in the cave again. He likes Aladdin and admires his cleverness in getting himself out of the cave without wasting a wish.

raywest

Question: What does Aladdin mean when he says: "Look at that Abu, it's not everyday you see a horse with two rear ends."?

Chosen answer: Aladdin is referring to the person riding the horse as being a "horse's ass" in the way he is acting, thus the horse the person was riding on has two rear ends, his own and the rider.

Mark English

Question: Three questions:- 1) When the palace guards arrest Aladdin, why doesn't the head guard recognise Jasmine until she pulls the hood of her cloak down? 2) When Jasmine tells the head guard to release Aladdin, he tells her that his orders are from Jafar, but surely Jasmine's command would trump Jafar's since he and the guards work for the Sultan, which means they also work for Jasmine (as she's their employer's daughter), so why obey Jafar but not Jasmine? 3) Later on after Jasmine has told the Sultan what happened, why is only Jafar reprimanded? Surely the guards would get told off too for not obeying Jasmine earlier on.

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: 1) Razoul would have no reason to think the princess was out of the palace and wandering the streets. At most, he would assume there was a resemblance. 2) Jafar gets his orders and power from the Sultan, who trumps Jasmine. As vizier, part of his job is to relay the Sultan's orders. 3) The guards were just following orders of Jafar.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Jasmine works out that Prince Ali is Aladdin (the boy from the market), why does she get angry at him? Shouldn't she be happy that he's actually alive, considering Jafar told her earlier on that Aladdin had been sentenced to death and killed?

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: She's upset because she thinks Aladdin lied to her twice about everything - first by pretending he was Aladdin, then by lying in the guise of Ali.

Greg Dwyer

Question: Two Questions about the Cave of Wonders: 1) The Cave states that only Aladdin can enter, but Abu enters the cave as well. That suggests that Aladdin is just the only human welcomed into the cave while the rule does not apply to animals. Why doesn't Jafar send Iago into the cave to retrieve the lamp for him? 2) The Cave also warns Aladdin not to touch any treasure besides the lamp, because if he does the cave will erupt and collapse on him. The cave is also where Aladdin and Abu meet the Magic Carpet. Clearly, they touch the carpet. Why doesn't the cave erupt and collapse when Aladdin and Abu touch the carpet?

John Ohman

Chosen answer: The cave has some level of sentience. It is aware of who is entering the cave, and decides whether to allow them to enter. It is able to tell that Abu is with Aladdin. It seems to keep a watchful eye on the person in the cave, and when it says "touch nothing" what it means is "don't try to take anything. It seems it was fine with them interacting with the carpet, and only had an issue when Abu was attempting to actually take something.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Can anyone name all the people that the Genie impersonates throughout the movie in order?

Chosen answer: While the Genie takes on the archetype characteristics of many cliché personalities, the recognizable imitation of celebrities appear as follow (quotes associated with these characters are in parenthesis) 1. Arnold Schwarzenegger ("ever impressive") 2. Ed Sullivan ("Right here direct from the lamp") 3. Groucho Marx ("no substitutions") 4. Robert DeNiro ("You lookin' at me") 5. Arsenio Hall ("Wo wo wo") 6. Rodney Dangerfield ("I can't believe I'm losing to a rug") 7. Jack Nicholson ("alright Sparky") 8. Martin Luther King, Jr ("Free at last") and for the record, the scene of the dancing elephants during the song "Never Have a Friend Like Me" are a direct lift from "Dumbo".

OneHappyHusky

Question: Why did Jafar need the Sultan's diamond to find out who was the only one who could enter the cave?

Chosen answer: The diamond is a source of power that Jafar uses on that mechanism in order to see the 'one who can enter the cave.'

Toolio

Question: When Jafar and Iago first go into their secret lab, Jafar says, "Patience Iago, soon I will be sultan, not that." What does he say after that?

Chosen answer: Jafar says "Calm yourself, Iago. Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit."

Myridon

Question: Why do Jafar and Aladdin call the Sultan "Your Highness," and not "Your Majesty" or something similar? I thought Your Highness was only for Princes and Princesses.

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: This is a fictional universe. For whatever reason, the animators chose to refer to the sultan using that honorific. Also, what you're referring to relates to European royalty and not the Middle East.

raywest

Question: At the end of the film, the Genie asks Aladdin to wish for the Nile. Why? Aladdin can't wish anymore, since his third wish was used to free the Genie.

Chosen answer: The Genie's simply relishing his new-found freedom - he asks Aladdin to wish for something outrageous simply so that he can have the pleasure of saying "no". The fact that Aladdin has no wishes left anyway is purely a technicality. There is also a hidden joke - Genie said "wish for something. The Nile, wish for the Nile" (sounding like 'denial'). So when genie said "no", it was granting Aladdin's wish while denying him his wish at the same time.

Tailkinker

Question: Jafar apparently knows that genies can grant only three wishes, since he refers to his wish for Jasmine to fall in love with him as his "final wish." He appears to be tricked into thinking that this wish has been granted because of how Jasmine acts seconds later. Later on, Jafar makes a wish to become a genie. I've never understood it, if Jafar thinks his original final wish has been granted, why would he make a second final wish?

Chosen answer: Because he realizes a very short time later that Jasmine was faking, therefore that wish was not actually granted. Jafar isn't an idiot, he figures things out pretty quickly.

Phixius

Question: Throughout the whole movie, Why does Jasmine have such hostility toward Jafar? The scene where Aladdin was captured by the gaurds on Jafar's orders, she seems angry that Jafar had a stranger taken from the market plac. In the scene of Jasmine's and Jafar's first apperance together, she confronts him angrily asking Jafar about the arrest. When his reply was justifiable she is still upset with him. And in the scene where the Sultan, Jafar, and Jasmine are all in the room discussing the incident, Jasmine says she wants to get rid of Jafar.

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Chosen answer: Because Jasmine sees Jafar for what he is; a lying, manipulative, power-hungry villain.

Phixius

Question: When Jasmine is pretending to be in love with Jafar, why does Jafar look shocked? It wouldn't make sense for him to be, since he wished for Jasmine to fall for him and as far as he's concerned, his wish has been granted.

Chosen answer: Yes, but the genie hadn't done anything yet. Quite obviously hadn't done anything. Jafar was in the middle of 'persuading' the Genie when she suddenly had this change of heart.

Garlonuss

Question: When Aladdin is thrown into the water by the guards and the Genie turns into a sub to save him, the sub-Genie speaks something in what sounds like German. What does he say?

Chosen answer: Nothing. He was babbling it. Even the closed captions say " (babbling the German language)," which means he wasn't saying anything real in German; he was just mimicking it and speaking gibberish.

Question: Wouldn't Aladdin have one more wish, since technically he didn't wish for Genie to save him from the water?

Darthbane2007

Chosen answer: Under the rules that the genie lives by, he can only use his abilities to grant three wishes per person. He's already technically broken those rules once, when he helped Aladdin escape from the cave, despite Aladdin not actually wishing for it, but that wasn't an intentional violation; it can be considered a mistake on the genie's part, a misunderstanding of what Aladdin actually said. As he said after that incident, he can't give Aladdin any more freebies; while he can stretch the rules a bit, he can't consciously break them again by using his power on another non-wish, even to save a life. The genie's taking Aladdin's unconscious "nod" as affirmation that he agrees to use his second wish to be rescued from drowning. By the rules that govern the genie's existence, even though Aladdin didn't actually say it, it has to count as one of his wishes.

Tailkinker

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Aladdin: Wish fulfillment?
Genie: Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That's all. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds.

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Mistakes

The tiger bites the seat off the suitor's trousers, allowing the viewer to see his polka-heart boxers. When we see the tiger in the courtyard, he has a part of the same boxer shorts in his mouth. So if he bit off the seat of the trousers, shouldn't he have purple cloth in his mouth?

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Because Robin Williams ad-libbed or improvised so many of his lines, the film was ruled ineligible for the Adapted Screenplay category at the Academy Awards.

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