Topics: Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, The Return of Jafar Pages: 6 (2486 words) Published: January 14, 2013
The story of Aladdin, a street-smart street rat turned prince to try to win Princess Jasmine's heart, is Disney's 31st full-length animated feature released to theaters in November 1992. It remained at the top of the box office during its release, and was finally released to video in September 1993. * Aladdin is the young man who grew up without any parents, and learned to survive on his own in the streets of Agrabah. His only companion is his monkey, Abu, and together, they cause heaps of trouble as they are forced to steal food to survive. Despite his rough upbringing, Aladdin is blessed with a kind heart, willing to give up his stolen loaf of bread, and giving it to a pair of starving children he sees digging for food in garbage cans. Princess Jasmine is the daughter of the Sultan of Agrabah. Although she was brought up having everything and everyone serving her every whim, she was denied her one true wish: freedom. Not having any say in what she could do or what she could wear, things were made worse as her father urges her to choose one of the courting princes or suitors to be her husband. She maintains that marriage should be out of love, not a law, and refuses to concede to her father's wishes. Feeling trapped in the paradise she grew up with, she climbs over the palace wall in the night, and runs away to find out about the entire world she was forbidden to ever see. Meanwhile, the Sultan, frustrated over his daughter's stubborness, is unaware of Jasmine's whereabouts, and turns to his royal vizier, Jafar, for his insight in finding a solution. But little does the Sultan know of Jafar's evil plot to find a certain magic lamp and take over as ruler of Agrabah. Jafar uses his magical snake staff and casts a spell over the Sultan, convincing him that it is essential to take the Sultan's family ring, and leaves to work on his plan. In the marketplace, Jasmine finds herself in awe over the wonders that happen everyday there. Most of it is new to her, and because she does not fully understand how life outside the palace functions, she finds herself in some trouble when all she wanted to do was give a hungry boy an apple. Unfortunately, the apple she took came from a vendor's cart, and he demands that she pay or have her hand cut off as punishment. Luckily, Aladdin, who himself was in awe of the beautiful girl (not knowing that she is the princess because of her disguise), comes to her rescue, insisting to the vendor that she was his crazy sister. Unfortunately, Abu blows their cover by spilling the apples and coins he stole, and the three of them escape into the crowd. Back at the palace, Jafar casts a little magic to find the "diamond in the rough," the sole person who can enter the Cave of Wonders, where the magic lamp is located. To his surprise, it is a lowly street rat, who we see is Aladdin, and he arranges for the guards to "extend him an invitation to the palace." On the rooftops of Agrabah, Aladdin helps Jasmine along as they make their way to his make-shift home. Once there, he immediately shows her the extravagant view of the palace from his window. Unimpressed, she counters his musings about the "wonders" of living in the palace. Aladdin says that it has to be better than how he is living, "always scraping for food, and ducking the guards." Then, as they contemplate their situations aloud, they both say they are trapped, in unison. Then Aladdin asks about where she's from, and she tells him that she ran away because her father was forcing her into marriage. She admires his concern for her, wishing there was something he could do, and they realize that they are falling in love. But before they can kiss, the palace guards suddenly barge in. Asking if she trusts him, Aladdin takes her hand and jumps out the window, and land safely below. However, they don't get farther than two steps before the head guard, captures and arrests Aladdin. Angrily, Jasmine reveals her identity and orders the guards to...
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