Disney's "Aladdin" Story Plot

by Charmaine Jens

Disney's "Aladdin" is a love story between a common thief and a beautiful princess. The film was written by Murray Chapman, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Voice talents included Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Robin Williams as the Genie and Linda Larkin as Jasmine. It was Disney's 31st full-length animated feature and was released on November 25, 1992. It earned $196,664 on its opening weekend and grossed $504,050,219 worldwide.

Introduction

Aladdin is a kind-hearted, yet street-wise orphan who lives with his faithful monkey Abu in the bustling town of Agrabah. Princess Jasmine is the Sultan's daughter, who lives in an opulent castle overlooking the city. Jasmine grows weary of remaining in the palace and her father's demands for her to choose a prince as her husband. She argues that marriage should be for love and not for obedience to a law and refuses to obey him.

Action

Jasmine escapes the palace to the marketplace, where she meets the care-free Aladdin. He is instantly love struck by the beautiful princess, but soon after gets thrown in jail at the orders of the evil Jafar, the Sultan's advisor. The event puts Aladdin in the middle of Jafar's wicked plan to rule the land with the help of a magic lamp. When retrieving the lamp from the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin and Abu become trapped and discover the Genie confined within it.

Climax

Aladdin and Abu become friends with the humorous Genie and decide to keep the lamp for themselves. Aladdin decides to use one of his three wishes to become a prince and win Jasmine's heart and hand in marriage. However, Jafar steals the lamp and Aladdin comes to the realization that the only way to defeat Jafar, save the kingdom of Agrabah and earn Jasmine's affections is to be honest with her about pretending to be a prince.

Conclusion

Jasmine forgives Aladdin for being dishonest about his true identity. Instead of using his third wish to become a real prince, Aladdin wishes for the Genie's freedom. Princess Jasmine proclaims her love for Aladdin and the Sultan agrees to change the law, allowing her to marry whomever she desires. She immediately chooses Aladdin and they begin their new life together.