I watched the first Aladdin movie recently. It was just as wonderful as the first time I saw it. I forgot to mention this. However, the first time I saw the Disney children movies they were translated into Spanish. Thus, now I got to see the Aladdin movie in its original language. Needless to say, the Disney company has some top notch Translators. One thing is translating words. Another thing is translating lyrics in such a way that it rhymes in Spanish. 5 stars for those Spanish Disney translators in Mexico.
That point aside, let us talk about Aladdin. The Aladdin story is taken from the Arabian Nights story. Heck, the first song of this movie was about the Arabian Nights book. It is a classical book written during the golden age of the Muslims. The story of Aladdin is set during that time period. Like we all know, Aladdin is a diamond in the rough who fell in love with the princess. Using the magic lamp he found, he made himself into a prince. Via lies he won the princess's heart.
The entire theme of Disney's Aladdin is that one cannot forge a romantic relationship based on lies. It is best to always tell the truth to the one you love. Eventually, one's lies are exposed and then everything goes to hell. The Genie was always very firm on telling the truth.
Aside from telling the truth, this movie showed a lot of neat Muslim traditions. In this movie, the Genie acted like Aladdin's father. He was the one who introduced Aladdin to the Sultan. There was also the marriage thing. I also remember the scene were the merchant nearly sliced Jasmine's hand right off. That was a common punishment for thievery that showed up in the Arabian Nights.
The Sultan also mentioned Allah from time to time. I also liked his little figurines. The market was also very well depicted. When it came to the Genie he was the main source of historical anachronism. It makes sense considering that he was magic. His songs were always the best. In any case, Disney's Aladdin deserves 5 stars rating. The second part and the fourth part of Aladdin were peachy. Then again, I was never into second parts. They were pretty decent because The Arabian Nights' Aladdin was a pretty long tale.