Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995)

Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995)

Directed by: Tad Stones

Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, John Rhys-Davies

You know, the two direct-to-video sequels Disney made to Aladdin are pretty good. I wonder if they’ll ever go back and make a fourth one. They made Cinderella III, for fuck’s sake, it’s not like they have any sort of dignity.

Aladdin is finally going to get married to Princess Jasmine, but his wedding party is crashed by… his dad? His dad, who turns out to be the King of Thieves?! Coooooool. Aladdin goes off to bond with his dad instead of getting married, and there’s some predictable shit about daddy just wanting to steal a hand that turns things it touches into gold. Also, Robin Williams goes nutshit insane.

Williams didn’t do the voice of the genie in the second film, The Return of Jafar, so when they got him back for this one, it was kinda a big deal. And they must’ve paid him a shitload, because he is EXTREMELY INSANE, even for Robin Williams. That, combined with John Rhys-Davies as Aladdin’s dad, made this a pretty entertaining, if kinda dumb, kid’s movie. Interestingly enough, while I thought that Gilbert Gottfried was the best part of the first film, he completely phones it in here. Maybe it’s because he was doing the voice of the parrot for so long, in these movies and that TV series, that he no longer cared. Who can blame him?

 

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