Aladdin and the King of Thieves

Aladdin and the King of Thieves (also known as Aladdin 3: Aladdin and the King of Thieves) is a 1996 American direct-to-video animated musical fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It is the second sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin, and serves as the final chapter of the Arabian Nights-inspired Disney franchise beginning with the first film, and continuing with its first direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar and the animated series of the same name.

The film is inspired by the tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from One Thousand and One Nights, replacing Ali Baba with Aladdin, and for the first time since the original Aladdin, the film has a completely new soundtrack instead of the rearranged music from the original film for The Return of Jafar and the series.

Though the film serves as the finale of the series, the characters also appear in a 1999 crossover episode of the animated series Hercules, titled "Hercules and the Arabian Night", as well as the 2007 direct-to-video title called Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Aladdin and the King of Thieves VHS
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Directed byTad Stones
Produced byTad Stones
Jeannine Roussel
Screenplay byMark McCorkle
Robert Schooley
StarringScott Weinger
Robin Williams
John Rhys-Davies
Gilbert Gottfried
Linda Larkin
Jerry Orbach
Frank Welker
Music byMark Watters
Carl Johnson
Edited byElen Orson
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Home Video
Release date
  • August 13, 1996
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

While the Genie and the people of Agrabah prepare for the upcoming wedding of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, Aladdin retrieves his parents' dagger from his old home, telling the Genie how his father left him when he was a child. Meanwhile, the legendary Forty Thieves arrive at the city to raid the wedding, but Jasmine and the others fend them off, and Aladdin prevents the leader from stealing a specific scepter. After the thieves escape from the city, a powerful Oracle appears from the staff and informs Aladdin that his father is alive, but "trapped" in the world of the Thieves, though Aladdin misunderstands her and believes his father is their prisoner.

Aladdin follows the thieves to their hideout on Mount Sesame and reunites with his father Cassim, the King of Thieves, who is surprised to see his own son again after not seeing him for so long. His second in command, Sa'luk, tries to execute Aladdin for trespassing, but the only way to avoid execution is to earn his place in the group by fighting for his life. Sa'luk instantly volunteers to fight Aladdin, but he is defeated. Sa'luk falls off from the cliff to the sea, but survives and gives the hideout's password to Razoul in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Cassim tells Aladdin about the Hand of Midas, a powerful artifact turning anything into gold, which caused him to leave his family in order to eventually lead them out of their lives in poverty. Aladdin persuades Cassim to accompany him back to Agrabah, where he is welcomed by Jasmine, the Genie, and the Sultan, though only the Genie is made aware of Cassim's true identity. By doing so, Cassim is not captured when Razoul and his guards raid Mount Sesame. Sa'luk tells Razoul about Cassim's relationship with Aladdin, and a trap is set for Cassim when he and Iago, still intent on the Hand of Midas, attempt to steal the Oracle's scepter from the Sultan's treasury. Cassim and Iago are sentenced to life in prison by the Sultan. When Aladdin frees Cassim and Iago, he is exposed by Razoul and, after being tempted to leave Agrabah behind by Cassim, willingly returns to Agrabah to face the consequences. The Sultan forgives Aladdin once he realizes that Aladdin acted only to protect his father and not because of malice.

In the meantime, Sa'luk returns to Mount Sesame and rallies the few remaining thieves under his leadership by claiming that Cassim has sold them out. When Cassim and Iago return to the hideout, they are captured by Sa'luk and forced to call forth the Oracle, who leads them to the Vanishing Isle (a castle fortress attached on the back of a giant turtle), where the hand is located. Iago escapes and reunites with Aladdin, and the heroes head to the isle. Aladdin saves Cassim, and they work together to retrieve the hand while the turtle begins to dive back under the sea. Sa'luk catches up with them and forces Cassim to choose between keeping the hand or saving Aladdin. Cassim tosses the hand to Sa'luk, who incautiously catches it by its golden palm, which transforms him into a golden statue. Now realizing that his son is the treasure of his life, Cassim discards the hand and reconciles with Aladdin, finally freed from his greed.

With all their enemies gone, Aladdin and Jasmine get married, once and for all; while Cassim, still outlawed, leaves to travel the world along with Iago, who doesn't want to remain at the palace after the wedding. Aladdin and Jasmine ride on their Magic Carpet where they encounter the peddler from the first film, and later wave farewell to Cassim and Iago, before kissing.

Voice cast

Production

Following the success of The Return of Jafar and the television series, Disney announced in January 1995 that a third film was in production,[1][2] and later in June, that it was scheduled for a home video release in 1996.[3] In September 1995, it was confirmed that Robin Williams would reprise the role of the Genie reportedly for a $1 million salary after he received an apology from Joe Roth for Disney breaching an agreement not to use his voice to merchandise products inspired by Aladdin.[4][5] With Williams on board, all recordings and animation footage of Dan Castellaneta as the Genie was scrapped, and all of the Genie's scenes were rewritten to fit Williams' comic style.[6]

Songs

  • "There's a Party Here in Agrabah"
  • "Out of Thin Air"
  • "Welcome to the Forty Thieves"
  • "Father and Son"
  • "Are You In or Out?"
  • "Arabian Nights Reprise"[7]

Adaptation

Two comic adaptations of the movie were on sale September 1996.

Release

Upon its release, the film was accompanied by a marketing campaign at more than $70 million with commercial tie-ins with McDonald's and General Mills.[8][9][10]

Home media

At the time of its release, King of Thieves was reportedly outselling The Return of Jafar, but Disney declined to disclose actual sales figures for the release.[10] In January 1997, The Wall Street Journal reported that it sold over 10 million units, and generated at least $130 million in revenue.[11] In total, the film sold 10.3 million units in the United States.[12]

On January 18, 2005, the film was re-released as a Special Edition DVD, with digitally restored picture, remastered sound, two additional games, and a behind-the-scenes bonus feature. However, the film was matted into a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen ratio (an aspect ratio Disney has rarely used for television animation at the time).[13] The DVD went back into the Disney Vault along with the other two films in the series in January 2008.[14] Aladdin and the King of Thieves, along with The Return of Jafar, was released on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack on January 5, 2016 as a Disney Movie Club exclusive in North America.[15]

Reception

Based on 11 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received 27% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 4.8/10.[16] Caryn James of The New York Times praised the sequel as "far better than The Return of Jafar", but acknowledged that "the video has some other weak spots, but these hardly matter when Aladdin and the King of Thieves is so brimming with comic invention and adventure."[17]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1997 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Annie Award for Best Home Video Production Won[18]
1997 Mark Watters, Carl Johnson Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Music in a Feature/Home Video Production Nominated[18]
1997 Aladdin and the King of Thieves World Animation Celebration Award for Best Direct to Home Video Production Won[18]

References

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  2. ^ Bloomberg News Service (January 31, 1995). "Sequel To 'Lion King' Set To Roar Into Vcrs Within The Next Year". Burbank: Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "As Long As It Sells, Keep Doing Sequels". Entertainment News Service. The Sun-Sentinel. June 23, 1995. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Cerone, Daniel Howard (September 27, 1995). "Genie Grants Disney's Video Wish : Marketing: Robin Williams will reprise his 'Aladdin' role in 'King of Thieves,' continuing the emergence of direct-to-video projects as an industry gold mine". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Williams Returns In `Aladdin' Sequel". Los Angeles Times. The Sun-Sentinel. November 10, 1995. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (August 16, 1996). "Robin spins 'Aladdin'". The Houston Chronicle. Aladdin Central.org. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  7. ^ The Music Behind the Magic: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice: Disc 3: Aladdin (Compact disc liner notes). Various Artists. Walt Disney Records. 1992. p. 4 Note: Track 28 on Disc 3 is called "Arabian Nights, Reprise (Unreleased Master)" that is later used in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. 60014-7.
  8. ^ Moore, Steve (August 9, 1996). "'Aladdin' Sequel With Robin Williams Goes Direct To Video". The Washington Post. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Moore, Steve (August 16, 1996). "Disney Has Wish For Genie". The Washington Post. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Snow, Shauna (August 29, 1996). "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Orwall, Bruce. "Video buying is surprise hit with viewers," Wall Street Journal 17 January 1997, p. B1.
  12. ^ Wroot, Jonathan; Willis, Andy (2017). DVD, Blu-ray and Beyond: Navigating Formats and Platforms within Media Consumption. Springer. p. 22. ISBN 9783319627588.
  13. ^ Bonanno, Luke (January 16, 2005). "Aladdin II & III Collection DVD Review". DVDizzy.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Out of Print Disney DVDs". UltimateDisney.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2006.
  15. ^ "Aladdin sequels arrive on Blu-Ray, Exclusive to Disney Movie Club members". Hi-Def Ninja. October 14, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  17. ^ James, Caryn (August 13, 1996). "`Aladdin 3': Dream Of Genie". The New York Times. The Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c "Aladdin and the King of Thieves". 16 November 1997 – via IMDb.

External links

25th Annie Awards

The 25th Annie Awards were given by the International Animated Film Association to honor outstanding achievements in animation in 1997. Cats Don't Dance led the nominations with 8 and won two awards, including Best Animated Feature, the first Non-Disney film to win it. Disney's Hercules and Fox's The Simpsons won the most awards with four. The Simpsons won its Best Animated Television Program fifth time in a row.

Aladdin (Disney character)

Aladdin is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of Walt Disney Pictures's 31st animated feature film Aladdin (1992) based on Aladdin, a folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. He is voiced by American actor Scott Weinger, while his singing voice is provided by Brad Kane. He also stars in the two direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), as well as the animated television series based on the film. Mena Massoud is set to play a live-action version of the character in a live action adaptation of the 1992 film.

When Aladdin is initially introduced, he is eighteen years old. He never received a formal education, and has only learned by living on the streets of Agrabah. He has to steal food in the local market in order to survive. He was born to Cassim and his wife. When Aladdin was only an infant, his father left him and his mother in order to find a better life for his family. When Aladdin was two, his mother was captured by bandits and was presumed dead. Aladdin's parents were too poor to provide clothing for their son. When Aladdin was seven, he had his first encounter with Razoul, the new captain of the Sultan's guard. Aladdin had stolen an apple from a fruit stand.

Initially, the boy managed to outmaneuver the guards. Eventually, he was apprehended and sentenced to detention within the palace dungeon. However, he managed to escape by picking the locks to his chains. When he was twelve, he stole a vest, a pair of pants, and a fez from a clothes line. When he was sixteen he fell in with a group of circus performers, one of whom was the monkey Abu.

Aladdin (animated TV series)

Aladdin is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from February 6, 1994, to November 25, 1995, based on the original 1992 Disney film of the same name. The series is set after The Return of Jafar, and picked up where the installment left off.

The series was produced by Alan Zaslove and Tad Stones, who were already renowned for their work on Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck. Many of the films' stars provided the voices of their TV counterparts, with the notable exceptions of Dan Castellaneta filling in for Robin Williams in the Genie role (like in The Return of Jafar), and Val Bettin as the Sultan (who replaced Douglas Seale after the original film). Unlike The Little Mermaid, the series does not feature any musical numbers.

The series originally aired as a preview on The Disney Channel in early 1994, and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block and on Saturday mornings on CBS (prior to Disney's purchase of rival ABC). Disney Channel reran the series from 1997 until 2000. The show was shown on Toon Disney from April 1998 until December 2008.

The series was followed by Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which was released on August 13, 1996.

Aladdin (franchise)

Aladdin is a Disney media franchise comprising a film series and additional media. It began with the 1992 American animated feature of the same name, which was based on the tale of the same name, and was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The success of the film led to two direct-to-video sequels, a television series (which had a crossover episode with Hercules: The Animated Series), a Broadway musical, various rides and themed areas in Disney's theme parks, several video games, and merchandise, among other related works. The franchise as a whole has EGOT-ed, meaning it has won the four biggest awards of American show business: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Bob Schooley

Robert "Bob" Schooley is an American screenwriter, television writer and television producer. He and Mark McCorkle are the creators of the 2002 animated television series Kim Possible, which aired on Disney Channel. He was also an executive producer of the series, as well as having written scripts for several episodes. He was working as a producer for The Penguins of Madagascar and Monsters vs. Aliens along with McCorkle. He also wrote a book called "Liar of Kudzu" with McCorkle. He comes from Levittown, Pennsylvania. As of 2016, he and McCorkle are currently creating and executive producing a new TV series based on the 2014 Disney animated feature, Big Hero 6 for Disney XD.

He has written screenplays for films like Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Sky High and Hotel for Dogs.

Bruce Adler

Bruce Adler (November 27, 1944 – July 25, 2008) was an American Broadway actor. After debuting on the Broadway stage in the 1979 revival of Oklahoma!, he went on to a career that saw him nominated for Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Those Were the Days (1991) and Crazy For You (1992). His film work was limited to voice work in animated films, notably providing the singing voice for the narrator of the 1992 Disney film Aladdin and the 1996 sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

Genie (Disney)

The Genie is a fictional Djinn appearing in Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film Aladdin (1992). He was voiced by Robin Williams in the first film. Following a contract dispute between Williams and the Walt Disney Company, Dan Castellaneta voiced the Genie throughout the direct-to-video feature The Return of Jafar, as well as the television series, before Williams reprised the role for the final installment, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, as well as for the character's own mini-series, Great Minds Think for Themselves. Castellaneta voiced the Genie in Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge and later the Kingdom Hearts series of video games by Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios for both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II (with archived audio used in other Kingdom Hearts games). Jim Meskimen took over the role in Disney Think Fast (2008) and Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011) and currently voices him, after Williams' death in 2014.

Will Smith is set to play a live-action version of the character in a live-action adaptation of the 1992 film.

Hercules and the Arabian Night

"Hercules and the Arabian Night" is a crossover episode of Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series featuring characters from Disney's Aladdin franchise including, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Jafar and Abu. It aired on February 10, 1999 and is a sequel to Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

Iago (Disney)

Iago is a fictional supporting character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 31st animated feature film Aladdin (1992), the direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar (1994), Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), and the television series. He is voiced by American comedian Gilbert Gottfried and appeared in the first film as a minion to the main villain Jafar, and later becomes one of the protagonists for the remainder of the Aladdin franchise's run, particularly the two direct-to-video sequels and television adaptation. The red-plumed talking scarlet macaw is an homage to the villain of William Shakespeare's Othello.

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor, voice actor and producer, known for his portrayal of Gimli and the voice of Treebeard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the charismatic excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. He also played Agent Michael Malone in the 1993 remake of the 1950s television series The Untouchables, Pilot Vasco Rodrigues in the mini-series Shōgun, Professor Maximillian Arturo in Sliders, King Richard I in Robin of Sherwood, General Leonid Pushkin in the James Bond film The Living Daylights, and Macro in I, Claudius. Additionally, he provided the voices of Cassim in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Macbeth in Gargoyles, Man Ray in SpongeBob SquarePants, Hades in Justice League and Tobias in the computer game Freelancer.

Linda Larkin

Linda Larkin (born March 20, 1970) is an American actress and voice actress. She is best known for voicing Princess Jasmine in Disney's 1992 animated feature film, Aladdin. She later reprised her role in the sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts and Disney Infinity video game series.In order for her to voice Princess Jasmine, Disney required her to lower her voice as it was otherwise too high for the role. For her work at Disney, Larkin was honored as a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011.

List of Disney's Aladdin characters

Disney's Aladdin franchise features an extensive cast of fictional characters.

The lead character of the series is Aladdin, who was originally a street urchin. During the course of the franchise, he starts living in the palace of Agrabah and becomes engaged to Princess Jasmine.

Liz Callaway

Liz Callaway (born April 13, 1961) is an American actress, singer and recording artist, who is best known for having provided the singing voices of many female characters in animated films, such as Anya/Anastasia in Anastasia, Odette in The Swan Princess, Jasmine in the Aladdin sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, adult Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and a dancing napkin ring in Beauty and the Beast. She was also the original Ellen in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon.

Mark McCorkle

Mark McCorkle is an American screenwriter, television writer and television producer. Among others, he is co-creator of the popular Disney animated series, Kim Possible. He frequently collaborates with fellow writer Bob Schooley. Prior to Kim Possible, McCorkle, Schooley, and the main director of Kim Possible, Steve Loter, also held their respective jobs (writer/producer and director respectively) on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Many voice talents on Kim Possible, also did work of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (Nicole Sullivan, Patrick Warburton). Both series can be similarly compared to each other. He did work on DreamWorks' The Penguins of Madagascar as a producer along with Schooley, again with regular voices Sullivan and John DiMaggio. As of 2016, McCorkle and Schooley are creating and executive producing a new TV series based on the 2014 Disney animated feature, Big Hero 6 for Disney XD and Disney Channel.

He has also written screenplays for Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Sky High and Hotel for Dogs as well as co-writer again with Bob Schooley of the novel Liar of Kudzu.

Out of Thin Air

Out of Thin Air may refer to:

Out of Thin Air, a 2017 documentary about the Guðmundur and Geirfinnur case

Out of Thin Air, the first episode of 2014 documentary The Mystery of Matter

"Out of Thin Air", a song by Howard Jones from Cross That Line

"Out of Thin Air", a song from the 1996 film Aladdin and the King of Thieves

"Out of Thin Air", an episode of Black Scorpion

Out of Thin Air: The Brief Wonderful Life of Network News, a 1991 memoir by Reuven Frank

Robert Taylor (animator)

Robert Taylor (1944 – December 11, 2014) was an American Primetime Emmy Award winning animator, writer, producer and film director.Taylor is best known for such films and television series as The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, The Flintstone Kids, It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Challenge of the GoBots, Challenge of the Superfriends, Goof Troop, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, TaleSpin and Heidi's Song.

He died in Woodland Hills, California on December 11, 2014, from complications due to COPD.

Roger Rabbit

Roger Rabbit is a fictional animated anthropomorphic rabbit character. The character first appeared in author Gary K. Wolf's 1981 novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? In the book, Roger is a second-banana in popular comic strip, "Baby Herman". Roger hires private detective Eddie Valiant to investigate why his employers, the DeGreasy Brothers, have reneged on their promise to give Roger his own strip. When Roger is found murdered in his home, Valiant sets out to look for the killer, with the help of Roger's "dopple" (in the book, comic characters can construct physical copies of themselves using their minds that last for only a few days).

The book and character were later reenvisioned in Disney's hit 1988 live-action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In the film version, Roger is a cartoon character in Hollywood during the Golden age of American animation. The various toons live in a Los Angeles enclave known as "Toontown", and act out animated shorts in the same way human actors act out feature films. Roger is framed for the murder of a famous Hollywood film producer and owner of Toontown, and he seeks out Valiant to help clear his name. In the film, the voice of Roger is performed by comedian Charles Fleischer, who was known for electing to wear an actual rabbit costume on the set to get into the role over the course of the entirety of production.

The Return of Jafar

The Return of Jafar (also known as Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar) is a 1994 American direct-to-video animated musical fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It is the first sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin, and serves as the pilot to the Aladdin animated series. Released on May 20, 1994, it was the first Disney direct-to-video animated film, and marked the first American direct-to-video animated film.It sold 15 million VHS tapes and grossed $300 million, becoming one of the best-selling films on home video. Another direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, was released in 1996.

Val Bettin

Valentine John Bettin (born August 1, 1923) is a retired American actor and voice actor, known for using an English accent in all of his roles. He is perhaps best known for voicing Dr. David Q. Dawson in the 1986 Disney animated film The Great Mouse Detective and the Sultan in The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the two direct-to-video sequels to Disney's Aladdin as well as the TV show, taking over for Douglas Seale. Bettin also hosted The Storyteller, a children's show on Chicago television in the late 1950s.

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