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“Aladdin” (1992), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 31st animated motion picture. Based on a story from The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights collection. An action-packed, comedic romp complete with a genie, a lamp, three wishes, a sultan with a beautiful (and marriageable) daughter, a sinister villain who wants it all, and a hero–the “diamond in the rough.” Throw in some Cab Calloway-style musical numbers, a magic carpet ride around the world (here we find out what really happened to the Great Sphinx of Giza’s nose…), and a major climactic battle between the powers of goodness and greed, and you’ve got the makings of a really entertaining film. The music is stellar as is the comedic and spot-on character animation. Particularly notable is the manic, shape-shifting Genie famously voiced by Robin Williams and brilliantly animated by Eric Goldberg. Yet another personal favorite. “Beeee yourself.”



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