Aladdin ★★★½ 1992 (G)
Boy meets princess, loses her, finds her, wins her from evil vizier and nasty parrot, while being aided by big blue genie. Superb animation triumphs over average songs and storyline by capitalizing on Williams' talent for adlib with lightning speed genie changes, lots of celebrity spoofs, and even a few pokes at Disney itself. Adults will enjoy the 1,001 impersonations while kids will get a kick out of the big blue genie and the songs, three of which are the late Ashman's legacy. Kane and Salonga are responsible for the singing voices of Aladdin and Jasmine; Gottfried is a riot as the obnoxious parrot sidekick. Be forewarned: small children may be frightened by some of the scarier sequences. ♫A Whole New World; Prince Ali; Friend Like Me; One Jump Ahead; Arabian Nights. 90m/C VHS, DVD. D: Ron Clements, John Musker; W: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio; M: Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice; V: Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Brad Kane, Lea Salonga. Oscars '92: Song (“A Whole New World”), Orig. Score; Golden Globes '93: Song (“A Whole New World”), Score; MTV Movie Awards '93: Comedic Perf. (Williams).