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Aladdin and the King of Thieves
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Film information

Directed by

Tad Stones

Produced by

Jeannine Roussel
Tad Stones

Written by

Mark McCorkle
Robert Schooley

Starring

Scott Weinger
Robin Williams
John Rhys-Davies
Gilbert Gottfried
Linda Larkin
Jerry Orbach
Frank Welker

Distributed by

Walt Disney Home Video

Language

English

Aladdin and the King of Thieves (also known as Aladdin 3: Aladdin and the King of Thieves) is a 1996 animated film that is the second direct-to-video sequel to the Disney animated feature Aladdin. The film serves as the final chapter of the Arabian Nights-inspired Disney stories that began with the theatrical feature Aladdin (1992), and continued with its first direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar (1994) and the animated series of the same name (1994–1995).

The film is inspired by the tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the 1001 Arabian 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 would later return in a crossover episode of the animated series Hercules, titled "Hercules and the Arabian Night", and also the direct-to-video title called Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.

PlotEdit

While the Genie and the people of Agrabah prepare to celebrate the upcoming wedding, Aladdin keeps a dagger belonged to his parents and tells the Genie that his father left him in the past, before heading to the palace. Meanwhile, the legendary Forty Thieves led by the king, arrive at the city to raid the wedding. The thieves steal every treasures from all guests, but Princess Jasmine and the others fend them off. Aladdin prevents the leader from stealing a specific scepter. After the thieves escape from the city, the staff, turning out to be a powerful Oracle, meets Aladdin and his friends. When Iago asks her about the "ultimate treasure", she replies and tells Aladdin that his father is the King of Thieves. After learning more about him, Aladdin follows them to their hideout in Mount Sesame. There, the king turns out to be Aladdin's father Cassim. When Aladdin reunites with him, his assistant Sa'luk tries to punish Aladdin. However, Cassim suggests Aladdin to fight with Sa'luk and replace him. Sa'luk falls off from the cliff to the sea, but survives the shark attack and gives the hideout password to Razoul in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Cassim mentions to Aladdin about the Hand of Midas, a powerful artifact touching to transform anything into gold.

The next day, Jasmine, the Genie and the Sultan meet Cassim. After the palace guards imprison thirty one thieves, Sa'luk tells them that Cassim is with Aladdin. The royal guards detain Cassim and Iago for attempting to steal the staff at the treasure chamber, and the Sultan orders them to send the two in prison. While Cassim and Iago escape, Razoul detains Aladdin to have him taking his responsibility. However, the Genie and Jasmine convince the Sultan to apologize and give a second chance for Aladdin. Cassim and Iago return to the hideout, only to be captured by Sa'luk and seven remaining thieves. Cassim uses the staff's power and the Oracle leads the ship to the Vanishing Isle, (a castle fortress attached on the back of a gigantic undersea turtle) where the hand is located. Iago then reunites with Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu and the Genie, and they head to the isle. When Aladdin saves Cassim, 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 surrenders the hand to Sa'luk, who touches it and he is transformed into a immobilized statue. Believing that the hand is the dangerous treasure, Cassim discards it.

With their enemies gone, Aladdin and Jasmine get married in Agrabah, while Cassim and Iago leave to travel through the desert.

CastEdit

Main article: List of Disney's Aladdin characters

ProductionEdit

Following the success of The Return of Jafar in January 1995, Disney announced that the third film was in production,[1][2] and later in June, it was scheduled for a home video release in 1996.[3] In September 1995, it was confirmed that Robin Williams will 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's comic style.[6]

SongsEdit

  • "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]

AdaptationEdit

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

ReleaseEdit

Upon its release, Aladdin and the King of Thieves 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 mediaEdit

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 1997, The Wall Street Journal reported that it sold over 10 million units, and generated at least $130 million in revenue.[11] 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 animation).[12] The DVD went back into the Disney Vault along with the other two films in the series in January 2008.[13] 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.[14]

ReceptionEdit

Based on 11 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received 27% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 4.8/10.[15] 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."[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Company Town Annex". Los Angeles Times. January 31, 1995. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-01-31/business/fi-26438_1_lion-king. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  2. Bloomberg News Service (January 31, 1995). "Sequel To 'Lion King' Set To Roar Into Vcrs Within The Next Year". Burbank: Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-01-31/business/9501300385_1_video-lion-king-sequel. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  3. "As Long As It Sells, Keep Doing Sequels". Entertainment News Service (The Sun-Sentinel). June 23, 1995. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-06-23/entertainment/9506210323_1_direct-to-video-sequels-live-action-video. 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. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-09-27/entertainment/ca-50412_1_robin-williams. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  5. "Williams Returns In `Aladdin' Sequel". Los Angeles Times (The Sun-Sentinel). November 10, 1995. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-11-10/entertainment/9511080444_1_direct-to-video-aladdin-pocahontas. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  6. Westbrook, Bruce (August 16, 1996). "Robin spins 'Aladdin'". The Houston Chronicle. Aladdin Central.org. http://www.aladdincentral.org/articles/spins.html. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  7. Script error
  8. Moore, Steve (August 9, 1996). "‘Aladdin’ Sequel With Robin Williams Goes Direct To Video". The Washington Post (The Spokesman-Review). http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/aug/09/aladdin-sequel-with-robin-williams-goes-direct-to/. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  9. Moore, Steve (August 16, 1996). "Disney Has Wish For Genie". The Washington Post (Orlando Sentinel). http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1996-08-16/entertainment/9608150801_1_video-aladdin-showgirls. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 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. http://articles.latimes.com/1996-08-29/entertainment/ca-38535_1_space-jam. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  11. Orwall, Bruce. "Video buying is surprise hit with viewers," Wall Street Journal 17 January 1997, p. B1.
  12. Bonanno, Luke (January 16, 2005). "Aladdin II & III Collection DVD Review". DVDizzy.com. http://www.dvdizzy.com/aladdinsequels.html. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  13. "Out of Print Disney DVDs". UltimateDisney.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. http://www.ultimatedisney.com/OOP.htm. Retrieved 24 September 2006. 
  14. "Aladdin sequels arrive on Blu-Ray, Exclusive to Disney Movie Club members". Hi-Def Ninja. October 14, 2015. http://www.hidefninja.com/2015/10/14/aladdin-sequels-arrive-on-blu-ray-exclusive-to-disney-movie-club-members/. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  15. "Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/aladdin_and_the_king_of_thieves/?name_order=asc. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  16. James, Caryn (August 13, 1996). "`Aladdin 3': Dream Of Genie". The New York Times. The Sun-Sentinel. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1996-08-13/lifestyle/9608120293_1_thieves-genie-sequel. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 

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