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Aladdin, CBS
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Caution: potential spoilers if you haven't seen the movie.

This Saturday morning cartoon was based on the movie of the same name. Actually, the series takes place after the first direct-to-video sequel, The Return of Jafar. In the first movie, a street rat (figuratively speaking) named Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu get mixed up with a wisecracking Genie, and royalty and magic, and they fight villains and stuff. And Aladdin falls in love with a beautiful princess named Jasmine. It was all pretty cool. And basically, the series is just more of the same, but with a wider array of characters and adventures (my favorite new villain would probably have to be Mirage, rowr). Of course, there's also a funny talking parrot named Iago, who was an enemy in the first movie, but he became an ally in the second movie and the series (albeit a somewhat self-centered one). And I should mention that in the first movie, the Genie was voiced by Robin Williams, but in the second movie and this series, he was voiced by Dan Castellaneta. I believe all the other voices are the same, though.

Not sure what else to say, except to mention that there was something in the theme song that I always thought was amusing, where it would come to the words "...Arabian nights, like Arabian days, more often than not are hotter than hot, in a lot of good ways..." And at those words, "a lot of good ways," we see Jasmine... and I grin at the thought of just what sort of "good ways" Aladdin's nights might be hot... (I like to think that whoever put the opening theme together wanted us to think that, since Disney movies and TV shows are often aimed almost as much at adults as kids, but maybe it's just me being ecchi. I dunno.) Anyway, I really hope someday I can see the series again, and maybe write a proper review.


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