The Return Of Jafar

The Return Of Jafar

Voices by Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried. (U)


A straight-to-video sequel to the hugely successful Disney animated movie Aladdin, this features many of the original cast providing voices, except Robin Williams, who didn’t return as the genie due to some contractual disagreements with Disney (here, his voice is provided by Dan Castellaneta of The Simpsons fame). The evil Jafar (Freeman) has been imprisoned in a lamp, which is discovered by thief Abis Mal (Jason Alexander). Once freed, Jafar has genie’s powers and determines to use them in revenge against Aladdin, sending his parrot Iago (Gottfried) to convince Aladdin he is a reformed bird so he can infiltrate the palace.

While the film does lack Williams’s vocal presence, this is a decent sequel to Aladdin, aimed more at younger viewers who liked the first film rather than adults who found it funny. There is also a second follow-up, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995), in which Robin Williams did supply the voice of the genie (he’d made up with Disney by then).

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Jafar is quite scary for small children but there is nothing here more frightening than anything in the original Aladdin.

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