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Sarah's Aladdin Tribute
I swear, I've seen so much Aladdin that while I'm watching something else on TV, I'm always making comparions. Like, "Wouldn't it be neat if at the same time 'One Jump Ahead (reprise)' was playing, 'Reflection' was?" Or, "So Quasi's escaping to go to the FoF. If this was timed right, Jas is escaping to visit the marketplace." Or even, "Hopper's attacking. Jafar's got the lamp now." And so on and so on. Is it just me? ;)

Anyway, this is the page where I list some of the strongest similarities I've seen. The list will grow, I can tell you that. ;)

And btw, wasn't there another movie people thought Aladdin was based on? Thief of Baghdad or something? Eh? Oh well . . .


Disney's Aladdin (1992) Disney's The Black Cauldron (1985)
After falling into a magical place (the Cave of Wonders), the main character (Aladdin) ends up unconscious and is awaken by sidekicks (Abu and Carpet). After falling into a magical place (that fairy realm-type-thing), the main chracters (Taran, Eilonwy, Fflewdor, Gurgi) end up unconscious and are awaken by sidekicks (the fairies, who are kind of sidekicks, right?).
The main character (Aladdin) is stuck in a dungeon and the little furry sidekick (Abu) unlocks his cuffs. The main characters (Taran, Eilonwy, Fflewdor) are stuck in a dungeon and the little furry sidekick (Gurgi) unties their bounds.
In RoJ (does that count as cheating?), when the main characters (Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie . . .) think the little sidekick (Iago) is dead, one of them (Aladdin) brings him up to his face. When the main characters (Taran, Eilonwy, Fflewdor) think the little sidekick (Gurgi) is dead, one of them (Taran) brings him up to his face.
The main guy and girl (Aladdin, Jasmine) kiss at the end (well, that was to be expected). The main guy and girl (Taran, Eilonwy) kiss at the end (which wasn't really expected, but you could guess at it).
The first time the main guy and girl (Aladdin, Jasmine) kiss, it's by surprise, thanks to a sidekick (Carpet). The first time the main guy and girl (Taran, Eilonwy) kiss, it's by surprise, thanks to a sidekick (Gurgi).
In the episode "Riders Redux" (does that count as cheating?), the heroine (Jasmine) helps the hero (Aladdin) escape from the dungeon. The heroine (Eilonwy) helps the hero (Taran) escape from the dungeon.

Seven similarities (though some can be debated, I'm sure). When I watch The Black Cauldron again, you can bet there'll be more. ;)


"A Sultan Worth His Salt" (1993, or thereabouts) "Hercules and the Golden Girdle . . ." (1998, or thereabouts)
Tribe of warrior women (the Galafemmes) capture the heroine (Jasmine) while she's in the middle of something (getting ready for a romantic carpet ride). Tribe of warrior women (the Amazons) capture the heroine (of the ep. - Tempest) while she's in the middle of something (Home Grekenomics class).
Hero (Aladdin) has to have someone (Rasoul, Iago) explain what's happened (well, kind of). Hero (Hercules) has to have someone (Cassandra) explain what's happened (well, kind of).
Hero (Aladdin) goes to the warriors' (the Galafemmes) island to rescue the heroine (Jasmine). Hero (Hercules) goes to the warriors' (the Amazons) island to rescue the heroine (of the ep. - Tempest).
Hero (Aladdin) ends up being captured by the warriors (the Galafemmes). Hero (Hercules) ends up being captured by the warriors (the Amazons).
Heroine (Jasmine) is asked to execute hero (Aladdin), which she doesn't do. Heroine (of the ep. - Tempest) is asked to excute hero (Hercules), which she doesn't do.
At the ending, hero (Aladdin) finds there's more to heroine's father (Sultan) than he thought. At the ending, hero (Hercules) finds there's more to heroine's father (of the ep. - Tempest's father's name? Anyone?) than he thought.

This one was kind of weird - almost an exact copy of the Aladdin ep. Off the top of my head, though, there's only six similarities. *shrug* Yet again, watch for more . . . ;)


Disney's Aladdin (1992) Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
"It begins on a dark night . . ." "Dark was the night when our tale was begun . . ."
". . . where a dark man waits . . . with a dark purpose . . ." ". . . at a figure whose clutches were iron as much as the bells . . . Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin/And he saw corruption ev'rywhere except within . . ."
Heroine (Jasmine) longs to escape her prison (the palace), and does so, visiting a public place (the marketplace), and meeting the hero (Aladdin). Hero (Quasimodo) longs to escape his prison (the belltower), and does so, visiting a public place (the square; the Festival of Fools), and meeting the heroine (Esmeralda) and the other hero (Phoebus).
Heroine (Jasmine) knows the villain (Jafar) but doesn't necessarily think he is Evil until later. Hero (Quasimodo) knows the villain (Frollo) but doesn't necessarily think he is Evil until later.
Heroine (Jasmine) kisses someone other than who she truly loves (Jafar - blech). Heroine (Esmeralda) kisses someone other than who she truly loves (Quasimodo).
Villain (Jafar) wants heroine (Jasmine) to fall in love with him. ("I wish for Princess Jasmine to fall desperately in love with me.") Villain (Frollo) wants heroine (Esmeralda) to fall in love with him. ("Choose me . . . or the fire.")
Villain (Jafar) tries to kill hero (Aladdin) by drowning him. Villain (Frollo) tries to kill hero (one of them - Phoebus) by drowning him (well, okay, that part wasn't really intentional, but still . . .).
When romantic leads (Jasmine, Aladdin) are starting to get mushy, guards rush in and interrupt them. When romantic leads (Esmeralda, Phoebus) are starting to get mushy, guards rush in and interrupt them.

Eight, huh. Two of my favorite movies going against each other. Hmmm. Maybe that's why I like them both so much; they've got so much in common! ;)

Oh, and listen to this. It gets cut off, but listen to the score in the background. Doesn't your brain automatically fill in "Kyrie Elei - "? Well, mine does.


Disney's Aladdin (1992) Disney's Tarzan (1999)
Heroine (Jasmine) tries to wrestle weapon (staff) out of villain(Jafar)'s grasp, and is knocked to the ground. Heroine (Jane) tries to wrestle weapon (gun) out of villain(Clayton)'s grasp, and is knocked to the ground.
The lyric "A thrilling chase/A wondrous place/For you and me . . ." The score A Wondrous Place.

Well, two. Give me a break, I've seen it once (twice now, hehe)! BTW, watch for the Mrs. Potts cameo, hehe. ;)

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