80 Min | Animation – Comedy – Family | August 1996
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Tad Stones
Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, John Rhys-Davies
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Review: 1992’s “Aladdin” was one of Disney’s very successful efforts of the decade, which lead to two straight-to-video sequels, “The Return of Jafar” and “Aladdin and the King of Thieves”. Sadly, “The Return of Jafar”, while not exactly bad, seems more like a cheap parody of the theatrical Disney blockbuster than a sequel, and the same can probably be said about the “Aladdin” TV series. Fortunately, at least that isn’t the case with “Aladdin and the King of Thieves”, the final installment in the movie trilogy, which concluded this particular Disney franchise.
In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are finally getting married, but their wedding is interrupted by the Forty Thieves, who raid the place. The bride and groom, along with the Genie and others, successfully fight the thieves off, but the wedding is still ruined, as the pavilion has been destroyed. After this, Aladdin finds a staff, which is what the Forty Thieves were after. Inside this staff is an oracle, which can come out and answer one question. Desperate to learn more about his past, Aladdin thinks long and hard about what question to ask the oracle, and finally decides to ask her about his long-lost father.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves shows a return to form for some of the characters. In “The Return of Jafar”, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine seem silly and less mature, but in “The King of Thieves”, they are back to the way they originally were. It’s definitely a stronger effort than the middle film. So, if you’ve seen “The Return of Jafar” and were severely disappointed by it, so you decided there was no point in watching “Aladdin and the King of Thieves”, assuming it would be the same or worse, you might want to reconsider. While not nearly as good or memorable as the original theatrical film, it could be worthwhile.