Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney animated movies. I also love the platform game Aladdin for the Sega Genesis that is based on the movie. I also like the Aladdin television series, and now that I've become older and appreciate the fact that they were the pilot and ending to the television series and not actually sequels, I also like The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the Prince of Thieves.

Aladdin is the 31st theatrical Disney animated film in the Disney classics line. It was created during the animation renaissance by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1992. When it first came out, I watched it over and over and knew every line by heart. I loved the music, I loved the stories, and I especially loved Robin Williams as the Genie. He would change voices often and just seemed to be bursting with enormous energy during the recording. It must have been so much fun for the animators to watch his performance in the studio and try to recapture it.

I loved the movie so much, my parents bought me a deluxe edition with a VHS of the movie, a cel reproduction, and a behind the scenes feature on VHS. The behind the scenes was so much fun to watch. I loved seeing how they used computer animation on the carpet to make sure his pattern was consistent. I especially loved the use of computer animation in the flying carpet chase scene in the cavern of Wonders. Now with DVD's, the behind the scenes are commonplace, and I've seen that they've used computer animation in traditionally Disney films as far back as 1986 in The Great Mouse Detective. It's too bad the animation department didn't see the purpose of using computer animation to a great extent in the 1980's though. I would have loved to have seen John Lasseter's blend of computer animation and traditional animation in the planned Disney adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. The short scene that was finished looks amazing.

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