Now that I've read Romeo and Juliet and seen Aladdin, I can also compare them by quite a margin. Al is an ordinary street rat that steals from the marketplaces to survive while avoiding cops and having fun doing it. A song was obviously in order, and I didn't really enjoy enjoy it, but, The Circle of Life, I think it was better than any of The Lion King's beats. Al however, wishes he could be respected more. Live in a palace like the one that lights up the night and beats away the darkness every night. Princess Jasmine has all that, but living in the palace since she was born, she's sick of everything always arranged for her, everyone protecting her, everyone in charge of her. Basically, she and Al see the negative in life, and when Jasmine orders around the guards that after after Aladdin, it reminded me a little bit of the Montague-Capulet dynamic, of how Jasmine grows up in a humungous mansion just like Juliet and Aladdin was the opposite. And I didn't mind.
Unlike many 2-D cartoons, this one has action. Yep, you heard me, action. I actually adored the scene where the rocks were all tumbling down in that giant forbidden tomb of gold, it was filled with so many close calls. And I enjoyed most of the slapstick, especially the hits involving Jafar's parrot that sounds like a mixture of Zazu and Pumbaa, and I know you've heard this before, but Robin Williams as the Genie is a giant sweep off of the feet of anyone who sees this movie, all jolly and goofy and a song starter yet almost never annoying. And this movie isn't tune-clogged. Instead, it focuses right on the relationship with Aladdin and Jasmine, and even the Genie gets a little bit involved, which I wasn't expecting nor remembered. I also got very interested in Jasmine's character. Disney is great at, and has always been good at animation and character expressions. When she simply assumes that every king in the world organized by her parents is just not right for her, period, I felt a minor annoyance towards her but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. And I'm reading a book right now called Cinder that seems to focus on the same thing here: holding secrets in fear of losing or disappointing your love. I think the reason it usually works and probably won't get old anytime soon is because of how fingernail biting it can be, but even if it didn't have that romance, the ending wouldn't have been any less magical.
Only occasionally goofy and my strong and upsetting denial about how much I liked this Disney musical is why I'm giving it a...well, you already saw. A lot of animated classics are ones that I feel are better off remembered than rewatched. Aladdin is not one of them.