I saw Princess Stories volume 3 at the store the other day while checking out the Disney DVD section for something new knowing that I wouldnâ€™t find anything. The cover drew my attention because I wasnâ€™t sure I owned it already. So once home I double checked by collection where I only found volume 1 and 2 plus Princess Party volume 2 and Jasmineâ€™s Enchanted Tales. I bought it today and just finished watching it. For review purpose Iâ€™ll be focusing on the Jasmine parts of the DVD.
A small image gallery is included at the bottom.
On to the review.
Princess Stories Volume 3 Beauty Shines From Within is the third and most recent release in the Princess Stories volumes. Like the previous releases this DVD contains three â€˜storiesâ€™, an episode of The Little Mermaid series â€œGigglesâ€, a Cinderella short consisting like previous releases of recycled stills from the film and sequel and the episode â€œEye of the Beholderâ€œ from the Aladdin TV series. Plus a bonus game called Princess Story Builder in where the viewer can chose between Jasmine, Ariel or Mulan to go an adventure of questions & answers and a little bit of item matching.
I enjoyed seeing â€œGigglesâ€ for the first time in quite a few years. While Arielâ€™s show as back on air in March it was only for a week with 7 shows total before it was moved aside in favor of Rescue Rangers. Lucky I managed to store 4 and a half episodes on DVD but â€œGigglesâ€ wasnâ€™t one of them.
I skipped the Cinderella short all together because of past experiences with similar cheap stuff on previous releases.
Extensive Episode Summary at Daring to Dream
With Ariel and Cindy covered I come at the main reason I spend 7 Euros on this disc, Aladdinâ€™s episode â€œEye Of The Beholderâ€ It starts at Morbia where Mirage and Fashir argue whenever love is weak or stronger then evil. So Mirage goes in disguise to Agrabah and sells Jasmine a lotion that would enhance her beauty so Aladdin would love her forever. Anyway so Jasmine puts the lotion on but wakes up half snake the next morning. Genie knows about a Tree of Renewal, legend says its fruit will cure any disease. The complete Team Aladdin sets out to find and follow the path to the alleged Tree of Renewal. I love Mirageâ€™s reaction after she found out Genie knows about the Tree. Of course itâ€™s a difficult and dangerous path. Aladdin and Jasmineâ€™s love have not only to overcome thieves with their pet octopus, a deep river with shaky bends, a 2-head monster dog but also evil incarnate herself. All the while Jasmine is slowly transforming into a naga, a supernatural being thatâ€™s both snake and human.
Rarely mentioned is the episodes subplot in where Iago seeks a way to make his beak smaller by using some stuff he found at Mirageâ€™s stall and then later he mentions he wants to try the Treeâ€™s fruit. The market scene and the one in the rock valley show some great interaction between Iago and Jasmine. In the market scene Iago complains about heâ€™s bored with shopping Jasmine suggests he could go with Aladdin to by sugar dates where Iago says:
Iago: â€œNo way! I touch one data and wham! Iâ€™m bloated for a day. Besides, I much rather stay here with you.â€
Jasmine: â€œLove you too Iago.â€
Iago: â€œPrincess you shouldnâ€™t kid around like that. What would people think if they heard ya?â€
And in the rock valley scene Iago comments about Jasmineâ€™s handy tail then she says sarcastic â€œGood point Iago. It is handy. In fact thereâ€™s some lotion left. You could have a handy tail too.â€
where he reacts with
â€œNo, no bad idea princess. Lose the tail.â€
Those who have seen â€œEye of the Beholderâ€ know that love prevails over evil at the end but for those you haven’t seen it, which is doubt full since it’s 13 years old and got plenty of airtime in the 90’s this is a good and cheap way to get a hold of this episode. Like all fans of the series I rather like to see the series released to DVD but since it’s not Princess Stories volume 3 is the next best thing. As you see it’s a good transfer compared to Torrent version that can be downloaded from various sites.
Animated by Kennedy cartoon studio “EOTB” is not the best animated episodes in the series. Characters often look odd and behave strangely. It’s very noticable with Jasmine at the marketscene. Certainly the lovely princess Jasmine could use a potion or two because she doesnâ€™t look very beautiful in this episode, and, Jasmine shouldnâ€™t have to doubt about Aladdinâ€™s love. As he proves at the end heâ€™ll always love her no matter how she looks.
Lucky the story makes up it up some.
“EOTB” is one of the better episodes storywise, Jasmine is well treathed character wise and while Mirage doesn’t do much on this episode beyond being a spectator still she’s one of the better Aladdin villains. Iago gets plenty of dialogue too but beyond the two scenes I mention the parrot has nothing much else to do. Aladdin and Genie are at the sideline, this is Jasmine’s episode. Abu has his 15 seconds of fame near the river where he talks with Jasmine but does nothing else not to mention Carpet who us only transportation today.