D23, the new Disney fanclub, reminded me that today Aladdin’s sequel and the first of the much discussed, loved, hated direct-to-video or has it was later called direct-to-DVD film was released 15 years ago today. The movie itself was mediocre at best, animation and colors where TV quality, characters looked often off model and acted sometimes differently that before and the story wasnâ€™t the best either but boy was I excited to learn my favorite movie got a follow-up.
Set after the feature film and a lead into the Saturday morning television series that aired the same year The Return of Jafar showed us that Jafar escaped his prison in the Cave of Wonders and is out for revenge against the boy who ruined his plans to be ruler of Agrabah. His new sidekick the not so smart thief Abis Mal isn’t making life easier to make matters worse Iago switches sides and joins Aladdin and his friends on side of all that’s good. As we all know Jafar got killed and Aladdin would have his hands full dealing with Abis Mal and all the other new villains of the TV series.
Why now “celebrate” the films 15th anniversary watching it this weekend or at least join “Vengeful Evil Djinn” and let the world know your appreciation.