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The Return of Jafar [VHS] (1994)

Jonathan Freeman , Scott Weinger , Alan Zaslove , Tad Stones  |  G |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Freeman, Scott Weinger, Dan Castellaneta, Jason Alexander, Jeff Bennett
  • Directors: Alan Zaslove, Tad Stones, Toby Shelton
  • Writers: Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Brian Swenlin, Dev Ross, Douglas Langdale
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303036813
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Disney's first original made-for-video movie, "The Return of Jafar" picks up where "Aladdin" ended, with the evil sorcerer Jafar trapped inside a magic lamp. But when a clumsy thief releases Jafar from the lamp, Jafar plots his revenge against Aladdin. Now it's up to Aladdin and his friends to foil Jafar once and for all and save the sultan's kingdom. Sequel: "Aladdin and the King of Thieves." Product Details Number of Tapes: 1 Rating: G (MPAA) Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound UPC: 765362237036 Genre: Children & Family Rating: G Sub-Genre: Animated Signal Standard: NTSC Director: Toby Shelton, Alan Zaslove, Tad Stones Format: VHS Country of Manufacture: United States Release Date: 05/20/1994

This 1994, direct-to-video follow-up to Aladdin (it's actually four episodes of the Aladdin television program, back-to-back) is a wash-out compared to the Robin Williams-driven animation feature that kicked off the franchise. The story partially involves the villainous Jafar's parrot--Iago--trying to leave his master and befriend Aladdin and Jasmine. Williams is nowhere to be found, unfortunately; the genie's voice is provided by Dan Castellaneta, and the difference shows. --Tom Keogh

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorely disappointed April 17, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Aladdin being my favorite Disney movie of all time, this was an overwhelming dissapointment. And that's unusal, because I love almost every other Disney animated movie that's been made. First of all, it looked like your typical saturday morning cartoon-plain and ordinary, with none of the astonishing visuals that characterized Aladdin, such as the Whole New World Scene. Second, the characters faces looked so disorted, I believe they used silly putty instead of paint brushes. When Aladdin or Jasmine smile, their teeth are so huge, it takes up their entire face. And Jafar's teeth look like vampire incisors. Third, the songs are cringingly awful. Boy, we could really use Alan Menken or Tim Rice! (I sincerly hope they did not write the trash sung here!)Forth, the charcters were weak, undeveloped, and untrue to the original characters in Aladdin. Jasmine says "You saved Agrabah, and rescued a princess!" That is NOT like Jasmine at all! What happened to the "I'm not a prize to be won!?" That Jasmine had independence. Return Of Jafar's is mooning for Aladdin in her tower or grousing. It gets very annoying. And Abis Mahl was a very buffonish, stupid villan, but I guess Jafar needed a good dupe. Fifth,NO ROBIN WILLIAMS! Instead we are given Dan Castellana from the Simpsons?! Don't get me wrong I love him in the Simpsons, just not here. I strongly recommend renting this movie instead of buying it, unless you really like it. However, Aladdin And The King Of Theives was very good and had Robin Williams back in it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Freeman is best thing! October 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I like the sequel to ALADDIN only because the superb Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) is present - and he gets a song. Robin Williams is not present (but I know why - - -), the animation is quite a contrast to the amazing original, and the songs aren't any good (except Jafar's song . ..). Good thing Menken didn't write any of these songs! But, I had totally forgotten that Jason Alexander voices Abis Mahl (sp?). I still like ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES because Williams is back in, but no Jafar (darnit).

3/5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You'd Be Surprised What You Can Live Through" November 6, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Aladdin's (Scott Weinger) life is going well. Living in the palace suits him, and he has turned his skills as a thief into a Robin Hood act.

Unfortunately, things are about to get messy. Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) and Iago (Gilbert Gottfried) have managed to get out of the Cave of Wonders. Jafar has one thing on his mind, revenge, and he wants to get back to Agrabah as quickly as possible. His luck improves when his lamp falls into the hands of Abis Mal, the thief (Jason Alexander).

Iago wants to get back into the palace himself. When he accidentally gets on Aladdin's good side, things seem to be going well. But then Jafar shows up. Whose side is Iago really on? And is there a way to fight an all powerful genie?

This was the beginning of Disney's direct to video sequels. I must admit, I enjoyed it the first few times I saw it, but it doesn't hold up. The animation is far inferior to the original. A couple of the songs are catchy, but they aren't in the same league as the songs from the original at all. The story is decent, although I hate what it did to the ending of the original. That ending was just perfect, so bring Jafar back so easily didn't make me happy. I'm also not a fan of Aladdin lying again so easily. Dan Castellaneta steps into the role of the Blue Genie, and he does a good job in Robin Williams' absence. The story is decent, but it is darker and potentially scarier to young kids.

This isn't a bad film, but it pales in comparison to the original.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but good nonetheless . . . December 29, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Since this was one of my favortie childhood movies, and every review here has given it a bad rap, I feel entitled to speak up. First of all, this was _not_ four back-to-back Aladdin cartoon episodes. This movie was divided up into four segments, and had commercials inserted into it before being viewed on television, but it was not a TV cartoon first. Second of all, yes, I agree that Robin Williams was the best Genie of all, but the Disney budget was not about to stretch enough to hire him for a small, direct-to-video sequel; not to mention all the TV cartoons that followed. Dan did the best he could as Genie . . . and keep in mind that Robin Williams is a tough act to follow. And look, I'll admit that the animation was fairly poor in comparison to the original, the songs were not as stunning, and all that other stuff, but the movie itself was interesting. I _love_ characters that start out cynical and "evil" and who start to learn about honor and friendship and love, and end up doing things they never thought they'd do. These kinds of characters are great to write about (I like writing short stories), and are fun to watch on movies, too. Iago learns what it means to be loyal, going so far as to be willing to give up his life for his friends. And I'll admit, it's strange to see a talking parrot go through severe emotional personality changes. But hey, it worked out alright. So give this film a chance. "You'd be surprised what you can live through." (Hey, by reading some of these other reviews, that might be all you could hope for at the end of this film. But you may be surprised!)
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