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Okay, I have to say I am a little disappointed by this one. While the animation, songs and celebrity voices are GREAT, I do not believe that the moral- TO BE YOURSELF- is presented in a way that is clearly discernable to children (especially the younger ones) without some help from a parent. Part of the reason for this is that Aladdin goes FAR BEYOND just pretending to be something he isn't- a wealthy prince, rather than a pauper- to impress princess Jasmine. He ends up LYING to her about every aspect of his life, multiple times throughout the film with virtually no consequences. In fact, there were so many lies that it made me wonder HOW Jasmine could still fall in love with him! I think I would like my own daughter to be a little more discerning! I am also somewhat bothered that Aladdin (and his monkey Abu) are portrayed as stealing food / thieves at the beginning of the movie, again without consequences. They reason that it is okay to steal the food because you "gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat." There is even a song about it, as well as a very lively sequence in which they are running away from the "authorities" to avoid punishment. And of course, they do avoid punishment... I don't want my kids to think stealing is okay under ANY circumstances. Maybe Aladin should get a job... :)
Now I don't like overanalyzing Disney. But at the same time I try very hard to teach my children traditional, conservative values. I don't appreciate any film that undermines the basics- stealing and lying are not okay and there are consequences for these actions in the real world-- at least there are when you're 3...
The DVD is quite obviously a bootleg. The quality of the cover/artwork is way below Disney quality, including typos. And the quality of the video itself is not all that great. It seems like barely a step above VHS. But, it plays fine and it's better than nothing, and my kids don't care. I'll be buying an actual Disney produced version of this whenever it's released from the Disney vault again, that's for sure. My deepest apologies to Disney for falling for this scam.
DVD was new in shrink wrapped package but definitely not Disney quality. I expect it was a copy. The cover images were a little blurry. DVD worked fine and kids enjoyed it so I guess it was acceptable. Just disappointing.
There are several places that the movie stops and we have to fast forward thru chapters to get past the scratched up bit... Doesn't matter which player, my child's old one, our new one, her portable one, the movie is just pretty damaged.