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Encyclopedia > Arbutus (Aladdin)
Screen shot of Arbutus from "Garden of Evil".
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Screen shot of Arbutus from "Garden of Evil".

Arbutus was a villain that appeared in only one episode (episode 8) of Disney's television show Aladdin. The episode is entitled "Garden of Evil". The episode name is a pun of "Garden of Eden", from Genesis of the Bible. The character of Arbutus is voiced by Ron Perlman, who is rarely credited online for his performance as Arbutus (including IMDB.) Walt Disney Television is a United States-based television production company, and is a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... From left to right: Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu. ... The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach, a 16th century German depiction of Eden Garden of Eden, from Hebrew Gan Eden, גן עדן is the location of the story told in Genesis 2 and 3—part of the creation belief of the Abrahamic religions. ... This article is about Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). ... The Bible (sometimes The Book, Good Book, Word of God, The Word, or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βιβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, is the classical name for the Hebrew Bible of Judaism or the combination of the Old Testament and New Testament of Christianity (The Bible therefore actually refers to at least... Ron Perlman Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is a Jewish-American television and film actor. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), owned by Amazon. ...


Although his origins are never mentioned and the character itself is never explored too deeply, he appears to be an "intelligent plant", so to speak. His feet are a bunch of curled roots, his arms and hands are like vines, and his hair seems to be bushels of leaves. He wears a red and green robe, with a red "half-cape". Arbutus is also a name given to a genus of trees. Species See text Arbutus is a genus of trees in the family Ericaceae. ... In biology, a genus (plural genera) is a grouping in the classification of living organisms having one or more related and morphologically similar species. ...


"I'm an artist"

Arbutus controls all forms of vegetation around him, he attacks with roots from underground, and uses vines and thorns to trap and pierce an enemy (in the episode, he did so to Aladdin). A deep aspect of his character arises from the fact that he creates beautiful designs and structures with his control of plants; when asked what he is, Arbutus refers to himself as "an artist". Some of the things he created as art pieces include an extravagant looking harp made from vines, and a unique-looking lilac-covered tree. Another important note is that Arbutus not only spoke with perfect grammar, but his responses were clever and his diction was poetic. Such can be heard when Jasmine asks Arbutus, "What kind of artist has no heart?", and he replies, "A brilliant one!".


The Speech

Arbutus gives a speech to Princess Jasmine about how he despises humans for hurting his art (plants), he says: "Ah yes, human needs. Like you need to hack down my gorgeous trees and chop them into lumber." After Jasmine claims that humans don't purposely burn trees to block the sun with smoke, Arbutus replies, "Is it an accident when you rip and pluck my flowers, condemning them to a slow death in a vase?" To set the structure of the episode, and the line that possibly summarizes Arbutus' nature, is his final line of speech: "You treat my beautiful living creations as things. Why should I treat you any differently?"


Episode Plot Summary

Arbutus originally captured the Princess as part of the Sultan's debt to Arbutus for plucking his favorite flower years ago. He took her to his magnificent living fortress, made entirely of plant. After Jasmine finally began to understand the reason for Arbutus' anger, she started convincing him that humans mostly appreciate his creations and don't purposely hurt flowers and trees. Before Arbutus finally decided to trust her, Aladdin broke into his tree fortress to rescue Jasmine and ruined Arbutus' faith in her.


He fought Aladdin and no matter what Aladdin would attack with his sword, he couldn't harm Arbutus. Which sparked Arbutus' final line: "Your sword may sever every limb, every branch, ...but my power will always bloom"


Aladdin's sword was accidentally thrown from his hand and it sliced a flower where Arbutus' heart was. In agonizing pain, he faded into dust and with him faded his magnificent tree fortress.


Jasmine realizes and explains that Arbutus must have felt the same way about his favorite flower as Jasmine's family feels about her. Here the analogy arises that Jasmine is also the name of a flower, so Jasmine was like the Sultan's flower, where the flower that the Sultan killed was Arbutus' flower (which is why Arbutus came for the Sultan's "greatest treasure" years later as his way of repayment) Species About 200 species, including: Jasminum angulare Jasminum azoricum Jasminum beesianum Jasminum dichotomum - Gold Coast Jasmine Jasminum floridum Jasminum fluminense - African Jasmine Jasminum fruticans Jasminum humile - Yellow Jasmine Jasminum mesnyi - Primrose Jasmine Jasminum multiflorum - Star Jasmine Jasminum nitidum - Shining Jasmine Jasminum nudiflorum - Winter Jasmine Jasminum officinale - Common Jasmine Jasminum parkeri...


Jasmine explained to Aladdin a bit too late, and Arbutus was killed by Aladdin's blind anger towards "the villain". However, at the end of the episode, Jasmine plants the flower that was cut off of Arbutus. As Aladdin's group walks away, the flower straightens out as if to bloom and one can hear a breath being taken as if by the flower.


 
 

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