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The Return of Jafar

VHS Cover For The Return of Jafar
Directed by Toby Shelton
Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Produced by Jessica Koplos-Miller
Maia Mattise
Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Written by Kevin Campbell
Duane Capizzi
Mirith J. Colao
Douglas Langdale
Mark McCorkle
Bill Motz
Steve Roberts
Dev Ross
Bob Roth
Robert Schooley
Tad Stones
Jan Strnad
Brian Swenlin
Starring Scott Weinger
Jonathan Freeman
Gilbert Gottfried
Dan Castellaneta
Jason Alexander
Linda Larkin
Frank Welker
Val Bettin
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Video
Release date(s) May 20, 1994
Running time 66 min.
Language English
Budget N/A
Preceded by Aladdin (1992)
Followed by Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995)
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The Return of Jafar (later retitled Aladdin: The Return of Jafar) is a 1994 direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin, produced by The Walt Disney Company. The movie was released on May 20, 1994 and serves as the origin of the Aladdin animated series. Another direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, followed in 1995. Image File history File links Thereturnofjafar. ... Tad Stones (born c. ... Tad Stones (born c. ... There have been two notable people named Keven Campbell. ... Duane Capizzi is an Amercian writer and television producer. ... Mark McCorkle is an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Steven V. Roberts Roberts was in hired in 1964 by the New York Times as research assistant to James Reston, then the papers Washington bureau chief. ... Tad Stones (born c. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American stand-up comedian and actor noted for his grating voice, his Brooklyn accent and his tendency to shout. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born September 10, 1958) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Jason Alexander (born Jason Scott Greenspan on September 23, 1959) is a Jewish American television, cinema and musical theatre actor, best known for his role as George Costanza on the hit television series Seinfeld. ... Linda Larkin , March 20, 1970, in Los Angeles, California), cinema actress, best known for providing the voice of Princess Jasmine in the movie Aladdin. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Val Bettin (born August 1, 1916) is a British voice actor. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about the Disney film. ... Aladdin and the King of Thieves is a direct-to-video animated film made by Disney, released on August 13, 1996. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article is about the Disney film. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Aladdin and the King of Thieves is a direct-to-video animated film made by Disney, released on August 13, 1996. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...

The movie centers on Jafar, the villain from Aladdin, trying to gain his revenge against Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and the Sultan, and become the ruler of Agrabah. Jafar is a fictional character, voiced by Jonathan Freeman, in the Disney film Aladdin and its sequel, The Return of Jafar. ... Aladdin is a fictional character who first appeared in the Disney theatrical animated movie Aladdin, and then in the two direct-to-video sequels: The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), and the animated television series, Aladdin, set between the two sequels. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sultan (Arabic: سلطان) is an Islamic title, with several historical meanings. ...

It was the first Disney direct-to-video animated feature release, and is currently available on Special Edition DVD (with "Aladdin:" added to the title), with digitally restored picture and remastered sound. Reefer Madness was issued in a Special Addiction as a reference to the cult films ironic appeal. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

This was the first and only "Aladdin" full-length production without the original voice of the Genie, Robin Williams. He was replaced by Dan Castellaneta, who also voiced the Genie in the animated series as well as in Kingdom Hearts. Castellaneta is perhaps most-known as the voice of Homer Simpson from the widely popular show The Simpsons. Williams returned as the Genie in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Genie Genie is a fictional character from the Disney animated features canon movie Aladdin, as well as related series and sequels. ... Robin McLaurim Williams (born July 21, 1952)[1] is an American actor and comedian. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born September 10, 1958) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Kingdom Hearts video game. ... Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Aladdin and the King of Thieves is a direct-to-video animated film made by Disney, released on August 13, 1996. ...


Plot synopsis

Iago and Jafar, having been buried in the desert at the end of the first film, finally manage to return to the surface. Jafar orders Iago to release him, but Iago, tired of being treated badly by Jafar, throws the lamp into a nearby well and returns to Agrabah, hoping to convince Aladdin that he had served Jafar only because of a spell cast on him (though this is untrue). He meets Aladdin and insists that he is innocent, but Aladdin is too clever to be fooled and tries to capture him. While chasing Iago, Aladdin has a run-in with some criminals who try to kill him (He stole their loot from them earlier in the film), but he is saved by Iago. After this, Iago gains Aladdin's respect and returns with him to the palace, though at the time, Iago cares nothing for him. When Aladdin returns to the palace, he is greeted by Genie, who has returned from seeing the world; in general, freedom agrees with Genie, although he lost most of his powers. After revealing Iago to the Sultan, Iago is almost killed by the palace guards, but this is prevented by Aladdin, who insists that Iago has good in him. This causes Iago to begin to develop sympathy for Aladdin. Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) is a fictional character in the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin, a talking parrot resembling a Scarlet macaw who served as a sidekick for Jafar. ... Genie Genie is a fictional character from the Disney animated features canon movie Aladdin, as well as related series and sequels. ...

Meanwhile, Jafar is found by a browbeaten thief named Abis Mal who also bears a grudge against Aladdin (Mal was the leader of the gang who had their loot stolen by Aladdin). As Jafar was transformed into a genie at the end of the first film, he is somewhat handicapped by the incompetence of his new "master". Jafar desires to kill Aladdin and be wished free from his lamp so he can rule Agrabah, but needs Mal's co-operation to do this, as he is bound by the restrictions of the genie. Though Abis Mal is technically his master, it is Jafar who is really in charge, and shows Mal, though he cannot directly kill him, that he could easily find a way to get rid of him if he disobeys him, as Abis Mal is transported under the ocean and almost eaten by a shark after wishing for treasure (which also forces him to make a second wish to take him back to land). Abis Mal is a villain from Disneys Aladdin series who first appeared in The Return of Jafar. ... Genie is the English term for the Arabic جن (jinn). ...

Jafar has Abis Mal take him to the palace, where he threatens Iago, forcing the parrot to join with him. He has Iago take Aladdin and the Sultan to a place where he and Abis Mal are to kidnap the Sultan. After Aladdin leaves, Jafar confronts the Genie in the Palace gardens and shows his power as he sings "You're Only Second Rate" before locking him in a magical orb so he cannot use his magic against him. Jafar then locks all of the others in a cell.

Meanwhile, Aladdin has a talk with the Sultan that earns his acceptance as the future grand vizier. When Aladdin thanks Iago, he is ambushed by Abis Mal, accompanied by a group of cloaked horsemen. Aladdin, helpless without Carpet (who is trampled by one of the horses), fails to prevent the Sultan's capture. When Carpet recovers, Aladdin gives chase, only to be shocked when the horses gallop off the cliff and sprout wings. Despite his surprise, Aladdin takes back the Sultan. He is about to make his escape when one of Abis Mal's horsemen creates a waterspout, sucking the Sultan off the carpet and into the waterspout. Aladdin turns the carpet back to save the Sultan, but he and the carpet are sucked in. Aladdin, however, is thrown back out and into the raging river. While struggling to stay above the surface of the water, Aladdin manages to grab a rock. But before he can catch his breath, Abis Mal kicks him back into the river, and he plummets over the edge of the waterfall. Abis Mal enjoys his moment of glory, but one of the horsemen uses magic to keep Aladdin from meeting his death. Aladdin then gently floats over the deadly rocks and is dropped into safer water. A Vizier (وزير, sometimes also spelled Wazir) is an Arabic term for a high-ranking religious and political advisor, often to a king or sultan. ...

It is finally revealed that all the horsemen were Jafar in disguise. Abis Mal rushes towards Jafar, expressing anger that Aladdin was saved, ("He was this close to being a greasy little smear on the rocks!") Barely keeping his temper, Jafar reminds Abis Mal of the plan and congratulates Iago for his work. Iago, however, is clearly distressed at betraying Aladdin. Come nightfall, Aladdin recovers on a river back. He is then left to crawl back to Agrabah on foot.

When Aladdin returns, he is accused by Jasmine of murdering the Sultan, and sentenced to death at dawn - and Razoul will be his executioner. We then learn that Jasmine was also captured while Aladdin was away, and Jafar was disguised as her. The following morning, Jafar, once again assuming his Jasmine-form, goes to bid Aladdin a sneering farewell as he is about to be executed. But, in his absence, Iago, who was assigned to guard the others, gives in to his conscience and breaks the Genie's orb just in time for him to rescue Aladdin. Genie frees the others and takes them to a safe place. Aladdin is amazed to learn that Iago saved them. They decide to destroy Jafar, but Iago reminds them of how powerful he is. Genie tells Aladdin that in order to destoy Jafar, his lamp must be destroyed before Abis Mal wishes him free, and Aladdin sets out to find it. Iago however, tells the group that he owes them nothing and shouldn't have to help. He is somewhat surprised to learn that Aladdin doesn't try to make him help, but leaves anyway.

Meanwhile, Jafar and Abis Mal are celebrating Aladdin's death, and Abis Mal wants his third wish. However, Jafar wants him to use it to wish him free. Abis Mal is reluctant, but when Jafar creates riches and treasure out of thin air, nearly gives in, before he suddenly suspects that they will vanish once Jafar is free. It is then that they spot Abu about to grab the lamp. Aladdin runs up and tries to grab it as well.

When he sees Aladdin taking his lamp, Jafar shoots a fireball at him (which hits Abis Mal as well), knocking them onto the palace's balcony (which begins to crumble). Aladdin and Abis Mal try to get back to the palace but fall through the crumbling structure. Aladdin and Abu are saved by Genie, while Abis Mal gets stuck on a tree branch and is unable to reach the lamp. Look up fireball in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Lamp in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Aladdin and his friends fly on the magic carpet to get the lamp, but Jafar (in his huge genie form) comes out of the ground before them. Genie (disguised as Aladdin) distracts Jafar as Aladdin goes after the lamp on the magic carpet. But Jafar is too quick and he uses his power to turn Carpet to glass, causing it to collide with the ground and shatter. Aladdin is feet away from the lamp, but Jafar stops him again by making the ground under him come up like a rock-shaped pedestal. Jafar then makes the ground crumble away into a lake of molten magma and a showdown begins. Princess Jasmine, the Genie and Abu find themselves trapped on another pedestal surrounded by the magma. A statue of Henry IV of France on a pedestal Pedestal (from French piedestal, Italian piedestallo, foot of a stall) is a term generally applied to the support of a statue or a vase. ... Magma is molten rock located beneath the surface of the Earth (or any other terrestrial planet), and which often collects in a magma chamber. ... A Showdown is the final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor. ...

The rock Aladdin is on falls into the magma and floats around the lamp's pedestal, but Aladdin is unable to reach it. Jafar laughs at Aladdin to give it up and fires his power at him, making the rock he is on sink further into the magma. Suddenly, Iago comes out of nowhere, narrowly misses Jafar and heads for the lamp. Jafar, realizing that Iago has turned against him for good, attempts to stop him by firing energy blasts at him, but Iago manages to get the lamp first. Jafar fires at Iago again, and this time he hits Iago, badly injuring him and causing him to hit the wall of the pit and fall with the lamp onto a rock just above the magma. Jafar sounds his triumph by laughing and says, "Good help is so hard to find these days, isn't it Aladdin?" and laughs again. However Iago, with his last ounce of strength, knocks the lamp into the magma. Above, Jafar screams in rage as his lamp melts and sinks below the surface of the magma.

The pedestal that Genie, Jasmine and Abu are on starts to collapse into the magma. Genie stretches out to form a bridge to the higher ground which Jasmine, Abu and Genie himself quickly take before the pedestal completely crumbles. The rock that Iago is on starts to crumble, but Aladdin catches him. Part of the wall of the pit plunges into the magma, forming a bridge that Aladdin quickly takes just before the rock he was floating on sinks completely, and starts climbing out of the pit. Screaming, Jafar fades to a skeletal genie form and violently implodes into a cloud of dust — destroyed. Like in the first film, everything that Jafar did begins to work in reverse: the magma disappears, the Palace gardens come together again (Aladdin climbs out just before two parts of the garden come together) and the magic carpet is restored. After the showdown, Iago lies motionless in Aladdin's hands. Aladdin says that he thought a genie could not kill anyone. This proves true, as Iago coughs and says weakly, "You'd be surprised what you can live through." In an explosion (top), force radiates away from a source. ...

Later in the Palace, Iago, recovering from the showdown earlier, is now truly Aladdin's friend. Aladdin tells the Sultan that he cannot be his vizier. Iago asks Aladdin what more he wants and Aladdin simply answers, "The world." He wants to see the world, and can't just stay in the Palace. Jasmine says that she is going to see the world too and Iago flies around saying that it's crazy talk and finishes, "Why do I keep getting hooked up with these 'warped people'?!" As the camera pans out from the Palace, Iago sweetly adds, "Shouldn't somebody ask what the brave parrot wants to do?"

After the credits, Abis Mal, still stuck on a tree branch, suddenly realizes that with Jafar and the lamp gone, he will never have his third wish. The term credit can have several meanings in different contexts. ...


  • Toward the beginning of the film, when Aladdin, flying on Carpet, is throwing the treasure he recovered from Abis Mal to the commoners, after he mutters to Abu that the last of it has been thrown, a full bag of loot can still be seen.
  • In one scene, Abu is trying to take the jeweled flower from the vase containing both it and a real flower. After he mistakingly grabs the real flower instead of the jewelled one, the jewelled flower is the one seen missing from the vase. A short time after, both are seen missing.
  • During the scene when Aladdin and Jasmine are in the courtyard, Aladdin is initially wearing his palace garments, but about halfway through (after the interval with Jafar and Abis Mal), he is seen wearing his peasant clothes, and remains in these clothes for the remainder of the film.
  • During the "You're Only Second Rate" song, when Genie is first shown on a spinning plate, Jafar's human hand can be seen spinning it for a split second. The next shot shows a full view of Jafar in his genie form spinning it, including with his red genie hand as opposed to his normal one.
  • After Jafar's taunting song, he covers Abu's arms with many individual metal strings. Later, when the rest are also in the dungeon, Abu only has chains around his wrists.
  • During a scene with Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the Sultan and Genie having dinner, when the Genie "accidentally" cuts his hand off, the Sultan is watching, startled. In one shot, his eyebrows are on his head, when suddenly they disappear. Within a second, they re-appear and once again disappear. When the angle changes, they are back.
  • When Aladdin is moving down the river after being thrown by the tornado, he is clearly shown drifting past a rock. Seconds later, he climbs up on said rock.
  • Aladdin didn't imprison Jafar. Jafar did that all by himself after he wished to become a genie in the first movie.
  • Jafar tries to kill Aladdin towards the end of the film. But a genie can't kill anyone??!!


The movie was received well by most critics, but has often been panned for its animation.

Adaptation In Other Media


When Disney was publishing their own comics in the mid-90s, they produced a two issue Aladdin comic presenting an alternate version of The Return Of Jafar. It was titled The Return Of Aladdin. The comic is introduced by the Merchant from the first movie.

The story starts off showing that Aladdin has been particularly bored of palace life. Meanwhile, Jafar has escaped the Cave Of Wonders. Iago is given the task of finding the right master for Jafar to manipulate. Their search seems hopeless as some people are able to enjoy all three wishes or messing up.

They find someone to use the lamp, who is known as Isabella, a master magician. Isabella is similar in appearance to Jafar (except his clothing is green). His first wish is to return to Agrabah Palace (as he performed entertainment to the sultan in #1). His second wish is for an army of soldiers to pursue Aladdin and Jasmine when they catch on to Jafar's presence. He is persuaded to use his third wish to trap Jafar and Iago in the lamp again, sending them back to the cave.

Due to persuasion by the Genie, the Sultan hires Isabella to a permanent entertainment job at the palace. The end of the story shows the merchant having a black lamp similar to Jafar's, but he claims it to be worthless.

Video Game

The plot of this movie is loosely used in Agrabah, one of the worlds in Kingdom Hearts II, only with Abis Mal being replaced by the Peddler from the first film. Kingdom Hearts II ) is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix Co. ...

Follow Up

  • Abis Mal (which is phonetically the same as "abysmal", which means bad or terrible) made many reappearances in the Aladdin animated TV series afterwards.
  • Jafar reappeared in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series and was also the main villain of Mickey's House of Villains.

Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television which aired from 1994 to 1995, based on the original 1992 feature. ... Jafar is a fictional character, voiced by Jonathan Freeman, in the Disney film Aladdin and its sequel, The Return of Jafar. ... Hercules and the Arabian Night is an episode of Disneys Hercules: The Animated Series. ... Mickeys House of Villains is a direct-to-video film created by Disney. ...

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Disney's Aladdin
Films Aladdin | The Return of Jafar | Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Adaptations Aladdin (TV series) | Disney's Aladdin (video game) | Aladdin, Jr.
Soundtrack Soundtrack | A Whole New World
Main Characters Aladdin | Princess Jasmine | Genie | Iago
Villains Jafar | Abis Mal | Mozenrath | Mirage | Mechanicles | Saleen | Saluk | Amin Damoola
Minor Characters Arbutus | Chaos | Eden

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The Return of Jafar (1994) (0 words)
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.
Parent Previews gave The Return of Jafar a C grade.
Aladdin II & III Collection (The Return of Jafar & Aladdin and the King of Thieves) DVD Review (3528 words)
Return of Jafar picks up right where the first film left off, and proceeds by adhering to a similar formula, down to the use of certain musical numbers very similar to Aladdin's which fit right into place where they did before.
Having been outwitted in the predecessor's finale, the heinous Jafar and his obnoxious parrot henchman Iago are cursed to remain in the magic lamp in a distant desert.
The Return of Jafar is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 fullscreen.
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