Aladdin on Disney Plus: Comparing the live action and cartoon characters

Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. /
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Will Smith is the Genie and Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. /

The Animals

The animals of the original Disney’s Aladdin had a big part in the movie. Jasmine’s tiger Rajah didn’t speak, but you could tell how he felt. The same could be said for Abu.

With Abu, he was a lot more animated. You didn’t have to guess. We always knew what he meant.

Then, there was Iago. Gilbert Gottfried voiced Iago the Parrot, and he sometimes stole the show. All of them contributed something to the character they were with. Something as simple as Rajah giving a dirty look or a sad growl added to the scenes. The live action lacked all of this.

Advantage: Cartoon

If there’s one thing about this movie that stunk, it’s the animals. They didn’t have to be as animated as their predecessor, but they didn’t add much at all.

In some cases, they took away from the movie. Iago lacked the same verve that the originals did. Abu looked creepy at times, and Rajah was just there, and Iago spoke like a parrot. The latter of the three was a waste.

They had the great Alan Tudyk and all he did was talk like a parrot? It was disappointing. Thankfully, they weren’t a major part of the movie. Also, good luck trying to stop having nightmares of giant flying Iago. He still haunts my dreams.