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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Mena Massoud is Aladdin and Naomi Scott is Jasmine in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Mena Massoud is Aladdin and Naomi Scott is Jasmine in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. /

Aladdin

And now we have the star of the show. The guy the movie was named after. The first Aladdin moved with moxie. Everything he did was smooth. Even when he stumbled. We saw that on display at the beginning of the movie. He escaped the place’s guards quickly and without incident. He embarrassed these highly trained guards and (literally) left them with their pants down. When Jasmine told him off, he remained sure in himself.

And that is the thing that the live action version lacked. He wasn’t confident. He was humorous, but he didn’t have the same self-assuredness that his predecessor had.

Advantage: Cartoon

Seeing him like this was disheartening. His chase scene in the beginning of the movie wasn’t as good. He looked too nervous during the Prince Ali parade. And the scene with the jam after he was let into the palace got awkward quick.

All that said, it seemed like he was supposed to be that way. The creators may not have liked the original version and wanted to try something new. An Aladdin that was less “bro” and more emotional. He was also meant to look “weaker,” so other characters could look strong. He was more clumsy than anything. He may not have been as good as the original, but he served his purpose.