Aladdin is one of the greatest Disney films ever. Not just a classic, but a masterpiece in so many ways.
I found the lead romance a little simplistic and shallow for my tastes, though it worked for what it was, (Jasmine comes across like a bit of a whiner, and Aladdin - our Disney hero - is a fucking thief).
But it doesn't matter when you've got one of the most threatening Disney villains - no fuck it - just villains - trying to take you down. Jafar makes Hans Gruber look like a gay Care Bear. Who ever gets as powerful and close to winning as he does? This motherfucker walks through fire, turns into a giant goddamned snake, (brix shat), and not only that, he really fucking LOVES that shit. His reprise of the Prince Ali song is hilarious and chilling at the same time. I've never seen a hero so absolutely fucking screwed. Makes Cinderella stuck behind a locked door look like she ran into a minor inconvenience.
There's so much you can say about that film. The supporting characters are awesome all on their own. Who wasn't like "ZOMFG!" the first time Iago opened his mouth? And they handled that perfectly too, building up the atmosphere at the start - fuck I love that opening.
Computer graphics integrated brilliantly for the time it came out. I especially liked the Arabian art style and colour palette. It was the first time Disney went into that kind of direction in a big way.
The carpet was the first anthropromorphised object that I could stomach ever in a Disney film. I still didn't think the Cave of Wonders should have been. But any negatives like that are done well enough for even me to easily forgive, (had to laugh at a Disney special I saw where all the villains show up by various modes of transportation - Jafar comes out of the ground from the Cave of Wonders - he presses the two halves of the gold scarab beetle and it sinks back into the gound and makes the car alarm "blip blip!" sound. Fuckin' lol'd).
The cave/lava scene is unsurpassed, and I could write a fucking essay just on how good the backgrounds were.
I still can't figure out which Abu was cooler, the elephant or the monkey - never had that kind of problem before. Climbing the tree and trying to open the bananas was really funny shit.
The only thing that bugged me about it was the ending. Not only did he still have two wishes left - TWO goddamn it - he deserved a refund on the first one anyway. So at the end where the genie says, "Don't worry Al, you've still got one wish left", I'm so busy going "WTF?" that I can't enjoy it as much.
Compare that to the refrigerator logic of Hercules not sticking to the deal he just made two minutes beforehand, and it doesn't stack up as well. At least that didn't bother me at the time.
Plus Aladdin kinda gets handed the flawless victory by the Sultan just up and changing his mind in a stupid way. James Earl Jones would be disappoint. Hercules on the other hand, (despite it's own issues), fucking pwns and epic wins everything and saves everybody at the end, at the same time, and it's hard-won. He saves the gods, the whole cosmos, gets his godhood, brings Megara back from the dead - the fucking dead, pwns Hades, acheives his dream, his Dad is like "son I am proud", gives it all up for love, (what a guy), fixes Megara's jaded heart, even gives Phil his lifelong dream and makes the doubters kiss his arse, and probably scored the winning point for Grffyndor while he was at it. That's an epic win ladies and gentlemen.
Compare that to Aladdin's win. Tricks Jafar, everything unexpectedly goes back to normal by magic, and the fucker still has the same problem he started with. Then the Sultan does the equivalent of change his pedigree from a D-minus to an B-plus on a whim. Oh, and he frees the genie - that was pretty cool.
But like I said, I can forgive the stuff I thought was off the mark. Because it was done so goddamned well. I mean I personally love Hercules more just because that shit appeals to me more personally, but I admit that Aladdin is the better film.