The Return of Jafar (1994)

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Jafar comes for revenge on Aladdin, using a foolish thief and Iago's treachery to find a way back into power.


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15 June 2016 | Quinoa1984
| considering other Disney direct-to-video sequels, this one isn't bad!
I think if you enjoy hearing Gilbert Gottfried's incessant screeching as a performer, as I genuinely do (no, really, for a character like Iago it woks!) then Return to Jafar will be a good effort. Very good, great? Maybe not. I don't even know how necessary it might have been, but as a little kid coming off of Aladdin, which was a triumph for Disney at the time, this was a good way to bridge between the first movie and the animated series that was to come for many years on the Disney channel. It picks up right where the first one left off and follows Iago on his journey from being an awful "I'm looking out for me" kind of stooge and into being, well, semi-heroic.

Of course not having Robin Williams as the Genie, and as a kid as soon as I heard it, it was something of a shock (only once though, during the Genie's first song, does he sound a lot like Homer Simpson). But he does a good enough job and makes it entertaining. I don't know what could have been improved on aside from, you know, the animation (it's not the Hollywood group, it was done overseas), or Williams but... for what it is, I like it. It may not be a strong recommendation, but it's more-so compared to the dirge of ridiculous direct-to-video garbage that Disney pumped out over the next two decades (including things like Bambi 2 and Beauty and the Beast Christmas specials). At least Aladdin, through this sequel and one more and the series, got to be its own thing in continuity and follow arcs and characters in decent timing for children of the period.

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Did You Know?


The Genie lost his cuffs (the mark of his imprisonment) in the Aladdin (1992), but he wears them in both sequels and the Aladdin (1994) TV show because he "looks better" with them on.


Razoul the Chief Guard: And then you went over the waterfall, eh? Ha! How did you survive?
Aladdin 'Al': I I don't know.
Razoul the Chief Guard: How very convenient.
Aladdin 'Al': It's the truth! Why won't you believe me?
Princess Jasmine: Because we know you're lying.
Aladdin 'Al': What?
Princess Jasmine: I found this in your room!
Princess Jasmine: My father's turban slashed.
Aladdin 'Al': You can't think!
Princess Jasmine: I ...


During the song 'Nothing In The World', Genie tells Aladdin and Jasmine about his travels around the world. He mentions being at the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, but then in the same part the three are shown at the Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel with the pyramids in the background, even though Giza is in the north of Egypt, while Abu Simbel is almost as far south as it's possible to go in Egypt. However, what we see is clearly not an actual location, but Genie's "virtual reality" where anything is possible. After all, the statues at Abu Simbel have Aladdin's and Jasmine's faces, indicating that it's all not exactly real.

Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, Abis Mal says "Does this mean I don't get my third wish?"

Alternate Versions

Also for the 2005 DVD release and later TV airings, the opening titles were recreated. These use "The Return of Jafar" logo seen on posters in place of the 1994 VHS version.


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Words and Music by
Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Performed by Jonathan Freeman


Plot Summary


Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance


Release Date:

20 May 1994



Country of Origin


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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