If you were a ’90s kid, you probably remember the very first time you saw Aladdin. Whether it was in theaters or on VHS, you were completely in awe. Now that we’re adults, we still watch Aladdin from time to time, and it’s just as amazing. We’ve also had quite a few more years to ponder the film and everything it means to us, and have come to the conclusion that the following things are true:
When someone tells you to touch nothing but the lamp, it’s probs best to listen to that.
We’re looking at you, Abu.
Never trust strangers in disguise, unless they are Jasmine or Genie.
Jasmine in disguise: totally trust worthy.
Genie in disguise: a delight.
Jafar in disguise: not trustworthy at all.
Iago in disguise: funny, but still not to be trusted.
It is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.
These words spoken at the beginning of the film could not be truer. The merchant shows us a common lamp, but that lamp is so much more, and ends up being at the center of the story. And it’s just like Aladdin, who is a diamond in the rough … and now we are crying. It’s so beautiful!
We are not a prize to be won.
We hear you, Jasmine! Jasmine said this to her father and all the people standing around deciding who she should marry, and it was a big moment for us. Jasmine taught us to take control of our own destiny and we’ll always remember that when we need to make big decisions.
If ever you have three wishes, definitely use them to help someone else.
There are so many wishes to be had, but we think the most important wish Aladdin made was for Genie to be free. Whenever we have the option to make someone else happy, it’s best to use that power!
Rajah is a hero.
Rajah is probably one of the best friends anyone could have. He’s sassy, he’s regal, he’s protective. Sign us up for a spot in Rajah’s squad.
If someone tells you to stare into the eyes of a magical staff, avert your eyes immediately.
Jafar is constantly using the magical hypnotizing snake staff to convince the Sultan of his evil plans. We learned a lot of lessons from the mistakes of our pal the Sultan. When Jafar approaches, avert your eyes and/or close your eyes and dart away as fast as you can. Problem solved.
A diamond in the rough is more valuable than a diamond that’s not in the rough.
Probably. That statement is not rooted in fact at all, but we stand by it. Aladdin is a diamond in the rough and we love that.
Watching Aladdin will always make us feel like we can do anything.
Case in point: Jasmine wants to go on an adventure outside the palace. Does she look at the palace walls and think, nah, I can’t scale that wall? No. She puts on a disguise, gets a boost from Rajah, and hops right over that wall like a champion. Another point: Aladdin puts down a board so Jasmine can walk over to another building. She pole vaults instead. Consider us inspired.
We know these things to be true and will always hold them close to our hearts, no matter how old we are. And now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go watch Aladdin a million more times.
What did you learn from Aladdin? Tell us in the comments!