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The Return of Jafar is a 1994 sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin and was one of the first direct-to-video sequels distributed by Disney.


A few years have past since Aladdin defeated Jafar and Aladdin has no idea that Jafar has come back to seek revenge on Aladdin for imprisoning him in a genie lamp and Iago decides to befriend Aladdin in response to Jafar's constant whining.

Why It's Better Than The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

  1. The new version of Arabian Nights (which would also be used in the TV Series) gets the viewer going for the excitement.
  2. Aladdin confronting Abis Mal and his henchmen at the beginning was exciting and amusing.
  3. New villains that are more memorable.
  4. New songs, including Just Forget About Love.
  5. Jafar and Iago fighting at the beginning was amusing.
  6. The Genie does funny impressions, though the impressions weren't as amusing as the ones that were in the first one.
  7. The final confrontation between Iago and Jafar was awesome.
  8. Jafar's death scene was heart pounding and adrenaline pumping.
  9. After the film's release, there was a TV series (mentioned earlier).
  10. The film has more references to the original films and keeps in good continuity.
  11. The animation is good and up to date.


  1. Robin Williams didn't play the Genie. Dan Castellenata (the voice of Homer Simpson) was the Genie's voice. But, the Genie is still awesome.
  2. The film got mostly mixed feedback (as mentioned in Reception box).


The film received mixed reviews when it was released to VHS on May 20, 1994 and holds a 33% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.9 out of 10, but lacks a critic consensus. Although the film received mostly mixed reviews from most critics and audiences, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a "two thumbs up".


"The Return of Jafar" (1994) Trailer

"The Return of Jafar" (1994) Trailer

VHS trailer