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