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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1982 film)

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (世界名作童話 アラジンと魔法のランプ, Sekai Meisaku Dōwa: Arajin to mahō no rampu), is a 1982 anime fantasy film based on the Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin. The film was released in Japan on 13 March 1982 by Toei.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
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Directed byYoshikatsu Kasai
Ardwight Chamberlain
Produced byMark Headley
Chiaki Imada
Yoshio Suguwara
Yasau Yamaguchi
Written bySandra Willard
Akira Miyazaki
Based onAladdin
StarringChristopher Atkins
Kristy McNichol
John Carradine
June Lockhart
Music byKatsuhiro Tsubono
CinematographyToshiharu Takei
Edited byYasuhiro Yoshikawa
Distributed byToei Company (Japan)
The Samuel Goldwyn Company (USA/Canada)
Release date
  • March 13, 1982 (1982-03-13) (Japan)
Running time
65 minutes

An English dubbed by Frontier Enterprises and received a VHS release by Media Home Entertainment in 1988 in the United States.

An alternative English dub, under the title Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, was recorded and mixed at Golden Sync Studios and released in United States and Canada by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. With the celebrity voice cast of Christopher Atkins as Aladdin, Kristy McNichol as The Princess, John Carradine as The Wizard and June Lockhart as Aladdin's Mother. The opening and ending song was "Angel's Flight" were performed by Shadowfax. This dub would air on television by The Disney Channel on September 3, 1984, and American Movie Classics on April 5, 1992. But, has not seen a home media release to date.


The story revolves around Aladdin, an impoverished but street smart kid who lives in an Arabian city somewhere in a desert with his mother. Along with his gang of friends, they steal from the local merchants and market sellers to survive. One day he is approached by a wizard who offers to reward him great riches, if he will accompany him to a cave somewhere in the desert, and retrieve a lamp from within.

Aladdin succeeds in doing this, even acquiring the hall of thousand lights where the lamp is found. However, upon return to the cave entrance, the wizard seals him in after Aladdin refuses to hand over the lamp, having become suspicious of the wizard.

Trapped, Aladdin however uses a magic ring, provided by the wizard before venturing into the cave, and summons a Genie who is able to free him from the cave. While en route home through the desert, Aladdin meets a mouse that he adopts as a pet.

Returning home, Aladdin discovers that the lamp contains a more powerful Genie who upon Aladdin's first wish, conjures up a succulent meal for him and his mother.

The next day, after Aladdin sells the golden plated dinnerware from the meal, he encounters a young attractive girl, who he quickly discovers is actually the Sultan's daughter; Princess Badral.

Badral is hiding from the Grand Wazir's son, whom her father has agreed to offer her hand in marriage to. The two spend time together out on the town before Badral is eventually found and escorted back to the palace. However, Aladdin, having now fallen in love with her, decides to marry Badral himself.

With the help of the Genies of the lamp, Aladdin becomes a wealthy prince and asks the Sultan for his daughter's hand in marriage. Having already promised her to the Grand Wazir's son, the Sultan instead decrees that whichever of the two suitors brings him the best dowry, will marry Badral.

Aladdin easily wins, while the Grand Wazir and his son are arrested for using stolen wealth to increase their dowry. Once married, Aladdin then uses the Genie of the lamp to build a grand palace for him and Badral. One day, however, while Aladdin and his friends are out hunting with the Sultan, the wizard from earlier dupes Aladdin's mother and Badral into trading him the lamp for a new one.

With the lamp in his possession, he then wishes Aladdin's palace and all within it transported to his castle in Africa. Furious, the Sultan charges Aladdin with three days to rescue his daughter, otherwise Aladdin's friends will be executed.

After losing his camel in the desert, Aladdin calls upon the Genie of the Ring that he still has. He warns however that he cannot undo the spell of the Genie of the lamp, but can transport Aladdin to where the palace is. The effort to do so, however, causes the ring to crumble.

Once there Aladdin reunites with Badral. The two defeat the wizard and use the lamp to undo his wish.

The film ends with Aladdin and Badral sealing the lamp in a locked chest and disposing of its key.

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