I want to preface what I say below is not my work. This is an Internet theory and I am adding my two cents to the theory. I merely thought it was an interesting spin and take on a classic Disney film. I have attached a link to the original article below.
My earliest recollection of Disney is my Dad and I watching the 1992 animated Disney film, Aladdin. As a kid, a lot of the jokes went over my head. Now as an adult, I can appreciate the humor the late, great Robin Williams brought to the film as the immortal Genie. I still love Aladdin and it is tied with Lion King as my favorite animated Disney film. Actually, the “song” for me and my girlfriend is A Whole New World.
So how is this related to the title of this post? Well there is a theory that Aladdin does not take place in the distant past, as we are led to believe. Rather the film takes place in a post apocalyptic future. Somehow time has reverted and technology has been obliterated or wiped out. Some potential “proof” of this is the Genie. If you recall, in the Genie’s breakout introductory scene, the Genie makes a comment that he has been in the Lamp for 10,000 years “which can give ya such a crick in the neck!”
In addition to that, Genie impersonates celebrities throughout the years. These include Arsenio Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Marx Brothers, Superman, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ed Sullivan. How could he have knowledge of those people in an ancient civilization? And Aladdin seems to understand the references. So…possibly dystopian future?
In the scene where Genie transforms street rat Aladdin into the handsome Prince Ali, he says Aladdin’s clothes are “Much too Third Century”. We are currently in the 21st Century. So if the Genie was around in the Third Century and has been in the lamp for 10,000 years, theorists suggest that this would put Aladdin at least in the year 10,300.
I also want to point out the Magic Carpet. Hover technology obviously exists in the Aladdin timeline. During the A Whole New World scene, Aladdin and Jasmine are shown flying over multiple landmarks, such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx (still under construction), through Agribah, up into the clouds, through the Parthenon in Greece, and through a desert with wild stallions. It’s obviously not feasible to travel from Agribah to Egypt to Greece and back within the course of about 5 minutes (movie length). To do that, the Carpet would have to be traveling faster than a fighter jet. Like at least three times as fast. And even then it’d be impossible to see all that in such a short time span.
Also at the end of the film when Jasmine chooses Aladdin as a suitor, (or husband), Genie tells Aladdin he is “Not gonna find another girl like her in a million years. I know…I’ve looked.”
To me, this line is where the theory kind of falls apart, at least a little. Maybe Genie can time-travel and has just seen humanity from BC to the current era and beyond. And maybe a time-traveling Genie is a conspiracy theory in and of itself, but let’s just tackle one thing at a time here. There is one more “theory” that was actually confirmed by the director of the film: the merchant in the beginning of the film is Genie in disguise. The Genie has control of the lamp, and not the other way around. Maybe once Genie was freed, he could travel throughout time, well…freely.
At first I thought the conspiracy theorists were overthinking this. After all…IT’S A CARTOON! But there is evidence to support the theories. Robin Williams did ad-lib most of his lines. He was having fun with it. While I do not 100% buy into the theory, I have to admit it makes sense. But, again, it’s a CARTOON! And with Robin Williams being the King of Improv, what did you expect? Gene’s history references are all over the place. But I digress..
What do you think of this Aladdin theory? Just to remind you, it’s that Aladdin is set in an apocalyptic dystopian future. Does the evidence add up? Or like Genie, does this theory go up in smoke? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!