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I've been trying to find Aladdin for a while now in Kuwait, and everywhere I go they tell me it's been banned and I won't find it anywhere. I finally found a pirated copy.

Question is:
Why the hell is Aladdin banned!!?
It's undoubtly one of the best cartoons out there. I'm still trying to figuring out what might have been offensive, but I still can't think of anything. Any ideas?

I watched it a couple days ago when I got it, and I'm rewatching it right now for the third time. Kids these days are missing A LOT I'm telling you. Seriously, pokemon, hoodwinked, and whatever cartoons are out there don't even come close. Sure there are a few good ones, but nothing like the ones in what I call Disney's "Golden Age": Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hunchback of Notredame, Beauty and the Beast, etc.

The old cartoons characters had so much character :P I mean, they were all very defined, very memorible. Peter pan, the boy who didn't want to grow up, Ariel ( from The Little Mermaid) who wanted to belong in another world, etc.

Each cartoon had a different, unique setting. One in a nonexisting world, one under the sea, one in Arabia, another in the forest. You really get the "feel" of it.

The songs:
Oh my god, the songs! Where do I begin with the songs!? The music, the words, the voices! They older cartoons songs were perfect! After all these years I still listen to them without getting bored of them. And in every song there's something that just hits home. Yes, I have most of the songs on my ipod and listen to them quiet often :P

Maybe I just grew up, but I tried looking at it from a kids point of view: In the new cartoon's/movies, I can predict what's gonna happen. They're sorta all the same. Ya know? When I was watching Aladdin, trying to see from a kids point of view, I thought I wouldn't have guessing a genie would come out of the magic lamp when he rubbed it. Or that he was gonna get caught in the market place with the princess (since he always managed to get away). Is it true, or am I just older? :P

Now I don't really understand much about graphics and all that techno-jibberish, BUUUT I honestly, sincerly believe, those cartoon graphics are much nicer than the new advanced one. Something about it's simplicity is just so capturing! Yes, yes, you may laugh. My friends laugh at me when I say I prefer the graphics of the good old 80's and 90's than the ones today. What can I say, I embrace simplicity too much :P

Really, anyone who hasn't watched Aladdin in a while, watch it! Use the subtitles, and sing along! :)


1) Any idea to why Aladdin is banned!? Is it only in Kuwait or in other neighboring countries as well?

2) What's your favorite Disney cartoon?
Personally , I can't choose only one. I love them ALL! :)

3) What Disney character do you relate to the most?
Probably, Ariel, from the Little Mermaid; a part of me feels like I don't belong. I'm also as curious as she is. And Peter Pan. What can I say, always gonna be a kid at heart :)

4) Every guy friend I talked to about Aladdin mention that they used to have a crush on Princess Jasmine. Is that true for all guys? :P Girls, had any crush on any disney cartoon character?
I can't remember having any :P I was more into the real people like Jonathan Brandis, Jonathan Jackon and JTT. Aaah the good old days, when kids looked so decent and innocent.


  • I think it's also banned in Saudi... I googled it and found the following reason:

    Apparently Islamic groups and governments have been urgingin to have the movie as well as the soundtrack banned "because of the alleged racism of the lyrics of the opening song of the film, in which an Arab character sings: "Oh, I come from a land, From a faraway place, Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face. It's barbaric, but, hey, its home."

    Also, the fact that Aladdin was almost beheaded for stealing something, and in reality, that is not in line with the laws of the Islamic religion... The Governments believed that the cartoon would negatively influence the young children...

    By Blogger -OT-, at 2/9/06 2:45 PM  

  • I never payed attention to the lyrics as a child it was just a bunch of fast spoken words that I'd follow and hum 2
    I always wanted to be jasmine well not anymore

    By Blogger Òrange Juice™, at 2/9/06 8:47 PM  

  • ot - thanks! Didn't know that. Actually I never noticed those lyrics. Either ways it was a dumb reason to ban it, I mean there are other cartoons that are MUCH worse than this. Oo ba3dain if it's banned here doesn't mean it's gonna be banned for the rest of the world to hear or see. That's something that annoys me here, they don't go to the root of the problem, they just ban it where they're at and refuse to face it. Ya3ni they could try writing books or making movies (good ones) about here, showing the good sides of our culture. Also, when Aladdin stole the apple they were gonna cut of his hand :P Jafar told Jasmine he was beheaded cause he kidnapped the princess :P

    orange juice: lol, so all the guys had a crush on Jasmine and the girls wanted to be her?

    By Blogger dishevelled, at 2/9/06 10:24 PM  

  • I love Aladdin, and all of walt disney, I have aladdin here in Kuwait But didn't buy it from Kuwait. I love Beauty and The Beast, But I think Aladdin is my favourite, Abou is my favourite thing.

    By Blogger Sita, at 3/9/06 9:54 AM  

  • I had no idea it was banned. How 'barbaric' :-p

    I actually have a few soundtracks from aladdin, anastasia, and the little mermaid on my ipod too. If those aren't classics, I don't know what is!

    Although, at the same time, this generation does have a few cartoons that theyre going to look back on when they're older. Shrek, The Emperors new groove, The road to El dorado. They're all really funny and they DO have a moral to the story. I suppose we're attached to the old cartoons because they were part of us growing up.

    I think that the beast in Beauty and the Beast is the hottest man. (when he turns into a man that is) :-p

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  • cute post :D i loved it!
    a7em..first of all, i DID notice those lyrics as a child (im a prodigy) and they DID bug me, but i still loved to watch the cartoon over and over again..
    speaking of cartoons.....(dont get me started..im a junkie) wellll a7em..i have always had a crush on GESTON however u spell his name from beauty and the beast..he's rough, ruthless and yummy baby..i dont think the crush has faded..he can still turn me on.. lol ;P talk about SiCkO..lol anyway..
    my favourite disney cartoon to watch is beauty and the beast & the little mermaid and the lion king (okkk thats THREE, so thats cartoonSSS) the cartoon character i STILL RELATE TO, actually, he's stuck inside me & he has immensely influenced my life in EVERY way up til now and i have serious ISSUES getting the hell rid of him is (drum roll.....) peter "my man" pan..i have "peter pan syndrome" do u even KNOW there's a SYNDROME for it???????? i read it in a book!! and i have it! i mean it.serious.fear of growing up.fear of facing reality.STUCK IN NEVERLAND for the past ten years.can someone plz help me.actually the syndrome is that , u know what, i dont feel like explaining it in detail now...laterz.
    i totally agree with u that the old cartoons are nicer and more fun, well except for "finding nemo" and "madagascar", heyyy u know what? i LIKE the NEW ONES! hmmmmmm..ok, i think i should shut up or shove my face into a pillow hehe..
    loved ur blog girl..

    ps.i had a crush on jasmine and im a GIRL, i dont blame the guyz..she's hot ;P that tiny waste and tanned creamy complexion, those big brown eyes..have mercy :P

    ohhhh how can i forget: THE MUSIC! u know, i know all of them by heart, want me to sing them?!! (but u cant hear my voice :( u know what we used to do, we used to sing them for baba in the car until he was begging us to shut up and i used to FORCE my little sis to sing as the back up for me, like i would be aladdin and she would be jasmine and i had to make her my echo looool like i made her practice and everything and if she did it wrong i would bully her looooool im such a bossy bully lol i cant stop laughing! i used to force her to record them on tape with me loooool >>>>> i used to think it was OKAY to be a hot singer in saudi>>>> malat 3alaya i actually believed in that dream..ay dream ya 7asra..in katarat fil 7amam..and my family are no longer considered audience..i want fans, i want fame, i want glamour baby LOOOL minjid i got broken hearted laman kibirt..

    anyway, im hyper..i should leave lol :P
    loved the post!!!!

    By Blogger beejay™, at 7/9/06 9:21 AM  

  • sita: hehe ya Abu is adorable! ;P

    adorra: That's true, there are a few good cartoons these days. Actually, more than a few :P The ones you named, and a couple others like finding nemo, robots, etc. all you girls said you had a crush on the guy from beauty and the beast, i should rewatch that one :P

    beetlejuice: LOL! You comment made me laugh. Love the hyperness girl ;P Glad to know I'm not the only adult cartoon junkie! ;P
    Peter pan syndrome! lol think i have that, gonna check it out in a bit. Hot singer in Saudi! LOL! I think every girl had a dream of being a hot singer/star when she was young. oooh and also, your name made me want to rewatch beetlejuice :P I watched it when it was first out oo don't remember anything, so I went and got it a few days ago ;p

    By Blogger dishevelled, at 8/9/06 12:19 AM  

  • Thanks very much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I thought the water dispensers must be for travellers and those that need it but I didn't realise they might be put there by private families, that's interesting.

    It's really great to find a blog from Kuwait (and one I can understand!). We have the Aladdin video and it must have been approved by customs when we arrived 'cause they checked everything! I think I can see why it's banned but I agree with you that it's a pointless exercise and anyway banning anything, or even censoring parts of films, just makes everyone more curious!

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