4 September 2012 12:02 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I hate the end of the summer. Doesn't matter that I'm out of school or living in Los Angeles where it's as eternally sunny as the set of Oklahoma!, but autumn means the death of whimsy and the rebirth of darkness. That's all! Sigh! I refuse to cope. As a tribute to the trillions of children marching back to homeroom this year, I'm toasting one of my favorite kiddy movies ever and the definitive Disney caper, Aladdin.

Surely there are plenty of you who prefer the giddiness of The Little Mermaid or the majesty of Beauty and the Beast, but for me, Aladdin is Walt's definitive latter-day exhibition of style and chutzpah. And it's effing funny. And almost every character is lovable and openly crazy. Without further ado, let's investigate the five key reasons why Aladdin may just be the best movie ever.

1. Aladdin is the finest Disney prince.

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