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Armin Drogat Armin Drogat ... Aladin
Rainer Maria Ehrhardt Rainer Maria Ehrhardt ... Narrator (as R.M. Ehrhardt)
Georg Feils Georg Feils
Christoph Fellehner Christoph Fellehner ... (as Christopher Fellehner)
Mareile Mareile ... Soraya
Bernd Moehrle Bernd Moehrle
Klaus Mueller Klaus Mueller
Dirk Regenbogen Dirk Regenbogen
Viola Seiffe Viola Seiffe
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Germany

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German

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1993 (Germany) See more »

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Dingo Pictures See more »
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At one hour and four minutes, this is the longest Dingo Pictures movie. See more »

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In some shots, when characters get close to the edge of the screen, their bodyparts start disappearing due to the screen and the animation layers being cropped badly. See more »

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Aladdin with no magic or entertainment and a lot of creepiness
9 September 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It is easy to see why the animations of Dingo Pictures are relatively obscure, though those who have had the misfortune of seeing any of their output (which along with their equally low-budget computer animated counterpart Video Brinquedo have not once made anything worthwhile) cannot forget their awfulness. It is even easier to see why they are universally reviled.

Whether 'Aladin' is one of Dingo Pictures' worst is debatable, the list of contenders for that title is very long. It is however one of the strongest examples for the studio of target audience being called into serious question and it is one of their most inappropriately creepy. That it's unoriginal is the least of 'Aladin's' problems, those two above problems and its cheapness and laziness are far less easy to forgive. As was said before, it is hard to know where to start when there are no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Even for a studio with next to nothing worthwhile, their shortest efforts that see marginally more effort are their least bad but still have lots of problems, 'Aladin' is just an abomination, an almost unheard of word for me to use these days but this deserves it. Comparisons to the Disney film, although they are nothing alike pretty much, is inevitable and there is no question which is better, seeing as Disney's is actually good (masterpiece even). There are elements of the Arabian Nights tale in 'Aladin' but it is told so dully and with nothing to be enchanted or entertained by, found it an assault to the senses to be honest.

The animation is some of the worst there is, so awful it's unacceptable even for low-budget animation. It has flat colours, very simplistic backgrounds and lack of detail and derivative, shoddy, unfinished recycled and creepy character animation as well as a style that makes art of primary school children who draw and paint in half an hour or less seem more accomplished. There is a jerky almost surrealistic moment towards the start (about 9 minutes in), that just looks hideous and anybody with a neurological condition should beware.

Music always sounds misplaced, is more suited to a haunted house attraction and never fitting with what's going on, not to mention that it has little breathing space even in scenes that are in dire need for it. The opening music is actually the least bad asset of 'Aladin' but somehow didn't seem like it belonged, more like opening music for a video game. The script is incredibly repetitive and juvenile, some of it making one question who the target audience was meant to be, that it will insult any adult is bad enough but even young children will feel dumber after hearing some of the dialogue here.

The story feels incredibly stretched, 'Aladin' is Dingo Pictures' longest and it easily could have been shorter by nearly half if it just got to the point, had no irrelevant scenes and kept the pace tight, all three of which 'Aladin' fails abysmally at. It also has incredibly plodding pacing where one feels every second of its length (actually it feels twice as long), is very disjointed, goes nowhere a lot of the time and some of it is so aimless and jumpy it's incomprehensible, usually have no trouble following storytelling but had real trouble making sense of the story here. Plus there is absolutely no magic or entertainment value. Target audience is also a big problem, with 'Aladin' containing some wildly out of place creepiness and being too silly for adults.

Characters are excruciatingly irritating and a few irrelevant to the story. Not a likable or interesting character among them, most of them being nerve-gratingly annoying or enough to give one nightmares, that's including the genie.

Meanwhile, the sound effects are bizarre and randomly placed and the voice acting throughout is ill-fitting, constantly depressed-sounding and just grates on the nerves. German is a beautiful language, having sung in it many times, the voice acting in German has no poetry or engagement and gives an unintentional creepiness.

Overall, a mess. 1/10 (one of the most deserving recipients of this very rarely given out rating these days for me) Bethany Cox


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