- Year created: ~1000 AD
- Disney premier: 1992
- Favority hunk: Aladdin
- Favorite activity: Being needy
- Similar to: Belle, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White
The Princess Jasmine Aladdin cartoon is a fictional character in Disney’s 1992 animated feature film Aladdin. She subsequently appears in the film’s two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), and in the animated television series based on the film. Jasmine is the sixth official Disney Princess, and the first to be of Arabian heritage. In the first film, Jasmine, the beautiful princess of Agrabah, is being forced to marry a prince by her father, the Sultan. Jasmine, however, has grown tired of her controlled palace life, and dreams of abandoning it in preference for a life of adventure in which she is free to marry whomever she chooses. The Princess Jasmine Aladdin cartoon is based on Princess Badroulbadour from the tale of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights). The character has received generally mixed to positive reception, many praising her personality, but some criticizing her story and calling her “predictable”.
Supervising animator Mark Henn worked on early development of the character from the animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida—in full view of theme-park guests. Henn says he saw a young park visitor with a long, flowing black mane, and was inspired by her look for the Princess Jasmine Aladdin cartoon. Her facial features were based on Henn’s sister Beth. Jasmine is an official member of the Disney Princess line, a prominent franchise directed to young girls. The Princess Jasmine Aladdin cartoon covers a wide variety of merchandise, including but not limited to magazines, music albums, toys, video games, clothes and stationery. Princess Jasmine has made many appearances outside of the Aladdin films, including appearances at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character. She is a frequently-seen character, and often accompanies Aladdin, and occasionally Genie.
A “Meh” Princess?
The Princess Jasmine Aladdin cartoon has received generally mixed reception. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the character as a lead, calling her and love interest Aladdin “pale and routine,” and one of Aladdin’s weaknesses as a film. Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine gave the character a negative review, calling her another “free-spirited” type in the Barbie-doll tradition, a faux feminist who wants everyone to know that she can do everything the boys can”.
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