The Return of Jafar (also known as Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar) is a 1994 American animated film that is a direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 animated film Aladdin, both produced by The Walt Disney Company. The film was released on May 20, 1994 and serves as the first episode of the Aladdin animated series. Culled from material originally intended for the first five episodes of the Aladdin TV series, The Return of Jafar was the first Disney direct-to-video animated feature release. Another Aladdin direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, followed in 1996. The film was the first American animated direct-to-video project released.
In the film, Jafar escapes from confinement and returns to Agrabah to gain his revenge against Aladdin and his companions, Princess Jasmine, Genie, Abu, Carpet, the Sultan and Iago (now turned against Jafar).
A clan of bandits, led by the incompetent Abis Mal, return to their hideout, only to have the brunt of their loot stolen by Aladdin and Abu. Aladdin distributes the treasure amongst the poor of Agrabah - with the exception of a jewel flower, which Aladdin gives to Jasmine.
Meanwhile, in the desert, Iago manages to dig himself and Jafar's genie lamp out of the sand, where they were exiled by the Genie. Afar orders Iago to release him, but Iago rebels against Jafar and throws the lamp into a nearby well. He returns to Agrabah, hoping to gain favor with Aladdin, in order to return to the palace. When he encounters Aladdin, his claim of being a slave under hypnosis does not fare well and is pursued. Aladdin runs into Abis Mal and his bandits, but is inadvertently rescued by Iago. Aladdin returns to the palace and jails Iago, promising to allow a fair trial. He and Jasmine are greeted by the Genie, who has returned from seeing the world and is content with staying with his friends.
At a special dinner held in Aladdin's honor, the Sultan announces that he wants to make Aladdin his new grand vizier. Trying to draw on the good mood, Aladdin attempts to persuade the Sultan to forgive Iago, but Iago inadvertently ruins the dinner when Rajah chases him into the room. The Sultan and Jasmine are furious at Aladdin, and Jasmine leaves the room heartbroken that Aladdin did not trust eve her about this. With Iago's help, though, Jasmine eventually reconciles with Aladdin.
While Abis Mal is washing himself at a well, he sees Afar's lamp and when he and rubs it, Jafar appears as an abominable genie. Despite being bound by the laws of obedience, Jafar manipulates his master into wasting his first two wishes, but forms an alliance to the end of exacting revenge upon Aladdin. The pair travel to Agrabah, where Jafar reveals himself to Iago and coerces him into complying with his schemes. The next day, Aladdin and the Sultan depart to have a discussion about Iago's fate, while Jafar confronts the Genie and Abu in the Palace gardens and imprisons them.
As Aladdin discusses with the Sultan, he is ambushed by Abis Mal, who is supported by Jafar's sorcery. The Sultan is kidnapped and Aladdin thrown into the raging river. Jafar frames Aladdin for the assumed death of the Sultan and has him sentenced to death.
Iago decides to side with Aladdin's friends by releasing the Genie to save Aladdin. Once everyone is freed, Aladdin decides to destroy Jafar, which could only occur by destroying his lamp. Jafar and Abis Mal celebrate Aladdin's death, but Jafar demands to be set free. Abis Mal, however, hesitates, and even after Jafar bribes him with mountains of treasure, he still refuses to set Jafar free, out of concern that Jafar's rewards will vanish and aware that Jafar could not harm him. Aladdin attempts to steal the lamp, but is discovered and he and Abis Mal are blown out of the throne room into the palace garden by Jafar. Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, Abu and Carpet engage Jafar in combat, but even when bound by the rules of the Genie, he easily outmatches them, using his tremendous powers to prevent them from obtaining the lamp. His indiscriminate use of power opens a fissure in the ground which is filled with magma, trapping Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie and Abu. However, Iago arrives and grabs the lamp and is wounded by Jafar. Iago kicks the lamp into the magma before being rendered unconscious. The lamp melts and submerges, and Jafar is destroyed once and for all. Aladdin rescues Iago and flees the fissure as Jafar's power vanishes and everything is restored to normal before Iago awakens.
Iago is welcomed to the palace as a trusted friend and slowly recovers from his wounds. Aladdin announces to the Sultan that he is not yet ready to become a grand vizier, because he first wants to see the world. Jasmine declares that she will join him, but Iago objects to this. Meanwhile, Abis Mal is stuck in a tree and realizes that he will never have his third wish.
- Scott Weinger as Aladdin (sung by Brad Kane)
- Jonathan Freeman as Jafar
- Gilbert Gottfried as Iago
- Dan Castellaneta as Genie
- Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine (sung by Liz Callaway)
- Jason Alexander as Abis Mal
- Frank Welker as Abu and Rajah
- Val Bettin as Sultan
- Jim Cummings as Razoul
- Jeff Bennett as Thief
- B.J. Ward as Street Mother
Graphic differences from the first movie Edit
- In this film, the Genie has the bracelets, despite the end of the first film they were removed, being released from the lamp.
- On Jafar's dress, the prevails is red, while in the first film it was black.
- The flying carpet is no longer on the computer.
- In the first movie, Jafar's snake stick has its mouth closed until the latter becomes a wizard and the mouth becomes open, while in the second movie, although Jafar is always a wizard genie, the mouth is again closed.
- Arabian Nights (performed by Brian Hannan)
- I'm Looking Out for Me (performed by Gilbert Gottfried)
- Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) (performed by Dan Castellaneta, Brad Kane and Liz Callaway)
- Forget About Love (performed by Gilbert Gottfried, Liz Callaway and Brad Kane)
- You're Only Second Rate (performed by Jonathan Freeman)
- It's a Small World After All
International releases Edit
For information about international dubs and releases, The Return of Jafar/International.