Questioning Everything Disney Little To Much

Aladdin takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland

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Did you ever wonder how the Genie in Aladdin was able to recall and impersonate Jack Nicholson and Rodney Dangerfield? Or how he was able to joke that Aladdin’s clothes were “so 3rd century,” or turn Abu into a 1950s muscle car ? One solution from the depths of 4chan posits that Aladdin actually takes place in the distant future, after a horrific nuclear war.

Think about it. The movie never specifies the time or the country. When we first meet Genie, he’s complaining about the neck pains he has thanks to 10,000 years of indentured lampitude. If Genie knows enough about pop culture to become a game show host, this must be the far-flung future — around 12,000 AD. The primitive technology can only be explained by a giant world-ending catastrophe that wiped out almost everything but the Middle East. You still have some high-tech leftovers like the magic/nanomachine carpet, but for the most part it’s all wooden carts rolling around “Agrabah,” a mispronounced “Arabia.” The apocalyptic wasteland motif even made it to the video game, where you can see a stop sign buried in a sand dune:

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You could say that a mystical being like Genie experiences time and space in different ways than humans, and that he says he’s going to Disneyland at the end of the movie because he’s really going to time-travel, but that would be silly and not at all realistic.

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