Djinns vs. Aladdin’s Genie
At this point, I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell you to go watch that video up there anymore. You know the drill.
Now that you know all about Djinns, let’s go deeper (Inception, anyone?).
Whenever people ask me what my favorite animated Disney movie is, I’m always stumped. I have so many favorites: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Peter Pan. I usually end up just saying Aladdin, though. Maybe because I had a huge crush on him when I was little. It got to the point where I threw Imaginary-Jasmine out the window of a moving car so that I could be with Imaginary-Aladdin. Needless to say, the relationship didn’t work out. Mostly because of his lack of existence. Also, because I was about 6 years-old.
If you remember, in Aladdin Aladdin rubs the magic lamp, Genie is freed, and Aladdin gets three wishes. So, if I say “genie” you probably think of a large blue man voiced by Robin Williams, am I right? Well, what if I say “djinn”? I don’t know about you, but I picture something a little darker when I think of Djinns. Genies and Djinns are the same thing. In fact, when Djinn is translated into English, it means “genie.”
For the most part animated Disney movies aren’t scary. Yes, there are instances when you watch them back as an adult and go “oh, my God! That’s horrible! How did this not terrify me as a child?!” I think that realization hit me when I watched Anastasia (which, admittedly, isn’t Disney, but it is animated) when I was 13. There is this one bit where Rasputin’s head falls into his stomach, and he just reaches in and pulls it out. I don’t understand how I didn’t run away screaming at that point when I was a kid. Mostly, though, Disney is pretty tame. They don’t aim to scare little kids. They’d be losing their main audience.
So, when they did Aladdin they couldn’t portray Djinns as they really are: scary. They are invisible, hostile creatures who delight in frightening people. No one would want to watch a movie about a street rat that gets continuously tricked and scared by a genie. Thus, they had to make the genie friendly.
Long story short, if you ever meet a Djinn, don’t expect to be friends like Aladdin and Genie. It probably won’t sound like Robin Williams, either.
I will just leave you with this: