The Merchant in Aladdin Hustled You
February 26, 2013 4 Comments
I’m sure we have all seen the movie Aladdin at some point in our exciting lives. Remember in the beginning of the movie, when that crazy little merchant roams around the desert on a camel before getting to Agrabah. Once he gets there, he tells us (the audience) the story of the magic lamp while also trying to sell us some of his items.
Theory #1 – The entire story is made up
Theory #2 – The Merchant is the Genie
After doing some research, I came across an article on Cracked.com that theorized that the Merchant and the Genie were the exact same person.
They explain that when the movie starts, we see Aladdin finding the magic lamp and making his three wishes, the last of which is to free the wish-granting Genie himself, who goes off to see the world.
The merchant is the same person as the Genie. After the Genie gets freed, he becomes a peddler who travels across the land, selling stuff while retelling the incredible tale that led to his freedom.
So first, they both are blue and have a red band around their wastes which is obvious and can be a dumb coincidence, but it gets better. They both also have bushy eye brows and the same curly beard. Okay, still can be just a coincidence. But why are they the ONLY two characters in the movie to have 4 fingers? ehhh that’s kinda weird. Not to mention both characters are voiced by Robin Williams.
Cracked.com explains it like this:
Think about it: Leaving aside the straight-to-video sequels for a moment, nothing in the actual movie says that the Genie will get to keep his powers after being freed. Why should he? The last time we see him, he’s flying off into the sky, but who says he didn’t run out of power two seconds later and come crashing down into the desert, powerless and mortal?
Yea, don’t worry, he hustled me too.