The Genie's Vision
Aladdin's discovery of a magical lamp releases a Genie of untold age and mischief. She bestows Aladdin with three wishes, and to demonstrate her power in absolute form, she conjures a vision of the exotic Princess Jasmine with whom Aladdin has already fallen deeply in love with. The scene unfolds in dream-like quality with transitions shifting like sand in a desert. Aladdin and the Princess engage in a playful chase against a silk backdrop and servant girls dressed in brilliant jewel tones. The fast-paced vision dissolves leaving Aladdin fully prepared to make his first wish to the Genie.
Aladdin is a Middle Eastern folk tale. It is one of the tales in the Book of One Thousand and One Nights (“The Arabian Nights”), and one of the best known—though it was actually added to the collection in the 18th century by Frenchman Antoine Galland.
One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706.)
The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Perisan, Mesopotamian, Indian, Jewish, and Egyptian folklore and literature.