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The Aladdin Cave The Aladdin Cave

I was a child of the 90’s.  My childhood memories are riddled with Disney animation (before computer animation), boy bands and neon colors. It’s the Disney movies I remember the best. It was completely acceptable for my 10 or 12 year old self to watch an animated movie. One of my favorites was Aladdin. Recently I watched this with my kids and as an adult I was slightly offended.  It’s a little (ok a lot) stereotypical and maybe even a bit Orientalist. According to my mom, it was perfectly acceptable at the time.  My favorite scene was, and still is when Abu is jumping around the Cave of Wonders. Shining object everywhere, piles of gold and jewels, bright colors.

Bead Shop Marrakech

When I was walking through the medina of Marrakech a small shop tucked away caught my eye.  I turned and entered the narrow shop.  Bright colors, glistening off of string after string of beads.  The floor was piled with trinkets and save for a narrow walkway there was no where to step. It was like the dreamworld of Aladdin’s Cave, but sadly with cheap beads and trinkets.

If even for a few moments, I was brought back to that childhood innocence as I pulled through the beads and imagined what it might be like were they strings of jewels.

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Lisa Tognola

    August 5, 2012 #1 Author

    Enchanting post — and blog! Great to meet you at Blogher. Tweet soon!


  • Sarah

    August 3, 2012 #2 Author

    As a fellow child of the 90’s, I also loved Disney movies, and especially Aladdin!! :-) It has been many years since I have watched it, though. Perhaps I should watch it again now to see if I have the same reaction as you of being slightly offended… I imagine that I will notice and actually recognize the stereotypes as such much more now than I did as a child. However, I hope that the wonder and amazement I felt when watching it for the first time will still be there when I see the many scenes of lively colors and cultural beauty.


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