On the heels of a blockbuster Movies in the Park series in 2022, the free series of film screenings under the stars looks to close it out with a classic: Aladdin.
The film was released in November 1992 and received positive reviews from critics, particularly for the performance by Mill Valley legend Robin Williams, who portrayed a Genie with great power that can only be exercised when his master wishes it. Aladdin became the highest-grossing film of 1992 and was the first animated feature to reach the half-billion-dollar mark. It was the highest-grossing animated film of all time until it was surpassed by The Lion King (1994).
Aladdin garnered two Academy Awards, as well as other accolades for its soundtrack, which had the first and only number from a Disney feature to earn a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, for the film’s “A Whole New World,” sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.
As usual, the final film of the Movies in the Park series is part of the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival – all part of a collaboration among Mill Valley Recreation, the Mill Valley Chamber and the California Film Institute. The Movies in the Park series kicked off in 2014 and has gotten bigger and better every year since. In 2018, the MV Chamber organized a successful fundraising campaign to raise enough money to purchase all of the equipment required to produce the series, propelled by a $5,000 grant from the Outdoor Art Club.
All films begin at sunset, which is approximately 6:30pm for Oct. 14. No reservations required. No capacity limits. No snacks available for purchase.
Here’s the trailer for Aladdin: