Okay, I think we all know this is silly. I just wanted to watch Aladdin and get a post out of it. I feel no remorse. ANYWAY, I can offer a little commentary.
Aladdin is based off of a tale from The Thousand and One Nights, a very old story about Scheherezade, a princess who distracts her husband from killing her by telling him stories every night and leaving him on cliffhangers. The key elements remain-- the boy who finds a magic lamp and gets together with a sultan's daughter. Mostly, though, it's completely transformed by Disney drama and magic, and I am 1,001% okay with it.
I think we all need a little Disney in our lives.