"Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts."
Genie's lamp (alternatively referred to as the Magic Lamp or Aladdin's lamp) is a magical oil lamp featured in Aladdin, whose owner has the ability to summon and temporarily control a wish-granting Genie with cosmic power. As it contains an all-powerful servant, the lamp has been coveted by many for thousands of years.
- 1 Background
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Live-action appearances
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Trivia
- 6 See also
The lamp has existed for millennia, though it's origins are unknown. As one of the most powerful objects in the universe, the lamp was hidden deep within the Cave of Wonders, a cavern that can only be summoned by a golden scarab and entered by an individual known as the Diamond in the Rough.
The lamp itself resembles an oil lamp, which have been used as "genie lamps" in Arabian folklore for generations. It is completely gold in color. The interior was described by Genie as very cramped and small. Despite this, the interior has been fully seen as part of of the Inside the Genie's Lamp featurette, in which the lamp boasts a large living room, dining room, a master bedroom with a "fly in" closet, and even a garden decorated with topiaries, flora, and water features. Additional areas that are mentioned (but unseen) include a ballroom and a breakfast nook.
The lamp was hidden away in the mysterious Cave of Wonders for centuries. For years the lamp has been constantly wanted by the evil vizier, Jafar, until Aladdin got a hold of it and was granted three wishes. After Aladdin used his first two wishes, Jafar's pet parrot sidekick Iago was able to steal the lamp and give it to Jafar. After Jafar was tricked into using his third wish to become a genie himself, Aladdin reclaimed the lamp. He used his third wish to set the Genie free, and the lamp was used as a home/residence for Genie instead of a prison.
Although still Genie's 'default' location to reside in (although he was able to leave the lamp on his own accord rather than being perpetually trapped in it until rubbed like he was originally), Genie tended to spend more time outside of his lamp than within it, the lamp serving as a place to rest more than anything else. On at least three occasions the lamp was stolen: once by Abis Mal who sought to make the Genie grant him his wishes (unaware that Genie was no longer obligated to grant wishes after his freedom), another time by Mozenrath whilst he was asleep inside it to lure Aladdin to him, and again by a 'charitable' Iago who attempted to sell it, prompting Genie to attempt to get it back as he missed his home.
Hercules: The Animated Series
In the crossover special, Aladdin was being attacked by Pain and Panic. He tricked them into rubbing the lamp having Genie punch them back to the Underworld.
House of Mouse
The lamp can be seen in occasion by Genie's side although most of the time, Genie is around and about without it. In the episode, "Donald's Lamp Trade," it was seen in the club's storage room inside a crate labeled "Aladdin's Lamp." Apparently, Donald made a deal with Jafar to get him the lamp in exchange for getting back at Mickey for calling him a ham. However, it was later proven to be the wrong lamp when Jafar revealed that he actually wanted the one in Mickey's dressing room.
The lamp was also used to capture Jafar when Mickey was fighting him for the ownership of the club on Halloween in the movie, Mickey's House of Villains. Aladdin tossed it to him from behind a door with Goofy claiming that the lamp will hold Jafar for eternity.
In the live-action remake of Aladdin, the lamp served the same basic role: containing an all-powerful Genie and hidden within the Cave of Wonders until Aladdin is sent by Jafar to retrieve it, only to be betrayed and trapped within the cave, but Abu was able to steal it back. However, the lamp has one additional rule to use it: the user must rub the lamp before making a wish.
Later on in the movie, the lamp was stolen by Jafar himself who uses his first two wishes, but then is stolen again by Jasmine, who escapes with Aladdin on the Magic Carpet, only for the former vizier to reclaim it again and then use it to become a genie himself after being tricked by Aladdin. Afterwards, Aladdin reclaims the lamp and uses his final wish to set the Genie free.
Images of Genie's Lamp.
Kingdom Hearts series
Disney Magic Kingdoms
Inside Genie's Lamp
Disney Parks and other live appearances
Merchandise and Miscellaneous
- The first time he rubs it, Aladdin mentions the lamp has something written on the side: what this writing says is never revealed.
- The lamp was seen in The Princess and the Frog during the song "Dig a Little Deeper", while Mama Odie was pulling out items from her chest.
- Genie's lamp appeared in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, during the song "This Is the End".
- The lamp (either Genie's or Jafar's) makes a cameo in the ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Upon finding it in the luggage, G2-9T states that the Star Tours' non-smoking policy extends to luggage as well.
- The lamp can be seen in Zootopia, located on Yax's shelf in the Mystic Springs Oasis' reception office.
- The lamp can be seen in The Jungle Book remake, located in a treasure pile inside King Louie's temple.
- In Moana, the lamp is seen on Tamatoa's shell when Maui first arrives during "Shiny".
- Several lamps identical to Genie's appear in the Mickey and the Roadster Racers episode "Ye Olde Royal Heist", as part of the Queen of England's treasury.
- In the sequel, it is revealed that if a Genie's lamp is destroyed, the Genie itself dies. However, it is unknown if the destruction of the lamp will have an affect on the Genie himself since he is free, and his imprisonment in the lamp has been lifted. Likely, since the Genie had lost some power after being free, (which could've been a result of the excessive amount of power which was used to life the imprisonment) it is likely that his freedom has lifted the connection between him and the lamp, which was powerful enough to destroy him. So had Aladdin not freed the Genie, the Genie would've died had the lamp had been destroyed.