May 4, 2011
Today I chose to write about a great Disney
villain, and I dedicate this week's Who's Who? to my buddy, Tyler
Dodge! Jafar is a wonderful villain; he has amazing powers beyond
belief. Jafar has appeared in Aladdin and Aladdin: The Return of
Jafar, as well as Mickey's House of Villains and Mickey's Magical
Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. He also has been on
House of Mouse, Hercules: The Animated series, Aladdin the video
game, Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge for Playstation, and the
Kingdom Hearts series.
Jafar has made his home in Agrabah and at the end
of Aladdin, Genie sends him to the Cave of Wonders. Jafar has a
sister named Nasira and a pet parrot named Iago, who eventually
turns his back on Jafar.
Jafar has a wicked Arabian look to him. He wears a
long black and red robe with a red sash around his waist, and a
black turban with a yellow strip on it, a ruby jewel, and a red
feather. But his best accessory is his magical serpent staff that
helps with his magical powers. He also has a very curly goatee and
Jafar was animated by Andreas Deja and Kathy
Zelinski. Jafar has been voiced by 3 people: Akira Takarada in the
Japanese versions, and Jonathan Freeman and Jim Cummings in others.
Jafar can be found in Disney parks around the
world. He can be found in Villains Mix and Mingle at the Magic
Kingdom, in Fantasmic! trying to defeat Mickey Mouse, and on the
Disney Cruise Line in a show called Disney Villains Tonight. He can
also be found as a meet and greet character on occasion over at the
Magic of Disney Animation building at Disney's Hollywood Studios and
he makes appearances during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties
at the Magic Kingdom.