Editor’s Note: As a fan of Disney animated classics, this look at an Aladdin series of cans put a smile on my face! But I’ll let Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, tell you more!
Quite often, beverage cans made outside of the United States are quite outstanding. The 1994 Fanta Disney’s Aladdin set from Germany is a great example of spectacular can design.
Most people have seen or know of Disney’s 31st animated film, Aladdin. It was released nationwide in the United States on November 25, 1992 and made its way over to Germany on November 18, 1993. The story is based on the folktale of “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” from “One Thousand and One Nights”. Disney’s Aladdin featured many voice talents, including, Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, and Frank Welker (of Scooby-Doo fame) and went on to win two Academy Awards (among other awards) and spin off into two sequels.
Fanta’s Aladdin cans are all made from steel. This means they are sturdier than the aluminum cans of the United States with this thicker material. This helps to avoid denting but also adds to their weight. Steel cans are also magnetic as aluminum cans are not. All of the cans in this set are in full color on a white background and only on the Fanta Orangenlimonade (translated: Orangeade or Orange Soda) flavor. Each can has text that reads, “Film-Sammelmotiv” (translated: Film-motif collection) followed by the number of the can in the set. The artwork on each can looks like it could have been taken from a scene in the movie.
The first can is titled, “Im Palastgarten” (translated: In the Palace Garden). Here we see Princess Jasmine sitting on some stairs in front of a fountain in the palace garden. There are many doves flying around her as well as one that has landed in her hand. Her pet tiger, Rajah, and her father, The Sultan, are in front of her in the foreground. There is a green border around this scene and at the top is the palace with the lamp and a couple of swords to either side of the palace.
The second can is titled, “Im Versteck” (translated: In Hiding). This scene takes place in the marketplace outside of the palace where Princess Jasmine disguises herself as a peasant girl. Here she meets Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu. The palace can be seen in the background. This scene has a brown border and there are many Royal Guards along the top of the can.
The third can is titled, “Der Schatz in der Höhle” (translated: The Treasure in the Cave). Here we see the main antagonist, Jafar, with his Scarlet macaw, Iago. This is where Jafar convinces Aladdin to retrieve The Magic Lamp from The Cave of Wonders. Abu also appears on this can, as well as, the tiger entrance to the cave. The entire scene is in a red and yellow border and at the top of the can is the Magic Lamp lying on a sea of treasures.
The fourth can is titled, “Die Wunderlampe” (translated: The Magic Lamp). This scene shows Abu holding The Magic Lamp which Aladdin just rubbed. Aladdin is kneeling in shock that something is coming out of the lamp. Behind Aladdin is The Magic Carpet. This scene is in a yellow border and at the top we see Aladdin with a diploma and wearing a graduation cap, Abu and The Magic Carpet having a drink, Aladdin as Prince Ali, and an elephant.
The fifth can is titled, “Der fliegende Teppich” (translated: The Flying Carpet). This scene shows Princess Jasmine and Aladdin as Prince Ali together flying on The Magic Carpet high above The Palace. They are surrounded by a blue border and at the top are many poses of Abu looking angry and worried.
Overall, the 1994 Fanta Disney’s Aladdin cans are a very well-designed set. As Disney cans, they are also very collectible. I really like the use of all of the colors and the fact that the order of the cans remains true to the order of the animated film.