Aladdin is set in the distant past, right? A classical Arabian tale?
It is actually set at least in the year 10,300AD! The evidence for this is both simple and clear:
- Genie tells Aladdin that his clothes are 'so third century', indicating that Genie has seen the year 299AD at the latest and regards it as a time in the past.
- Genie has been trapped in the lamp for 10,000 years.
Further evidence to support this is that:
- The genie knows of, and can do impressions of, various historical and fictional figures such as Julius Caesar, Don Quixote, Freud and Jack Nicholson. This indicates that Genie went into his 10,000 year imprisonment after the 20th century.
- The story is set in Agrabah. This is not a place that has ever existed in history... yet!
- Outside Agrabah is a desolate desert, akin to many post-apocalyptic worlds where the rest of society has been wiped out by some great calamity (for example, Judge Dredd)
- Aladdin flies about on a magic carpet. Current technology does not allow for such advanced anti-gravity devices, and yet in this futuristic world it is barely that remarkable.
- Iago the parrot is clearly genetically modified or a cyborg, being capable of proper speech and displaying signs of sapience and human-level intelligence. Again, no-one notes this as unusual.