The Magic Carpet, better known as just Carpet, is a carpet from Disney's 1992 film Aladdin and its two sequels. He is a good friend of Genie. Aladdin and Abu first finds Carpet in the Cave of Wonders while trying to find Genie's lamp.
Carpet is known for being one of the first computer animated characters in a feature film. Carpet's complex design forced the animators to design his pattern in computer animation. Carpet was animated by Randy Cartwright. Randy animated the hands and feet in traditional animation while the rest of Carpet was computer animated.
In the first film he quickly befriends Aladdin and risks his own life to save him. Carpet happily joins Aladdin on his magical adventure to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. One thing Carpet does not enjoy is how Aladdin would not tell the truth about him truly being a street rat. Over the course of the series, Carpet has shown to possess an almost-human level of intelligence, such as being scared by some of Genie's stories, showing gratitude when Jasmine said that she would ride on him while the others took a hot-air balloon, and reminding Aladdin that he had forgotten the anniversary of his and Jasmine's first date. Also, unlike Genie, he doesn't take losing seriously and just shake hands with Genie when he won a game
AppearancesPrincess Jasmine and save Agrabah from the evil Jafar. In the film's final battle, Carpet is unraveled by Jafar, but is restored once Jafar and Iago are trapped in their own lamp.
Carpet appears as a main character in the film's spin off television series, featuring prominently in several plots; on one occasion Aladdin's enemy Abis Mal stole Carpet and forced the rug to fly him to the location of a valuable treasure by threatening him with moths, while another episode featured Carpet feeling dejected after the group met a race of sprites who allowed them to fly without him (Although he later proved his continued worth by tricking the sprites into settling the palace back in its original location after they got angry at the rest of the group and nearly allowed the palace to crash). He has a somewhat friendly rivalry with Genie as the two often play each other at various games such as Chess (with Carpet, much to Genie's frustration, often winning). He proves to be somewhat fearless not caring how cruel or mighty their opponent might be, when Aladdin or one of his friends gets hurt, Carpet rushes into battle.
In the special crossover event, Carpet and Aladdin battled the Greek hero-in-training Hercules after they were fooled to believe he had kidnapped Abu. Rivaling Hercules' flying companion, Pegasus, Carpet assisted Aladdin throughout the battle until it was discovered that Hercules was framed as part of the scheme concocted by Jafar and Hercules' nemesis Hades in an attempt to have the two heroes kill each other in combat. After the truth was revealed, Carpet and the others headed down to Hades' home in the Underworld to defeat the duo.
In this story, during a time where Aladdin and Genie are away, Carpet serves as Jasmine's personal assistant, tagging along with her on various royal events such as parades and openings in the bazaar, as well as making sure she keeps up with them all, whilst still being ever so loyal and friendly to her in the prices. Nonetheless, he appears to support Jasmine's dream of becoming more than a mere "peacock princess" and immediately lends a helping tassel when the prized horse of Jasmine's deceased mother escapes the palace due to the accidentally bumbling of Abu.
Carpet appears along with Jasmine in Two to Tangu. He appears during the song Ride of Our Lives, then he and Jasmine head back to Agrabah after helping Sofia and Amber.
Carpet makes several cameos in the television series House of Mouse. His most notable is in the episode "Donald Wants to Fly". In the beginning he flies Mickey onto stage. Later he performs an incredible stunt even having Phil say to Hercules "Whoa, you can't beat that rug!" In the episode "Donald's Lamp Trade", Carpet rescued Donald from the basement after his attempt to steal forbidden treasure. He also appears in the episode "Chip n' Dale" for a few moments as Carpet helps the two chipmunks retrieve the nuts Goofy passed out.
Carpet made a cameo during at the end of film in cinema.
Carpet made a cameo in the beginning. When Tiana is going to her second job, Carpet is shown as the floor rug a woman is shaking out.
Carpet appears in the Kingdom Hearts game series, although his role is limited to appearing only in Agrabah. Like his film appearance, Carpet is found within the Cave of Wonders in Kingdom Hearts, and serves as an ally to Sora and his friends.Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. In its appearances in Kingdom Hearts I and II, it serves mainly as transportation in Agrabah.
Carpet also makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days with Genie. A notable part about this appearance was how Carpet was earily able to see the connection between Sora and Roxas when he believes the latter to be Sora, although Genie dismisses it.
Carpet makes a short appearance in the episode "Two to Tangu" where he hears Jasmine whistling and he appears out of a tunnel and flies Jasmine with another Magic Carpet flying Sofia and Amber following him behind. Then Carpet flies Jasmine back to Agrabah after saying goodbye to Sofia and Amber.
The magic Carpet appear on the show like a vehicle used by Jafar who established his base on a floating island in Wonderland. In a flashback, the carpet is also used to capture Cyrus, during its fall caused by the Red Queen.
Carpet appeared in the Magic Kingdom park in the parade along with Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Abu. Carpet also has an aerial-carousel ride named The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney Studios Park (under the name of Flying Carpets Over Agrabah) and Tokyo DisneySea (under the name of Jasmine's Flying Carpets).
Carpet appears in the Aladdin stage musical in Disney's California Adventure Park. Here, he is played by a female actress and acts alongside Genie as a comic relief. During the Whole New World scene, the Carpet becomes a lifeless prop.
- Carpet's gender was never revealed until Aladdin met Genie where he called him by his nickname Rug Man, also when the carpet met Princess Jasmine, kissed her hand and it means he can be male.
- Although the circumstances are unknown, Carpet and Genie apparently knew each prior to the first movie possibly to them both sharing imprisonment in the Cave of Wonders.
- In The Return of Jafar and Aladdin (TV series) the Carpet was less detailed but became slightly more detailed in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. This could be probably due to the smaller budgets used during production of The Return of Jafar and the TV series.
- Near the end of the song "One Jump Ahead", Aladdin and Abu jump onto a carpet to escape from Razoul and the other guards, and riding it to safety on the ground while Razoul and the guards accidentally land in a cart full of "Crazy Hakim's discount fertilizer" manure.
- According to Disneystrology, the Magic Carpet's birthday would be November 7th.
- Carpet, with Jasmine's help, taught Sofia and Amber how to ride a fellow magic carpet.
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