'Aladdin' CinemaCon footage goes all in with Will Smith's Genie

Will Smith as the Genie in Disney's 'Aladdin': You ain't never had a friend like him, unless you count the 1992 version.
Will Smith as the Genie in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’: You ain’t never had a friend like him, unless you count the 1992 version.
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Disney’s remake train is still chugging along mightily, and the next stop on this nostalgia tour is Aladdin

The studio unveiled a never-before-seen clip from the upcoming remake at CinemaCon Wednesday, featuring Will Smith’s take on the much-loved number “Friend Like Me.” 

And while it’s certainly a little odd to hear Smith’s Genie boast that we’ve never had a friend like him when we literally did have a friend almost exactly like him, in 1992, Smith’s enthusiasm sells the song well enough.

The exclusive footage opens with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) in the cave of wonders, having been instructed to obtain the lamp and touch nothing else. Abu, however, picks up a red gemstone, bringing forth fire and lava all around the cave. Just as all seems to be lost, they’re whisked away by a magic carpet.

Back on solid ground, Aladdin examines the lamp and notices something swirling inside. As he rubs off the dust to get a closer look, an enormous blue genie emerges. “Oh great one who summons me, terrible one who commands me, I stand by your oath, loyal to your wishes three,” he booms.

Aladdin barely has time to be intimidated before the Genie assures him that he’s kidding, magics a drum set and a trumpet for Abu, launching into “Friend Like Me.” 

Those concerned by Smith’s blue Genie look may be relieved to hear that it actually looks just fine in this context.

By the end, Aladdin and Genie find themselves dancing in a cave full of animals and fireworks, until Genie magics everything back to the way it was. “You can clap now,” he says, miming a mic drop.

The video then transitioned into a sizzle reel of other scenes from the movie: Aladdin asking Jasmine (Naomi Scott) to trust him and join him on the magic carpet ride, Jasmine’s tiger licking Aladdin’s face, Jasmine and her friends dancing at a ball, Aladdin sprinting across rooftops in a high-speed chase.

In contrast to The Lion King, Aladdin seems less like a shot-for-shot recreation of its ’90s original than an attempt to recapture some of its energy. 

It approximates the colorful freneticism of the original number, cycling through eye-poppingly bizarre scenarios so fast we can barely keep up — but the specific details of those scenes are different. 

Likewise, Smith’s performance seems to owe a lot to Robin Williams’, but feels more straightforward, relying less on wacky voices and impressions and more on Smith’s easy charisma. 

Those concerned by Smith’s blue Genie look may be relieved to hear that it actually looks just fine in this context, perhaps because it’s no stranger than anything else on display in this sequence. 

Here’s hoping it works just as well in the rest of Aladdin. The film opens May 24.

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Aladdin has a filthy side (and nipples!) in this parody trailer

Are you looking for some wholesome, family-friendly fun? This is decidedly not that.

YouTuber Tommy Stanfield recently shared a parody trailer of the beloved movie Aladdin, which reanimates the titular character into a crass, beer-chugging, face-tattooed bro. The new additions range from pretty tame (finally giving Aladdin real nipples!), to downright gross (lots of fart noises and flies buzzing). But all of it still uncomfortably well-animated. 

While we’re not sure if Walt would approve, it sure seems like the internet does. 

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People are shook by a very blue Will Smith as Genie in the upcoming 'Aladdin' film

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Another teaser for the live-action version of Aladdin dropped during the Grammys on Sunday, giving us more of a look at the much-anticipated film.

Fans saw more of Mena Massoud as Aladdin, but we also got to see Will Smith take on the important role of Genie. A very blue Genie.

A glimpse of Smith on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly was published back in December, leaving fans thinking that was the final look for Genie, and for some, perhaps wondering “why isn’t he blue?”

Well, the newest trailer showed a very blue Genie in action, which seemed to have caught people by surprise. 

It might just be the CGI-ness of Genie, or the fact that he’s very, like, extremely blue, but it’s certainly shaken people up.

People had some… thoughts.

Aladdin is out in the US on May 24.

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Oh whew, the new 'Aladdin' trailer has a real blue Genie

All right, Disney fans. You asked for it and now you got it. 

The new trailer for the live action Aladdin shows a lot of awesome new footage, including the Cave of Wonders, Abu, Jasmine’s dope fashion, and most importantly a truly blue Will Smith as the genie. You ain’t never had a friend like this!

Disney’s Aladdin is set to release on May 24, 2019.

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