Will Smith's 'Aladdin' genie faces Twitter backlash

Back in December, the world got the very first look of Will Smith as the Genie in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin, though many fans were left somewhat bewildered when they only saw a rather boring human-form of what's universally remembered as a classic animation.

It also featured looks at Jasmine and more scenes featuring Aladdin and Agrabah.

Watch Disney's Aladdin trailer above and decide for yourself: Duke basketball fan or Paul Giamatti in Big Fat Liar?

Disney's Aladdin trailer introduces viewers to the titular hero's adventure and his wish-granting sidekick, the Genie. I'm now actually hoping that Will Smurf (as Trevor has affectionately dubbed him) stays in his human form instead for most of the movie.

This is Will Smith's Genie.

The one minute-long preview doesn't give much away about the movie, although fans do get glimpses of the cast in their new roles, such Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott stars as Princess Jasmine.

Smith even tried to preempt criticism in an Instagram post where he said "and yes, I'm gonna be BLUE". When the first images from the film came out, there were criticisms over Will Smith's Genie not looking "blue' enough". A new teaser for Aladdin debuted during Sunday's Grammy Awards and revealed Smith in all his CGI glory - sparking instant reactions across social media.

Will Smith's Genie certainly is a lot more busy and involved than Robin Williams, but is it better?

Hop on your magic carpet to go see "Aladdin in theaters nationwide on May 24, 2019". This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I'm one.

  • Marlene Weaver