Ironically, Disney caught flack in December after a teaser was released showing Will Smith in his natural form. Jafar can even be seen leading Aladdin to the Cave of the Wonders. "I did not bring a daughter into this world for her to know THIS as the Genie", read a tweet. The new TV commercial, dubbed a "Special Look" at the remake, shows us the new Genie in all his glory and he certainly looks a lot more blue this time. Totally sold up until I saw the genie.
First look at the blue version of Genie got me like.
"Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis", added another. Many fans were outraged, anxious that the remake's genie would not be blue like the animated Robin Williams version of old. "Y'all need to trust me more often!"
Many people compared Smith's Genie, unfavorably, to other blue characters from pop culture, like Arrested Development's Tobias Fünke or the Na'vi from Avatar. The comedian quipped in a separate post that Smith "looks like the last character you unlock in a Final Fantasy game and you rarely use him because you've already leveled up the rest of your party". He had said, "The thing that will be the major addition from me playing the Genie is the hip-hop base".
Most, though, took umbrage with the fact that the special effects look a little on the iffy side - which is especially surprising when considering that Disney is almost always at the top of its game when it comes to CGI tech.
"Aladdin" comes out in theaters on May 24.