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Can Will Smith's 'Aladdin' Genie compete with Robin Williams's? 'Prince Ali' clip divides fans

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Disney has released a clip of Will Smith's Genie singing "Prince Ali" from Aladdin, and not everyone is feeling the magic. Adapted from the original animated film, the song takes place after Aladdin asks Genie to make him a prince, so that the poor thief can better woo Princess Jasmine. Genie conjures up a grand entrance for the phony prince "Ali Ababwa," introducing him to the citizens of Agrabah with a lavish parade. In the 1992 movie, the song is a huge, energetic production number, with Robin Williams's Genie shape-shifting and performing magic tricks throughout. Guy Ritchie's live-action version is shot more like a straightforward music video, and while some fans are ready to genuflect and show some respect, others seem extremely underwhelmed.

First, here's the "Prince Ali" clip, courtesy of IGN.

In response, many fans of the original have been asking: why isn't Will Smith's genie doing more?

The clip has received negative comparisons to the Broadway stage version of Aladdin, which is, of course, also live-action.

For some who have been skeptical of the new Aladdin going back to the first glimpses of Smith as Genie, these 64 seconds are a nail in the coffin.

Still, "Prince Ali" has plenty of defenders.

Here's one detail that Muslim Disney fans are appreciating: The lyric "Brush up your Sunday salaam" has been changed to "Friday salaam," to reflect the actual Islamic holy day.

Last week, Disney released the video for Zayn Malik and Zhavia Ward's closing-credits version of "A Whole New World," which overall received a much warmer reception from social media.

Aladdin opens in theaters on May 24.

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