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It’s safe to say that the dubious public reaction to the first Aladdin trailer isn’t exactly what Disney wished for. So the Mouse House went back to the drawing board for a second sneak peek at Guy Ritchie’s live action remake of its 1992 hit, and it doubles down on the element that unnerved viewers the first time: Will Smith‘s buff blue genie.
Not only does the former Fresh Prince get more screen time in this two-and-a-half minute spot, he also shows off his song-and-dance moves in a snippet of the Genie’s signature number, “Friend Like Me,” previously performed onscreen by the dearly departed Robin Williams. Oh yeah, and the trailer (as well as a new poster) also reassures moviegoers that Smith won’t be all blue, all the time, which means you can hold off on any more of those Arrested Development memes.
So far, Smith’s second introduction seems to be going over better on Twitter, where nostalgia for Aladdin‘s infectious music is helping to offset his jarring appearance.
Not gonna lie, I kind of love the new trailer for #Aladdin. Life Genie looks better now in my opinion, the music, visuals, it’s just fantastic. After a whole new world kicks in, I got chills guys. LITERAL CHILLS. I can’t wait!
— Patrick Burow (@BurowPatrick) March 12, 2019
— Darren Mann (@Darren_Mann) March 12, 2019
just based off that trailer I think the Aladdin movie gonna be good and Will is going to do great
— “Load Management” (@CalledMe_Buskey) March 12, 2019
I was a little worried about his take on Genie at first, but after seeing the latest trailer, I think Will Smith can pull this off, and after seeing a preview of his take of Freind Like Me, that’s gonna be awesome to see in 3D #Aladdin
— Techno Tron (@mlp_techno_tron) March 12, 2019
Of course, there are still plenty of Smith skeptics out there.
Slap two more arms on Will Smith and he’s Goro from Mortal Kombat pic.twitter.com/uv7bEdi1kF
— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) March 12, 2019
Will Smith really decided to rap A Friend Like Me. pic.twitter.com/zRdLXnCgaF
— Scott Stamper (@DerfelMacGuffin) March 12, 2019
No one asked for this Aladdin remake. (I’m glad Will Smith is not blue the entire time.)
— courtney lowry (@courtneyllowry) March 12, 2019
One thing that everyone does seem to agree on is how smart it was for Disney to end the trailer with Aladdin and Jasmin’s magic carpet ride, scored to Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning favorite “A Whole New World.” Hearing stars Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud croon that song transported many folks back to their childhood … and will almost certainly make it a karaoke staple all over again.
I got goosebumps when she sing “A whole new world”. Aladdin is certainly not one of my childhood movie but the song, it is. https://t.co/5ZVgEWXYjj
— Zzz (@zlhlmykhld) March 12, 2019
GUESS WHO CRIED WHILE WATCHING #ALADDIN‘S TRAILER..
I LOST IT WHEN ALADDIN SAID “DO YOU TRUST ME?” AND WHEN THEY SANG A WHOLE NEW WORLD AAAAHHHHHH I’M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/x0inpv7zEA
— rie of house stark 🐺 (@uncooIgirl) March 12, 2019
I was meh about the Aladdin live action then I watched that part where Naomi Scott singing A Whole New World and I instantly decided I wanna watch it now.
— NN ナジハ (@HitTheClouds) March 12, 2019
the latest Aladdin trailer got me screaming A Whole New World like it’s A Whole New Mood
— Sab (@sabs_cabrera) March 12, 2019
Still not sure about that Aladdin remake BUT “A Whole New World” got me man.
— Barbarella (@youthinkmemad) March 12, 2019
With public opinion seemingly turning in Aladdin’s favor, Disney shouldn’t have to feel blue about the movie’s prospects anymore.
Aladdin apparates into theaters on May 24.
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