Will Smith’s Genie in ‘Aladdin’ triggers onslaught of internet mockery

Will Smith’s Genie in ‘Aladdin’ triggers onslaught of internet mockery

Will Smith’s Genie in ‘Aladdin’ triggers onslaught of internet mockery

The new Special Look came during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on CBS initially and features Smith's slightly doughy-looking genie, confirming that he is entirely CGI.

Fans can also look forward to Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Marwen Kenzari as the villainous Jafar and Naomi Scott as the handsome Princess Jasmine. The trailer for Aladdin aired last night during the Grammys and it seems to have lost the momentum it once had. "You really don't know who I am?" asks the beloved wish-granter.

"Bring me the lamp", he orders, his loyal pet parrot perched - silently for now - on his shoulder. "Y'all need to trust me more often!"

"The Will Smith genie makes me feel the same way I feel when a celebrity dies: Nauseous, sad, and like I can't wait to tell everybody about it", tweeted "Carpetbagger" columnist Kyle Buchanan. While it has to be hard to turn a beloved, blue cartoon character into one that looks remotely believable in real life, there's something about Smith's blue look that looks incomplete and nearly a bit creepy.

Some may disparage the CGI Genie but I, for one, welcome our new blue overlord. The character was originally played by the late Robin Williams in 1992.

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

Aladdin hits theaters across the USA on Friday, May 24. "I want my Disney villains twirling the mustaches and cackling, not sound like the soothing voice on a self-help DVD ("...your life begins now...").

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.

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