During Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, amid all the trophies, speeches, performances, and that Michelle Obama cameo, Disney stole the spotlight as the film studio released the first full-length trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. After much speculation following first-look photos, Will Smith appears in the teaser in blue Genie form (phew!), and there also are sneak peeks at Jafar, Aladdin and monkey pal Abu, Jasmine in her gilded palace, and the city of Agrabah.
Smith wrote on Instagram, “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue! Y’all need to trust me more often!”
While Disney fans were initially surprised at the trailer drop, they certainly had plenty of thoughts about their excitement over the upcoming film.
I loved that new Aladdin live-action trailer, such a refreshing update to the Disney classic pic.twitter.com/CZjJfpFWSq
— Shane (@FourScore64) February 11, 2019
— Olaf Blüdhaven ? (@Phazon_Viking) February 11, 2019
The most important take away from the new Aladdin trailer, is that Raja is still in it! pic.twitter.com/Z58mNIK8tp
— Jennifer Almgreen (@jennialmgreen) February 11, 2019
However, fans were not as pleased about the blue appearance of Smith’s Genie. His Genie look received humorous comparisons to Willy Wonka, Arrested Development, Avatar, The Smurfs, and Big Fat Liar. Not only were fans quick to compare his blue aesthetic, they also came for his creepy-looking physicality. If this look in the trailer is any indication, this film is going to be, um, interesting to say the least.
— Raf Grassetti ? ✍? (@rafagrassetti) February 11, 2019
incredible that this was my exact expression watching the trailer for the new Aladdin movie pic.twitter.com/jTsVASVG9r
— Omar Sakr (@OmarjSakr) February 11, 2019
Will Smith as the genie looks like what one of those kids from the 90’s Fruit Gushers commercials would look like if they never found a cure for their fruit curse.
— Jhonen Vasquez (@JhonenV) February 11, 2019
— Andrew Thomas ? (@andrewgthomas) February 11, 2019
— Help me (@IGuessWeAre1) February 11, 2019
— Sam (@_SamanthasLife) February 11, 2019
— Tyler Duke (@tylersduke) February 11, 2019
It turns out that Will Smith’s #Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares
— Rebecca Iannucci (@rebeccaiannucci) February 11, 2019
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 11, 2019