Will Smith is a buff, blue Genie in new 'Aladdin' teaser

Will Smith's Genie Is the Star of the New 'Aladdin' Trailer

A short trailer for the movie aired during Sunday's Grammys telecast, and the special look footage featured our first true glimpse of film star Will Smith as the Genie. In the teaser, we got our first look at Massoud as Aladdin in the famous scene when Aladdin enters the Cave of Wonders, which is also when fans got their first look at Genie's lamp from the new film.

Disney's Aladdin trailer introduces viewers to the titular hero's adventure and his wish-granting sidekick, the Genie.

But now there's a new wave of backlash, with some comparing Smith's blue Genie to a Smurf and others calling the CGI creation downright nightmarish.

Following fans' fears he would not be blue following the release of an Entertainment Weekly cover released a year ago, the trailer also confirms film-makers have stayed true to the 1992 animated version of the Genie.

With the marketing for Guy Ritchie's upcoming live action remake of Aladdin hitting the skids a little thanks to the first look images that didn't exactly enthuse everyone, Disney need to do better with their approach to selling the movie.

Well, it's settled: Will Smith's Genie is blue.




Some fans even mistook a blue Smith as a "bad Photoshop meme".

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 opens on May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the United States and UK. I dunno. Man, I just can't believe this can possibly be the real thing. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney's awesome animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

In December 2018, Entertainment Weekly published an article on the film that revealed a non-blue Genie.

"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.

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