When Will Smith reassured skeptical fans in December that his version of the beloved Genie in Aladdin would indeed be blue, they probably didn't envision what they saw Sunday night in the new teaser for Disney's live-action film. That is, judging from social media reactions.
Faster than you can rub a magic lamp, fans of Aladdin, and perhaps of CG effects, summoned their sharpest barbs on Twitter, and took aim at the new rendition of the character made so endearing by the late Robin Williams in Disney's 1992 animated classic.
They're not pretty, but they sure are funny (the online takedowns, that is, not the seconds of Genie footage). And not all of the responses involve David Cross' Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development. There's also Boo Berry, and ... Steppenwolf from Justice League. But also Tobias.
The backlash continues a bumpy rollout for director Guy Ritchie's live-action adaptation of the Disney modern classic, which began in October with fan disappointment over the teaser trailer. That continued into December with the release of the first images of Smith's Genie, without CG effects.
Following the debut of the latest teaser, Smith wrote to fans on Instagram, "I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! Y’all need to trust me more often!" But, of course, fans also had their own messages, for Disney and for Smith. Many of them weren't nearly so upbeat.
Here's a selection of some of the best, or at least most devastating:
I don't know what everyone is complaining about, I think the genie looks great in the new aladdin trailer pic.twitter.com/RGjIAs1szV— PJ (@kickthepj) February 11, 2019
I just stepped outside and... how are there not crashed cars? How are there not people walking around in a daze? Have they not seen the Will Smith genie yet? Dare I show them?— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 11, 2019
It turns out that Will Smith’s #Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares— Rebecca Iannucci (@rebeccaiannucci) February 11, 2019
Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin(2019) pic.twitter.com/ZVkfr4ViHD— Patrick McMillan (@PEMCMILL) February 11, 2019
The Genie looks amazing! Can’t wait for the live action Aladdin. 🧞♂️ pic.twitter.com/Sg45q7Hddg— Garrick (Key Issues) (@Garrick_KI) February 11, 2019
The internet reacting to Will Smith’s genie pic.twitter.com/gK6ginlrxQ— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) February 11, 2019
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Disney's Aladdin stars Mena Massoud in the title role, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as the Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders and Numan Acar as Hakim. The film arrives on May 24.