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Disney Fans Divided Over Will Smith's 'Prince Ali' Remake In 'Aladdin'

Disney Fans Divided Over Will Smith's 'Prince Ali' Remake In 'Aladdin'

Disney treated fans to another sneak peek of the Aladdin live-action remake with Will Smith's take on the iconic 'Prince Ali' song, but the clip has divided fans.

Smith has taken on the role of Genie from the late Robin Williams, who became synonymous with the character, although his portrayal has already been met with a mixed response from die-hard Disney fans.

While rate chart Robin's rendition of 'Prince Ali' in the 1992 animation as the most memorable scene of the movie, a handful of viewers thought Will's version fell 'flat' in comparison, despite all the mesmerising colours, singing and dancing.

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Many also believe that this latest preview at the remake highlights the limitations of live-action over animation.

"How could they make Prince Ali so BORING," shared one on Twitter, "It's one of the best musical numbers in any Disney movie."

"Oof, I love Will Smith but his rendition of 'Prince Ali' lacks a lot of life and energy," another wrote. "It's hard to compare to the greatness of Robin Williams, I know. But even though the Aladdin live musicals weren't great, the performances that always made it was the Genie".

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Others even had attempted to solve their own issues with the song:

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However, plenty were quick to defend the actor's portrayal, telling those complaining to give Will "a chance".

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"NEWS FLASH Will Smith's Prince Ali version is not as flashy because this is a live-action, NOT a cartoon. Give Will's Genie a chance! Geesh," tweeted one.

Another declared: "Y'all complain about EVERYTHING. Will smith's version of "Prince Ali" is so good. Shut up."

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While fans already have complaints about Will's Genie it seems like the actor's already prepared himself for criticism.

"Whenever you're doing things that are iconic, it's always terrifying," he told Entertainment Weekly in December. "The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn't leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character."

Let's just give the guy a chance.

Featured Image Credit: Disney

Topics: TV Entertainment, aladdin, Will Smith

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