Disney has revealed a new clip from its live-action Aladdin film that shows Will Smith putting his spin on the song, Prince Ali.
The footage opens with Smith introducing ‘Prince Ali’, who’s actually ‘Aladdin’ (Mena Massoud) behind the flamboyant ensemble. The comedian, who plays ‘Genie’ in the remake, makes a grand entrance with dancers and musicians in hopes of impressing ‘Princess Jasmine’ (Naomi Scott) while ‘Prince Ali’ trails along atop an elephant.
The song was originally performed by Robin Williams for the original 1992 Disney animation.
Smith’s rendition of Prince Ali has garnered mixed reactions on social media, with some labeling it “lifeless” and “boring.” One Twitter user says, “this just doesn’t work,” while a disappointed Twitter user comments that the remake “seems to have drained the magic and fun” out of the original film.
Some Twitter users, on the other hand, think Smith’s modern version is great, and viewers should give him a chance. Read more tweets below.
— minding my own MF’n business bish (@Jeice_3) May 14, 2019
how could they make prince ali so BORING 🙁
it’s one of the best musical numbers in any disney movie https://t.co/jOXgb0ETBX
— gavin 🧸 (@belovedearly) May 14, 2019
There are things that you can do in animation that you just can’t do in live action. And the Prince Ali clip for Aladdin proves why. It is boring as Hell compared to the energy of the original and just makes me hates these remakes more and more.
— Callie Richards (@calliecatt93) May 14, 2019
Look you can do totally animated choreography where anything you can imagine can happen with total freedom
Or you can do actual choreography like in the Broadway show where what’s exciting is real dancers performing live
This CGI-heavy live action is the worst of both worlds https://t.co/29P8BnKPhi
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) May 14, 2019
I like Will Smith, and have fond childhood memories of Aladdin, but this just doesn’t work. https://t.co/osBrcjc1lQ
— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) May 14, 2019
Damn the Prince Ali scene of #Aladdin‘s live-action remake seems to have drained all the life, magic, and fun out of probably the best scene & songs of the original film. Even the Broadway version with it’s limited stage space & budget had more energy.https://t.co/4NcGXGwnvf
— DarkBeast (@XMenHankMcCoy) May 14, 2019
Why…why is the new version of Prince Ali so slow. What is with Jasmine’s friend. Have they awkwardly auto-tuned Will Smith?
I have so many questions, and all of them will be answered when I drag a friend with me to see Aladdin. https://t.co/QtWwz9KkCw
— Ben M-J 🔜 Feral Vector (@V_Ben) May 14, 2019
In the new #Aladdin, if the Prince Ali song isn’t just a remix of Will Smith’s “Miami” with Aladdin-themed lyrics, I will be very disappointed.
— Spencer Nielsen (@spencerwnielsen) May 11, 2019
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) May 14, 2019
They released the live action Prince Ali from Aladdin. I had low expectations but I didn’t expect to get all teary eyed and spend it missing Robin Williams so much. This just reminds me of what an astounding talent Robin was. I think they should have made this a rap song instead. https://t.co/ObPKGBvfFQ
— Lis (@Ameligatha) May 14, 2019
Make wayyyyy for Prince Ali! https://t.co/YGktwWzEKO
— Lia A Ganni (@agannyi) May 14, 2019
[via Global News, opening image via Entertainment Access]
— Mark Hall (@themarkhall) May 14, 2019