When the animated movie that defined your childhood comes to the big screen in a live-action feature, you get excited! You also get a little nervous.
If you ask me what my favorite animated movie is, I will always tell you Aladdin. If you ask me what the best Disney movie ever made was, I will tell you Aladdin. I know every word to every song in the animated version, and will loudly belt out those lyrics with glee! I mean, just look at this guy… how could you not love this movie?!
While some girls were pretending to be princesses and falling in love with Beauty And The Beast or The Little Mermaid, I was pretending that I could explore the Cave of Wonders. And I was, of course, a diamond in the rough. I also had a genie that would grant me three wishes and I could ride on magic carpets — I mean, what kid didn’t?
Admittedly, I love adventure and have always been a bit of a Tom Boy, but there were two animated movies that really defined my childhood, Aladdin and The Lion King — in that order. Unlike my own girls, I had no need for silly princesses (although Jasmine is the bomb!).
So yes, I’m excited to see my favorite childhood movie come to life on the big screen, but I’m also really nervous about it not living up to my expectations. Will everything I loved about the animated version still be present?
Will I still get the same charisma and charm from Aladdin, or the snark of Iago that made you laugh at the bad guys. And who could forget Abu?!
It is unfortunate that we no longer have Robin Williams with us to reprise his role as the laughable and lovable Genie, but I am looking forward to seeing Will Smith in this role.
I am definitely excited to see more, but all we have right now is this teaser trailer… which truly is a tease!
ALADDIN releases in theatres everywhere on May 24, 2019!
About the Live Action Aladdin
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, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s ALADDIN.
Aladdin stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
Image credit: movies.disney.com