Starting on April 18, Annual Passholders at the Disneyland Resort are able to look at costumes, concept art, and watch a 15-minute preview of the upcoming “Aladdin” remake.
The month of April has proven to be a month of big change at the Disneyland Resort. The month started with the opening of Jessie’s Critter Carousel at Disney California Adventure, followed by construction updates at Adventureland and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Now, for a limited time, guests at the Disney Parks can preview the live-action remake of “Aladdin”.
On May 24th, 2019, the second in a series of Disney remakes in 2019 hits theaters. This time, moviegoers will travel back to the magical city of Agrabah and witness the story of the diamond in the rough in Disney’s “Aladdin”. Following the storyline of the 1993 classic, “Aladdin” stars Mena Massoud as the titular character on his quest to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott, with the help of an immortal genie (played by Will Smith). The cast also includes Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, and features Alan Tudyk as the voice of Iago.
At the Lincoln Theater, Disneyland Annual Passholders are able to see a sneak peek of the upcoming film. The preview features three significant scenes: the musical number “One jump”, a conversation between Aladdin and Jafar, and Aladdin’s trip through the Cave of Wonders. The remake’s rendition of “One Jump” reimagines Aladdin’s struggle with the guards as a noble struggle. In the 1993 classic, the musical number is the first time we see Aladdin, and as the guards are chasing the titular character, his first words are “all this for a loaf of bread?” In the 2019 remake, Aladdin is being chased throughout the bazaar after he steals back Jasmine’s bracelet and is serving as a distraction so Jasmine and Abu can escape.
From the beginning of the sneak peek, guests can tell the significant differences between the 1993 Disney classic and the 2019 live-action remake of the “Aladdin” film. Take the musical number for example. Some of the lyrics also change, notably the lyric “gotta face the facts, you’re my only friend, Abu” is replaced with “gotta face the facts, I could use a friend or two.” The brothel scene where Aladdin enters unannounced from the 1993 classic is replaced with Aladdin crashing into a classroom where girls swoon over Aladdin. Another part that oddly keeps the same lyric but changes the action attached to it is the line “still I think he’s rather tasty.” Instead of a bombastic woman grabbing Aladdin while declaring her affection to the street rat, this version has a woman proclaiming this lyric to the guards as Jasmine and Aladdin try to escape their pursuit.
The rest of the preview is essentially shot-for-shot remake of the 1993 classic, with the exception being Genie’s dialog. When Aladdin releases the Genie from the oil lamp, the Genie appears tired and out-of-shape, rather than the loud and ever-so-present version of the Genie Robin Williams portrayed in 1993. The CGI of Will Smith’s Genie is concerning, but it’s difficult to draw a conclusion on the look of the character in only a 5-minute sequence.
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