5 ways Aladdin’s live-action film pays homage to the animated classic


A teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin reveals the film will pay proper tribute to the animated classic.

Will Smith promised that he was going to be a blue genie and he delivered in Disney’s new trailer for the live-action Aladdin. That’s just one of many details that will remain true to the original animated classic.

Disney’s Aladdin, released in 1992, follows the journey of a street urchin who is tricked into securing a genie in a bottle but lucks out and keeps the genie and the three wishes that come with. The film’s plot was influenced by the One Thousand and One Nights story, “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp.”

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a number of Disney animations come to life as live-action motion pictures. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and even the villainous (or not so villainous, depending how you see it) Maleficent were all taken from their animated origins and giving a real-life makeover.

Now, a live-action movie would be pretty stale if it was a complete reiteration of the animated classic. Thus, producers and writers often make their mark by letting scripts trail off course or playing with the plot and characters a bit.

Based on this recent trailer for Aladdin, it looks like the live-action remake will remain fairly loyal to the original.

Watch the teaser for Disney’s live-action Aladdin below:

There are so many nostalgic similarities to 1992’s Aladdin in this teaser, almost as if the animation came to life. We’ve compiled a list of the ones that stand out the most.

Jafar and Aladdin at the Cave of Wonders

Aladdin presents himself to the Cave of Wonders, standing in front of the intimidating entrance shaped like a Tiger’s head. A low growl can be heard and the tiger’s eyes and mouth light up, just like the original.

As Aladdin approaches the Cave, we see he’s accompanied by his best friend Abu, an adorable little monkey that even in the live-action is sporting his trademark red vest and fez.

Prince Ali arrives in Agrabah

A small clip of Prince Ali’s entourage parade brings the accompanying song from the original score, “Prince Ali” to mind. Aladdin’s official first wish to Genie was to become a prince so he could marry Princess Jasmine. Genie supplies Aladdin with an outfit fit for any prince and creates a fantastic parade to make a serious splash.

Jasmine’s signature outfit

While there is a clip of Jasmine wearing a multi-colored outfit with all types of springtime colors, in the clip that follows, there is a moment where you can see she is in her iconic blue outfit. While Jasmin’s two-piece look is definitely iconic, we’re eager to see what new outfits this live-action remake will offer for the princess of Agrabah.

Aladdin meets Genie in Cave of Wonders

When Aladdin rubs the lamp in the trailer, blue smoke comes right out unveiling a blue genie — well, Will Smith reconfigured with some CGI to look like a blue genie.  Just like Robin Williams’ original genie, Smith is seen wearing golden bracelets, a red sash around the waist, and of course, that signature ponytail.

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Aladdin comes to theaters on May 24.