We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Aladdin, so it’s only right that Disney has dropped the first musical number from the film on the web. The live-action remake stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.
The track, “Prince Ali,” which has been a fan-favorite since the original animated flick’s release, gets a makeover from Smith. Robin Williams performed it in the original film as the Genie.
— IGN (@IGN) May 14, 2019
The clip has received a mixed response on social media:
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) 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
What’s the cool thing that Twitter is hating today?
*plays Prince Ali trailer*
Me: oh, that was pretty cool!
— Pronounced Tricky (@TrickEBot) 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
I should say that Will Smith isn’t bad.
We were just lucky to expierence Robin Williams. His version is so dynamic.https://t.co/b8x0sMur07
— Carlos????D&D:The Descent (@CarlosCrits) May 14, 2019
Disney, just go the hell back to using singers for the song parts. The little bit of pitch correction you put on Dwayne Johnson’s singing in Moana, I could handle it, but this Prince Ali clip is just straight up autotune. It’s insulting to literally everyone
— A Fox in Space (@AFoxInSpaceShow) May 14, 2019
Disney’s official description reads: A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “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, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”
The film is in theaters May 24.