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Some character revivals should be left in the cartoon bottle.

Disney’s latest live-action-ish reboot of the 1992 animated smash success ‘Aladdin’ looks…well…hmmm…OK…I…

As a big fan of Will Smith, this particular role seems like it might be a good idea on paper yet once that paper is animated, it should’ve become perfectly clear that this is simply a character and story that should have stayed bottled from back in Disney’s 1992 vault. Why? Robin Williams.

Need I say more?

I’ll say a little bit more.

The late Robin Williams was a brilliant comedian and actor with a razor-sharp, racing imagination that we will never see again. He was hilarious–ironically with clean and blue comedy–and heartwarming and real and surreal all when he needed to be. That was his gift. And his vocal portrayal of the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ in the early ’90s was perfect and memorable. He brought the Genie to life in a way no other actor could. Attempting a live-action adaptation without Robin Williams just doesn’t work. It’s akin to going forward with ‘Mrs. Doubtfire 2’ without Robin Williams.

Will Smith, good intentions aside, cannot embody this Genie role. Pus, the blue look on Mr. Smith doesn’t help…at all (just ask Tobias Fünke). It looks like either a caricature or an imaginative letdown of the famed magical character in the trailer above.

After seeing the fan reaction to this brand new trailer–specifically, that one character–Disney may be hoping for a wish or two that might involve a time-traveling DeLorean.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. The same scene–and more–involving the Genie from above, just with Robin Williams. 

You see my point. 

Just Keep at It

In the era when athletes and their BFF sports commentators promote every single shot, assist and human movement as the greatest feats the sport and world have ever seen, it seems fitting essential to travel back in time to the ’90s for a reality check.

The year was 1999, the sponsor was this small upstart called Nike, the advertising agency was Wieden+Kennedy and the player was Michael Jordan. Yes, arguably the greatest basketball player ever.

For a star athlete to look at basketball, sports and life that way would be quite the leap these days.

Happy Throwback Thursday. 

Nothing’s Famous for Final(e) Returning…?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

And no.

This has been the response of comedic legend Jerry Seinfeld when confronted by relentless fan requests to do a traditional Seinfeld reunion (count me in that group of fans). While the non-reunion Seinfeld reunion on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm a few years back was rather perfect in its own way, there’s still a void in our hearts because it played on HBO. Seinfeld deserves a brilliant primetime return just as it was during the sitcom’s glory days in the ’90s. Don’t forget that 76 million people tuned into the two-part series finale. Even if you cut that number in half, that sitcom audience would be unprecedented in the modern media landscape defined by countless shows, cable TV and a variety of on-demand streaming services.

But what’s Jerry’s answer today…?

What’s the deal with possibility?

Ladies and gentlemen, a Seinfeld reboot has just metaphorically left Ellen’s hometown of New Orleans (or NO, for short) and has now taken flight into the heavenly skies of possibility above.

Just like an oval circle, the past always seems to find a way of coming back around.

Picturing The Fresh Prince in 2017…

Will there or won’t there, Will?

With everybody fondly remembering how awesome sitcoms were from the mid-’80s through the first several years of the 21st century, “renewal” and “reboot” have become certifiable buzz words in today’s popular culture. From the writing to the casting to the sets to the clever laugh-out-loud humor to the heartwarming moments wrapped in subtle life lessons, it seems that virtually any show with most of its primary cast living these days is being asked about bringing their show back on primetime TV.

Enter Will Smith and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

While The Fresh Prince will remain in reruns (that’s still a plus), that photo of Will Smith looking exactly like James Avery (Uncle Phil) is enough of a gift for fans. It’s a sign of the true specialness and staying power of that sitcom. A unique sign of that once-in-a-lifetime television era.

Like this heartfelt moment between Will and Uncle Phil.

will and uncle phil

Trust me, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will live on forever.