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Well…hmmm…OK…I…huh.

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. 

Happy Monday!

A “Happy Monday!” blog post of Jimmy’s Daily Planet will help you watch the brand new trailer for the forthcoming Disney live-action film ‘Mary Poppins Returns.’

This looks like a great family movie to see with my young nieces. And I’ll be sure to play my part and feed them a bag of Skittles a spoonful of sugar before returning them to their parents because, well, that’s what good uncles do!

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to movie theaters on December 19.

Happy Monday!

What flightless bird makes everyone smile?

A penguin.

What makes people smile more than the sight of just one penguin?

Lots of penguins.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

This Force Awakened John Williams

Did you know yesterday’s blog post, “An Eternal Rey of Light,” was going to have a sequel?

Like most sequels, this blog post will be heavy on the action.

Continuing on the legacy of famed composer John Williams, specifically concerning his track titled, “Rey’s Theme” from The Force Awakens soundtrack, it seems prudent to show a brief interview with Rey herself:

Actress Daisy Ridley.

In this interivew, Ms. Ridley discusses her reaction to her theme song and, more importantly, the man who came up with said theme.

And here’s a bonus clip of John Williams discussing The Force Awakens and Rey.

That’s what you call being pitch perfect.