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.
Mondays are not fun. That’s just the way it is. It picked the short straw. However, despite its lifelong misfortune and frustrating, unreversible reputation, there are always opportunities to find something good on this day.
This discovery just might include a random card filled with good wishes of positivity from a certain kind of wonderful mom.
The source of this discovery may come from famed actor Will Smith, who is relentlessly positive. He is relentlessly positive about inspiring perfect strangers (beyond Larry Appleton & Balki) and he is relentlessly determined about…
That’s why Will Smith is forever known as the fresh prince.
Will Smith + Jimmy Fallon in a sing-along =
This Tonight Show segment just took “Flashback Friday” to the next-level. And these two buddies may have inadvertently created a new sitcom in a matter of minutes by simply singing together:
Thankfully, Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon aren’t strangers. If they were, the “History of TV Theme Songs” would have never happened.
But they are friends, pals, and even a confidant when needed.
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.
Trust me, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will live on forever.