The Return of Jafar Revisited

The summer of 1994 was a big deal for the Walt Disney Company. Primarily, it marked the release of the studio’s biggest animated film to date, The Lion King, a film with a rocky production history that has become one of their most incredible success stories. But it was a summer of upheaval and major change, both among its top executives and within the studio’s storied legacy of animation. The Lion King celebrates its quarter-century anniversary in mid-June, but another 25th anniversary for Disney animation arrives this week, and we should acknowledge it even if it’s not for good reason: the release of The Return of Jafar.

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Aladdin Early Reactions

Right now, it doesn’t seem like many Disney fans are all that excited about the arrival of the studio’s remake of their 1992 animated classic Aladdin. The marketing certainly isn’t doing the movie any favors, whether it’s because of the seemingly wooden performance from Mena Massoud as the titular street urchin or the boring choreography for what should be one of the most lively parts of the movie. However, if the early buzz is any indicator, this movie is much better than the trailers make it seem.

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aladdin special look

The reaction to Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin has been a bit…muted. The footage revealed is a bit lacking, and fans of the original don’t quite know what to make of Will Smith‘s take on the Genie. We won’t know how the film actually is until it’s release, but let’s just say the enthusiasm for this live-action Disney remake is a lot lower than previous releases. But maybe this Aladdin special look will do the trick. The video below goes behind-the-scenes of the Guy Ritchie-directed adaptation, showcasing all the work that went into creating the film’s whole new world.

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aladdin clip

Brush up your Sunday salaam, because Will Smith is performing his show-stopping version of one of Aladdin‘s most beloved songs: “Prince Ali.” But we’ll leave it up to your interpretation as to whether that’s a good or bad version of show-stopping. Watch the new Aladdin clip below.

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aladdin clips

Disney is far from done unleashing their live-action remakes. Next up: Aladdin, which has Will Smith stepping into the iconic shoes, er…I mean, lamp of the Genie. However this film turns out (reaction to the trailers has been mixed, to say the least), it’s clear Smith is giving it his all. In two Aladdin clips below, you get to see the actor bring his Big Willie Style to the Disney universe. In one clip from the film, the Genie shows off his powers. In another clip, Smith is a guest on the Tonight Show, and performs his version of “Friend Like Me.”

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Aladdin Clip

Even though most Disney fans are probably much more excited about the prospect of The Lion King remake coming to theaters later this summer, one of the other studio’s remakes of an animated classic is arriving first.

Aladdin takes the beloved 1992 animated fantasy romance and brings it into the live-action word with newcomer Mena Massoud playing the titular street urchin who wants nothing more than to marry the beautiful princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott of Power Rangers). But he’ll need the help of the cool, blue genie (Will Smith) and maybe some luck to make it happen. Thankfully, things seem to be going his way in a new Aladdin clip that kicks off one of the most famous scenes from the original movie. Read More »

Aladdin TV Spot

Now that Avengers: Endgame is in theaters, Disney has moved on to promoting their next big summer release, whether you wished for it or not.

Aladdin is giving the classic 1992 animated film from Walt Disney the live-action treatment. While the excitement surrounding this particular adaptation doesn’t seem to be quite as high as Beauty and the Beast before it, or even the upcoming remake of The Lion King, the time has come for Disney to start making the full push to get butts in the seats. A new Aladdin TV spot explains the basics of wishing through Will Smith as Genie. Oh, and tickets are now on sale if you’re desperate to make your plans early. Read More »

aladdin tv spot

Disney is staying one jump ahead of us with a new Aladdin TV spot that grants our wish for new footage of the musical fantasy adaptation. Here, have more Aladdin and Jasmine flirting! Have more Will Smith hamming it up! But most importantly, have more Abu being absolutely adorable.

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aladdin tv spot

Get ready for “A Whole New World” to get stuck in your head all day. The iconic song from 1992’s Aladdin is as beloved as the animated Disney classic, and people were waiting with bated breath for the new rendition of it for the live-action remake. Now you can listen to a clip of it in the new Aladdin TV spot.

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Summer 2019 Movies

Even though summer doesn’t officially begin until late in June, Marvel Studios has officially proclaimed the beginning of the summer blockbuster movie season with Avengers: Endgame. Even though it will be one of the biggest movies of the year, there are still plenty more blockbuster hits coming to theaters this summer, and a new 2019 summer movies montage has arrived to get you hyped for the rest of the films coming this season. Watch it below. Read More »