Wendy's Weighs in on Will Smith's Genie in 'Aladdin'

Wendy's Weighs in on Will Smith's Genie in 'Aladdin'

The result? An instant meme, and one that has generated a fair bit of feedback already.

At the time, Smith responded to tell people that the iconic character, voiced in the animated film by the late Robin Williams, would indeed have the azure hue in the live-action movie.

You wanted blue? Oh, you got blue!

Disney's Aladdin trailer introduces viewers to the titular hero's adventure and his wish-granting sidekick, the Genie. Smurfs, Shrek, and even the Scorpion King are all frames of reference here. There's either too much CGI or too little CGI used on Will Smith here, and the ultimate effect is something right out of the uncanny valley. From the casting of white actors at first (that eventually changed to include Asian-origin actors) to its unappealing first images, the movie was seen with trepidation by those who have grown up watching the beloved classic. The teaser unveiled the first footage of Will's Smith's Genie - and fans don't really know how to feel about it.

Hey, at least some folks are still feeling pretty positive!

"Dammit James Cameron, no one asked for more Avatar movies", wrote Josh Billinson of the Independent Journal Review in the caption of a screenshot of Smith in character.

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Speaking about the role, and the shadow of Williams - who died in 2014 - looming over him, Smith told Entertainment Tonight: "I was terrified doing the Genie after Robin Williams".

Smith responded on Instagram that he would indeed be blue in the final film, "I'm gonna be BLUE!"

Aladdin also stars Naomi Scott, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. But Will Smith's look as Genie in his blue form has got a lot of fans scratching their heads.

What are your thoughts on Will Smith's new look as the Genie?

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