Disney's Aladdin: Comparing The New Trailer To The Animated Movie
By Mat Elfring on
It's a whole new world--don't you dare close your eyes-- as the latest trailer for Aladdin has arrived. The live-action remake of the classic animated movie is coming to theaters on May 24. This time around, Genie (Will Smith) gets a little more screen time, and we see just how he's going to portray this character. With the new video, we know there will be a few differences compared to the original.
But how different, based on the new trailer, is this movie from the original animated Disney classic? The answer, not that much. There are a few story changes--a couple for the better--but the core story stays the same, and it's obvious that the timeless songs from the original animated movie are coming back.
So we went through the new trailer and lined it up with the original move to see what's different about the live-action adaptation. Here's how it looks.
Stop! A Thief!
In the original, Aladdin steals some bread and is on the run from some guards. In the animated movie, he ends up in women's clothing, hiding from his pursuers. In the new movie, he does some parkour and swings on a rope through to get away.
Princess Jasmine In The Market
Jasmine goes undercover in the market. Both the new and old movie look very similar here.
Aladdin Probably Says, "Yowzas!"
Aladdin has a moment where he is caught off guard in the market when he first sees Jasmine. As you can tell, the reactions are very different in both movies. One is a bit more subdued.
Jafar In Prison
Here is one moment where the live-action and animated movies differ. After Aladdin goes to jail for what happens with he and Jasmine in the market, he meets someone. In the original movie, it's a crazy old man (Jafar in disguise) who offers to help free Aladdin if he helps him--Jafar knows that only Aladdin can enter the Cave of Wonders, where Genie's lamp is hidden.
In the new movie, it looks as though Jafar just shows up as himself. This actually makes a lot of sense. Why did Jafar need to disguise himself in the first place? Aladdin didn't know who he was.
In the animated movie, the old man (Again, Jafar in disguise) goes with Aladdin to the Cave of Wonders. In the trailer for the 2019 movie, Jafar and Aladdin seem to have struck up a kinship during the journey to get the lamp.
The palace is still very large, but less bubbly in the new movie.
Across The Desert
It's unclear--for the live-action movie--if this journey across the desert is with Aladdin and Jafar or if this is earlier in the movie, the first time Jafar made it to the cave. However, in a shot right after this one, we see Aladdin and one of Jafar's men right behind him. In the animated movie, it was just Jafar and Aladdin (and Abu, obviously) that made this journey.
Cave Of Wonders
In the original, animated movie, the Cave of Wonders was actually computer generated. It also talked and moved. As far as we know in the remake, the Cave of Wonders does not move or talk. However, the entrance still looks like a creepy tiger's head.
All The Treasure
Inside the Cave of Wonders are mounds and mounds of treasure. The live-action version is darker and more dangerous looking.
Aladdin Grabs The Lamp
The iconic scene of Aladdin grabbing the lamp for the first time appears in the new trailer. Here are those moments, side by side.
Genie Pops Out
The animated version of Aladdin has a lot more fireworks that the live-action version, where a cloud of blue smoke emits from the lamp.
Genie's First Appearance
The live-action version of Genie is a bit more stoic when he first arrives on the scene. In the animated movie, he's a straight-up goof from the first time we see him.
Larger Than Life
Upon coming out of the lamp, Genie is huge, towering over Aladdin.
Yes, The Songs Are Still Here
Upon meeting Aladdin for the first time, Genie busts out into a song and dance number, "Friend Like Me." That's still in the remake, and Abu gets to play a trumpet.
Genie As A Human
In both versions, Genie appears as a human. In the new trailer, it's during the scene where he explains wishes and how his powers work. However, in the animated movie, Genie is still blue during that scene. However, we do get to see him in human form when he leads the parade to Agrabah.
Aladdin As Prince Ali Ababwa
Aladdin uses his first wish to become a prince. Genie gives him a makeover and he becomes Prince Ali Ababwa.
Prince Ali Ababwa Parade On Agrabah
In the live-action movie, Agrabah feels a lot more full of life and an actual working city compared to its animated counterpart. Also, there is a whole lot more people watching the parade.
Prince Ali Ababwa
The first appearance of Prince Ali Ababwa is very similar in both versions. He enters the city riding an elephant.
Prince Ali's Meeting With Jasmine
In the trailer for the 2019 movie, there is a scene with Genie--in human form--and Aladdin at a party at the palace, where he's urging the new prince to talk to the princess. This scene doesn't exist in the cartoon. Aladdin sneaks up to Jasmine's balcony after he and Jafar argue over her hand in marriage, and Jasmine gets angry she's treated as an object and not a person.
Do You Trust Me?
"Do you trust me?" is the line Aladdin says right before Jasmine gets onto the magic carpet, and they blast into a whole new world. Here are those moments in both the live-action and animated movies.
A Whole New World
You can't make Aladdin without putting the song "A Whole New World" in it. Here are both of the moments, towards the middle of the song, when Jasmine sings the chorus.