Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ trailer gives us some iconic tunes

The newest trailer for the live-action remake of “Aladdin” is finally here!

On Tuesday (March 12), the latest official trailer for the upcoming Disney flick was unleashed during Good Morning America. Unlike the first trailer that made its debut in late 2018, this two-and-a-half-minute teaser gives fans what they’ve been patiently waiting for; the music.

Mirroring the 1992 animated film, the trailer begins with everyone’s favorite street rat running away from the palace guards when he comes face to face with Princess Jasmine.

Fast forward a bit, and we watch as Jafar strikes a deal with Aladdin in which our favorite black-and-red-sporting villain promises to make the latter “rich enough to impress a princess.” Since he is infatuated with the princess, Aladdin agrees to go into the Cave of Wonders for Jafar to procure the magic lamp.

The new footage also gives viewers a better look at Will Smith’s Genie as well as Abu, Carpet, and the inside of the Cave of Wonders (and all its treasures).

If that wasn’t enough, the clip also features snippets of two of the film’s biggest hits, “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World.”

Watch the new trailer for “Aladdin” above.

Disney’s “Aladdin” will magically appear at a theater near you on May 24.

The upcoming film stars Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Royal Vizier Jafar, and Navid Negahban as the Sultan.

Get a glimpse of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders in Disney’s first teaser trailer for ‘Aladdin’

With the success of the live action versions of  “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” it was only a matter of time before Disney went digging into their archives to pull out another animated film to bring to life. Last year, the House of Mouse formally announced that 1992’s “Aladdin” would be the next animated film to get the live-action treatment.

On Friday (Oct. 12), the media giants unveiled the first teaser trailer for the upcoming new film. The minute-and-a-half teaser begins with a shot of a desert as the shadow of a bird is seen on the sand. The camera follows the bird which turns out to be Jafar’s trusty parrot/snitch, Iago. The camera continues to follow Iago as he soars above Agrabah to another desolate area of the desert. About 45 seconds in, the voice of the Cave of Wonders is heard reciting one of the most famous lines from the original film.

“Only one may enter here,” proclaims the tiger-headed sand creation. “One whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough.”

As the Cave of Wonders recites the lines, a shot of three people standing in front of the entrance can be seen. By the headpiece one of them is wearing, we can assume that the person is the Royal Vizier/the film’s villain Jafar while one of the others is the film’s protagonist, Aladdin.

At the one-minute mark, a slowed-down, instrumental version of Genie’s classic song “Friend Like Me” begins to play in the background as the viewer gets their first look at not only the inside of the Cave of Wonders, but also our street rat/hero, Aladdin.

Check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming film above.

Disney’s “Aladdin” stars Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Royal Vizier Jafar, and Navid Negahban as the Sultan.

Disney’s “Aladdin” will magically appear at a theater near you on May 24, 2019.

Cast of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ Give Impromptu Airport Show


We’re sure everyone has been there before; the plane you were supposed to be on to go somewhere is delayed for hours. So, you’re stuck in a fluorescently lit airport with nothing to do for hours until you’re finally able to board the plane.

What a nightmare.

Well, for those stranded at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after a storm delayed flights for six hours this past Sunday, they were given a special show thanks to another group of people also stranded; the casts of Broadway’s The Lion King and Aladdin.

To lift the saggy morale, both groups performed a capella versions of their opening songs; “The Circle of Life” for the cast of The Lion King and “Arabian Nights” for the cast of Aladdin.

One of the coolest parts was watching Tony award winner James Monroe Iglehart (who plays Genie in the Aladdin production) just freestyle right in the middle of the airport.

This isn’t the first time the cast of The Lion King has done a stunt like that. Last August, they surprised New York subway riders by staging a flash mob where they performed “The Circle of Life.”

This past March, the Dropkick Murphys pulled similar stunt when they gave unfortunate passengers an impromptu show while waiting for their own flight to Dublin.

Lea Salonga Performs “A Whole New World” with Il Divo


For anyone who grew up in the golden era of Disney movies also known as the Disney Renaissance, those were the films that helped shape your childhood and probably is the reason why you are in your twenties obsessing about going to Disney World.

But aside from the amazing 2-D art and quotable line, those films also had great soundtracks which to today, you could probably still sing and get emotional about.

For us here, one of our favorite films from that period is Aladdin. To this day, we can still sing all the songs word for word and even know the lyrics to the never-before-released tracks. Come on, if the film didn’t have such a  solid soundtrack how could it have transitioned from the screen to Broadway?

Recently, a video was released which featured Tony-Award winner and The Voice Philippines coach, (and did we mention Princess Jasmine’s singing voice) Lea Salonga singing “A Whole New World.” Il Divo helped Salonga out by performing the Aladdin portion of the duet during the show.

Watch the video below and have a flashback to your childhood and admire how Salonga still sounds the same 22 years later.

Salogna will be joining Il Divo on the European leg of their “A Musical Affair” which sadly will only stay across the pond.

‘Aladdin the Musical’ Cast Pay Tribute to Robin Williams


The death of Robin Williams hit a cord with movie goers, fans and people who had grown up watching the comedian go from funny films and shows like Mindy & MorkJumanjiNight at the Museum to serious roles like Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting.

From children, to teenagers to adult who had seen most, if not all of his works, it was as if they lost a friend who would make them smile, even if they did not personally know him.

In honor of the late actor, Broadway will dim their lights to show respect for the actor who had made an impression on the community, but one show in particular which is currently on Broadway owed a lot to the late actor; Aladdin.

The show, which began its run in February, paid tribute to Genie during its performance last night (August 12). Instead of ending the show in its usual fashion, they decided to pay homage to Williams by ending with a sing-along version of “A Friend Like Me.”

The sing-along was led by James Monroe Iglehart, who happened to win a Tony Award earlier this year for playing the role made famous by Williams in the 1992 animated film.

Iglehart with the help of the rest of the Aladdin company, broke the fourth wall to encourage the audience to sing to the rafter to pay tribute to the original Genie.

Watch the video and try not to sing along. Or cry.

Darren Criss Covers a Disney Classic

Darren Criss

Disney films and Disney soundtracks pretty much sum up some kids’ childhood and in the 1990s, Disney had some of the most amazing films and soundtracks to date. The Little Mermaid (yes, we know it was released in 1989), Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and so forth.

During the weekend, a Glee star and the original singing voice of a couple of princess got together to do their own rendition of an iconic Disney Renaissance film song. Darren Criss and Lea Salonga, who did the singing voice of Princess Jasmine as well as Mulan, covered “A Whole New World” from Aladdin while hanging out at a New York City bar.

Check out the video below.