I'm not prepared to write Smith off with so little of the performance on display. I don't know why they chose him, I wouldn't choose him, but I don't think it's impossible that their script plus his Genie ends up being something good. I do look at that teaser though and think... really? Really?
I still have faith that there'll be a fun family flick
ferehere. I trust Disney. This is not going to be 1992's Aladdin, but being 2019's Aladdin will probably be okay. If the new songs are good! "Dudes from La La Land" doesn't bode well but hopefully Menken can sort them out. Drives me mad when these dudes do remakes and ignore all the new songs they already wrote for Broadway.
But - Frank Welker, woo.
You say "Dudes from La La Land" as if Pasek and Paul aren't as close to an EGOT as Menken and Dear Evan Hansen isn't the hottest show that isn't Hamilton