Song of the Day #3,993: ‘Speechless’ – Naomi Scott

I expected to really dislike Aladdin, director Guy Ritchie’s remake of the 1992 Disney animated classic. Advance word was toxic, glimpses of Will Smith’s genie had been met with the wrong kind of laughter across the web, and the Rotten Tomatoes score settled in at a discouraging 56%.

On the other hand, the film opened to a surprising $113 million over Memorial Day weekend and enjoys a 94% Audience score in contrast to its rotten tomato. So the movie is reaching fans, critics be damned. Which doesn’t always bode well for quality, but can make for interesting viewing.

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Song of the Day #354: ‘A Whole New World’ – Aladdin and Jasmine

aladdinUntil about a decade ago, animated films (particularly Disney animated films) were — almost without exception — musicals. At a time when Hollywood couldn’t make a live-action musical that more than ten people would watch, Disney cranked out classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and made hundreds of millions of dollars as audiences flocked to see people (and crabs and lions and dishware) belt out songs between dialogue.

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