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Why Mena Massoud’s Aladdin Is Not as Naked As Cartoon Aladdin

This biggest change between the original animated film is all about it being a little less sexy.


Ever since Disney first announced its live-action remake of Aladdin, there have been a lot of questions. And with the premiere just a few days away, there are now a lot of answers coming out—like why the new Aladdin is showing less skin than the original animated character.

“For the same reason why we thought it wasn’t appropriate for Princess Jasmine to be flashing her belly button for half of the film, we also felt that once you make that leap from cartoon into live-action, you really have to make some adjustments,” costume designer Michael Wilkinson explained to Entertainment Weekly, joking that “that’s the question on everyone’s lips.”

In the teaser clips, Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud, wears a long-sleeved white shirt underneath his red vest compared to Aladdin in the 1992 classic who is bare-chested.

He went on to add that “we thought having so much skin showing on Aladdin for the whole film would be quite distracting on a human actor as opposed to a cartoon character.”

As Wilkinson pointed out, Aladdin isn’t the only character who’s more covered up. Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott, will not be sporting her animated counterpart’s revealing turquoise crop top but instead will wear a longer top with a nude bodice attached to the bottom.

“We wanted to, of course, refer to the iconic image from the animated film but within the context of the world we were creating around Jasmine, [such as] the way the courtiers dress and the way the people from the market town dress,” he told EW.

Aladdin hits theaters nationwide this Friday, May 24.