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Aladdin Remake Features 3D Printing Lamp, Macaulay Culkin

3D Printing Lamp

Aladdin gets a makeover with a 3D printing lamp, Macaulay Culkin, drugs, and our favorite actors whose names no one remembers.

Prepare to see a bunch of actors you never expected to see mashed up together in the strangest adaption of Aladdin to date. This version, imagined by musician/artist/filmmaker Adam Green, stars Macaulay Culkin, drugs, and a 3D printer.

In one of the more meaningful descriptions on the new Aladdin film, Green shares some of the inspiration.

“I was obsessed with the symbol of the genie and the lamp and the wishes, and I was thinking like in a modern-day setting, like that the wishing would get out of hand because the world would fill up with all kinds of people’s mental garbage, and there would be, like, no place for it,” Green explains.

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Aladdin, played by Culkin, is a musician about to be dropped from his label. That’s when he finds the magic lamp, and things get weirder. The newly discovered lamp grants desires by 3D printing them. Forget the alakazam, this genie is futuristic and high-tech. Of course, the story’s villains will take advantage of that technology just the same.

In the trailer, we get to see Alia Shawkat, who you may remember as Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development, make an intriguing confession:

“I’ve created a printing cult.”

The trailer also includes our princess asking for some 3D printed ecstasy, and someone with the brilliant idea to print an asparagus chair. The printer’s magic is, of course, not complete without that old-timey printer sound, signaling that something is about to be magicked into existence.

If only current 3D printers worked so fast.

So, Aladdin looks like this, now (Image: PR handout)
So, Aladdin looks like this, now (Image: PR handout)

Their Kickstarter raised over $50,000, though they eventually required co-producers to get some extra funding. The colorful papier-mache world looks like something probably no one has ever seen. It appears to be a well-loved but poorly designed school musical – which is probably just what they’re going for. According to Culkin, however, Green did take the project seriously enough to write a script, something the artist doesn’t always bother with.

With all the bizarre things the 3D printer had to create, it’s no surprise the film’s crew grew to 20 people, making almost 500 props over four months.

Maybe they should have just bought a printer?