The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, Bel-Air, dropped its first trailer, and fans certainly have something to say about it. Bel-Air is based on the short film by Morgan Cooper, who re-imagined Will Smith's comedic TV series as a dramatic series for the modern age. Needless to say, there is serious split opinion about whether or not Cooper's vision (which Will Smith himself endorsed and helped shape for this series) is the right kind of vision for The Fresh Prince.
One big issue with Bel-Air seems to be its depiction of Uncle Phil. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/fresh-prince-bel-air-reboot-cast-announced-by-peacock/ (The Boys, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) is taking over the Uncle Phil role first played by late actor James Avery, and it certainly is a different depiction, to say the least.
This is what Fresh Prince fans are now saying about Bel-Air's version of Uncle Phil.
My biggest gripe with that reboot is Uncle Phil not being big— Lord Voldemort’s Nostrils (@xoxotaye) January 10, 2022
Uncle Phil ain’t fat? pic.twitter.com/3UnEqJ7uR0— Brother Sunflower (@UncleElroyJones) January 10, 2022
uncle phil isn't even fat. fuck this show— #1 mikey🅿️ worshipper #🅿️EACEANDLOVE☝🏻 (@pp1nkmatter) January 10, 2022
Only half-kidding when we say that Uncle Phil being an in-shape older man instead of a robust one could be the factor that turns people away from this reboot.prevnext
No Sexy Phil!
Uncle Phil needs to be a big fat guy. Dead serious. We are not accepting a hotwashed Uncle Phil.— Aaron “Steak And Taters” Cook (@CookedOnPhonics) January 10, 2022
The #NoSexyUnclePhil movement is already rearing its handsome-hating head.prevnext
Frat Boy Phil
Uncle Phil being an Alpha makes sense 😭— ✨Nakia Danielle✨ (@UrLeadingLady) January 10, 2022
This Bel-Air version of Uncle Phil is a member of the prestigious Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity – as clearly evidenced in the glimpse of an elaborate dance sequence by the frat members.prevnext
Uncle Phillip Cosby
man takin all the joy out of the show was so much fun a good idea and making uncle phil a cosby type person ain't vibing with me but it's the first few episodes
tho ...i have idea what they can do with this— 🇵🇷❓❓❣Moomoof❣❣❓‼ (@moomoof) January 10, 2022
Not sure how we got to THIS comparison, but here we are.prevnext
You Gotta Move On
Bro people die roles get filled this is actually interesting rip to the original uncle Phil but be open to possibility 🤷🏽 y’all get stuck on certain characters knowing everything gets rebooted in different ways— Sadon (@StLaurentSadon) January 10, 2022
Some viewers are ready to break out of the warm, safe, confines of nostalgia and try something new. The past can't be the present forever.prevnext
Are Y'all Okay?!
“Why don’t the new Uncle Phil look like the old Uncle Phil?” …Are y’all OK?!?! pic.twitter.com/jn2mTl2FAI— MoneybaggHo (@KirkWrites79) January 10, 2022
People have questions for the minds behind this new Fresh Prince reboot.prevnext
Protect The Rest of Our TV Dads
“Uncle Phil and Danny Tanner are gone. I need somebody to bubble wrap Carl Winslow.” < for real tho & Al Bundy. RIP to both.🕊🕊— Christina (@christina2u) January 10, 2022
The Bel-Air reboot trailer and death of Bob Saget happening in the same day has fans wondering if the universe isn't gunning for all our TV dads from the '80s and '90s.prev