The Aladdin Gang Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams was perfect as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin (1992): the beloved, hysterically funny, role embodied all of his manic genius as well as his penchant for poignancy.  Directors John Musker and Ron Clements pay tribute to the late comic genius along with Genie supervising director Eric Goldberg.

“We had the thrill and privilege of directing Robin Williams in Aladdin,” wrote the directors in a prepared statement. “ We wrote the part with him in mind, but his performance, complete with his brilliant, improvised flights of fancy, took us and the character far beyond what we had imagined.  Robin’s genie defied space, time, and physics, and so did Robin’s talent.  Like the genie it was immeasurable, thrilling, a cosmic explosion of wit and warmth.  Robin brought magic into our lives, to his animator/other half, Eric Goldberg, and to the scores of artists who brought the genie to such vivid life on the screen.  But, most of all, Robin’s magic touched millions of viewers who laughed and were moved by him.  We will cherish the memory of this ever-giving man who made every life he touched, including our own, better.”

“I am beyond devastated,” Goldberg added.  ”I cannot express how influential and important Robin was, and will continue to be, to me and countless other animation artists. Robin gave those of us who worked on the Genie so much humor, inspiration, and just sheer delight, that we were always spoiled for choice whenever we came back from a recording session. Like the Genie, Robin’s immense talent could not be contained in the lamp. I think we all knew, as the world does now, if there was ever a person who was tailor-made for the medium of animation, it was Robin. We have lost not just a great voice, though. We have lost a warm, human, miraculous person whose numerous and amazing talents will continue to inspire people for generations upon generations.”

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech, VFX

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