Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Pays Touching Tribute To Her Father, Remembering Him On The 25th Anniversary Of Aladdin

Date November 29, 2017

It's hard to imagine that it’s been 25 years since we were captivated by an emotional love story of a street urchin Aladdin and a beautiful princess. The 1992 Disney classic changed the landscape of motion picture animation forever. It became the most successful movie of the year, earning over $217 million in the USA and over $504 million worldwide, and winning many awards, mostly for the soundtrack.

The perfect Genie

A big part of the huge success of the movie was Robin Williams, who voiced the fabulous Genie. The actor’s daughter, Zelda Williams, took to Twitter to pay tribute to her late father, on Saturday, November 25th, the actual day of the film's anniversary. She posted a GIF featuring a Genie, playing silly with Aladdin. Zelda wrote:

Genie turned 25 yesterday. Little brother turns 26 today. Life is full of reminders that time passes so very fast. Now, excuse me while I go reenact this with my baby brother’s face.

25 years later, the writers of Aladdin and The King of Thieves recall that they tried their best to guess what Robin Williams could do with the material. They even created a scene especially for Williams. It was a touching moment when Genie cheers up Jasmine after Aladdin went to track down the forty thieves. McCorkle remembers:

We thought the movie had, because of the comedy and action, a fairly relentless pace, and it needed a gentle scene. We felt Robin would bring something special to it.

It took the actor about a week to record all the lines. As the writers of Aladdin were great fans of Williams' stand up, it was a precious time for them to watch him actually perform in the booth for 4 hours a day. McCorkle said:

He just gives so many choices. His mind worked so fast. It was the only time in my life where I would go at the end of a day and I would be in pain from laughing too much. There were muscles in my stomach hurting.


Celebrating the anniversary

Other actors, who were on Aladdin’s voice cast, also took it to Twitter to pay homage to the film’s most recognizable characters. Scott Weigner, who voiced Aladdin himself, mentioned to his co-star Linda Larkin in a tweet:

Hey Princess @MissLindaLarkin can you believe #Aladdin was released 25 years ago today? I’d lie to you about being a prince just to fly you around the world on a Magic Carpet all over again.

To mark the anniversary, Disney Animation shared inside clips to demonstrate how the animation came together. They wrote:

You ain’t never seen a scene like this! Feast your eyes on this original cleanup animation of the Genie from 'Friend Like Me'.

New Aladdin!

Aladdin fans all over the world are in for the big surprise, as the new version of the romantic fantasy film is planned to be released in May 2019 in the US! The upcoming musical, directed by Guy Ritchie and written by John August, Ritchie, and Vanessa Taylor, will be a live-action adaptation of the 1992 movie. Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, and Marwan Kenzari are among the stars of the cast.

Please, watch the video below to see the original voice cast of Disney's 'Aladdin' reunited on 'The View', and a previously unseen footage of late Robin Williams voicing Genie.

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