Disney's simple tribute to Robin Williams will melt your heart

By Kirstin Buick
18 August 2014

Sometimes less is more -- as is the case with Disney's subtle tribute to the man who brought their beloved Genie to life.

One Disney fan spotted the simple black and white image in honour of the late Robin Williams just before the end credits of the children's film, Aladdin.

The image was created by Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator of Genie. Another version of the image, complete with an heartfelt quote from Robert Iger, the chairman and CEO of Walt Disney was also released by the company.

Robin improvised so much of his role as Aladdin’s Genie that the film was rejected by the Academy for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Robin explained in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit:

“Initially they came in and I was just doing the scripted lines and I asked ‘Do you mind if I try something?’ and then 18 hours of recording later, they had the genie. I just started playing, and they said “just go with it, go with it, go with it.” So I improvised the character. I think that in the end, there were something like 40 different voices that I did for that role.”

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