Monday, April 08, 2013

G is for... Genie

G is for... Genie
Actor: Robin Williams (+ Dan Castellaneta in Return of Jafar)
Films: Aladdin (1992), Return of Jafar (1994), Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)

The Character
Genie has the appearance of an overgrown smurf, or a reject from James Cameron's Avatar. It is not known exactly what Genie looks like because he is able to change in a whisp of smoke, but it is assumed that his normal form is that of a blue jinn with a curly beard and ponytail (reminiscent of a blue Penn Jillette).

He is later freed by Aladdin and has to work as a relationship councillor to reconcile Aladdin and Jasmine after a falling out. Despite all of his magic, Genie never abuses his power by shape-shifting into anything inappropriate (although I'm assuming it must be very tempting), or to give Aladdin's irritating monkey the ability to use words to communicate rather than squeaking and pointing.

The Actor
Robin Williams is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the finest voice actors of our generation. Although he has become well known for his ability to deliver a huge vocal variety, including accents, Williams began his acting on the TV show Happy Days - and later spinoff Mork and Mindy. Around this time he also entertained audiences with his standup comedy - a trait that has continued throughout his career.

Williams' film career has been varied, but generally followed comedy with roles in Good Morning Vietnam (1987) as a radio host and Mrs Doubtfire (1993) where he plays a man who dresses up as a Nanny to get access to his kids.

Despite this, Williams has never shied away from more edgy material with thrillers Insomia (2002) and One Hour Photo (2002) being good examples of his more serious side. Williams won an Oscar for his role as a therapist in Good Will Hunting (1997).

Classic Scene

15 comments:

  1. Aladdin is one of my favorite cartoons from the Disney Renaissance, and the only one whose direct-to-video sequels didn't suck outright. A major reason for that is the presence of Genie of course, and they couldn't have picked a more perfect voice actor than Robbie Williams for that role.

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    1. Interestingly enough, in Return of Jafar, Robin Williams wasn't the voice actor because of a contract dispute. He returned for the third film, though.

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  2. i am loving your choices of actors!
    all classic comedians!
    but i do hope you include some femmes!
    happy g day!

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    1. I am desperately looking for some funny ladies! (Probably ought to reword that as it sounds like a corny dating site line).

      Anyway, so far, even on the posts I have scheduled, I have no femmes!

      I did have one (Dory, Finding Nemo, Ellen Degeneres), but I thought Donkey was a better choice.

      HELP!

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  3. This is still one of my favourite animated films.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge. Enjoy the 2nd week.

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  4. Jessie from Toy Story or Rita from Flushed Away.

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    1. Ah, I already have a post for J (a 1930's classic)

      R.. R.. (checks).. is also another classic.

      If anyone can think of a lady character beginning with Q, U, X, Y or Z that would be great!

      Is Xena funny? I doubt it.

      The problem is that mostly I find male comedians funny. That said, if anyone has time, view this link! She's hilarious.

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  5. Probably the last of the great traditional animated Disney films. Great choice. =)

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    1. Oh I don't know... The Lion King was pretty good ;)

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  6. Loved 'Good Morning Vietnam' but I adored Mork and Mindy as a teenager.
    Happy A to Z.

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    1. Love Good Morning Vietnam too! I've never seen Mork and Mindy... I'm probably too young and British!

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  7. I still fondly recall Dan Castellaneta's brief period replacing Williams, and then the return of Williams to the role.

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    1. I can't imagine Genie being the same without Robin Williams.

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  8. Robin was a perfect choice for Genie.

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