Back to Neverland: My favourite Robin Williams moment

I wasn’t going to write a post about it, it felt unnecessary. I mean everything has been said, and I’m still not going to, I just wanted to share MY favourite moment because I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

While there are many movies like Hook, Patch Adams and even Jack that have entertained and inspired me (I haven’t seen Good Will Hunting or Dead Poets Society, sorry), certainly his work for Disney is what stands out the most for me. The Genie, of course, will always be one of my favourite Disney characters, but MY favourite Disney-Robin Williams collaboration was when he starred on the short film Back to Neverland, which was created for the tour/show The Magic of Disney Animation at the Disney Hollywood Studios (back then it was called the Disney MGM Studios – the name changed when the contract with MGM expired).

The short feature was about William’s becoming a cartoon and starring in his own adventure in Neverland. The movie served as a way to explain the animation process to the guests. I remember enjoying this tour solely for the Robin’s clip. Seeing him dressed as a typical tourist, his funny voices, and his child-like enthusiasm cracked me up. I was very disappointed, to say the least, when the clip was removed. Nowadays Mushu from Mulan gives the tour. Mushu is a cool character, but it’s not Robin in a lost boy costume.

It is weird when a celebrity dies, because even though we’re very well aware that we never met them in person, somehow they feel close to us. I felt pretty awful about Cory Monteith last year (it’s been a year already, wow), but this time it is a little different. Aside from him always being one of my favourites, thanks to roles like the Genie in Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji Robin Williams was ingrained into the collective pop conscience of an entire generation as a parental figure – a cool and very funny parental figure.

It’s all just made the more tragic because of the way he died. The BBC wrote an interesting article about how comedians often deal with depression. If you’re interested, you may read it here. It goes to show you that it doesn’t matter how brilliant someone may shine, there is darkness inside all of us.

And before I leave, I’ll leave you with my second favourite Robin Williams moment, the Inside the Actor’s Studio interview. It is one of the, if not the funniest thing I have ever seen.

R.I.P Robin Williams.


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