Robin Williams was always the number one pick for voice of Genie in the film Aladdin. The film's directors approached Eric Goldberg about trying to win Williams over for the part in the best way they thought was possible. Goldberg was the responsible for the animation team that was in charge of creating the character Genie. He was told by the film's directors that the animation team needed to "Pick a couple of sections from his comedy albums and animate a genie to them." Goldberg stated, "That’s essentially what I did." When Williams came in to see the test animation , Goldberg remembered Williams reaction, "I think what probably sold him was the one where he says, "Tonight, let’s talk about the serious subject of schizophrenia—No, it doesn’t!—Shut up, let him talk!" What I did is animate the Genie growing another head to argue with himself, and Robin just laughed. He could see the potential of what the character could be. I’m sure it wasn’t the only factor, but then he signed the dotted line."
Do You Know Who Genie Is Imitating in Each of These Photos?
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