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The 5 best Robin Williams children’s movies of all time

The 5 best Robin Williams children’s movies of all time

There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on in the world right now but that doesn’t mean that we can’t feel a little aggrieved that children’s hero and hilariously crazy actor Robin Williams is no longer with us.

I think we’re entitled to reminisce a little over some of the most genius roles we’ve seen Williams play over the years. So with a little tear in my eye, here come my top 5…

1. The title role in Mrs Doubtfire

In one of my all time favourite kids films, the eccentric actor played an eccentric actor (!) called Daniel Hillard, who bizarrely turns to cross-dressing and nannying when his marriage breaks down.

Sadly it looks like plans for the sequel will be abandoned, but I guess it just wouldn’t be the same without the original queen of the hoover anyway.

2. The title role in Jack

Some say it’s a too sad, some say it’s plain weird but I loved Jack; the 1996 film that sees Robin Williams take on the role of 10 year old Jack Powell. The character was supposedly born with a rare condition that means he ages 4 times faster than other children. It could happen.

Notable moments include a ’10 year old’ Robin Williams learning to shave and a fairly moving graduation speech. As you can imagine he slipped into the role of a 10 year old rather seamlessly.

3. Peter Pan in Hook

Alongside Dustin Hoffman (I still can’t quite believe it is Hoffman!) as Captain Hook, Robin Williams brought new life and laughter to J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s story. His dramatisation of Peter Pan still makes me want to don green tights and leap from an upper window whenever I think of it.

Obama put it so well when he paid tribute to Williams earlier this week, “Bangarang Peter Pan”.

4. Alan Parrish in Jumanji

Not for the most faint-hearted of children, Jumanji features some pretty intense scenes, including stampedes and a crazy hunter who’s not afraid to use a gun. But there is a certain magic that Williams brings to the film that makes it one of those unmissable films for 90s kids.

5. Genie in Aladdin

The most beloved of all big blue Disney goodies, Genie is destined to a life of slavery to the magic lamp. As Genie, Williams saves the day a number of times and belts out the unforgettable, and pretty hilarious, tune “Friend Like Me”.

The words that Aladdin spoke to Williams’ character at the end of the film seem more appropriate now than ever: “Genie, you’re free”.

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