In memory of Robin Williams


Clara Kandler

There are many comedians in the world, but no one can top Robin Williams. I heard his voice in Aladdin and I loved him ever since I was a child. Aladdin was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, and I still love it today. I knew him as a jolly soul, but I never thought that he would kill himself just because he was depressed and that he was a victim of drug addiction and Parkinson’s Disease, even though he was always rewarded with love and laughter.

He tried to be brave and resilient, but I know it must be very hard because if you find out something bad is going to happen to you, you feel like you are in the dark. Being brave means pushing forward even if you are scared at the same time. Never giving up means you have a dream to accomplish; but if you do not chase that dream, it can haunt you for the rest of your life. My guess is that Robin gave up too soon. Now that he’s gone, life became lonely and dark without his comedy, his selflessness, his passion to make us laugh. Maybe someday, there might be people like him. Robin played the Genie, who grants wishes to Aladdin. In the end, Aladdin’s final wish came true for both the Genie and Robin: freedom.

Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for Genie, drew the attached picture for Robin Williams. Goldberg said, “He was a real-life Genie, and boy, did he grant our wishes.” So I bid farewell to Robin Williams, who granted my wish – to make the world a much funnier place. He will live in my heart forever and in the prayers of many of his friends and fans.