Robin Williams’ greatest musical momentsBy James Garcia | August 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
For more than three decades Robin Williams made people laugh and made people cry in the movies, on TV and on the stage. His death Monday at the age of 63 is still all-too-fresh.
Being raised in the ’90s, millennials may remember Williams best through music. During his long string of iconic family movies in the ’90s, moments of him singing as the Genie in “Aladdin” or dancing with a vacuum dressed as an old lady in “Mrs. Doubtfire” are unforgettable.
In honor of his career, which even touched some great memories in singing and dancing and rock, we put together some of Williams’ best musical moments.
There’s no way to get them all, so please share your favorite moments in the comments.
10) “I Get Around” from “Good Morning, Vietnam”
You can’t hear much of the song under one of Williams’ classic joke-voice-joke-voice rants, but since he’s sort of DJing, we’ll count this one. There’s plenty of other musical gems in this film, such as James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”
9) “Rainbow Randolph and the Krinckle Kids” from “Death to Smoochy”
This movie is a dark look at children’s television mascots, an ode to the transition from the “Howdy Doody” era into the time of Barneys and other more masked and colorful creatures. Basically, nothing was too weird for Williams to tackle.
8) Guitar slapping from “August Rush”
Looking up into the night sky, Williams says, “You know what’s out there? A series of higher tones.”
7) Little Miss teaches Andrew the piano from “Bicentennial Man”
Andrew the humanoid robot learns to play guitar with his favorite member of the family, Little Miss, creates one of the least obnoxious montage segues in the last Century or two. This Asimovian tale of robots becoming more than the hardware and software they’re comprised of is perfect for Williams, who always manages to rope in comedy and quirky with the serious questions in life for tear-jerking moments.
6) “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” from “Popeye” (1980)
Hey, if Popeye is going to go live-action, you need Williams to do it. Plus, this was his first major movie role. “Popeye” kicked off Willaims’ Oscar-winning film career.
5) “Prince Ali” from “Aladdin” (1993)
This might have been many people of my generation’s first exposure to Williams. And I have no shame in saying the cooky combination of Genie’s animated antics and Williams’ over-the-top, hyper-active delivery of one of Disney’s most beloved magical entities left a larger-than-life impression. Despite having an itty-bitty living space, he will always have the ultimate cosmic power to make children and adults of all generations smile.
“My Way (A Mi Manera)” — Robin Williams in “Happy Feet”
Only one of our finest voice actors could pull off singing the Frank Sinatra Classic in Spanish.
3) The into of “Mork & Mindy” (1978)
While this isn’t the most musically strong choice, in fact it’s pretty standard of the corny instrumental show intros of the time, it will be a mainstay for fans of Boulder’s classic duo Mork and Mindy. The zany egg-loving doofus came from outer-space to dominate the comedy scene of America. Mission accomplished.
2) “Dude Looks Like A Lady” from “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)
Coolest dad ever? I’d say so. Coolest nanny ever? Definitely.
1) “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin” (1992)
A wonderful performance from a film that defined many young adults’ childhood.
James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGarciaRH.