While we most definitely remember the stage presence and impact that Robin Williams had on the world, it may be harder to get that across to a little baby. But thankfully Robin’s son Zac has a plan in place to teach his son all about his grandfather’s legacy. And to start they are teaching him about Robin through the use of images from “Aladdin.”
“His mom [Olivia June] and I have certainly considered how we want to introduce my son’s grandfather, my dad, into his life, Certainly through his movies and the cartoons that he participated in is a great way. My son, Mickey, points at a cel that we have in his room of my dad that has the genie from ‘Aladdin’.”Zac Williams via ET Canada
It’s a sweet way to introduce a baby to their late grandfather really. Zac and Olivia named their son after Robin. They’re now showing him age appropriate films and movies to show them what kind of work he did and how wonderful his personality was is a great method. Unfortunately Mickey will never get to know him in flesh and blood but so much of his personality is captured on screen in interviews and his stand up comedy that he most definitely will get some of it.
To start, they will show him “Aladdin.” After that if we follow the age appropriateness of his films and the messages inside them I would guess it would be “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Popeye,” “Flubber,” “Ferngully,” “Hook,” “Jumanji,” and “JACK.”
These are all great films for young kids growing up. Right now Mickey’s room is covered in animation cels from “Aladdin.” But the house is said to have many other photos of Robin from other films as well.
“He’s got a collection of photos and animation cels throughout our home that he sees on a daily basis,” Zak continued. “I think it’s being mindful and introducing the elements and stories about him slowly.”
“We hope that we can celebrate the positive elements and his works and films in a way that there can be appreciation and acknowledgment of him both as an entertainer, but also as a family man, and parent and grandfather to my son. So, the key thing would be for us to introduce it slowly and meaningfully. Taking an opportunity to share stories and his values in a way that we hope can be appreciated and embodied.”Zac Williams