Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

90s movies

In the 90s, Robin Williams’ career really started to take off and land him roles beyond the typical comedic romps and propelled him to legendary status as both an improvisational comic and a dramatic actor of the highest caliber.

I was extremely dismayed to hear of his passing earlier this week as a result of self-inflicted asphyxiation and I felt compelled to write an article about one of his movies. I want to pay tribute to a man who brought smiles and entertainment to so many people over the years. There are so many great titles in his catalogue of work from the 90s that are worthy of recognition that it was hard to choose just one.

Hook is a great example of a film that defied genre expectations for a childrens’ movie and successfully mixed a fairy tale story with a live action movie. This type of film paved the way for many more fantastical movies to come and it still stands as a fun, unique, and ultimately satisfying film in its own right. Williams’ acting ability was brilliantly complemented by Dustin Hoffman’s iconic performance as the lead villain and this cinematic duo rallied a fervent following behind this awesome film.

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Aladdin (1992)

90s moviesWhen it comes to fairytales and folklore, there are several big ones that everyone knows by heart. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and The Tortoise and the Hare are a few that come to mind. During my childhood, however, my favorite bit of folklore involved a giant, blue talking genie, a street rat, a princess, and a nefarious wizard out to seize the crown. That’s right, I’m talking about Disney’s Aladdin.

90s moviesOne of Disney’s best and most successful animated features to date, Aladdin was full of singalong songs, vibrant colors, comedic genius, and plenty of thrilling action sequences. It’s a truly a genuine adventure film with enough comedy to keep it family-friendly.

90s moviesThe most sensational character in the film, by far, is Robin Williams’ take on the Genie in the lamp. One of Robin Williams’ most inspired forays into voice acting, his timing, goofiness, and nonstop snappy comedy makes the film what it is.

90s moviesInterestingly, this film is pretty much the only time I can stand to hear Gilbert Gottfried’s voice as well. He fits well as a shrill, chatty parrot named Iago.

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