On August 11th, the world lost one of the funniest and most original comedians when Robin Williams was found dead at the age of 63. Many of his fans will remember him for his stand-up routines, “Mork and Mindy,” “Hook,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” or even “Aladdin.” However, if you’re a theme park fan, your mind immediately jumps to “Back to Neverland,” which ran at the then-Disney-MGM Studios when the park opened in 1989.
The short film was the beginning of the Magic of Disney Animation walking tour that brought guests on a behind-the-scenes look at how Disney brought animated movies to life. Williams played himself posing as a tourist who meets Walter Cronkite who takes him on a journey to show him the process of Disney animation. Ultimately, Disney animators turned Robin into a Lost Boy from “Peter Pan,” who went on an original adventure where he faced Captain Hook and had to walk the plank on his ship.
Williams was the perfect guinea pig for animators who could draw emotion into a character thanks to his larger-than-life personality and unique sense of humor. “Back to Neverland” was part live-action and part animated where Williams was brought to life as a Disney character for the first time.
This introduction to Disney animation lead to Robin being cast as The Genie in “Aladdin” which debuted in theaters in 1993. As an homage to “Back to Neverland,” the Genie in “Aladdin” is seen wearing the same Hawaiian shirt and Goofy hat near the end of the film that he wore at the beginning of the short that at the Disney/MGM Studios.
For me, personally, as a huge fan of Robin Williams, it was on my bucket list to see him perform live. A few years ago, I got the chance. He performed in Orlando on his “Weapons of Self Destruction” tour and I finally got to fulfill my dream. A few months before his Orlando appearance, Walter Cronkite had just passed away. As a special encore for his Orlando audience, he recounted the friendship he had with Walter thanks to them meeting on the set of “Back to Neverland.”
Turns out, Walter Cronkite enjoyed a good “blue” joke (meaning extremely dirty). Needless to say, Robin told the joke for the Orlando audience, which I will never forget and I will tell you now. Warning: It’s really dirty. If you’re offended by dirty language or concepts, it’s best to cancel out of this article now and find something else to read. However, this is the actual joke he told in honor of Walter Cronkite – language and all.
Still with me? Here goes….
A mother and father managed to put their son, Timmy, to bed early one night. Knowing that this may be the only time they get to themselves for at least another week, they decide to take the opportunity to have some steamy sex for the first time in ages. After going at it for about 15 minutes, the husband hears the door creak open slightly. Completely naked and in extremely compromising positions, the couple grabs whatever blankets they can find and cover themselves. By the time they look up, Timmy has run from their door back down the hall.
Frustrated and embarrassed, the Dad gets up and throws on a robe and goes down to Timmy’s room to see if he’s ok. After looking around… no Timmy. Continuing his search, the Father hears noises coming from the room down the hall where Timmy’s grandmother was living. He opens the door and sees little Timmy on her bed, fucking his Grandma from behind. Timmy turns to his Dad and says, “Not so funny when it’s your Mother, now is it?”
Goodnight everybody! Robin, you will be missed. You were one-of-a-kind.