Jim Meskimen, who has been the voice of Disney’s Genie since 2008, contemplated if he should continue doing his impression of Williams, answering the question with a poem he wrote
Voice talent Jim Meskimen was touched by the loss of Robin Williams in a unique and personal way. Since 2008, he has been the voice of Disney’s Genie character from “Aladdin,” having voiced him in a series of Disney video games. Williams, of course, famously brought the Genie to life in the original Disney classic.
The character is one of Williams’ signature performances, leading Meskimen to wonder if he should continue voicing the character now that the actor who originated him has died.
In a video tribute to the late comedian, Meskimen explained that he chose to answer that question by putting pen to paper. “I decided to write this poem, to work it out for myself, and to answer the question,” he said.
Meskimen then presented the poem, in the voice of Robin Williams. See the full tribute in the video above.