The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences tweeted a photo of the genie in Aladdin holding the main character on Monday night, along with the caption “Genie, you’re free.”
The tweet went viral, getting retweeted more than 52,000 times.
Robin Williams, who died on August 11, voiced the genie in the iconic film.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation and former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, praised Williams’ work as the fast-talking character in the animated movie, which came out in 1992.
“I really was blessed to have to been associated with him for a number of his incredible works over the years, from his ‘Mork and Mindy’ days at Paramount to ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ and of course, ‘Aladdin,’ ” Katzenberg told the Los Angeles Times. “His was truly one of the most brilliant and singular performances in the history of animation.”
Genie, you’re free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
“That moment in which he introduced himself to the audience was purely of his imagination,” Katzenberg added. “For me, it was one of the most breathtaking, pure moments of creativity I think I have ever witnessed. Aladdin would not be the classic movie it is without his brilliance.”
And Katzenberg also praised Williams for his charitable nature, giving contributions to a number of organizations over the years.
“There were so many ways and so many things he did for so many people,” Katzenberg said. “He really had just a giant heart and that’s what makes me so sad.”