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Disney Channel Plans ‘Aladdin’ Telecasts in Honor of Robin Williams

In remembrance of Robin Williams, special presentations of the animated classic “Aladdin” are set to air on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior this weekend.

Williams, who was found dead on Monday morning in home, voiced the Genie in the film, bringing the character and musical number “Never Had a Friend Like Me” to life.

The movie will air on the following dates and times:

9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., ET/PT Saturday on Disney Channel,

11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT Sunday on Disney XD and

6 a.m. ET/PT Sunday and 11 a.m. ET/PT Monday on Disney Junior

Following news of the actor’s death, celebs and fans alike shared tributes over the Internet and social media, many including photos and references to “Aladdin.”  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences also tweeted a photo from the 1992 film, with the line “Genie, you’re free.”

Though the message received positive feedback from many, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention issued a statement expressing concern that the tweet “presents suicide in too celebratory a light.”

 

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