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Robin Williams' 9 best movies for kids

Robin Williams is best known for his iconic feature films. In loving memory, here are his greatest movies for kids

He's played a genie, a professor, a penguin and a nanny just to name a few, and he'll forever bring laughter and joy into our homes. In celebration of the life of the comedy giant, here are nine must-watch Robin Williams movies for kids that wouldn't have been the same without him. 

Flubber (1997)
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Flubber (1997)

Based on Disney’s 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor, Flubber details the saga of Phillip Brainard (Robin Williams), a professor who attempts to create a new source of energy to save a local college. On the day of his wedding (his third wedding date, to be exact), he accidentally creates flubber, a rubbery substance with a big personality.

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
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2/7

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Following a bitter divorce and separation from his three children, eccentric and loving dad Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) will do anything to get time with his kids. When his wife Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel disguises himself as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a sassy Scottish nanny. 

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

In FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Robin Williams voices Batty Koda, a goofy fruit bat friend to main characters Crysta (a fairy) and Zak (a logger who Crysta accidentally shrinks down to her size). Together, they attempt to save Crysta’s magical home from deforestation. 

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Happy Feet (2006) / Happy Feet Two (2011)
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4/7

Happy Feet (2006) / Happy Feet Two (2011)

In Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, Robin Williams voices Ramon, a dominant male Adélie penguin, and Lovelace, a male Rockhopper penguin who considers himself a guru and ladies man. Both films detail the life of young Mumble, a penguin with a terrible singing voice and a penchant for tapdancing.

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Jumanji (1995)
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5/7

Jumanji (1995)

Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) discovers a mysterious board game in his youth and ends up trapped within the game for 26 years. When a new family moves into his former home and their children start playing the game, Parrish is released alongside many other dangerous jungle creatures. He and the children must find a way to stop them and set things right.

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Hook (1991)
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Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Robin Williams) grew up to marry Wendy’s granddaughter and become a successful merger and acquisitions lawyer, but he hasn’t completely deserted his past. His family is threatened when Captain Hook kidnaps his kids and brings them back to Neverland. Now, Peter must return to Neverland to reclaim his child-like spirit to defeat Hook.

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Night at the Museum (2006) / Night at the Museum 2 (2009)
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Night at the Museum (2006) / Night at the Museum 2 (2009)

When new night security guard Larry Daley takes post at the Museum of Natural History, he quickly learns that he’s bitten off a lot more than he can chew. The museum’s exhibits come to life from dusk until dawn thanks to an ancient curse from an Egyptian stone, and Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) is one of the only statues to help him control the chaos. In the second film, Daley sets out to retrieve Jedediah and Octavius after they are accidentally shipped to the Smithsonian.

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