1. The impressions
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  2. The quick wit
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  3. The one-liners
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  4. The ability to morph
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  5. The dances
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  6. The songs
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  7. He was on the forefront of Disney's animation resurgence.
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    There was a time (the 80s and decades before) when we didn't get a new wonderful animated Disney musical every year. They started with the Little Mermaid in 1989, followed by Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
  8. Robin Williams
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    The Genie introduced me to Robin Williams, and I got to know him by renting almost all of his movies after that. Robin Williams taught me about quick-witted comedy and of well-timed punch lines. He was incredibly funny; it just spurted out of him. But he was more than just jokes. He had heart too.
  9. He came to me at a formative age.
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    I was 12 when Aladdin came out. I watched the movie so many times, I could recite every word. I loved the Genie so much that I bought an action figure. Then I bought a bank. Then a flashlight. Then a beach towel. It continued to escalate from there. I had my sister sew a Genie costume so I could be him for Halloween. I don't want to say I was obsessed with the Genie, because obsessed is a word that is way overused in our society, but I had strong feelings. See the picture, above for evidence.