Aladdin (TV series)

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This article is about the TV series. For the 1992 film, see Aladdin (1992 Disney film). For the franchise, see Aladdin (Disney franchise). For the soundtrack, see Aladdin (soundtrack). For the video game, see Disney's Aladdin (Virgin Games).
For the character, see Aladdin (Disney character).
Aladdin
Disney Aladdin intertitle.jpg
Opening title logo
Genre Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Comedy
Mystery
Romance
Created by Walt Disney Television
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme "Arabian Nights"
Ending theme "Arabian Nights"
Composer(s) Mark Watters
John Given
Harvey Cohen
Carl Johnson
Thomas Richard Sharp
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 86 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original channel The Disney Channel (1994)
Syndication (Season 1)
CBS (Seasons 1–2)[1]
Picture format Color
Audio format Dolby Surround 5.1
Original release September 5, 1994 (1994-09-05) – November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
Chronology
Preceded by The Return of Jafar
Followed by Aladdin and the King of Thieves

Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from 1994 to 1995, based on the original 1992 Disney film of the same name. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand. The series followed the direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar, and picked up where that installment left off, with Aladdin still living on the streets of Agrabah, but now engaged to beautiful and spirited Princess Jasmine. "Al" and Jasmine, along with monkey sidekick Abu, the animated Magic Carpet, and the fast-talking, shape-shifting Genie came along to help, as did sassy, complaining parrot Iago, formerly Jafar's assistant but now a good and neutral character.

The series was produced by Alan Zaslove and Tad Stones, who were already renowned for their work on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.[2] Many of the films' stars provided the voices of their TV counterparts, with the notable exception of Dan Castellaneta filling in for Robin Williams in the Genie role (like in The Return of Jafar). Unlike The Little Mermaid TV series, this series does not feature any musical numbers.

The series originally aired as a preview on The Disney Channel in early 1994,[3] and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block[2] and on Saturday mornings on CBS (prior to Disney's purchase of rival ABC). Disney Channel reran the series in the late-1990s until it was replaced by their pre-teen lineup. The show was later shown on Toon Disney, but has since been removed.

Characters[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

  • Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger): He was originally a regular street urchin who stole food to survive, but his entire life soon changed when he met and fell in love with Jasmine the Princess of Agrabah. Aladdin now engaged to marry Jasmine and will eventually soon become Prince and someday Sultan, starts to learn of his future responsibilities while also protecting the kingdom from monsters, sorcerers and many more dangers while still adjusting to his new life.
  • Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin): She was originally forced by her father to marry a prince, but everything in her life soon changed for the better when she ran away from home and met the man of her dreams; Aladdin. Jasmine is no ordinary princess as she is independent and wants to live a life where she is free to make her own choices and to not let others control her life. Now with more freedom, Jasmine now starts to experience things that she had never done before, and with Aladdin by her side Jasmine soon learns she is capable of doing just about anything once she sets her mind to it.
  • Genie (voiced by Dan Castellaneta): Now finally freed from his lamp and now has the power to use his magic freely, Genie helps Aladdin in his adventures to protect Agrabah while at the same time uses his powers to liven things up. However, Genie's magic doesn't always work as others would like it as much of his power was taken away once he was freed, but with or without his magic his friends love him for who he is.
  • Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried): Though he may have changed his ways and is now on the side of good, Iago is still rather greedy and someday wishes to have riches and power in his life. Iago causes quite a bit of trouble for the gang as he leads them on treasures hunts which sometimes leads them to intimidate danger and though he may not be the most likeable bird sometimes, Iago does indeed have a heart of gold and always does the right thing in the end.
  • Abu (voiced by Frank Welker): The loveable yet troublesome best friend of Aladdin. Abu is known to be a master thief and has his eyes set on gold and jewels, but is working on letting go of his thievery ways. Though indeed best friends with Aladdin, Abu and Iago have become good friends and work together on many occasions to someday gain money and riches beyond their wildest dreams.
  • Magic Carpet

Recurring Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

A total of 86 episodes were produced. After the series another direct-to-video movie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, was released. This was followed by a guest appearance on November 24, 1998 in "Hercules and the Arabian Night," an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series. Guest stars intended to be in the series included George C. Scott, Hank Azaria, June Foray, Paul Winchell, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones and Richard Horvitz, but the makers didn't have the time.

Home media[edit]

VHS releases[edit]

Twelve VHS cassettes containing 24 episodes of the series were released in the United States (including 4 cassettes of the Princess Collection: Jasmine's Enchanted Tales set, which contain 8 episodes).

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date Stock Number
Aladdin to the Rescue "The Spice is Right" & "Fowl Weather" April 11, 1995
Genie in a Jar "The Prophet Motive" & "Mudder’s Day" April 11, 1995
Treasures of Doom "To Cure a Thief" & "My Fair Aladdin" April 11, 1995
Magic Makers "Never Say Nefir" & "The Citadel" July 21, 1995 3946
Creatures of Invention "Getting the Bugs Out" & "The Sands of Fate" July 21, 1995 3945
Aladdin & Jasmine's Moonlight Magic "Moonlight Madness" & "Some Enchanted Genie" January 9, 1996 6704
Fearless Friends "Much Abu About Something" & "The Day the Bird Stood Still" April 9, 1996 6715
Team Genie "Sneeze the Day" & "Genie Hunt" April 9, 1996 6716

Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales:

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date Stock Number
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Greatest Treasures "Garden of Evil" & "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" June 6, 1995 4081
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Jasmine's Wish "Do the Rat Thing" & "Bad Mood Rising" June 6, 1995 4083
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Magic and Mystery "The Secret of Dagger Rock" & "Forget Me Lots" February 27, 1996 6719
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: True Hearts "Eye of the Beholder" & "SandSwitch" February 27, 1996 6718

UK, Australia & New Zealand releases[edit]

Ten VHS cassettes containing 19 episodes of the series were released in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 1): Aladdin to the Rescue "The Spice is Right" & "Fowl Weather" February 2, 1996
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 2): Genie in a Jar "The Prophet Motive" & "Mudder’s Day" February 2, 1996
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 3): Treasures of Doom "To Cure a Thief" & "My Fair Aladdin" February 2, 1996
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 4): Creatures of Invention "Getting the Bugs Out" & "The Sands of Fate" October 18, 1996
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 5): Magic Makers "Never Say Nefir" & "The Citadel" October 18, 1996
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 6): Fearless Friends "Much Abu About Something" & "The Day the Bird Stood Still" March 21, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 7): Team Genie "Sneeze the Day" & "Genie Hunt" March 21, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 8): Aladdin & Jasmine's Moonlight Magic "Moonlight Madness" & "Some Enchanted Genie" August 15, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 9): The Magic Trap "Seems Like Old Crimes" (Parts 1 & 2) August 15, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 10): Sea No Evil "Sea No Evil" & "When Chaos Comes Calling" August 15, 1997

DVD releases[edit]

On March 14, 2005, three episodes of the series were released on the Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess DVD release.[4] Also, four episodes were released as part of the Disney Princess DVD releases.

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 1 "Bad Mood Rising" September 7, 2004
Disney Princess Party: Volume 2 "SandSwitch" February 15, 2005
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 2 "Love at First Sprite" February 15, 2005
Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine", "Garden of Evil" & "Do the Rat Thing" March 14, 2005
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 3 "Eye of the Beholder" September 6, 2005

Awards[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1995Outstanding Music Direction and CompositionMark Watters, John Given, Harvey Cohen, Carl Johnson and Thomas Richard Sharp (won)
  • 1995Outstanding Film Sound Mixing – Timothy J. Garrity, Melissa Ellis, Deb Adair, Bill Koepnick, Jim Hodson and Timothy Borquez (won)
  • 1995Outstanding Film Sound Editing – John O. Robinson III, Michael Geisler, Marc S. Perlman, William Griggs, Melissa Ellis, Ray Leonard, Phyllis Ginter, Michael Gollom, Timothy Borquez, Tom Jaeger, Charles Rychwalski, Greg LaPlante, Kenneth Young, Jennifer Mertens, Robert Duran, Bill Koepnick, Jim Hodson and Alex Wilkinson (won)
  • 1996Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class – Michael Jiron, Allen L. Stone and Deb Adair (won)

References[edit]

  1. ^ LEE HARRIS (1991-04-28). "'Aladdin' returns home to Disney, which offers ABC a 'Recess'; NBC kicks off 'City Kids,' 'Hang Time' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Disney to Crank Up Animation Output". Electronic Gaming Monthly (56) (EGM Media, LLC). March 1994. p. 171. 
  3. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 24-26, 32.
  4. ^ "Jasmine's Enchanted Tale - Journey Of A Princess DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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