Aladdin (animated TV series)

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Aladdin
Disney Aladdin intertitle.jpg
Opening title logo
Also known asDisney's Aladdin
Genre
Based onAladdin by Walt Disney Feature Animation
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme"Arabian Nights"
Ending theme"Arabian Nights"
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes86 (plus 2 direct-to-video films) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 5, 1994 (1994-09-05) – November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Return of Jafar
Followed byAladdin and the King of Thieves

Aladdin is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from September 5, 1994, to November 25, 1995, based on the original 1992 Disney film of the same name. The series is set after The Return of Jafar and picked up where the installment left off. The Aladdin TV series is considered one of Disney's finest television animation work.[2][3]

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.[4] Many of the films' stars provided the voices of their TV counterparts, with the notable exceptions of Dan Castellaneta filling in for Robin Williams in the Genie role (like in The Return of Jafar), and Val Bettin as the Sultan (who replaced Douglas Seale after the original film). Unlike The Little Mermaid, the series does not feature any musical numbers.

The series originally aired as a preview on The Disney Channel in early 1994,[5] and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block[4] and on Saturday mornings on CBS (prior to Disney's purchase of rival ABC). Disney Channel reran the series from 1997 until 2000. The show was shown on Toon Disney from April 1998 until December 2008.

It led two direct-to-videos followed by: The Return of Jafar, was released on May 20, 1994, and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, was released on August 13, 1996.

Plot[edit]

After Jafar's death, Aladdin continues his duty as the savior of Agrabah. He and his friends continue their adventure, exploring the world and protecting the city from the group of villains.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
DA65September 5, 1994 (1994-09-05)February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)Syndicated (Disney Afternoon)
CBS113September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)CBS
CBS28September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)CBS

A total of eighty-six episodes were produced. The direct-to-video film Aladdin and the King of Thieves marked after the series. It 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 did not have the time.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger): He was originally a street urchin who stole food to survive, but his life changed when he met and fell in love with Jasmine, the Princess of Agrabah. Aladdin is engaged to marry Jasmine and will eventually become Prince and eventually Sultan. He learns of his future responsibilities while protecting the kingdom from monsters, sorcerers and other dangers.
  • Princess Jasmine (voiced by Linda Larkin): She was forced by her father to marry a prince, but her life 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 strong-willed and wants to live a life where she is free to make her own choices and to not let others control her. Now with more independence, Jasmine starts to experience things that she had never done before.
  • Genie (voiced by Dan Castellaneta): Freed from his lamp and able to use his magic freely, Genie helps Aladdin in his adventures to protect Agrabah. However, Genie's magic does not always work, as much of his power was taken away once he was freed. He has a close bond with Aladdin.
  • Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried): Though he may have cleaned up his act, Iago is still very greedy and someday wishes to have riches and power in his life. Iago causes trouble for the gang as he leads them on treasure hunts that turn out to be dangerous. Though he may not be naturally kind-hearted, Iago is a good person deep down and always does the right thing in the end.
  • The Sultan (voiced by Val Bettin): Jasmine's father, who allowed the engagement between her and Aladdin.
  • Abu (voiced by Frank Welker): The charming yet mischievous best friend of Aladdin. Abu is known to be a master thief and has his eyes set on gold and jewels. Abu and Iago have become good friends and work together on many occasions to gain money and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

Recurring[edit]

Animation[edit]

The animated television series was animated by Walt Disney Television Animation (Australia) Pty. Limited, Walt Disney Animation Japan, Inc., Toon City Animation, Inc., in Manila, Philippines, Kennedy Cartoons in Manila, Philippines and Kennedy Cartoons in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Guimarares Productions in São Paulo, Brasil, Moving Images International (working with Toon City on the show's episodes) in Manila, Philippines, Animal-ya (also known as Animal House), Tama Productions, Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., Sunwoo Animation Co., Ltd., Jaime Diaz Producciones S.A., and Pacific Rim Productions, Inc. The additional production facilities are Jade Animations, Light Foot, Nakumara Productions, Studios CATS, Studios Fuga, Studios Robin, Takahashi Productions, and Unlimited Energee.

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's Arabian Adventures: Aladdin to the Rescue "The Spice is Right" & "Fowl Weather" April 11, 1995
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Genie in a Jar "The Prophet Motive" & "Mudder's Day" April 11, 1995
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Treasures of Doom "To Cure a Thief" & "My Fair Aladdin" April 11, 1995
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers "Never Say Nefir" & "The Citadel" July 21, 1995 3946
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Creatures of Invention "Getting the Bugs Out" & "The Sands of Fate" July 21, 1995 3945
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Aladdin & Jasmine's Moonlight Magic "Moonlight Madness" & "Some Enchanted Genie" January 9, 1996 6704
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Fearless Friends "Much Abu About Something" & "The Day the Bird Stood Still" April 9, 1996 6715
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: 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 "Lost and Founded" & "Web of Fear" 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]

The series has not yet been officially released on DVD, but on March 14, 2005, three episodes of the series were released on the Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess DVD release.[6] 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

Video on Demand[edit]

International releases[edit]

The first season of the show is currently available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video in Germany. [7].

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. ^ Harris, Lee (April 28, 1991). "'Aladdin' returns home to Disney, which offers ABC a 'Recess'; NBC kicks off 'City Kids,' 'Hang Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ TV.com Reviews
  3. ^ CHILDHOOD REVISITED – Aladdin: The TV Series
  4. ^ a b "Disney to Crank Up Animation Output". Electronic Gaming Monthly (56). EGM Media, LLC. March 1994. p. 171.
  5. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 24–26, 32.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ [1]

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