Aladdin (animated TV series)

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Aladdin
Genre
Based onAladdin by Walt Disney Feature Animation
Starring
Opening theme"Arabian Nights"
Ending theme"Arabian Nights" (Instrumental)
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes86 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original network
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseFebruary 6, 1994 (1994-02-06) –
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 that aired from February 6, 1994, to November 25, 1995, concluding exactly three years to the day from the release of the original 1992 Disney film of the same name on which it was based.[1] Despite the animated television series premiering four months before the first film sequel The Return of Jafar, it takes place afterward.[2] The second and final animated film sequel was the 1996 direct-to-video film, Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

The TV 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.[3] 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).

The TV series originally aired as a preview on The Disney Channel in early 1994,[4] and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block[3] 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.

Plot[edit]

The series is set in the fictional sultanate of Agrabah. It takes place one year after the original film, and is set after the second film. Aladdin, now engaged to Princess Jasmine, embarks on numerous adventures with his companions.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
19February 6, 1994 (1994-02-06)May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)The Disney Channel
269September 5, 1994 (1994-09-05)February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)Syndication (The Disney Afternoon) & CBS
38September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)CBS

A total of 86 episodes were produced, making this series one of the few exceptions to Disney's then-limit of 65 episodes. 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. In the Philippines, the series premiered on GMA Network on October 19, 1996.[5]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Genie (voiced by Dan Castellaneta): One of Aladdin's best friends. 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 successfully, as his powers had been reduced once he was freed. He describes his powers as "semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic".
  • 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 and fell in love with the man of her dreams, Aladdin. Jasmine is no ordinary princess as she is strong-willed, independent, defiant yet loving and caring and quite flirty and seductive 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.
  • Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried): Though he may have cleaned up his act, Iago is still very greedy and constantly wishes to have riches and power in his life. Iago inadvertently causes trouble for the gang as he leads them on treasure hunts that turn out to be dangerous. Though he may be bad tempered, Iago has a good heart deep down and always does the right thing in the end. Iago also has the talent of being able to imitate other peoples' voices.
  • Abu (voiced by Frank Welker): The charming, mischievous, yet closest 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.
  • Magic Carpet: A loyal friend who was once a resident of the Cave of Wonders' treasure room. He is the mode of transportation for Aladdin and his friends, as well as a constant games partner for Genie.
  • The Sultan (voiced by Val Bettin): Jasmine's kind-hearted father, ruler of Agrabah, who allowed the engagement between her and Aladdin.

Other characters and villains[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 for Walt Disney Animation (Japan) Inc.-animated episodes are Tama Production, 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: Creatures of Invention "Getting the Bugs Out" & "The Sands of Fate" July 21, 1995 3945
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers "Never Say Nefir" & "The Citadel" July 21, 1995 3946
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: The Greatest Treasure "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: True Hearts "Eye of the Beholder" & "SandSwitch" February 27, 1996 6718
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Magic and Mystery "The Secret of Dagger Rock" & "Forget Me Lots" February 27, 1996 6719

Australia, and New Zealand releases[edit]

Twelve VHS cassettes containing 23 episodes of the series were released in 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 Mask "The Secret of Dagger Rock" and "The Ethereal" August 15, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 10): Winner Takes Aladdin "Strike Up the Sand" and "SandSwitch" August 15, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 11): The Magic Trap "Lost and Founded" & "Web of Fear" August 15, 1997
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures (Volume 12): Sea No Evil "Sea No Evil" & "When Chaos Comes Calling" August 15, 1997

DVD releases[edit]

The series has not 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 entire series is available for purchase on Amazon Prime 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. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 18–20. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 258. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ a b "Disney to Crank Up Animation Output". Electronic Gaming Monthly (56). EGM Media, LLC. March 1994. p. 171.
  4. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 24–26, 32.
  5. ^ "'Aladdin' the series premieres on GMA". Manila Standard. Kamahalan Publishing Corp. October 19, 1996. p. 35B. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jasmine's Enchanted Tale – Journey Of A Princess DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Amazon.de: Disneys Aladdin - Staffel 1 Teil 1 ansehen | Prime Video". www.amazon.de.

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