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Aladdin, also known as Aladdin: The Series, is an animated series following the events of the 1992 feature of the same name. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand.

Coming on the heels of the direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar, the series picked up where that installment left off, with Aladdin now living in the palace, engaged to beautiful and spunky Princess Jasmine. "Al" and Jasmine went together into peril among sorcerers, monsters, thieves, and more. 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 pet but now an antihero.

Many of the films' stars reprised the voices of their characters, with the notable exception of Dan Castellaneta filling in for Robin Williams as Genie. Unlike The Little Mermaid spinoff series, this series does not feature any musical numbers (outside of the ones featured in The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves).

The series originally aired as a preview on the Disney Channel in early 1994,[1] and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block and on Saturday mornings on CBS (prior to Disney's purchase of ABC). The 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 from 1998 to 2005.

The series concluded with the 1996 direct-to-video film Aladdin and the King of Thieves, making Aladdin one of the few Disney Afternoon shows to receive an official finale.

Aladdin is one of the only two shows from the Disney Afternoon that is currently not available on Disney+ (the other being The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show), even though The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves were both part of the service's launch line-up. However, it has been confirmed that Aladdin will be added to the service at a currently unspecified date.

Characters Edit

Main article: Category:Aladdin characters

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Aladdin episode list

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 in the Hercules: The Animated Series episode "Hercules and the Arabian Night". 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 mediaEdit

Main article: Aladdin videography

VHS releasesEdit

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

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
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
Creatures of Invention "Getting the Bugs Out" & "The Sands of Fate" July 21, 1995
Aladdin & Jasmine's Moonlight Magic "Moonlight Madness" & "Some Enchanted Genie" January 9, 1996
Fearless Friends "Much Abu About Something" & "The Day the Bird Stood Still" April 9, 1996
Team Genie "Sneeze the Day" & "Genie Hunt" April 9, 1996
Princess Collection - Jasmine's Enchanted Tales
Greatest Treasures "Garden of Evil" & "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" June 6, 1995
Jasmine's Wish "Do the Rat Thing" & "Bad Mood Rising" June 6, 1995
Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Magic and Mystery "The Secret of Dagger Rock" & "Forget Me Lots" February 27, 1996
True Hearts "Eye of the Beholder" & "SandSwitch" April 9, 1996

Australia & New Zealand releasesEdit

Ten VHS cassettes containing 19 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 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 releasesEdit

On March 14, 2005, three episodes of the series were released on the Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess DVD release.[2]

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine", "Garden of Evil" & "Do the Rat Thing" March 14, 2005

AwardsEdit

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1995
    • Outstanding Music Direction and CompositionMark Watters, John Given, Harvey Cohen, Carl Johnson and Thomas Richard Sharp (won)
    • Outstanding Film Sound Mixing – Timothy J. Garrity, Melissa Ellis, Deb Adair, Bill Koepnick, Jim Hodson and Timothy Borquez (won)
    • Outstanding 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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 24-26, 32.
  2. Template:Cite web

External linksEdit

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