Aladdin (animated TV series)
Aladdin is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from February 6, 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, although it debuted four months before the movie. It ended with Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
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|Also known as||Disney's Aladdin|
|Based on||Aladdin by Walt Disney Feature Animation|
|Opening theme||"Arabian Nights"|
|Ending theme||"Arabian Nights"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||86 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television|
Walt Disney Television Animation
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||February 6, 1994 –|
November 25, 1995
|Preceded by||The Return of Jafar|
|Followed by||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. 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, and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block 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.
The TV series was followed by Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which was released on August 13, 1996, which served as the finale to the series and the Disney's Aladdin franchise.
The series is set in the fictional sultanate of Agrabah. Taking place one year after the original film, and set after the second film, Aladdin now lives in the palace engaged to Princess Jasmine, and engages in adventures with his companions.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||9||February 6, 1994||May 1, 1994||The Disney Channel|
|2||69||September 5, 1994||February 28, 1995||Syndication (The Disney Afternoon) & CBS|
|3||8||September 16, 1995||November 25, 1995||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.
- 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): 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-phenominal, nearly cosmic".
- 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 is a good person deep down and always does the right thing in the end. Iago also has the talent of being able to imitate other peoples' voices.
- The Sultan (voiced by Val Bettin): Jasmine's kind-hearted father, ruler of Agrabah, who allowed the engagement between her and Aladdin.
- 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.
Other characters and villains
- Eden (voiced by Valery Pappas)
- Dhandi (voiced by Debi Derryberry)
- Abis Mal (voiced by Jason Alexander)
- Haroud Hazi Bin (voiced by James Avery)
- Sadira (voiced by Kellie Martin)
- Mozenrath (voiced by Jonathan Brandis)
- Amin Damoola (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
- Mechanicles (voiced by Charlie Adler)
- Razoul / Prince Wazoo / The Sand Monster / Dominus Tusk (voiced by Jim Cummings)
- Arbutus / General Gouda (voiced by Ron Perlman)
- Khartoum (voiced by Tony Jay)
- Phasir (voiced by Ed Gilbert)
- Mirage (voiced by Bebe Neuwirth)
- Aziz (voiced by Michael Bell)
- Minos / King Zabar (voiced by Keith David)
- Fatima (voiced by Charity James)
- Uncouthma (voiced by Tino Insana)
- Chaos (voiced by Matt Frewer)
- Saleen (voiced by Julie Brown)
- Malcho (voiced by Héctor Elizondo)
- Caliph Kapok / Amok Mon Ra (voiced by Tim Curry)
- Thundra (voiced by Candi Milo)
- Queen Daluka (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- Ayam Aghoul (voiced by Hamilton Camp)
- Magma (voiced by Tone Loc)
- Sootinai / Merc (voiced by Dorian Harewood)
- Ajed Al Gebraic (voiced by Jonathan Harris)
- Nefir Hasenuf (voiced by René Auberjonois)
- Queen Hippsodeth (voiced by Kate Mulgrew)
- Sultan Pasta Al Dente (voiced by Stuart Pankin)
- Scara (voiced by Susan Tolsky)
- Shaman (voiced by Malcolm McDowell)
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.
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, and New Zealand releases
Twelve VHS cassettes containing 23 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 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|
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. 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
The first season of the show is currently available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video in Germany.
- 1995 – Outstanding Music Direction and Composition – Mark Watters, John Given, Harvey Cohen, Carl Johnson and Thomas Richard Sharp (won)
- 1995 – Outstanding Film Sound Mixing – Timothy J. Garrity, Melissa Ellis, Deb Adair, Bill Koepnick, Jim Hodson and Timothy Borquez (won)
- 1995 – 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)
- 1996 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class – Michael Jiron, Allen L. Stone and Deb Adair (won)
- Harris, Lee (August 31, 1997). "'Aladdin' returns home to Disney, which offers ABC a 'Recess'; NBC kicks off 'City Kids,' 'Hang Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "Disney to Crank Up Animation Output". Electronic Gaming Monthly (56). EGM Media, LLC. March 1994. p. 171.
- The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 24–26, 32.
- "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.