ⓘ 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.
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 Disneys 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 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.
A total of 86 episodes were produced, making this series one of the few exceptions to Disneys 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.
3.1. Characters Main
- 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.
- 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.
- The Sultan voiced by Val Bettin: Jasmines kind-hearted father, ruler of Agrabah, who allowed the engagement between her and Aladdin.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genie voiced by Dan Castellaneta: One of Aladdins best friends. Freed from his lamp and able to use his magic freely, Genie helps Aladdin in his adventures to protect Agrabah. However, Genies 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".
3.2. Characters Other characters and villains
- Eden voiced by Valery Pappas
- Phasir voiced by Ed Gilbert
- Razoul / Prince Wazoo / The Sand Monster / Dominus Tusk voiced by Jim Cummings
- Khartoum voiced by Tony Jay
- Scara voiced by Susan Tolsky
- Queen Hippsodeth voiced by Kate Mulgrew
- Sultan Pasta Al Dente voiced by Stuart Pankin
- Mechanicles voiced by Charlie Adler
- Mirage voiced by Bebe Neuwirth
- Nefir Hasenuf voiced by Rene Auberjonois
- Saleen voiced by Julie Brown
- Sadira voiced by Kellie Martin
- Aziz voiced by Michael Bell
- Thundra voiced by Candi Milo
- Amin Damoola voiced by Jeff Bennett
- Fatima voiced by Charity James
- Queen Daluka voiced by Tress MacNeille
- Abis Mal voiced by Jason Alexander
- Arbutus / General Gouda voiced by Ron Perlman
- Minos / King Zabar voiced by Keith David
- Chaos voiced by Matt Frewer
- Mozenrath voiced by Jonathan Brandis
- Dhandi voiced by Debi Derryberry
- Uncouthma voiced by Tino Insana
- Ayam Aghoul voiced by Hamilton Camp
- Caliph Kapok / Amok Mon Ra voiced by Tim Curry
- Ajed Al Gebraic voiced by Jonathan Harris
- Haroud Hazi Bin voiced by James Avery
- Sootinai / Merc voiced by Dorian Harewood
- Shaman voiced by Malcolm McDowell
- Malcho voiced by Hector Elizondo
- Magma voiced by Tone Loc
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 shows 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.
5. Home media
Twelve VHS cassettes containing 24 episodes of the series were released in the United States including 4 cassettes of the Princess Collection: Jasmines Enchanted Tales set, which contain 8 episodes.
Princess Collection – Jasmines Enchanted Tales:
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.
The series has not been officially released on DVD, but on March 14, 2005, three episodes of the series were released on the Jasmines Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess DVD release. Also, four episodes were released as part of the Disney Princess DVD releases.
The first season of the show is currently available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video in Germany.
Daytime Emmy Awards
- 1995 – Outstanding Music Direction and Composition – Mark Watters, John Given, Harvey Cohen, Carl Johnson and Thomas Richard Sharp won
- 1996 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class – Michael Jiron, Allen L. Stone and Deb Adair 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
- 1995 – Outstanding Film Sound Mixing – Timothy J. Garrity, Melissa Ellis, Deb Adair, Bill Koepnick, Jim Hodson and Timothy Borquez won