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Shazzan: The Complete Series (1967)

Barney Phillips , Janet Waldo , Joseph Barbera , William Hanna  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Barney Phillips, Janet Waldo, Jerry Dexter, Don Messick, Paul Frees
  • Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Writers: Bill Lutz, Sloan Nibley, Walter Black
  • Producers: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Lewis Marshall, Victor O. Schipek
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 389 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RKFXWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shazzan: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When two adventurous, twin teenagers, Chuck and Nancy, recombine the halves of a mysterious ring, they are instantly transported to ancient Egypt...as masters of an all-powerful genie named Shazzan.

Now, with the help of the mighty Shazzan, the twins seek the wizard who lives "behind the beyond," the only person able to help them return home. But even as the teenagers pursue their quest, every evil sorcerer in the desert kingdom desires the twins' magic ring and will stop at nothing to gain the power it grants over Shazzan.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Toth does the Arabian Nights! June 1, 2012
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I never watched "Shazzan" growing up, and that is saying something from a cartoon junky like me. I would watch pretty much anything animated. I watched all of the other Hanna Barbara shows; "The Herculoids," "Space Ghost," "Birdman," " Frankenstein Jr.," ... but not "Shazzan". I refused to watch it because I was a huge Captain Marvel fan, and the whole Shazam / Shazzan thing offended my sensibilities. (I was a true geek even as a kid, apparently).

Older and wiser now, I took the plunge and dove into this long-shunned Alex Toth production, and found an excellent, goofy, and surprisingly edgy late `60s cartoon.

The `60s and `70s wasn't exactly the greatest time for American cartoons. Budgets were tight, techniques were limited, and simplistic stories were recycled over and over again. "Shazzan" is no different, and repeats a basic magic item / unfulfilled quest scenario for all 36 episodes. Everything you need to know about the story is summed up in the preamble that runs before every episode:

"Inside a cave off the coast of Maine, Chuck and Nancy find a mysterious chest containing the halves of a strange ring. When joined the ring forms the word Shazzan and with this magical command they are transported back to the fabled land of the Arabian Nights. Here they meet their genie, Shazzan. Shazzan presents them Kaboobie a magical flying camel and gives Chuck a magic belt and rope. Shazzan will serve them whenever they call, but he cannot return them home until they deliver the ring to it's rightful owner. And thus begins their incredible journey."

Who is that rightful owner? The story never says. Just a macguffin to keep the plots churning. The saving grace for many of these `60s/'70s shows is design, humor, and imagination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old movie fan June 25, 2013
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The Shazzan series along with Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor, and Jonny Quest are for me the classics of Hanna- Barbera cartoons. They bring back the fun memories of childhood watching cartoons with friends and neighborhood kids. Each of us had our favorite characters, we knew their names, their talents, the story line as to how the characters started out on their journey and that they always were on the side of right. Even the music for these cartoons stirs up memories of what was going to come, excitement, adventure, using super skills and setting things back on the right road. Many times wrong choices were made by some of the characters, however there was always someone to help. It didn't end there because lessons were learned and a consequence always follows. I think that is what is missing in the Saturday morning cartoons today. I've seen some of the cartoon that children watch today and to me they are very scary and have no substance. The classic cartoons of Hanna-Barbera have a timeless quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOSTALGIC August 10, 2012
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VERY GOOD REPRODUCTION. GLAD TO SEE THAT PUT THESE OLD CARTOONS ON D V D. LONG WAIT BUT WELL WORTH IT.
BRINGS BACK SATURDAY MORNING MEMORIES
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Villain Each Episode June 8, 2012
By PWB Esq
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Shazzan is a great Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Unlike many, but not all, of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, each episode of Shazzan was new and fresh - there was a new villain each episode. That helped keep this series fresh, and the kiddies (and adults) interested. Series like "The Perils of Pauline Pitstop," for example, had the same villain each week, to wit, the Hooded Claw. And although a couple of villains had recurring roles, it was basically a new episode each week with Shazzan, Chuch, Nancy and Kabubie (sp?).

The animation, as other reviewers have noted, was typical high quality from Hanna-Barbera. Hanna-Barbera was prolific in the field of of animation - I'm glad Shazzan was among their cartoon repertoire. Hope you enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, old Hanna-Barbera September 9, 2013
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I've wrote on all these old cartoons I've collected and it's great to have them, sure they didn't really have a plot like modern stories with an ending and real character growth but they were sure a lot of fun weren't they? I mean, who wouldn't have fun with a Genie you can summon to get you out of any nasty jams you find yourself in. And he's always so jolly when defeating the bad guys too.

If you're like me and like the old school cartoons like this, well it's certainly worth having in your collection.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MEMORIES!! June 7, 2012
By Steven
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Shazzan was one of my all time favorite cartoons as a child, and I have been waiting patiently for the series to be put out on DVD. As with all of Hanna Barbera cartoons, the animation quality and characters are excellent. I'm slowly building up my Hanna Barbera collection, and I'm very glad to be able to add this one to it. If you are a fan of Hanna Barbera, then this is a series that you absolutely need to have in your collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shazzan August 23, 2012
By APP
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Wonderful to relive Saturday morning cartoons. Takes me back to a time where happiness was the only emotion. Hanna Barbera at their best
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very!!!! Cool!!!! May 14, 2013
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Just another Very!!!!!! Cool cartoon,It is different then all the others..They at least made a good amount of episodes with this show,So you get alot...Just again,another really Cool show,Shazzan is wild man..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! but it could be even better
One of the best cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera. Unfortunately this product and others, currently are manufactured on demand by Warner, using dvd-r and standard Amaray case. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Luis Henrique
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item and great shipping. Thanks.
Published 14 days ago by Michael F DeJesus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
kids like this cartoon
Published 16 days ago by Yvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good hanna barbera cartoon.
Published 18 days ago by Charles Roscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The DVD was in good condition
Published 23 days ago by terence
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always been a Hanna-Barbera fan, Shazzan ways always ...
I've always been a Hanna-Barbera fan, Shazzan ways always one of my favorites. His laugh & the way he handled Chuck and Nancy's predicaments kept me wanting to see more.
Published 1 month ago by THEODORE J.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Genie Not the Fawcett Superhero
I'll start off admitting that I have NOT purchased any of these. However, I likely never would. First off, these are just ripped copies, basically (read the other reviews, I mean,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Red Wood
1.0 out of 5 stars The quality is just HORRIBLE. The DVD is a copy with a label ...
The quality is just HORRIBLE. The DVD is a copy with a label sticker on top. It is like a pirate copy sold at a high price.
Published 1 month ago by Enrique
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love the cartoons I grew on...
This brought me back years and years of enjoyment. What surprised me the most was my own kids wanting to watch each and every episode that the complete series had here.*
Published 3 months ago by Just Another Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
I bought this for my nieces, nephews, and well... for me because I loved the cartoon when I was a child. I enjoyed watching the episodes again:)
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey G. Boldt
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