Shazzan: The Complete Series
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
This series told the story of two siblings, Chuck and Nancy, who discover a pair of magic rings that, when put together, summon an all powerful genie named Shazzan. Upon their discovery, the kids are magically transported to the ancient times of the Arabian knights, and in order to get home, they must return the ring to its rightful owner. Naturally, being a continuing, Saturday morning cartoon, they never did make it home, but none the less, every episode is packed with action and adventure, as the kids travel around on a magic flying camel named Kaboobie (that sounds a bit like Scooby Doo). I always liked Kaboobie, thinking the concept was a bit more unique and original than just giving the kids a magic carpet.
Pretty much every episode involves some villain trying to steal the rings to possess the genie, and/or separate the kids so they can't summon Shazzan (to which the plans always fail). Once Shazzan comes, the threat is pretty much over, as really nothing can defeat him. Had this been made now a days, I'd be more picky about the plot holes and characterization and such, but considering the time period, as well as the fact that this is pretty much on the level of "Scooby Doo", it is what it is. Shallow as some of the plots and characters might be, it's still nothing short of fun.
If you're a Hanna Barbara fan, this is a nice set to add to your collection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the greats,Shazzan stands the test of time. Still good after all these years!Published 9 months ago by Robert Abel
What a wonderful trip down memory lane. This cartoon has not been on television for years, not even on Foxtel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rebecca Braham
all 18 episodes, with 36 stories on two discs. Great packaging and the cartoons look great for ones that are almost 40 years old. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Mcrobie
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