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Shazzan: The Complete Series

4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Dexter, Don Messick, Barney Phillips, Janet Waldo, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RKFXWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shazzan: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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Thanks to my Dad, I've always been a huge fan of the classic Hanna Barbara cartoons, specifically their superhero/action shows, such as "Space Ghost", "The Impossibles", and "Jonny Quest". For the time, the animation was pretty good, and the art styles often evoked a comic book or pulp magazine feel.

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.
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