Since I’ve been absolutely terrible about updating (for some reason I’ve been sucking at games lately), I decided I’d reward readers for their patience by sharing a personal treasure.
What you’re about to see is something my parents recorded for me off of TV when I was like three or so. It’s an English dubbed, anime version of Aladdin. I don’t know its proper name (I think its “Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp” or somesuch thing) so I’ve always called it Anime Aladdin. From what I’ve been able to discover, this was a part of a series of annual television specials by Toei which were all adaptations of classic literature or fairy tales. It was made in 1982.
As far as I know, it is currently not licensed nor available on DVD outside of Japan, so I’m uploading it here. If I ever receive word of an official, licensed release, the links will be removed and the video taken down. So, here’s the links:
PART 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfRPY5sU4tU
PART 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR85RFOcXBQ
PART 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfpg4UsTZE
PART 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg0axLv_Vhs
PART 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwbBTwKKpMc
The obvious thing to do, I guess, would be to compare it to the Disney version, but I can’t. The Anime Aladdin follows the original story from the Thousand and One Nights, whereas Disney’s version is really more like Prince of Persia with a genie thrown in. So they’re apples and oranges.
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for this one-hour TV special. Partly its childhood nostalgia, and partly its because I always liked the story of Aladdin, the ultimate rags-to-riches tale. You watch it, and you’re like “wouldn’t it be cool if you found a genie who would do whatever you asked?” This anime version of the story also has a wonderful imagination going for it. Despite being by Toei (and therefore, done on a budget) it has awesome sequences like Aladdin’s journey through the cave, and the wizard’s tower at the end–a place that just completely throws logic to the wind.
Also, I always dug the ending credits instrumental, “Angel’s Flight”–which to my surprise, I’ve actually heard on the radio a few times (and it can be found on Youtube)!
Yes, there is some embarrassing dub dialogue and the characters are kind of flat, but overall, its a fun fairy tale, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.