|Production company:||Hanna-Barbera Cartoons|
|Distributor:||Turner Program Services|
|Release date:||September 3, 1994|
|Executive producer(s):||Joseph Barbera|
|Music composed by:||Steve Bernstein|
|Screenplay by:||Gordon Kent|
Gordon Kent (voices)
Arabian Nights is a 1994 anthology TV special based on the book One Thousand and One Nights. It aired on September 3, 1994 on TBS. It was written by Gordon Kent and Glenn Leopold, and produced and directed by Joanna Romersa, Jun Falkenstein, and Kent.
Scooby and Shaggy have gotten jobs as food testers for a young caliph, but get in trouble when they eat all the food. Shaggy disguises himself as a harem to avoid certain death, which only makes matters worse as the caliph immediately falls in love and wants to marry the cross-dressed Shaggy, so Shaggy tries to put him to sleep by telling him two stories; one of the street urchin Ali-yah Din and her magic lamp (containing Yogi and Boo Boo as genies), and Sinbad the Sailor (aka Magilla Gorilla).
When Time Warner bought Turner Entertainment in the late 1990s, they retitled the special as Scooby-Doo's Arabian Nights for home media, even though all of Scooby (and Shaggy)'s scenes amount to five minutes.
Boo Boo: But how do you know it's what she wants?
Yogi: Because I'm smarter than the average genie.
In order of appearance:
- Magic lamp
- Animatronic dragon head (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Queen Murray
- Captain's boat
Dates are in order of release:
- United States: September 3, 1994 on TBS
Behind the scenes
- Shaggy says "Zoinks" twice.
- Cats is a real musical that the cyclops wants to see.
- Magilla breaks the fourth wall by mentioning that he's in a cartoon.
- It's unclear if Shaggy is specifically telling the stories with Yogi, Boo, and Magilla in them, or they're just for the home viewing audience.
- In the present, Ali-yah Din and the Prince look about the same age, but in the flashback, he is a child while she is a baby.
- The Tomb of Riches is pretty empty.
In other languages
- In the United States:
- In the UK: