1001 Arabian Nights

1001 Arabian Nights

Jim Backus
Director: Jack Kinney Cast: Jim Backus
Jim Backus
, Kathryn Grant
Kathryn Grant
, Dwayne Hickman
Dwayne Hickman
Jack Kinney


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1001 Arabian Nights was the first animated feature film produced by the "progressive" UPA cartoon firm. The studio had originally planned to feature its star attraction, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo, in an adaptation of Don Quixote scripted by no less than Aldous Huxley. But Columbia, UPA's distributor, didn't think that a Quixote film would sell to the kiddie trade, so the studio settled on the oft-used "Aladdin's Lamp" story. It might have worked better had Magoo portrayed a bumbling genie; instead, the Myopic One is cast as Aladdin's uncle, a wholly extraneous character who has no bearing on the plot or its outcome. Beyond its script shortcomings, 1001 Arabian Nights boasts an attractive production design and color scheme, as well as some pleasant voicework by Dwayne Hickman, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Hans Conried and Herschel Bernardi. Many of the character designs seen in Arabian Nights were reused on UPA's weekly 1964 TV series The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2011
UPC: 0043396394254
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 35,330

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Backus Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo
Kathryn Grant Princess Yasminda
Dwayne Hickman Aladdin
Hans Conried The Wicked Wazir
Herschel Bernardi The Jinni
Alan Reed The Sultan
Daws Butler Omar the Rug Maker

Technical Credits
Jack Kinney Director
Earl Bennett Editor
Stephen Bosustow Producer
Pete Burness Original Story
Bob Carlson Animator
Herman Cohen Animator
Skip Craig Editor
Jim Davis Animator
Robert Dranko Production Designer
Philip Duncan Animator
George Duning Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Eckes Cinematographer
Ed Friedman Animator
Ken Hultgren Animator
Jack Campbell Animator
Dick Kinney Original Story
Abe Levitow Animator
Clarke Mallery Animator
Casey Onaitis Animator
Czenzi Ormonde Screenwriter
Leo Salkin Original Story
Paul Schneider Screenwriter
Joe Siracusa Editor
Hank Smith Animator
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Sanford Strother Animator
Harvey Toombs Animator
Ned Washington Songwriter
Stan Wilkins Animator
Rudy Zamora Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 1001 Arabian Nights
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [5:44]

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