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'''''Shazzan!''''' was a [[AnimatedSeries cartoon]] created by AlexToth and produced by the HannaBarbera company for Creator/{{CBS}} back in 1967. It featured a giant genie named Shazzan who served two American kids, a boy named Chuck and his sister, Nancy, who had found a pair of magical rings in a cave and were transported to a MagicWorld that resembled the one from the Literature/ArabianNights tales. Each of the kids had one of the rings that, when touched to each other (and the word "Shazzan!" is spoken) summons the genie to grant their wishes -- anything except being sent home; they were required to find Shazzan's true owner first (with no clues provided, even by Shazzan himself). The genie also gifted them with an InvisibilityCloak, a bag of dust that can create illusions, and a magic rope. The series followed the two (and their winged camel, Kaboobie) as they traveled this strange world, [[TheDrifter helping those in need along the way]].

The show was, as was typical for cartoons of the time, very [[OnceAnEpisode formulaic]]: Every episode, the kids would reach a new land, where some villain was up to no good; after being threatened, they finally put their rings together, after which Shazzan appeared and quickly disposed of the villains (while mocking them). Alex Toth, the series' creator, later said, "It was a conceptual problem. The genie had no weaknesses; once you summoned him, the episode was over."

Also as typical of the time, there was no "final episode", so we never got to see the resolution of the plot.

Not to be confused with ''{{ComicBook/Shazam}}'' or even less with ''{{Film/Kazaam}}''.
!!Tropes in ''Shazzan'':
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioucgknkuH4 this]].
* AnimalCompanion: Kaboobie the winged camel, who was there mostly to transport the kids and look funny.
* BenevolentGenie: Although kinda mischievous.
** He ''never'' stopped laughing, no matter how serious the situation. Maybe he [[GenreSavvy just knew]] he was always going to win.
* ContinuityNod: The series is obviously based on the Literature/ArabianNights tales, but one episode has Shazzan battle a dumb-witted genie and then grant him to... a boy named Literature/{{Aladdin}}. (Most of the stories were original however.)
* {{Crossover}}: With SpaceGhost in the ''Space Ghost'' episode "The Council of Doom".
* DeadpanSnarker: Even the kids got snarked on by the genie on occasion.
* EthnicMagician: Pretty much everybody in the show was Arabic ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture or its equivalent in this world]]) except the all-American kids.
* GentleGiant: Despite towering above most other characters, Shazzan did not scare the kids.
* InvincibleHero[=/=]CurbStompBattle: Shazzan himself was ''never'' hurt by anything, and always easily defeated his foes.
* NoEnding: We never see the kids get home.
* RingOfPower: The kids' rings; each always carried one- which meant that if separated, [[TooDumbToLive they were in real trouble]].
* ShoutOut: Shazzan's appearance suggests he may have been based on the genie in ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad''.
* SiblingTeam: Chuck and Nancy. They occasionally annoyed each other, but otherwise were good siblings.
* SubvertedKidsShow: The SaturdayNightLive TV Funhouse parody ''[[http://www.hulu.com/watch/273901 Shazzang]]'' takes the concept of an all-powerful genie inflicting his will on "bad guys" UpToEleven. After rescuing the kids from [[TheWallsAreClosingIn an evil wizard's trap]], the genie subjects their opponent to a typical pinned to the wall by his own arrow/human juggling ball/used as a pushbroom HumiliationConga. [[WhatTheHellHero Then he forces him to swallow ammonia, pulls his tongue out of his mouth, and burns the skin off of his body with eye-beams]]. [[AnArmAndALeg Then it]] [[{{Autocannibalism}} gets]] [[ForcedToWatch kinda]] [[WellDoneSonGuy intense]].
* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: Chuck and Nancy each wear half of a magic ring. When the two halves are reunited, it summons the mighty genie Shazzan.
* TheUnreveal: Just ''who'' was Shazzan's "True Owner?"
** Wasn't he referred to as the "Wizard of the Seventh Mountain"? According to at least one episode guide, the kids are continually searching for the mountain and the wizard -- and meeting his old enemies.
** And where was Shazzan when he wasn't summoned?
*** In the rings? It would fit with the Aladdin theme; he had the "Genie of the Ring" as well as the Genie of the Lamp in some versions of the tale.
** WildMassGuessing: Maybe it was The KIDS all along; the whole thing being a [[SecretTestOfCharacter test of sorts]]?
*** Aladdin was the logical guess, but that got {{Jossed}} in one episode.
* WalkingTheEarth: Or rather a magical world.
* WhatTheHellHero: In one episode, Chuck challenges a performing magician to a WizardDuel (despite Nancy's protests) using Shazzan's magical gifts. When they are not enough, Chuck summons Shazzan. Shazzan defeats the magician, but then scolds Chuck for summoning him and using the gifts for something so trivial, as the magician was not an enemy until Chuck made him one with his need to show off.
* WonderTwinPowers: The kids needed each other to summon Shazzan.
* WordsOfPower: The rings won't summon Shazzan unless his name is also spoken.