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Jeannie was a short-lived Animated Adaptation of I Dream of Jeannie, produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. In this incarnation, Jeannie (voiced by Julie McWhirter in her first starring role) is found by a teenage surfer named Corry Anders, after finding her bottle on the beach. Jeannie fell in love with Corry and stayed with him and to win his love, she tried to help him with his everyday situations. Added to the main cast are Corry's best friend, Henry, and "junior-genie" Babu. The Great Hadji, Master of All Genies, was the only other character to be reused from the live-action series.

The series has never been released on home video due to conflicts with Screen Gems (and Hanna-Barbera's plans to reuse the "Jeannie" character ended up shelved). The show is primarily known from a Crossover with The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Babu appeared in Laff-A-Lympics (Jeannie herself only appeared in the opening and in a brief cameo in one episode).


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The animated Jeannie, assuming she is meant to be Barbara Eden's original blond Jeannie, is portrayed as a redhead.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Jeannie loses her powers in one episode when her ponytail gets cut.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jeannie for Corry.
  • Expy:
    • Teenage Corry takes the place of Major Anthony Nelson in the original series. Henry, Corey's wisecracking best friend, substitutes for Major Roger Healey.
    • Regarding character design, Jeannie, Corry, and Henry also resemble Daphne, Fred, and Shaggy.
    • Babu seems to have been based on Bob Denver's one-shot character, Harold, from the original show, who was also a genie whom Jeannie needed to train, though he does not seem to be Haji's son. Added to that, bizarrely enough, Babu wore what appears to be a male version of the live-action Jeannie's pink costume.
  • Fat and Skinny: Babu and Jeannie themselves.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Although this was a children's show, which the original show never was, Jeannie's costume is much less modest than the original, including transparent pantaloons. She also shows her belly button! Makes you wonder why Corry doesn't want her instead of the other girls.
  • Inept Mage: Babu's yabble-dabbles rarely go as planned.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Babu strongly resembles his voice actor, Joe Besser.
  • Magical Gesture: Jeannie flips back her ponytail; in one episode, she loses her powers when she gets her hair cut to impress Corry.
    • In the Scooby-Doo episode, Jeannie winks as she flips her ponytail.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Seriously, have you looked at Jeannie?
  • Nice Guy: Henry, normally, especially in contrast to Corry; though he develops Acquired Situational Narcissism in "Don Juan" and in the Scooby-Doo crossover.
  • Oblivious to Love: Corry is oblivious to the fact that Jeannie loves him.
  • Our Genies Are Different: There are such things as "junior genies," for starters.
  • Red/Green Contrast: Playing with the trope, Jeannie has red hair and is more sensible, whereas Babu has green skin and hasn't mastered his genie powers.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Everyone except Jeannie.
  • Surfer Dude: Corey is one.