October 7th, 2012
Rather uneventful opening episode. The characters meet and… uh… grope some breasts, and… uh… decide to go off adventuring on a giant headless genie after throwing someone else’s wine at an innocent plant. The whole thing with Ali Baba and the slaves was also obnoxiously convenient for the story. You don’t get to have him be the audience’s eyepiece/aghast at the harsh world as well as the mouthpiece for explaining all of because he’s been happily living there for his entire life. At least give some excuse beyond the most tired and dull "it’s wrong to treat people like property." It doesn’t work when you’re also trying to claim that the character has spent their entire life ignoring it.
There’s not a whole lot else to say. Production wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great. Some shots made Aladdin look half alien when they animated his lips but his teeth remained in the same place. They probably could’ve stood to ramp up the Arabian feel of the music too. Sometimes they did a good job of it, but a lot was still really generic and the ending theme was… ugh. It just seems like Yet Another Primetime Adventuring Show with the only distinguishing feature being a little bit of lipservice to the Arabian Nights stories. They could at least have some slick fighting to make it shiny, but alas, there’s just a lot of groping and some wriggling tentacles.
Closeups of eyes.