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Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation

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Okay, this is a bit of a stretch since Americans almost certainly won’t have heard of this character at all, but people in the rest of the world (particularly Europe) may have…

Iznogoud is a character created by French comic strip writer René Goscinny (he wrote the Asterix comics!) along with artist Jean Tabary. The character himself is a wicked Grand Vizier anti-hero trying to depose the good Caliph so he can become Caliph himself, but every cunning plan he hatches backfires on him - think Wile E. Coyote set in Arabian Nights-style magical Baghdad. His stories were chronicled in strip form in the pages of French magazines in the 60s and 70s, and then were later released in separate comic book albums. There are about 30 of these albums currently, but Goscinny only contributed to about 14 of those before he died in 1977, and Tabary himself died in 2011 leaving his children to carry on the work after album 28.

Anyway, in 1995 Saban released an animated series based on many of the early stories, 52 13-minute episodes in total. The series was shown in a number of different countries and had unique language tracks for many of them. However, release on video has been very spotty at best. A few countries (Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Spain) have had a number of episodes released on VHS and/or DVD, but no country has had a complete run released apart from France, who only got the full series on a limited edition VHS box set. The series ran in English on the BBC, but apart from 3 DVDs containing a total of 12 episodes, no others have been officially released. At some point quite a lot of the episodes were available with English audio (but Croation subtitles) from a torrent that has long ago vanished.

This thread is an attempt to explore the preservation of the Iznogoud series, particularly the English audio version. The goal is to try and preserve all 52 episodes in English.

My website containing info on everything Iznogoud can be found here.

VHS box set

Projects:
Return Of The Ewok and Other Short Films (with OCPmovie) [COMPLETED]
Preserving the…cringe…Star Wars Holiday Special [COMPLETED]
The Star Wars TV Commercials Project [DORMANT]
Felix the Cat 1919-1930 early film shorts preservation [ONGOING]
Lights Out! (lost TV anthology shows) [ONGOING]
Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation [ONGOING]

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Here is a listing of all 52 English-language Iznogoud episodes, which are usually shown in pairs:

  1. The Hideaway Bed
  2. Hats Off!
  3. The Magic Catalogue
  4. Hopping Back To The Future
  5. Iznogoud’s Unlucky Star
  6. Iznogoud’s Student
  7. Big Eyes
  8. The Time Machine
  9. Croaking the Night Away
  10. One For The Road
  11. State Visit
  12. The Mysterious Poster Hanger
  13. The Pic-Nic
  14. The Sultan’s Double
  15. The Western Potion
  16. The Genie
  17. Goldfingers
  18. Incognito
  19. It’s a Dog’s Tune
  20. A Wonderful Machine
  21. The Curse of the Diamond
  22. Close Encounters of an Odd Kind
  23. The Challenge
  24. Slip Sliding in the Sultanate
  25. The Crazy Cruise
  26. Watch Out! There’s a Fly About
  27. Giant’s Island
  28. Tall Tales
  29. Elections in the Sultanate
  30. The Wax Museum
  31. The Genie of the Mirror
  32. The Memory Potion
  33. Sweet Dreams
  34. A Fairy Tale
  35. Musical Chairs
  36. The Magic Puzzle
  37. In The Summertime
  38. The Sultan’s Sceptre
  39. The Sheik’s Potion
  40. Nut’s Day
  41. The Sultan’s Portrait
  42. The Mysterious Ointment
  43. Iznogoud’s Nest Egg
  44. The Road to Nowhere
  45. The Invisible Thread
  46. The Magic Carpet
  47. Magic Memories
  48. Souvenir’s Island
  49. The Maze
  50. Mean Genie
  51. The Tiger Hunt
  52. A Hairy Statuette

Projects:
Return Of The Ewok and Other Short Films (with OCPmovie) [COMPLETED]
Preserving the…cringe…Star Wars Holiday Special [COMPLETED]
The Star Wars TV Commercials Project [DORMANT]
Felix the Cat 1919-1930 early film shorts preservation [ONGOING]
Lights Out! (lost TV anthology shows) [ONGOING]
Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation [ONGOING]