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1001 Nights
1001 Nights TV Series Logo.jpg
1001 Nights's logo
Created by
  • Aly Jetha
  • Shabnam Rezaei
Directed by Chad Van De Keere
Eddie Soriano
Voices of Nicole Oliver
Tabitha St. Germain
Colin Murdock
Trevor Devall
Cathy Weseluck
Peter Kelamis
Scott McNeil
Theme music composer
  • Randy Rogel
  • Michael Richard Plowman
Composer(s) Michael Richard Plowman
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Aly Jetha
  • Shabnam Rezaei
Production company(s) Big Bad Boo
Release
Original network Teletoon (Canada)
Radio Canada (Canada)
Disney Channel (United States)
Original release December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25) – 2012 (2012)

1001 Nights is a Canadian animated television series developed and produced at Big Bad Boo Studios in Vancouver, based on stories from One Thousand and One Nights. The show is created and co-directed by Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha.

Borrowing from the original premise of the classical tales of One Thousand and One Nights, the TV series features Scheherazade, the storyteller, in a Persian court with her sister Donyazad, King Shahryar, Prince Shahzaman and a playful monkey named Maymoon. The show premiered on Teletoon in Canada on December 25, 2011 and on Radio Canada in French-speaking Canada. In the United States, the show premiered on Disney Channel on January 2, 2012. This is the first time a media company has serialized the books of One Thousand and One Nights into an animated TV series for children.

Premise

Another day at King Shahryar's court and another problem presents itself. Does Shahryar have a toothache? Is Maymoon "borrowing" Shahzaman's pistachios? Scheherazade always has a delightful story that will entertain and teach everyone a great lesson. She will often use the court characters in her stories. There are also a number of recurring characters such as Sinbad and Dina, Mujab and Samir and Harun al-Rashid. A red herring is presented in each episode such as a flying carpet which leaves room for the stories to continue.

Episodes

Season 1

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1a 1a "The Joke's on You" Chad Van De Keere Victor Nicolle December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25)
1b 1b "King Bitehard" Chad Van De Keere Victor Nicolle December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25)
2a 2a "Sinbad & the Valley of Serpents" Chad Van De Keere TBA January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
2b 2b "Manjab's Just Desserts" Chad Van De Keere TBA January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
3a 3a "Princess Rou" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Victor Nicolle January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)
3b 3b "What's Yours Is Mine" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Victor Nicolle January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08) -->
4a 4a "True Treasure" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan January 15, 2012 (2012-01-15) -->
4b 4b "Sinbad and the Cyclops" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
5a 5a "Hunchback's Tale" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Randy Rogel, Colin Yardley TBA
5b 5b "Agrabroka" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Randy Rogel, Colin Yardley TBA
6a 6a "Give Until It Hurts" Chad Van De Keere Eric Lewald, Julia Lewald, Victor Nicolle TBA
6b 6b "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" Chad Van De Keere Eric Lewald, Julia Lewald, Victor Nicolle TBA
7a 7a "Keeping Up with the Jinns" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
7b 7b "King for a Day" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
8a 8a "Abu Sabir" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Shabnam Rezaei TBA
8b 8b "Bigger Badder Badr" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Shabnam Rezaei TBA
9a 9a "The Boy Who Cried Science" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Randy Rogel TBA
9b 9b "Prince Ahmad" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Randy Rogel TBA
10a 10a "It's a Steal" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Davila LeBlanc TBA
10b 10b "Which Way Is Up?" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Davila LeBlanc TBA
11a 11a "To Hatch a Thief" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
11b 11b "The Gift of Norooz" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
12a 12a "Creature Karma" Chad Van De Keere Charles Horn, Julia Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
12b 12b "Just My Luck" Chad Van De Keere Charles Horn, Julia Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
13a 13a "Details, Details..." Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Shabnam Rezaei, Colin Yardley, Franklin Young TBA
13b 13b "Sinbad in Solitude" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Shabnam Rezaei, Colin Yardley, Franklin Young TBA

Season 2

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1a 1a "The Tale of Taymour and Tiny" Chad Van De Keere Victor Nicolle TBA
1b 1b "The Boy and the Panther" Chad Van De Keere Victor Nicolle TBA
2a 2a "Abu Kassim's Smelly Shoes" Chad Van De Keere TBA TBA
2b 2b "Bandits of Basra" Chad Van De Keere TBA TBA
3a 3a "The Genie, the Fish, the Wolf and the Witch" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Victor Nicolle TBA
3b 3b "The Forbidden City of Shenzhen" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Victor Nicolle TBA
4a 4a "The Broken Jewel" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
4b 4b "The Boy Who Became a Genie" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
5a 5a "The Tale of the Mountain and the Valley" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Randy Rogel, Colin Yardley TBA
5b 5b "Three Tales of a Daydreaming Boy" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Randy Rogel, Colin Yardley TBA
6a 6a "The Riddle of the Ruined Tomb" Chad Van De Keere Eric Lewald, Julia Lewald, Victor Nicolle TBA
6b 6b "The Merchant and the Pickpocket" Chad Van De Keere Eric Lewald, Julia Lewald, Victor Nicolle TBA
7a 7a "Arman the Cheat" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
7b 7b "Abu Hassan's Legendary Wedding" Chad Van De Keere Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan TBA
8a 8a "The King Who Became a Slave" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Shabnam Rezaei TBA
8b 8b "The Spoon That Ruined Everything" Chad Van De Keere Michael Erskine-Kellie, Shabnam Rezaei TBA
9a 9a "The King Who Outlawed Laughter" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Randy Rogel TBA
9b 9b "Sinbad and the Black Diamond" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Randy Rogel TBA
10a 10a "The Man Who Went Back in Time" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Davila LeBlanc TBA
10b 10b "The Schoolmaster" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Davila LeBlanc TBA
11a 11a "The Tale of the Haunted Palace" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
11b 11b "Habib and the Baby Genie" Chad Van De Keere Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee, Eric Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
12a 12a "Three Tales of a Daydreaming Girl" Chad Van De Keere Charles Horn, Julia Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
12b 12b "Abu Mohammad Lazybones" Chad Van De Keere Charles Horn, Julia Lewald, Atul N. Rao TBA
13a 13a "Sinbad Forever" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Shabnam Rezaei, Colin Yardley, Franklin Young TBA
13b 13b "One Thousand and One Nights" Chad Van De Keere Larry Raskin, Shabnam Rezaei, Colin Yardley, Franklin Young TBA

Characters

Scheherazade

Voiced by Nicole Oliver

Confident and older than her years, Scheherazade is savvy, quick-witted, and no nonsense in her dealings with Donyazad and Shahzaman. She is the wife of King Shahryar. She serves the role of mother, educator and peace-keeper and it is through her that we are told many captivating stories. Scheherazade lives in the palace and is the daughter of Majid, Shahryar's vizier.

Shahryar

Voiced by Colin Murdock

Shahryar is slightly older than his wife Scheherazade, and has little experience or knowledge of what it takes to make a good king. He is unintentionally selfish, arrogant, pompous, and spoiled. He is also innocent and childlike because he is a prince who has been catered to his entire life. He says whatever is on his mind, no matter how bumbling or stupid it might sound. Often when Scheherazade is telling a story to the kids, Shahryar is listening in and will draw the wrong message.

Donyazad

Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain

Donyazad is Scheherazade's younger sister. She is ten years old, bright, independent, and feisty. She loves and respects her older sister who has essentially become her mother figure. Donyazad often tussles with Shahazman. Although they are not related, they have a typical brother-sister relationship. They are close to one another but are often at odds. Of the two, Donyazad is the smarter. She's also more sensitive and aware.

Shahzaman

Voiced by Cathy Weseluck

Shahzaman is Shahryar's eleven-year-old brother and therefore, he is a prince. He is a younger version of Shahryar, i.e. spoiled with a sense of entitlement. Even though he's a prince, he is like any other boy who loves sports, games, sweets, and play time. He gets into mischief and he endlessly teases Donyazad. He's a practical joker and often insensitive to other people's feelings. Still, he's loveable and when faced with issues, he and Donyazad make a good team.

Majid

Voiced by Peter Kelamis

Majid is Shahryar's vizier, i.e. high counselor. He is also Scheherazade's father. He is about fifty years old and supposedly the wise and learned man of the court. Majid frequently finds himself trying to calm Shahryar down when the king is throwing a temper tantrum. He is sycophantic towards Shahryar whereas Scheherazade is smarter and subtler in her approach. She's often able to change Shahryar's behavior just by telling him a story. Whereas Majid is often afraid of his son in law, Scheherazade has no trouble standing up to him.

Maymoon

Voiced by Scott McNeil

Maymoon is a mischievous pet monkey who belongs to Shahzaman. He is playful and loving and is a regular member of the court. He often outwits Shahryar and like all the other characters is used often as a character in Scheherazade's stories.

Awards and nominations (2010)

1001 Nights was nominated for four awards in 2010.

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2010 Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Nominated
2010 Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series Chad Van De Keere for episode "What's Yours Is Mine" Nominated
2010 Leo Awards Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series For episode "What's Yours Is Mine" Nominated
2010 Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series For episode "Sinbad and the Valley of Serpents" Nominated

Awards and nominations (2011)

1001 Nights was nominated for two awards in 2011.

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2011 Leo Awards Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series For episode "Sinbad in Solitude" Nominated
2011 Leo Awards Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series Chad Van De Keere for episode "The Boy Who Cried Science" Nominated

Awards and nominations (2012)

1001 Nights was nominated and won three Leo Awards in 2012.

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2012 Leo Awards Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series Shabnam Rezaei for episode "Sinbad & The Black Diamond" Won
2012 Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Producers Aly Jetha & Shabnam Rezaei Won
2012 Leo Awards Best Overall Sound For episode "Abu Hassan's Legendary Wedding" Won

Awards and nominations (2013)

1001 Nights was nominated for two Leo Awards and won one in 2013.

Year Association Award Category Notes Result
2013 Leo Awards Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha for episode "The Tale of the Mountain & The Valley" Won
2013 Leo Awards Best Animation Program or Series Producers Aly Jetha & Shabnam Rezaei Nominated
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