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Jetlag Productions was an American animation studio that, just like the similar studio Golden Films, has created a number of animated films based on different, popular children's stories, while at the same time creating a few original productions. Produced mainly for the American market, the films were animated in Japan by KKC&D Asia among South Korean companies and were later released directly to VHS through the GoodTimes Home Video distribution company. Years later, with the introduction of DVD, a newer department of the same company, GoodTimes Home Entertainment, distributed the films in that new format. The films in Jetlag's catalog were dubbed into many different languages and were distributed by international departments of the GoodTimes corporation. Since 2005, the Gaiam company has held the copyrights to Jetlag Productions' animated films, following GoodTimes Entertainment's filing for bankruptcy.

Title listing

Fairy tale and short story adaptations

Myths and legends adaptations

Literary novel adaptations

Original works

  • Happy, the Littlest Bunny (1994), written by Larry Hartstein
  • Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle (1994), written by George Bloom
  • Curly, the Littlest Puppy (1995), written by Larry Hartstein
  • Magic Gift of the Snowman (1995), written by Larry Hartstain

TV series

Music

Unlike its predecessor Golden Films, Jetlag Productions did not rely on familiar classical compositions as the soundtrack to their films (the only exception would be Heidi, which featured a variation of Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood"). Instead, a variety of original compositions was created from scratch, produced by Andrew Dimitroff.

Original songs

As a general rule that went unbroken in all of their seventeen animated films, each film featured three original songs performed by a variety of singers. Jetlag Productions' successor for GoodTimes Entertainment, Blye Migicovsky Productions, continued this trend in their films. The instrumental bases to these original songs were sometimes used as part of the soundtrack outside the main musical numbers, as was the case in Hercules (1995) and Little Red Riding Hood (1995) among others. Though these musical numbers were placed into the films in often formulaic patterns, there were a few exceptions: A Christmas Carol (1994) was the only film to not feature an opening musical number while Hercules (1995) was unusual in that it ended with an instrumental rather than a vocal version of "Son of Zeus". Though the vast majority of the songs were performed by off-screen voices, Snow White (1995)'s "Hip Hip Hooray", Magic Gift of the Snowman (1995)'s "Sleep and Dream", Cinderella (1994)'s "(It's the) Chance of a Lifetime" and Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle (1994)'s "Out on My Own" were sung by actual characters within the films; Cinderella (1994)'s "When Love Has Gone Away" was the only duet performed by characters from the film, Cinderella and the prince, respectively.

Musicians

The credits attributed to the different composers and writers of the original soundtrack were listed in a formulaic manner in all seventeen animated productions, and were thus never associated with their actual compositions or performances. Among these credits, the following artists were credited as:

  • Music producer: Andrew Dimitroff
  • Composers: Nick Carr, Ray Crossley and Andrew Dimitroff
  • Lyricist: Joellyn Cooperman

Credited musicians

  • Ray Crossley
  • Andrew Dimitroff
  • Milcho Leviev
  • Mel Steinberg
  • Leslie Woodbury

Uncredited vocalist performers

  • Kathleen Barr (as the singing voice of Tooey in Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle (1994), performing "Out on My Own")
  • Garry Chalk (as the voice of Leo in Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle (1994), performing "I'm a Really Nice Guy")
  • Wendy K. Hamilton-Caddey (for songs such as "A Little Bit of Magic," "The Season of Love," "Keep Christmas in Your Heart" and "Land of Pocahontas" among others)
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