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Arabian Nights is a television special, based around The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, which originally aired September 3, 1994 on TBS. It is notable for being one of the last performances of Don Messick as the voice of both Scooby-Doo and Boo Boo Bear, as well as the final Scooby-Doo cartoon to be wholly produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.

The special features classic Hanna-Barbera characters Scooby-Doo & Shaggy Rogers, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo Bear, and Magilla Gorilla. The three sets of characters are relegated to separate segments of the movie, and do not interact. Scooby and Shaggy are mostly used as set up for the two main tales. It was produced in a manner similar to the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, similar to Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs, which debuted the previous year, down to the music. The animation style is also different from the previous TV movies, drawn in a flatter style with brighter colors and stylized character designs (in some ways similar to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo).


Scooby and Shaggy are hired as royal food-tasters by a young Arab Caliph - a job offer they can't refuse. When they eat everything, the nearsighted Caliph gets mad and has his guards chase them, until he finds Shaggy disguised in drag as a harem girl. In order to make the prince fall asleep, Shaggy tells him two classic stories with a twist.


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  • Flying carpet
  • Wedding cake


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Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Eddie Deezen Caliph
Brian Cummings Flying carpet driver
Royal guard 2
Greg Burson Royal chef
Charlie Adler Royal guard 1
Nick Jameson Royal kitchen worker
Royal dress maker

Full credits

The following credits are how they are displayed on-screen (or as close as possible).

Opening credits

Closing credits


Shaggy and Scooby, redesigned for the TV movie.

  • Unusually for a Scooby-Doo film, the classic mystery-solving theme the Scooby-Doo franchise is famous for is completely nonexistent here. Even the the late 1980s shift, which had the characters engage in supernatural conflicts, is dropped. The team do not run into any ghosts or ghouls whatsoever, and Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are the only main characters from the Scooby-Doo franchise to appear in this film, with Daphne, Velma, Fred, and Scrappy-Doo all being absent. (Scrappy would remain out of the team in most subsequent reboots.) In addition, despite Shaggy and Scooby being the main characters of the film, they have very little screen-time, only appearing in the wraparound segments.
  • The Aladdin parody spoofs many plot elements specific to the 1992 Disney animated film version of the legend.
  • This is the last Scooby-Doo production to be produced solely by Hanna-Barbera. Beginning with the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Warner Bros. Animation takes over production with the Scooby-Doo franchise (although still copyrighted and credited to Hanna-Barbera, in all cases.)
  • Later releases of this movie change the name to Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights in order to make Scooby (and Shaggy)'s role seem larger. The DVD cover even incorrectly implies that they interact with the Bear Genies. 


  • Disguises: Shaggy as a harem girl and Scooby as a female assistant dress maker.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Scooby's dog tag colors (blue and yellow) are reversed several times throughout the movie, more times than showing the original one. This could be part of the redesign of Scooby.
  • When the guard holds his arm out to let Shaggy and Scooby in the palace, his goatee is missing.
  • When the Caliph falls out of his chair and his eyeglasses break, the lenses can be heard shattering as broken glass shards fly up. But in the next shot of the Caliph, the lenses are still intact in the frames and are merely cracked.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek O Scooby-Doo στις Αραβικές Νύχτες (DVD Title)

Scooby-Doo! Οι Νύχτες της Αραβίας (Film Title)

Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights (DVD Title)

Scooby-Doo! Arabian Nights (Film Title)

Polish Scooby-Doo i baśnie z tysiąca i jednej nocy Scooby-Doo and the tales from one thousand and one nights

Home media


Royal guard 1: Suckers.
Shaggy: Hear that, Scoob? (chuckles) Suckers for dessert.

Scooby-Doo: Let's scram, Raggy.


External links

  • TBA