Shazzan, revamp project Picture

Done as part of a project for class. Remember how in my "Man in the Iron Mask, revamp" sketch I mentioned that I had had another idea that ultimately got the go-ahead? This was it.

So what is Shazzan you might ask? I would be surprised if a lot of younger television viewers knew what it is, heck, I barely know what it is. Here's a quick run-down from wikipedia[link]

What I remember about this show as a kid was really being excited by the idea of adventures taking place in the world of the Arabian Nights. What I remember disliking about this show was...pretty much everything else.

So I decided, hey, if there is anything that should be done, it's a more serious interpretation of middle-eastern mythology than what 1960's Hanna-Barbera offered us.

So what's the story here?

Rather than having the two kids be contemporary, white Americans, I decided to put them in a historic, and more culturally appropriate context. They live in a land that is, essentially, medieval Persia (yes, I know that's not Arabia, but there is influences from all over the middle east and they travel all around, Persia is just the starting place.) The boy, Jahandar Mirzhad is the young son of the King's Vizier, a willful, charming trouble-maker and flirt who is a bit full of himself, but actually does have a fair number of skills and who can be kind. His biggest problem is that he's arrogant and has little humility, also, he can be a bit rash and hot-headed.

The girl is Tara-Tezak, a young slave from foreign lands who belongs to Jahandar's fiance (it's an arranged marriage and he detests his affianced). Much like Jahandar, she is a mixed bag of good and bad. While generally kind and gentle, she also holds a deep grudge against the people who took her from her home. I don't mean that she just is resentful of the slavers who captured her (and rightfully so), what I mean is that she doesn't really like anyone that's a part of the country she was taken to. It's not like she's vicious, or mean, but her experiences have blinded her a little bit, so that even if someone who is from the country she was forced to come to was kind to her, she would just turn in fear or anger from them. Her painful past has caused her to view the world in a somewhat bigoted way.

Anyway, to make this a bit more brief, Tara-Tezak and Jahandar end up kind of being forced together by bizarre circumstances. Each of them ends up with a ring, and when the rings touch, it summons the fearsome Djinn Shazzan! Though neither Tara-Tezak nor Jahandar totally trust him, they have to rely on his help as they go on a quest to undo the work of a wicked Peri who has thrown their kingdom into turmoil by kidnapping the young prince (who is also Jahandar's friend). This whole quest is further exacerbated by the fact that the authorities don't think it was a Peri that kidnapped the Prince, they believe it was Jahandar and Tara-Tezak. So as they go on this quest, they're being tracked down by the Captain of the Gaurds! Annnnd, it gets even worse still! Behruz, who is of course, the aforementioned Captain of the Guards, was also a friend of Jahandar and the Prince. He really viewed Jahandar as a younger brother, so he refuses to believe that the boy did anything wrong and thinks that Tara-Tezak is a witch who ensorcelled both the prince and his friend.

So they're trying to find this Peri who lives clear on the other side of the country in these treacherous mountains, they've got to rescue the prince (who I want to say was turned into gold or something like that), they're being tracked down by one of Jahandar's friends, who wants to kill Tara-Tezak because he thinks she's a witch, and on top of all that, they don't like one another, and they've got a cantankerous djinn on their hands (who, humorously, like Tara and hates Jahandar). Oy! Hijinks ensue!

So yeah, in the end, a lot of it would have to do with people coming to terms with what fate had handed them, and with their own misjudgments of people. You have Tara-Tezak who has to deal with the fact that she has no country to go home to, and she has kind of a bigoted sentiment towards those around her. You have Jahandar who needs to learn some humility, and learn to come to terms with the responsibilities he'll one day inherit, and you have a djinn who just generally hates humans because he was enslaved by them. Basically, all their adventures would culminate in them changing so that Tara somehow earned her freedom and realized that even if some specific members of a country had harmed her, it wasn't all of them. Jahandar would realize he has responsibilities he can't abandon, and that even if he has skills, they are meant to aid other people, not to bring him adulation. And Shazzan would, also, gain his freedom and realize that if he hadn't been such a jerk to mankind, they wouldn't have enslaved him in the rings.

Oh yeah, and screw having a flying camel in this. I really hate the flying camel bit.

Ummm...so yeah...I'm loosely summing things up, and still spending too much time on them. It's late, I've got more homework (And laundry) to do, and I need to call it a night!

Hope you all enjoy! I'd love to hear your feedback on the story idea. (Light as it is, there is much more in my head)

And please, forgive the font for the title. I have a hard time with typography, it's not my strong suit, and this layout really gave me problems with that. Hopefully I'll find something else before I turn this in.

Brush ink and tech pen line work, photoshop on top.

This idea...well, the revamp of the idea at least, belongs to me, "Shazzan" it'self belongs to Hanna Barbera. No stealing. Because, I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but most of the Hanna Barbera cartoons show up on "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law"...so, you know, they've got legal connections, and I'm not sure I'd want to go up against Mr. Birdman in court.
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