Coproduced by Canada's Rankin-Bass and Japan's Mushi Studios, this 30-minute cartoon special is essentially a remake of the classic 1940 film The Thief of Baghdad (which would itself provide inspiration for the 1991 animated feature Aladdin. It's the story of Pindar, a dauntless teenager in love with Fatha, the daughter of the Thief of Baghdad, Omar (no, he's not a tentmaker here). In order to win Fatha's hand, Pindar must outwit the evil Caliph and steal his slippers--and, oh yes, he's got to work his way around a fearsome genie who is guarding the largest treasure in the world. First telecast as one of the eighteen episodes of the syndicated Festival of Family Classics anthology, The Arabian Knights began making the TV syndication rounds in early 1973.
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