Hanna-Barbera’s Jeannie cartoon was an animated re-imagining of the live-action hit, I Dream of Jeannie. The series originally ran on CBS from September through December, 1973. Later, in 1977, the show was re-packaged and included in episodes of Fred Flintstone and Friends.
The animated version of Jeannie, now sporting red hair, was voiced by Julie McWhirter. Her magical, bumbling side-kick, Babu, was played by Joe Besser of The Three Stooges. Jeannie’s master, Corey, was played by Mark (Luke Skywalker) Hamill. Corey’s best buddy, Henry, was played by Bob Hastings.
I remember Jeannie well and watched it frequently as a child. I never realized as a Star Wars fanatic just a few years later that I already knew Hamill from numerous Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Also, I’ll point out that I always heard Babu’s catch-phrase as “Yazzle Dazzle!,” as opposed to Wikipedia’s listing of “Yapple Dapple!” I re-checked and wouldn’t you know it – it is “Yapple Dapple!” Live and learn. I still think “Yazzle Dazzle!” is better but whatareyagonnado?
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