Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt is a series of 5-minute cartoons which originally aired in first-run syndication between 1965-1966, produced by Hanna-Barbera for the American International Television division of American International Pictures and were shown during a half-hour cartoon. This was the first series produced by Hanna-Barbera that was not distributed by Screen Gems, the television studio that released much of Hanna-Barbera's output prior to this time. Sinbad Jr., the Sailor was originally titled The Adventures of Sinbad, Jr. and produced for American International Television by Sam Singer.
In an effort to improve the quality of the animation, production of the 1965 syndicated cartoons was taken over by Hanna-Barbera. It was renamed Sinbad Jr., the Sailor out of deference to the 1962 Toei Studios feature-length cartoon, Adventures of Sinbad. The rights to the series are now owned by AIP successor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio where William Hanna and Joseph Barbera got their start.
Sinbad Jr. (voiced by Tim Matheson) is the son of Sinbad, the famous sea explorer. He becomes superhuman getting his power from his magic belt. His first mate is the funny and loyal assistant Salty the Parrot (voiced by Mel Blanc).
The cartoon's theme song, composed by Ted Nichols, is a variation on the children's song "Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)" that was written in 1880 by Godfrey Marks, a pseudonym of British organist and composer James Frederick Swift (1847–1931). A later version of the theme song has a jazzier beat.
Each 30-minute episode consists of three 5-minute cartoons.
|1||"Drubbers / Rok Around the Roc / Ronstermon"||1965-09-11|
|2||"Captain Sly / Caveman Daze / Circus Hi-Jinks"||1965-09-18|
|3||"Look Out, Lookout / Typical Bad Night / Woodchopper Stopper"||1965-09-25|
|4||"Arabian Knights / Moon Madness / Sizemograph Laugh"||1965-10-02|
|5||"Big Belt Bungle / Jack & the Giant / Turnabout is Foul Play"||1965-10-09|
|6||"Elephant on Ice / Jekyll and Hyde / Kooky Spooky"||1965-10-16|
|7||"Belted About / Big Deal Seal / The Gold Must Go Through"||1965-10-23|
|8||"Belt, Buckle & Boom / Birdnapper / Tiny Tenniputians"||1965-10-30|
|9||"Big Bully Blubbo Behaves / Sinbad and the Moon Rocket / The Menace of Venice"||1965-11-06|
|10||"Bat Brain / Invisible Villain / Sad Gladiator"||1965-11-13|
|11||"Hypnotized Guys / Sizemodoodle Poodle / The Adventures of Abou Ben Blubbo"||1965-11-20|
|12||"Faces from Space / Mad Mad Movies / The Truth Hurts"||1965-11-27|
|13||"Bird God / Evil Wizard"||1965-12-04|
|14||"Boat Race Ace / Knight Fright / My Fair Mermaid"||1965-12-11|
|15||"Sea Going Penguin / Sinbad Jr. & the Mighty Magnet / The Adventure of Frozen Fracas"||1965-12-18|
|16||"Tin Can Man / Vulture Culture / Wild Wax Works"||1965-12-25|
|17||"Irish Stew / Sinbad Jr. & the Counterfeiters / Sea Horse Laughs"||1966-01-08|
|18||"Hot Rod Salty / Sunken Treasure / Dodo A Go Go"||1966-01-15|
|19||"Gold Mine Muddle / Paleface Race / Surfboard Bully"||1966-01-22|
|20||"Magic Belt Factory / Ride'em Sinbad / Sinbad Jr. & the Master Weapon"||1966-01-29|
|21||"Fly By Knight / Rainmaker Fakers / Treasure of the Pyramids"||1966-02-05|
|22||"Killer Diller / Railroad Ruckus / Teahouse Louse"||1966-02-12|
|23||"Blubbo Goes Ape / Super Duper Duplicator / The Good Deed Steed"||1966-02-19|
|24||"Blubbo's Goose Goof / Hello Dolphin / The Monster Mosquito"||1966-02-26|
|25||"Cry Sheep / Sea Serpent Secret / Wacky Walrus"||1966-03-05|
|26||"Cookie Caper / Daze of Old / Way Out Manhunt"||1966-03-12|
|27||"Gaucho Blubbo / Claim Jumper / Space Beetles"||1966|
|28||"Dinosaur Horror / Kangaroo Kaper / Siesta Time"||1966|
|29||"Bull Antics / Jigsaw Phantom / Kidnapped"||1966|
|30||"Killer Tiger / Monkey Business / Out West"||1966|
|31||"Pirate Shark / Shake the Bottle / Sinbad Jr. & the Sun Wizard"||1966|
|32||"The Fire Dragon / Sinbad Jr. and the Flying Carpet / The Mummy"||1966|
|33||"The Pluto People Trap / The Tick Bird / The Wind Geni"||1966|
|34||"Web of Evil / Trap Happy Trapper / Whale of a Tale"||1966|
It's unknown to be released on DVD from Warner Home Video.
Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt in other languages
- Arabic: مغامرات سندباد الإبن
- Brazilian Portuguese: Sinbad Jr.
- Cantonese: 小仙巴歷險記
- Italian: Le avventure di Sinbad Junior
- Japanese: 少年シンドバッド (Shōnen Shindobaddo), 冒険シンドバッド (Bōken Shindobaddo), シンドバッドの冒険 (Shindobaddo no Bōken)
- Spanish: El joven Simbad
- Studwell, William Emmett (1997). The Americana song reader. New York: Haworth Press, page 83. ISBN 978-0-7890-0150-4.
- (1997) Belwin 21st Century Band Method, Level 2: Conductor. New York: Alfred Publishing, page 327. ISBN 978-0-7692-0160-3.
- Sinbad Jr. Intro, YouTube
- Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt Cartoon Intro, YouTube