Bob in a Bottle (Lost Saban English Dub of Anime Series; 1992)


Bob in a Bottle
Title card for the original series.
Title card for the original series.
Status Lost

The Genie Family (ハクション大魔王 Hakushon Daimaō) is an anime comedy series made by Tatsunoko Production that lasted from October 5, 1969, to September 27, 1970, with a total of 52 episodes on Fuji TV. It tells the story of a boy who finds a bottle with a mysterious power - each time its user sneezes or yawns, a genie will come up and must grant the user's wish.

In 1992, Saban Entertainment acquired the rights to make an English dub made in Montreal, Canada under the name Bob in a Bottle. The dub was not shown in America but was shown on YTV in Canada, the Seven Network in Australia, and TV2 in New Zealand. The English intro is viewable here (the series was subtitled in Portugal). A clip of the English dub was also shown at Anime Boston 2011, and is also viewable here. Part of the Saban dub is also available with Portuguese subtitles.

However, no full episodes of the dub are available online. There are also Hebrew, German, and Spanish versions of the Saban dub-based intros available for viewing. Both Brazilian Portuguese dubs ([Saban] and [SBT]) are also available. In one of Saban's other productions, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, clips of the dub can be seen in the episodes "A Bad Reflection on You" (8:57-9:34) and "The Power Stealer" (19:28-19:33).

Likewise, there's another English dub called The Sneezing Magician was made for Cartoon Network's Asian feed in the late 90s. It is unknown if these English dub episodes survived along with the aforementioned Saban dub.

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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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there has been an english opening and clip found
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Reynard

7 months ago
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So, is it "The Genie Family" or "Bob in the Bottle"? Agree on something!!
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Mewtwowimmer

7 months ago
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Since this is the Saban dub, I have moved the article to "Bob in a Bottle".
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Reynard

4 months ago
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Funny thing is, in French, the anime is called "Robert dans la bouteille" (which is almost the literal translation of this title)
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Daga Van Der Mayer

2 months ago
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Polish dub was also Saban dub-based, but I've never seen even a little bit online :(
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Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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It looks like it's gonna be really hard to upload episodes or finding an episodes in general. Since this is a Tatsunoko property, and they company is really strict when it comes to copyright, to the point where if you upload any episode of their property, your gonna get a copyright notification. Even if you try to get the dubbing company Saban or any other dubbed to upload the episodes, they would probably wouldn't allow it because of it being a property of Tatsunoko.
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PannenkoekenNL

1 months ago
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The clip of the English dub shown at Anime Boston 2011 has Dutch subtitles and is thus from a Dutch TV airing.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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so i think that means it aired on nickelodeon (as some old Rips of kablam Have Dutch Subtitles of the same design. that or i am just an idiot) which likely means we're more likely to find recordings from dutch people.
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PannenkoekenNL

1 months ago
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Bob in a Bottle aired on Fox Kids here in the Netherlands, not nickelodeon.
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PannenkoekenNL

1 months ago
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And RTL 4.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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so i was just an idiot then. sorry for wasting everyone's time
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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not a problem
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