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Jetlag Productions was an American animation studio that created several animated films based on popular children's stories and original productions. The movies were animated in Japan by KKC&D Asia and Animal Ya, among other South Korean companies. They were released directly to VHS through the GoodTimes Home Video distribution company.

Years later, with the introduction of DVD, the films were distributed via a newer department of the same company, GoodTimes Home Entertainment. The movies in Jetlag's catalogue were dubbed into many different languages and distributed by international departments of the GoodTimes corporation. Since 2005, the Gaiam company has held the copyrights to Jetlag Productions' animated films following GoodTimes Entertainment's bankruptcy.

History

Jetlag Productions started out as a small animation company, assisting in the productions of such series as The New Adventures of He-Man and Heroes on Hot Wheels in 1990, and Conan the Adventurer in 1992, until it was approached by Joe, Ken, and Stan Cayre (known artistically as the Cayre Brothers) of GoodTimes Entertainment. The company then replaced Golden Films as GoodTimes's provider of budget animated productions, when the contract with Golden Film expired. Under the name of their new establishment, the Cayre Brothers produced Children's Classics, a series of animated films that were very similar to those from Golden Films in style. Beginning their releases in 1994, Jetlag Productions produced a total of 17 different animated films, 13 adaptations of existing material, and four original features. All 17 films were around 45 minutes in length, and were released as direct-to-video VHS features, under the "GoodTimes" name by GoodTimes Home Video. Their last release was The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was released on April 30, 1996, just before GoodTimes turned to a new company, Blye Migicovsky Productions, for their new line of animation releases. Jetlag Productions' films were revived on DVD under a "Collectible Classics" label in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment. The new releases were widely available until GoodTimes filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and all assets were transferred to Gaiam.

Title listing

Fairy tale and short story adaptations

Myths and legends adaptations

Literary novel adaptations

Original works

TV series

Music

Unlike its predecessor, Golden Films, Jetlag Productions did not rely on familiar classical compositions as the soundtrack to their films (the only exception would be Heidi, which featured a variation of Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood"). Instead, a variety of original compositions were created from scratch, produced by Andrew Dimitroff.

Original songs

Jetlag Productions incorporated original songs across all 17 of their productions. Each film featured a set of three original songs. While the inclusion of musical numbers followed a certain formula, there were exceptions to this rule. For instance, "A Christmas Carol" (1994) departed from the typical opening musical number, and "Hercules" (1995) concluded with an instrumental rendition of "Son of Zeus" rather than a vocal performance. Despite the prevalent use of off-screen voices for most songs, a few films featured in-character performances, such as "Hip Hip Hooray" from "Snow White" (1995), "Sleep and Dream" from "Magic Gift of the Snowman" (1995), "(It's the) Chance of a Lifetime" from "Cinderella" (1994), and "Out on My Own" from "Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle" (1994). An exception to this trend was the duet "When Love Has Gone Away" from "Cinderella" (1994), sung by the characters Cinderella and the prince. Among the many songs featured in Jetlag's films were notable titles like "Dream On, Cinderella" from "Cinderella"; "Start With A Smile", "This Is Home", and "(We're) The Very Best Of Friends" from "Heidi"; and "Never Give Up" from "Hercules".

Musicians

The composers and lyricists involved in original soundtracks. Among these credits, the following artists were credited as:

Credited musicians

Uncredited vocalist performers