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DVD cover featuring Salem, Quigly, best friend Chloe, Hilda, Sabrina, Zelda, Harvey and rival Gem.
In 1999, Savage Steve Holland spun the
television series off into an animated series for a younger audience. Sabrina: The Animated Series followed
the same premise as the live sitcom, but Sabrina (Emily Hart) was reduced to
middle school age. Hilda and Zelda (both Melissa Joan Hart) continued their
roles as Sabrina’s mentors, but had been reduced to teenagers as punishment by
head-witch Enchantra (Jane Mortifee)
for misusing their magic. Their guardian was a new character created for the
series, Uncle Quigley (Jay Brazeau),
who came from Sabrina’s human side of the family and possessed no magical
powers. Bakay reprised his role of Salem, and Harvey (Bill Switzer) was changed from
Sabrina’s boyfriend to having a mutual crush on her. The film and both shows
were produced by Hartbreak Films,
the production company run by Melissa and Emily’s mother, Paula.
The Sabrina comic.
The Animated Series ran in syndication for a single season of 65 episodes. It
was shown concurrently on ABC’s Disney’s One
block and UPN’s Disney’s
One Too block on Sundays, as well as on UPN’s weekday lineup. To
commemorate the sitcom, Archie Comics
had relaunched their Sabrina title with updated character designs
reflective of the show. After 32 issues, the series was rebooted once again in 2000
and published adventures based on the cartoon. When the series was cancelled,
Archie returned Sabrina to a teenager with #38 until an all-new continuity and
a manga style was adopted with #58.