Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles

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Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles
Frankenstein,jr.jpg
Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles title card.
FormatAnimated
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
StarringTed Cassidy
Dick Beals
Don Messick
Hal Smith
Paul Frees
John Stephenson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running timeapprox. 0:30 (per episode)
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 10, 1966 – September 7, 1968
 
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Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles
Frankenstein,jr.jpg
Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles title card.
FormatAnimated
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
StarringTed Cassidy
Dick Beals
Don Messick
Hal Smith
Paul Frees
John Stephenson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running timeapprox. 0:30 (per episode)
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 10, 1966 – September 7, 1968

Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles was an American Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1966. It premiered on September 10, 1966, and ran for two seasons.

Overview[edit]

The program contained two segments, which each served as a middle ground between Hanna-Barbera's traditional cartoon early output and its superhero-based late-1960s cartoons.

The show was the target of complaints about violence in children's television, and was canceled in 1968. The Frankenstein, Jr. segments were later recycled in the 1976 series Space Ghost and Frankenstein, Jr., which aired on NBC from November 27, 1976 until September 3, 1977, replacing the canceled Big John, Little John.

Adaptations[edit]

In a scene spoofing Fantastic Four #1, Frankenstein Jr. battles The Impossibles. From Hanna-Barbera Presents #8.

A single issue of a "Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles" comic was released by Gold Key Comics in 1966 as a tie-in to the TV series, and the contents were reprinted in "The Impossibles Annual" by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd, UK in 1968. The two "Frankenstein Jr." comic stories were titled "The Image Invasion" and "Frankenstein Jr. Meets the Flea Man". A new text-based story, specially written for the annual, was "A Spook in his Wheel". The character reappeared in the comic Hanna-Barbera Presents #8 published by Archie Comics in 1996.

A Big Little Book titled Frankenstein, Jr.: The Menace of the Heartless Monster was published in 1968.[1]

The Impossibles' heroic identities were re-used for a later Hanna-Barbara production, The Super Globetrotters (which also featured a similar concept—in this case, the famous Harlem Globetrotters as undercover superheroes):

Episodes[edit]

#TitleSummary
1The Shocking Electrical MonsterDr. Shock uses his Master Mix Monster Machine to turn his assistant Igor into an electricity-absorbing monster.
2The Spyder ManProfessor Conroy and Buzz unveil the blueprints for the Spy Detector XK-00-7 at a Maximum Security Building. Unfortunately, the blueprints are targeted by Spyder Man.
3Menace from the Wax MuseumUpon an encounter with Buzz at the wax museum, Mr. Menace uses his monsters Gadzonka, Gorillis, and Cyclaws in an attack upon San Francisco.
4Alien Brain from Outer SpaceA giant alien brain arrives on Earth and captures Buzz and Professor Conroy.
5The Unknown Shock
6UFO: Unidentified Fiendish ObjectThe alien Zargon unleashes his warrior Destructo in his plans to conquer Earth.
7Unearthly Plant CreaturesPlant Man thaws the last three prehistoric plant creatures (consisting of Carnivorous Chewer, Creeping Crusher, and Fire-Breathing Snapdragon) from a glacier and then sprays them with his Obedience Ray in a plot to eliminate Buzz and Frankenstein Jr.
8Deadly Living ImagesThe Mad Inventor has invented the Double Identity Duplicator Projector to make copies of whatever pictures he inserts in it.
9Colossal Junk MonsterJunk Man creates the Colossal Junk Monster in a plot to eliminate Frankenstein Jr.
10The Incredible Aqua-MonstersBuzz and Frankenstein Jr. guard the Navy's new Hydrotomic Submarine to prevent Dr. Hook and his aquatic monsters from stealing it.
11Gigantic Ghastly GenieZorbo the Great creates a genie and plans to use its three wishes in order to defeat Frankenstein Jr. and conquer the world.
12The BirdmanBirdman and his robotic birds Vulturo, Rodantus, and King Condor abduct two astronauts and holds them for a ransom of $1,000,000.
13Invasion of the Robot CreaturesSertano the Satellite King, an alien from Galaxy X, uses a gravity ray in order to get Earth to surrender. Buzz and Frankenstein Jr. must defeat Sertano's robots in order to defeat him.
14The Manchurian MenaceManchurian Menace steals a Space Camera Capsule that has just returned with photos from Mars.
15The Mad Monster MakerTo perform a crimewave in London, Baron Von Ghoul creates robotic versions of horror movie monsters Electroflying Firefly, Menacing Mummy, and the Wicked Werewolf.
16The MonstermobileThe Mad Inventor has invented the Monstermobile and uses its many gadgets to commit crimes.
17Pilfering Putty MonsterMr. Menace uses his putty monster to steal a $1,000,000 coin collection and even kidnaps Buzz. It is up to Frankenstein Jr. to rescue Buzz and defeat Mr. Menace.
18The SpooktacularsDr. Spectro creates three giant ghoulish ghosts in order to take over Penciltrainia.

Other Appaearances[edit]

DVD release[edit]

On April 26, 2011, Warner Archive released Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.biglittlebooks.com/frankensteinjr.html
  2. ^ "Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles - 'The Complete Series' Now For Sale: Cost, Box, Video Clip, EXTRAS!". 

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