Mary Shelley's Frankenhole

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Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole title card
Title card
Genre Animated comedy
black comedy
Created by Dino Stamatopoulos
Starring Scott Adsit
Jeff B. Davis
Jay Johnston
Britta Phillips
Mark Rivers
Chris Shearer
Dino Stamatopoulos
Tigger Stamatopoulos
Joe Unger
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (1 unaired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dino Stamatopoulos
Joe Russo II
James A Fino
Duke Johnson
Patrick O'Neill
Producer(s) Rosa Tran
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Fragical Productions
ShadowMachine Films (2010)
Starburns Industries (2012)
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original run June 27, 2010 – March 25, 2012
Chronology
Related shows Moral Orel
External links
Website

Mary Shelley's Frankenhole is a stop-motion animated TV series by Dino Stamatopoulos, creator of Moral Orel.[1][2] The series premiered on June 27, 2010 on Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim. The series ended on March 25, 2012 after two seasons with a total of 20 episodes. The second episode, "Mother To Be-Sa" was never aired on television and was never released to the public in any format.

Premise[edit]

Dr. Victor Frankenstein has completely mastered immortality and has now also created an infinite number of Einstein–Rosen Bridges (wormholes) or "Frankenholes" between Somewhere in Eastern Europe (which is teeming with monsters and supernatural forces) and every time period from the past and the future. This allows historical figures and celebrities seeking the doctor's services to find him. Although many classic horror monsters are present, the series' main focus is Dr. Frankenstein and his family. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos says "regular human beings are the monsters."[3]

Besides Dr. Frankenstein himself, other characters from Frankenstein appear.

Characters[edit]

  • Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Jeff B. Davis) – An immortal genius mad scientist. He "doesn't like anyone," wears a lab coat and has red hair. He is a sadomasochist (auto eroticism such as burning his crotch, shooting himself below the waist, etc.) and is opposed to the idea of regular sex, especially with his wife. He had a troubled relationship with his father since his dying wish was to not be brought back to life. He begins work at midnight for "creditability." Since he never gave the immortality serum to his sons, they continue to age while Victor and Elizabeth stay youthful.
  • Professor Sanguinaire Polidori (Scott Adsit) – The openly gay immortal assistant and partner of Victor. He is tall, has white hair and wears a lab coat. He sometimes acts as a conscience for Frankenstein, but is often quiet (playing into his supporting cast role). Often a voice of reason, "Polly Dolly" (as Frankenstein calls him) has a soft spot for the sinister. He insists they revive Frankenstein's father so they can beat him up, drinks poison, and often has a disdainful tone in his voice. Polidori has been Frankenstein's assistant for quite some time; he was already immortal when Frankenstein and Elizabeth were first married (in fact, Polidori was the one who married them). When bringing patients into Frankenstein's lab, it is said that he gives Frankenstein creepy introductions. He is based on Doctor Septimus Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein. His name is based upon author John Polidori, a friend of Mary Shelley.
  • Elizabeth Frankenstein (Britta Phillips) – Victor's immortal wife. She tries to act motherly but is sexually starved and is having an affair with Count Dracula, although she does this to try and make Victor jealous. She is often at odds with her husband and lover, often expressing displeasure over the little time Victor devotes to the family due to working from midnight forward. Victor secretly gave Elizabeth the immortallity serum without her knowing about it when she married Victor's childhood friend Henry Clerval, and never asked to be immortal. When she did finally give into his obsessive demands to marry her, he instantly became bored. This is the reason for their faulted relationship.
  • Count Dracula (Chris Shearer) – Victor's rival who is having an affair with Elizabeth, with hopes of turning her into a vampire. He often argues with Victor, usually belittling Elizabeth in the process. He is known to be politically correct during his arguments with Frankenstein. Dracula usually exits a scene turning into a bat.
  • Frankenstein's "Creature" (Scott Adsit) – Victor's cynical creation and servant, who prefers to be called Creation instead of Monster. He is an alcoholic according to Victor, expressing his life and future are death, and has a big fear of fire. He at one point mentions that Frankenstein was fearful of his creation, but now has come to be annoyed by the monster. His left leg is Jewish, and can speak when detached. He's also very much infatuated with "The Bride", who was made for him. However, she has a true disdain for him, going so far as to have her hair replaced with fire to keep him away.
  • Igor (Tigger Stamatopoulos) – Victor's hunch-backed assistant with a girlish, childish voice who usually briefly supplies tools during Victor's projects. Igor usually responds to his orders with "You got it".
  • Blanket Jackson (Mark Rivers) – Michael Jackson's adult son, who recently bought ownership of the tavern where all the local monsters hang out.
  • Heinrich Frankenstain (Mark Rivers) and Gustav Frankenstain (Scott Adsit) – The elderly, mortal sons of Victor and Elizabeth. Victor doesn't care much about them but despite this, Elizabeth tries to be motherly. In some ways, she cares more about them than Victor does. When Heinrich has been shown in his youth, he was full of joy. In his youth, it was the only time even Victor and Polidori found him adorable. But most likely over the years, both quickly grew bored of the children. The Grim Reaper doesn't take their lives because he wants to punish Victor and Elizabeth by letting them live (the two may have gained immortality because of Death's bitter qualities). They are named after Heinrich Gustav Magnus, a scientist. Heinrich and Gustav equally hate their father.
  • Stewart Lawrence (Jay Johnston) – A suicidal man with the curse of the Werewolf as the result of a time paradox of ironically biting himself while in his transformed state. He can only be killed at the hands of someone who loves him. He's an annoyance to almost everyone as he's constantly complaining about his curse.
  • Joe Yunger (Joe Unger) – A local vampire hunter who often hangs out at the tavern.
  • The Mummy (Dino Stamatopoulos) – A wannabe comedian mummy who constantly annoys everyone with his bad jokes and mummy puns.
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Dan Harmon) – The local pharmacist and Victor's rival mad-scientist.
  • Mohandas K. Gandhi (Mark Rivers) – One of the local vampires.
  • Mother Teresa (Dino Stamatopoulos) – The Frankensteins' servant, mentioned and briefly seen in "Death" and again in "Heal Hitler". First seen waiting in line in "LBJFK", but featured in the unaired "Mother To Be-sa" episode.
  • Vampire Trio - a group of vampires that usually show up together.
    • Nosferatu – A silent vampire who is often seen hanging out at the local tavern. He speaks in silent film title cards. He is a parody of Count Orlok from 1922's Nosferatu, and pastiche versions of Sesame Street's Count von Count and Count Chocula of breakfast cereal fame.
  • Death (Dino Stamatopoulos) – The physical manifestation of Death, he goes out of his way to try and bother the immortal Dr. Frankenstein. Death takes joy out of his powers and duty, but is seen as a goof ball by anyone not subject to his power. He really just wants Dr. Frankenstein's respect.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2010[edit]

Season 1 started June 27, 2010.[4] The second episode, "Mother To Be-Sa" was pulled and never aired.[5] Episodes in this season were requested to air out of order by the series creator, Dino Stamatopolous, following the show's theme that all time takes place at once and is meaningless.[citation needed] Broadcasting ended August 22, 2010.

All the episodes of this season were rated : TV-MA.

# Title Original air date Production
code
Television
order
1 "LBJFK" April 14, 2010 (2010-04-14) 101[6] S01E08
2 "Mother To Be-Sa" April 28, 2010 102[6] N/A
3 "Attack of the Were-Lawrence" May 12, 2010 (2010-05-12) 103[6] S01E05
4 "Heal Hitler" May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26) 104[6] S01E04
5 "Death" June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16) 105[6] S01E03
6 "(John) Thomas Jefferson" June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23) 106[6] S01E02
7 "Ronny Ron Ronald" June 30, 2010 (2010-06-30) 107[6] S01E06
8 "Hunger of the Vampire" July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13) 108[6] S01E07
9 "Humanitas" July 27, 2010 109[6] S01E09
10 "Yawn of the Dead" August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03) 110[6] S01E01

Season 2: 2012[edit]

In 2011 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole was renewed for a second season,[7] which premiered on January 22, 2012,[8] and that contain ten episodes.[2] Season 2's episodes are titled in commemoration of famous writers and poets of classic science fiction.[9]

# Title Original air date Production
code
11 "H.G. Wells' Scary Monster Contest!" January 22, 2012[10] 201

Victor enters the Creature into the Scary Monster Contest, but highly doubts that he will win.

Rated: TV-14 DLV
12 "Robert Louis Stevenson's Belushi!" January 29, 2012 202

John Belushi drinks Dr. Jekyll's potion, which turns him into Jim Belushi.

Rated: TV-14 DL
13 "H.P. Lovecraft's Vagina!" February 5, 2012 203

Victor and Elizabeth switch roles to prove a point.

Rated: TV-14 DLS
14 "Bram Stoker's Loudmouths!" February 12, 2012 204

Tired of movie theater disruptions, Victor hatches a plan with Joe to end vampires.

Rated: TV-14 LV
15 "Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!" February 19, 2012 205

Victor enters the Monster Rally, a road race across time, in order to impress Elizabeth.

Rated: TV-14 DSV
16 "Victor Hugo's Identity!" February 26, 2012 206

For his birthday, the Creature asks Victor to bring the people who make up his body back to life.

Rated: TV-14 V
17 "Edgar Allan Poe's Jesus!" March 4, 2012 207

Death asks Jesus for advice on how to kill better, but Jesus cannot stop talking about himself.

Rated: TV-14 DV
18 "Franz Kafka's Jealousy!" March 11, 2012 208

To prove he isn't jealous, Victor offers everyone in town with an under-average sized penis to have sex with Elizabeth. Meanwhile, the Invisible Man accidentally exposes himself to a little girl.

Rated: TV-14 DLSV
19 "Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!" March 18, 2012 209

Japan turns to Victor to defeat Hyralius (Ken Jeong), a Godzilla-like monster who makes lame jokes about Asian stereotypes.

Rated: TV-14 DLV
20 "Gaston Leroux's Je Ne Sais Quoi!" March 25, 2012 210

After brainstorming with Dr. Jekyll, Victor creates a copy of his present self so he can witness his own greatness first-hand, but his copy sees Victor for who he really is: obnoxious, sweaty, egotistical and a phony.

Rated: TV-14 SV

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brigid Alverson (October 28, 2011). "Interview: 'Mary Shelley's Frankenhole' Creator Dino Stamatopoulos". MTV Geek!. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Scott Thill (January 20, 2012). "Exclusive Clips: Horror Satire Reanimates Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole". Wired. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Interview with Dino Stamatopoulos
  4. ^ Mark Caro (April 23, 2010). "There's more to Northbrook's Scott Adsit than '30 Rock'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Re: The Ep TBA - Adult Swim Message Boards". Boards.adultswim.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Frankenhole - Season 1". Adult Swim. Time Warner. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Comedy, Licensing, Global Marketing in the Mix at TV Animation Festival". MediaCaster Magazine. June 3, 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Premiers Tonight!". Stop-Motion Magazine. January 23, 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  9. ^ 2011–2012 Premiere Schedule a bump, which aired on Adult Swim. Archived by bumpworthy.com. Retrieved August 18, 2011
  10. ^ Seidman, Robert (19 May 2011). "Adult Swim Announces New Programming Line-Up for 2011-12 Season". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

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