Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles
|Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles|
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles title card.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Running time||approx. 0:30 (per episode)|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
Screen Gems (original)|
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
|Original release||September 10, 1966 – September 7, 1968|
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. Each episode would feature two segments with The Impossibles, and Frankenstein Jr. in between.
- Frankenstein Jr.: Taking place in Civic City, boy scientist Buzz Conroy (voiced by Dick Beals) and his father Professor Conroy (voiced by John Stephenson) fight supervillains with the aid of a powerful heroic robot named "Frankenstein Jr." (voiced by Ted Cassidy). "Frankie", as Buzz usually referred to him, was more than a little reminiscent of the title character in Gigantor and the giant robot of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (aka Giant Robo). Buzz built "Frankie" and activated him through an energy ring.
- The Impossibles: The title characters are a trio of superheroes (Multi Man, Fluid Man, and Coil Man) who pose undercover as a Beatlesesque rock music band. The characters' names are descriptive of their powers: Multi-Man (voiced by Don Messick) can create identical copies of himself; Coil-Man (voiced by Hal Smith) can form into a super-springy coil; and Fluid-Man (voiced by Paul Frees) can transform his body into any fluid. The heroes receive assignments from "Big D" (also voiced by Frees), who contacts them via a receiver in the base of Coil-Man's left-handed guitar. During the development of the show, this group was called "The Incredibles," but was changed to "The Impossibles" by the time of production. The team's pre-production name was later given to the superhero family from the Disney/Pixar movie of the same name.
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.
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.
The Impossibles' heroic identities were re-used for a later Hanna-Barbera production, The Super Globetrotters (which also featured a similar concept—in this case, the famous Harlem Globetrotters as undercover superheroes):
- Nate Branch's heroic identity was alternately known as "Fluid Man" or "Liquid Man", with powers (and a flippered costume) similar to the Impossibles' Fluid-Man.
- "Twiggy" Sanders became "Spaghetti Man", with coiling and stretching abilities similar to Coil-Man.
- "Geese" Ausbie as "Multi Man" had virtually identical powers as his Impossibles counterpart and a similar costume.
|1||"The Shocking Electrical Monster"||September 10, 1966|
|Dr. Shock uses his Master Mix Monster Machine to turn his assistant Igor into an electricity-absorbing monster.|
|2||"The Spyder Man"||September 17, 1966|
|Professor Conroy and Buzz unveil the blueprints for the Spy Detector XK-00-7 at a Maximum Security Building. Unfortunately, the blueprints are targeted by the Spyder Man.|
|3||"The Menace from the Wax Museum"||September 24, 1966|
|Upon an encounter with Buzz at the wax museum, Mr. Menace uses his monsters Godzonka, Gorillis and Cyclaws in an attack upon San Francisco.|
|4||"The Alien Brain from Outer Space, Part 1"||October 1, 1966|
|5||"The Alien Brain from Outer Space, Part 2"||October 8, 1966|
|A giant alien brain arrives on Earth and captures Buzz and Professor Conroy.|
|6||"UFO: Unidentified Fiendish Object"||October 15, 1966|
|The alien Zargon unleashes his warrior Destructo in his plans to conquer Earth.|
|7||"The Unearthly Plant Creatures"||October 22, 1966|
|Plant Man thaws the last three prehistoric plant creatures (consisting of the Carnivorous Chewer, the Creeping Crusher and the Fire-Breathing Snapdragon) from a glacier and then sprays them with his Obedience Ray in a plot to eliminate Buzz and Frankenstein Jr.|
|8||"The Deadly Living Images"||October 29, 1966|
|The Mad Inventor has invented the Double Identity Duplicator Projector to make copies of whatever pictures he inserts in it.|
|9||"The Colossal Junk Monster"||November 5, 1966|
|The Junk Man creates the Colossal Junk Monster in a plot to eliminate Frankenstein Jr.|
|10||"The Incredible Aqua-Monsters"||November 12, 1966|
|Buzz and Frankenstein Jr. guard the Navy's new Hydrotomic Submarine to prevent Dr. Hook and his aquatic monsters from stealing it.|
|11||"The Gigantic Ghastly Genie"||November 19, 1966|
|Zorbo the Great creates a genie and plans to use its three wishes in order to defeat Frankenstein Jr. and conquer the world.|
|12||"The Birdman"||November 26, 1966|
|Birdman and his robotic birds Vulturo, Rodantus and King Condor abduct two astronauts and hold them for a ransom of $1,000,000.|
|13||"The Invasion of the Robot Creatures"||December 3, 1966|
|Sertano 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.|
|14||"The Manchurian Menace"||December 10, 1966|
|The Manchurian Menace steals a Space Camera Capsule that has just returned with photos from Mars.|
|15||"The Mad Monster Maker"||December 17, 1966|
|To perform a crime wave in London, Baron Von Ghoul creates robotic versions of the horror movie monsters the Electroflying Firefly, the Menacing Mummy and the Wicked Werewolf.|
|16||"The Monstermobile"||December 24, 1966|
|The Mad Inventor has invented the Monstermobile and uses its many gadgets to commit crimes.|
|17||"Pilfering Putty Monster"||December 31, 1966|
|Mr. 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.|
|18||"The Spooktaculars"||January 7, 1967|
|Dr. Spectro creates three giant ghoulish ghosts in order to take over Penciltrainia.|
- Dick Beals as Buzz Conroy
- Ted Cassidy as Frankenstein Jr.
- John Stephenson as Professor Conroy
- Paul Frees as Fluid Man, Big D
- Don Messick as Multi Man
- Hal Smith as Coil Man
- Produced and Directed by: William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
- Story Direction: Alex Lovy, Art Scott, Art Davis
- Story by: Mike Maltese, Jack Hanrahan, Eddie Brandit, Phillip Hahn
- Animation: Irven Spence, Casey Onatis, William Keil, Edwin Parks, Kenneth Muse, Barney Posner, George Germanetti, Larry Silverman, Carlo Vinci, Ray Abrams, Hugh Fraser, Dick Lundy, Harry Holt, Sam Jaimes
- Additional Animation: Ed Love, Jerry Hathcock, George Goepper, Edwin Aardal
- Voices: Ted Cassidy, Don Messick, Hal Smith, Dick Beals, John Stephenson, Paul Frees
- Additional Voices: Alan Reed, Paul Winchell, Allan Melvin, Ginny Tyler, Jean Vander Pyl, June Foray, Keye Luke, Lennie Weinrib
- Camera Operation: Gary Milton, John Aardal, Gene Borghi, Byron McRae, Cliff Shirpser, George Epperson, Clarence Wogatzke
- Animation Direction: Charles A. Nichols
- Production Supervision: Howard Hanson
- Film Editors: Dave Horton, Hal Geer, Daniel Finnerty, Patrick Foley, Earl Bennett
- Backgrounds: F. Montealegre, Fernando Arce, Tom Knowles, Richard Khim, Janet Brown, Don Watson
- Layout: Brad Case, Phillip Lewis, Willie Ito, Iwao Takamoto, Lewis Ott, Steve Kakagawa, Jerry Eisenberg
- Sound Directed by: Dick Olson, William Getty
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- Approved MPAA Certification No. 19495
- This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O
- RCA Sound Recording
- Buzz Conroy and Frankenstein Jr. appeared in Yogi's Space Race episode "Race Through the Planet of the Monsters".
- Frankenstein Jr., Buzz Conroy, and the Impossibles (consisting of Multi-Man, Fluid-Man, Coil-Man, and a new member Cobalt) appear in DC Comics Future Quest
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.