Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
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|Mary Shelley's Frankenhole|
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole title card
|Created by||Dino Stamatopoulos|
Jeff B. Davis
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dino Stamatopoulos
Joe Russo II
James A Fino
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fragical Productions (2010)
ShadowMachine Films (2010)
Starburns Industries (2012)
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||June 27, 2010 – March 25, 2012|
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole is a stop-motion animated TV series by Dino Stamatopoulos, creator of Moral Orel. 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.
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."
Besides Dr. Frankenstein himself, other characters from Frankenstein appear.
- Dr. Victor Frankenstein (voiced by 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, who uses his fetish to her advantage by bribing him with genital mutilation. 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 (voiced by 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 (voiced by 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 to 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 (voiced by 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" (voiced by 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 (voiced by 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 (voiced by Mark Rivers) – Michael Jackson's adult son, who recently bought ownership of the tavern where all the local monsters hang out.
- Heinrich Frankenstain and Gustav Frankenstain (voiced by Mark Rivers and 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. Though Heinrich remains a happy child at heart, Gustav has become bitter about his mortality and hates his parents for not making him immortal, often cursing at them in German under his breath. 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.
- Stewart Lawrence (voiced by 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 (voiced by Joe Unger) – A local vampire hunter who often hangs out at the tavern. Because of their mutual hatred of vampires, he and Victor have become good friends.
- The Mummy (voiced by Dino Stamatopoulos) – A wannabe comedian mummy who constantly annoys everyone with his bad jokes and mummy puns.
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (voiced by Dan Harmon) – The local pharmacist and Victor's rival mad-scientist.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi (voiced by Mark Rivers) – One of the local vampires.
- Mother Teresa (voiced by 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.
- 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.
Season 1 (2010)
Episodes in the first 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.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"LBJFK"||August 15, 2010||101||S01E08|
|Lyndon Baines Johnson asks Victor Frankenstein to put his brain into the handsome head of the recently deceased John F. Kennedy.|
|2||"Mother To Be-Sa"||Unaired||102||N/A|
Mother Teresa just can't say "no" to anyone, and ends up becoming the Frankensteins' indentured servant.Note: This episode was unaired to avoid obscenity controversies.
|3||"Attack of the Were-Lawrence"||July 25, 2010||103||S01E05|
|Stewart Lawrence, the Wolfman, desperately wishes to die, but can only die by the hands of a lover.|
|4||"Heal Hitler"||July 18, 2010||104||S01E04|
|Adolf Hitler wishes that Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Polidori cure him of his hatred for the Jews - but instead, Hitler finds himself loving the Jews.|
|5||"Death"||July 11, 2010||105||S01E03|
|Death comes for the mortal sons of Victor Frankenstein, after being annoyed by Frankenstein, Polidori and Elizabeth's immortality, but Victor only eggs Death on.|
|6||"(John) Thomas Jefferson"||July 4, 2010||106||S01E02|
|Thomas Jefferson visits Dr. Frankenstein in hopes of pleasing his slaves, requesting Barack Obama's penis.|
|7||"Ronny Ron Ronald"||August 1, 2010||107||S01E06|
|Ron Howard goes back in time in and attempts to kidnap a younger version of himself to transplant his current brain into.|
|8||"Hunger of the Vampire"||August 8, 2010||108||S01E07|
|Mohandas Gandhi seeks rejuvenation from Victor, but ends up being turned into a vampire.|
|9||"Humanitas"||August 22, 2010||109||S01E09|
|After Victor Frankenstein forgets his 1000th anniversary with Elizabeth, he embarks on a time-travelling quest to prevent his past self from making Elizabeth immortal. Meanwhile, Jesus Christ stops by and asks Frankenstein and Polidori to invent socks to keep his feet warm.|
|10||"Yawn of the Dead"||June 27, 2010||110||S01E01|
|Victor re-animates the long dead pop idol, Michael Jackson thirty years after his death to reunite with his adult son, Blanket Jackson. Doing this reawakens Victor's memories of his own father.|
Season 2 (2012)
Season two episodes are titled in commemoration of famous writers and poets of classic science fiction.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Prod.
|11||"H.G. Wells' Scary Monster Contest!"||January 22, 2012||201||S02E01|
|Victor enters the Creature into the Scary Monster Contest, but highly doubts that he will win.|
|12||"Jules Verne's Monster Run Rally!"||February 19, 2012||202||S02E05|
|Victor enters the Monster Rally, a road race across time, in order to impress Elizabeth.|
|13||"H.P. Lovecraft's Vagina!"||February 5, 2012||203||S02E03|
|Victor and Elizabeth switch roles to prove a point.|
|14||"Robert Louis Stevenson's Belushi!"||January 29, 2012||204||S02E02|
|John Belushi (Portrayed by David Cross) drinks Dr. Jekyll's potion, which turns him into Jim Belushi. (Also David Cross)|
|15||"Bram Stoker's Loudmouths!"||February 12, 2012||205||S02E04|
|Tired of movie theater disruptions, Victor hatches a plan with Joe to end vampires.|
|16||"Victor Hugo's Identity!"||February 26, 2012||206||S02E06|
|For his birthday, the Creature asks Victor to bring the people who make up his body back to life.|
|17||"Hyralius, Mutant Monster!"||March 18, 2012||207||S02E09|
|Japan turns to Victor to defeat Hyralius (Ken Jeong), a Godzilla-like monster who makes lame jokes about Asian stereotypes.|
|18||"Gaston Leroux's Je Ne Sais Quoi!"||March 25, 2012||208||S02E10|
|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.|
|19||"Edgar Allan Poe's Jesus!"||March 4, 2012||209||S02E07|
|Death asks Jesus for advice on how to kill better, but Jesus cannot stop talking about himself.|
|20||"Franz Kafka's Jealousy!"||March 11, 2012||210||S02E08|
|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.|
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- Interview with Dino Stamatopoulos
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