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The Cartoon Intro Examination Thread (60s Edition) - Hanna the Barberian

Johnny Unusual

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Dudley Do-Right

There are actually three intros to this one: one that appeared in the various Rocky and Bullwinkle series and two for when Dudley got his own show. I’m was a big fan of the Jay Ward cartoons of the 60s. The animation was crude but functional, the way many early Adult Swim cartoons were. But really, it was a radio comedy for the TV, most of the jokes being more verbal than visual, though there’s still some fun to be had in the looking. First, lets look at the Rocky/Bullwinkle intro.



Stage curtains part as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police mounts his horse backwards and a William Tell Overture-esque piece plays as they take off. It’s a pretty simple “gag” that is greatly enhanced by the expressions of gritty determination on both characters’ faces, with Dudley himself looking absolutely manic.



We then see them from far away in silhouette while the title fills in word by word under them.

Keeping with its old-timey routes, after blacking out, the next scene opens with an iris on the villain, Snidely Whiplash and as the scene opens up more we see that he’s tying up the show’s resident damsel in distress, Nell, to the railroad tracks. Nell struggles as Snidely ties her up in a scene more generally animated than I come to expect from a Jay Ward production.

Dudley then rides up, still backwards with a much more gormless expression on his face than before. Dudley tips his hat to Snidely as he passes, realizes what’s going on and rushes off screen. When we catch up with everyone, we see Snidely tied up with Dudley placing a foot on him as Nell pets Dudley’s horse. I feel like there’s supposed to be a role reversal at play with the horse getting the girl and Dudley playing the “pet sidekick’s” role of holding down the villain but I’m not sure.

It’s a decent enough opening but it isn’t the only one.

Next we have…

This one is a bit of a lesser intro, though it tries to end with an original gag, which I appreciate. Basically, it starts being a “clips from the show” intro which, unless they are very well edited, are usually not good.

Dudley is reading a book only to be disturbed by a wolf, who chases him into the city streets. Dudley is chased into the theater where, uh… “Hoy” is playing. Which is Spanish for “today”. Anyway, at least this is a thematically appropriate use of a clip, being that Dudley Do-Right harkens back to the day of Republic serials, broad matinee films and, despite the lack of silence, silent era films.

The title appears with VO.

“The Dudley Do-Right Show. Starring our hero, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties!”

We see Dudley in an iris and being credited as portrayed by “Sid Gould, Jr.” Dudley looks, as best the character can, looks dashing, then begins waving demurely at the audience.

Iris out and iris in on Dudley’s horse, Horse, who is played by “Sid Gould, Sr.” “His faithful steed, Horse”. Horse smiles and blinks at us. Not, I feel like he is not just smiling at us and blinking, his blinking is so pronounced, I feel like it is specifically AT us.

Iris in and iris out on Nell Fenwick, who is played by “Sid Gould’s wife”. Troublingly, this doesn’t specify which Sid Gould. The lovely sweetheart, Nell Fenwick. She too makes a somewhat demure, shy expression.

“Her father, Inspector Fenwick.” Iris out on her and iris in on Inspector Fenwick, who is played by “Sid Gould’s mother-in-law”, which is a joke that doesn’t really work on two fronts now: “ha, a woman playing a man?!” is a joke that feels lightly aged (I say lightly because it is presented non-judgmentally but the implied joke and that an old woman would look like an old man and that’s no good on at least a couple fronts) and also “mother-in-law” jokes? Ugh.

“And that arch-villain, Snidely Whiplash!” Iris out and iris in on Snidely Whiplash who raises his eyebrows and then covers up his face with a cape. He is “played by Sid Gould.” This actually is a really good end to the “played by” bit, though it raises some questions, to be sure. I guess he’s just a Sid Goud unrelated to Sid Gould Jr. Or Sid Gould Sr.’s brother is also named Sid. I guess this reveals in “real life”, Nell is married to Snidely, which I like (sort of like how in real life “Basil Fawlty” was married not to his screen wife by his often-mistreated employee. No, not that one, the other one.

But if he is Sid Gould Sr.’s brother, that’s adding some weird psycho-sexual (or at least weird psycho-“romantically chaste”) stuff into the mix.

Hey, that wasn’t a bad opening. Nice homage to the days of classic film.

Here’s one more for “Dudley Do-Right and Friends”.


It’s the wolf opening from the last one, but this time in color. However, this time we se what is happening in the theatre. The wolf catches up with Dudley, who is enamored by what he sees on the screen. The wolf is snarling and about to bite Dudley, but Dudley stands up and points at the screen.

“Oh my, look! The greatest Mountie of them all!”

I’m going to give this moment credit, the expression on the face of the wolf is perfectly full of awe and wonder as he searches the screen for this mythic figure.



We then see a few clips from the show:

Dudley laughing.

A fox throwing dynamite and a detective dog jumping on it to muffle the blow and exploding (RIP Detective Dog).

Dudley in a crowd pointing up in shock.

A king lion being harassed by a gangster rodent and a sickly looking lion and being thrown out the window from his thrown.

Firemen about to catch him maybe?

Detective Dog walking off a cliff and accidentally firing a gun, sending a tree with Dynamite Fox in it down as well.

The skunk painting the king’s back. The fact that the skunk takes a second to maybe literally brownnose is worrying.



The king doesn’t seem happy with it either. I will say, the show actually has the wherewithal to turn a clips package opening into something else as the cartoon wackies from the previous scene fall on the wackies from the current one with a spelled out “Crash” and “Clonk”.

Again, Dudley points and I can’t tell if the re-used footage is to intentionally punctuate the cheesiness of the editing or not but I kind of liking. We then see the rat-man and the sickly lion riding in a small plane, guns ablazin’ and all four characters scattering.

The Dudley pointing again. Did they not want to pay for new Dudley animation? Anyway, Dudley dashes off the scene.

Meanwhile, Colonel MacBrag, a character I actually remember, is one a sheet of ice, carried by birds, because contextless madness is great. He then lands on and slides down a rainbow, probably not an intended metaphor for his support of LGBT+ plus rights but lets go with that because it makes a character born from an archetype with imperialist (and therefore xenophobic) connotations more likable.

MacBragg then knocks out two rhinos and then we cut to Dudley at his horse’s wedding, hidden behind a wall of the show’s title.

Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

I tended to like the Jay Ward cartoons as a kid, so probably, though man, they really had a lot of jokes about Native Americans.


What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

The “Friends” of “Dudley Do-Right and Friends” all appeared on other programs. Dudley and MacBrag were Rocky and Bullwinkle fixtures and “The Hunter” (the dog) and “The King and Odie” (the Lion) were on a show called “King Leonardo and his Short Subjects” (solid title), which I’m sure to discuss later.

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I like this but… what is he holding?





This Snidely is freaky and impressive.



Great Nell, too.
 

Johnny Unusual

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The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo

Mr. Magoo is a character who hasn’t aged super-well. Its largely ableist, making fun of a guy for his bad eyesight. Part of it is, at least in the early going, was that he was too stubborn to ask for assistance and was blind in spirit as well but in softening the character it became a mockery of a doddering old man who can’t see and gets into wild misunderstandings because of it. Frankly, it’s a character I think we can move beyond, though he was brought back as recently as 2018 for Portugese TV.

However, this isn’t about looking forward, its about looking back. So lets look back to the Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo. Why “famous”? The answer is in the intro…


We begin with columns of colours and black lines and white arcs appear on the screen, which turn into books. Specifically books by the great authors like Melville, Dumas and Dickens. We then fade to an open book reading “Once Upon a Time” and featuring Magoo as a medieval knight. Presumably this is from the Medieval Times scene from the novelization of The Cable Guy.

We see three different color filters filling up thirds of the screen. Then we see Magoo as a cowboy shooting at retreating Native Americans, telling us this is very much of a shittier era. Then crossing above is Magoo clinging onto a train as some Native Americans are shooting arrows at him, presumably because of what happened in the last scene.

More Magoo mayhem scrolls across the screen left and right (literally). We see pirate Magoo sword fighting two other pirates, followed by Captain Magoo peering at the horizon from in a whale’s mouth. We see a Sherlock Magoo, followed by two fencing Magoos (one has a bigger nose than usual so I can’t tell if it’s a musketeer or Cyrano de Bergerac). Right before Sherlock Magoo exits, he’s stopped by a lion and is sticking his head near its mouth looking for a clue.

We then see a Magoo about to fire a Magoo out of a cannon and he turns the cannon and fires a Magoo at the audience. After a “boom” animation, Magoo appears but his head legs and torso slowly change into an Indian peasant, then his head changes to Henry the VII. His head appears on a detailed picture of old Hank before he is piece by piece turned into a knight. He then appears as Napoleon on a red, white and blue backdrop, then turning into a Native American, then a detailed Mona Lisa, then Davy Crockett, then a surprisingly badass looking samurai.



Like, its bad that he’s extra… squinty, but otherwise that looks fierce. Then he becomes a pirate and a gladiator who appears on some pottery. He’s then a Robin Hood holding an apple and after it is shot with an arrow, he turns into the drumming guy from the American Revolution. We then see Henry G. Saperstein Presents and the shows title appears on the screen one word at a time, taking one of the screen’s thirds. We then see the title in a fancy font on what looks like a classy book page. Then we see Jim Backus credited as Magoo with a horn of plenty.

Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

No but I will say it was a pretty stylish and impressive opening, so its not the animators’ fault.

What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

Unlike the theatrical cartoons, which focused on the extremely nearsighted Quincy Magoo's bumbling, the show featured the Magoo character as an actor in adaptations of such literary classics as Don Quixote and "Gunga Din".[3] Each of these roles was played seriously, with few if any references to Magoo's nearsightedness
That’s… kind of weird. If this was just an excuse for Jim Backus to do literary roles, I’m all for it. Like, its still almost certainly got bad racial stuff but its nice to know they tone down the ableist stuff.

Many of these were two parters and the Robin Hood one is a four parter. So it actually sounds a bit ambitious for what it is in comparison to the similar “Hello Kitty Fairy Tales” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks at the Movies”.

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I get the reference but I am WAY behind on One Piece.
 

Johnny Unusual

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The Fantastic Four

Marvel Comics is a company that hit like a bomb. Think about it, this show, Spider-Man and the Marvel Super-Heroes all got greenlit with them existing for less than five years. This isn’t unheard of. But its hard to think of a time when at least among comic fans that Marvel wasn’t super big. It didn’t take long for the American comics industry to be divided into the Big Two. Image tried to make it three but really, the company really did a lot better when they stopped being a shared universe of creator-owned superheroes and more the company that produces some great creator owned series of all genres.

But even Image, which did produce some animated series, including two aimed at adults, never really were the sensation they desperately marketed themselves as. At least, not for very long. Spawn managed to be a top selling book for a long time before people realized that beyond the art, the series is kind of a snore. But while Marvel’s had some rocky times, the name recognition never wavered and only increased with time. And it started with the Fantastic Four. So its no surprise that this is one of the series to get its own show and probably with the biggest animation studio (for TV anyway) at the time, Hanna Barbera. Which is interesting, because the company would become more known for their DC adaptations, most notably Super Friends. Maybe there’s a good reason: the Fantastic Four hasn’t had that much luck in animation and from what I hear this is a pretty forgettable entry.


From a building, a fire erupts, presumably the Fantastic Four signal flare. A four appears and the colours between that and the background flicker in switching places. We then see the classic font for the title. Its interesting looking at it. Spider-Man’s is a more conventional heroic typeface despite being considered a divisive figure within the public of the Marvel Universe.




I mean, I think there’s something subtle going on in that it arcs downwards, unlike Superman’s even more triumphant upward arc.






But the Fantastic Four, who are universally beloved by the public within the comics have a more off-kilter to make you think it’s a bit kooky.



Which it was, certainly at the time. I mean, “hero team as family” and “team of bickering heroes who care for each other” can describe almost ANY superhero team but at the time this was a very new trope (though Lee admits the bickering part was one of the elements he took from the supporting cast of Doc Savage). The Fantastic Four was a unique book before it, to an extent, became every hero book, so it feels right that the title implies a certain level of weirdness.

The Hanna Barbera titles are slightly more polished but the letters being slightly off the same horizontal plane implies something unconventional.

One by one square frames with the hero’s faces appear and square-iris out. We then see a 4 with a character in each corner off it and Johnny’s perfect hair being threatened by part of it. The four expands to fill the screen and we cut to a rocket flying through a weird series of color waves while Hanna Barbera sci-fi-tinged sound effects play.

We cut to the four before they have their powers. Richards starts to push a lever but his arm keeps going. This isn’t an animation error, it’s a super power! Meanwhile, Ben Grimm turns into the rocky skinned Thing in a time elapse (which feels unnecessary in animation but it looks fine enough), Johnny Storm catches on fire and a shocked Sue Storm turns into a visible outline, leading to her name “Visible Outline Girl!”

One by one, the Four’s hands appear over the other to symbolize their bond and promise to become a team of heroes. We then see scenes of their Fantastic Adventures such as: a bunch of balls clumping together to bloopy sound effects. The Thing smashing a wall. A kinda-off-looking Galactus smashing through a covering of rock and shooting eye beams at Reed, Sue, the Thing and the Silver Surfer as Sue protects them all with a force field.

We then see a tiny Thing throwing a giant Doom to the ground and man, he looks embarrassed.




The Human Torch then flies around, dodging spears with the Thing because apparently Doom values his weapons being aesthetically pleasing over being effective. The Mr. Fantastic stretch punches out one of Doom’s guards and we get a stylish knockout effect.



Then we see a bunch of incoming missiles, followed by the Thing tossing a big piece of Kirbytech, which apparently explodes with an effect so nice, they used it twice.



Then we see the cast shot.



I can’t tell if the read is the Thing doesn’t want to get in on this group hug or if Mr. Fantastic wants to keep him at a certain level of distance. Either way, if you look at this family photo, you are going to say “Ooh, there’s something rough going on behind the scenes, isn’t there?”

The background and the 4 on it alternate between blue and yellow and then the show helpfully reminds us that the comics are also available, which a lot of animated series fail to do.

BTW, there’s a narrated version of the intro.


“Fantastic Four!
Starring Reed Richards
Sue Richards
Johnny Storm
Ben Grimm
Reed Richards with his power to stretch!
Ben Grim with the strength of a thousand men!
Johnny! Flame on, Torch!”

This last one sounds like a politician trying to sound cool and up with the lingo of the hip kids today. Except its still not as embarrassing as “Pokemon Go to the polls.”

“And Sue, the Invisible Girl.
The Fantastic Four!
United in their fight against interplanetary evil!
Fantastic!
The Fantastic Four!
Fantastic!”

The show is pretty determined not to let you forget the title, which seems like something a show needs to do.

Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

Sure but I am predisposed to give it a try. That said, while a competent intro, it lacks a lot of what I want in an intro: a cool song and something that isn’t just a clips package. I will say I’ve heard (perhaps incorrectly) the show isn’t particularly well regarded, it has a somewhat more polished look than the other Marvel shows of the era.

What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

Its worth noting artist Alex Toth did the character designs, as he was doing a ton of work for Hanna Barbera at the time. Particularly interesting considering how rarely he did work for Marvel, with his only Marvel Superhero work being a single X-Men issues (unless you count the Rawhide Kid).

Japan, the series was known as Space Ninja Gohms
I feel like all markets must be confused by this. I mean, Japan knows what a ninja is and that these aren’t in any way ninjas. These are the least ninja superhero in the Marvel Universe and I’m including pretty much anyone on the Avengers, even the Hulk. I mean, I guess Sue is arguably the one ninja but as a unit, very un ninja like.

I am endlessly curious where “Gohm” came from.

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Right, I talked about the Galaxy Trio. I have no recollection about what I said.



“Sue Storm! The Invisible Legged Girl!”
 

Dracula

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Oh man, the 1960s Marvel cartoons were fairly easy to find on VHS in the 90s, so I remember renting some episodes of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. I definitely enjoyed them, but they certainly were a shock coming from the 90s FF and Spider-Man stuff that was airing on Fox Kids at the time.

Anyway, I came here to talk about this:

In Japan, the series was known as Space Ninja Gohms
I went down a bit of a rabbit hole for this!

First off, here's the Japanese version of the intro:


It's indeed called SPACE NINJA GOHMS. The intro animation is exactly the same as the American one (they didn't even change the title card!), but it now has a Japanese narrator. I noticed some of the names are different (Sue Storm is exclusively called "Suzie"). Then I scoured the comments to see what people think of this show! I found some good nuggets in there.

First off, there were a few comments to this effect:

「消えろ、スージー!」が一瞬悪口に聞こえた(笑)
Translation: "Suzie, disappear!" really sounded bad for a moment (lol)

This is referring to a line the narrator says during the intro. Of course he's describing Suzie's superpower, but the verb inflection, and its connotation, really makes it sound like he's saying "Suzie, be gone!" or even "Die, Suzie!"

Then there was this very helpful comment:

Fantastic-4の キャラクタ名は日本オリジナルにアレンジされています。
ゴームズ:ゴムのように体が伸びるから(Mr.Fantastic)
スージー:透明になると、アニメでは、「筋」に描かれるため(Invisible Woman)
ファイアーボーイ:そのまんま(Human Torch)
ガンロック:岩rock(ある意味一番秀逸)(the Thing)
Translation:

The Fantastic 4's names were localized for the Japanese audience.
Gohms/Mr. Fantastic: Because he can stretch his body like rubber (gomu)
Suzie/Invisible Woman: Because in the cartoon when she becomes invisible, it's drawn as a "streak" (suzi)
Fireboy/Human Torch: As-is
Gunrock/The Thing: Gan (stone) + rock (In a sense, the best)
So the names are kinda neat! Some fun wordplay going on there, especially with Sue.

I have no idea why they are "space ninja." I thought maybe it was an attempt to associate them with Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, but that show's from the 70s, so it would only make sense if Gohms was aired long after it was originally created.
 

Octopus Prime

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I definitely did watch this version of FF before; it was like a (much) higher budget version of the Marvel Super Heroes Show (to be fair; everything has a higher budget than that); going for extremely faithful adaptations of comic stories; just edited down for a little for time. And, confusingly, to remove any possible mention of the rest of the Marvel universe (a story involving Klaw did not ever mention Black Panther or Wakanda, despite being a direct follow-up to that story; and Namor was barely edited into a new character, but everyone still knows who he is).
 

Johnny Unusual

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Oh man, the 1960s Marvel cartoons were fairly easy to find on VHS in the 90s, so I remember renting some episodes of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. I definitely enjoyed them, but they certainly were a shock coming from the 90s FF and Spider-Man stuff that was airing on Fox Kids at the time.

Anyway, I came here to talk about this:



I went down a bit of a rabbit hole for this!

First off, here's the Japanese version of the intro:


It's indeed called SPACE NINJA GOHMS. The intro animation is exactly the same as the American one (they didn't even change the title card!), but it now has a Japanese narrator. I noticed some of the names are different (Sue Storm is exclusively called "Suzie"). Then I scoured the comments to see what people think of this show! I found some good nuggets in there.

First off, there were a few comments to this effect:



Translation: "Suzie, disappear!" really sounded bad for a moment (lol)

This is referring to a line the narrator says during the intro. Of course he's describing Suzie's superpower, but the verb inflection, and its connotation, really makes it sound like he's saying "Suzie, be gone!" or even "Die, Suzie!"

Then there was this very helpful comment:



Translation:



So the names are kinda neat! Some fun wordplay going on there, especially with Sue.

I have no idea why they are "space ninja." I thought maybe it was an attempt to associate them with Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, but that show's from the 70s, so it would only make sense if Gohms was aired long after it was originally created.
I'm so glad I had this deep dive because this is fascinating.

And shout out to Kishi who discovered this bit of trivia.

Capcom's beloved 3D fighting game Power Stone (1999) features two forms for each character. One member of the cast is named Gunrock and looks like this:





The design of Gunrock's powered-up form is often compared to Marvel's Thing. But today I learned the 1960s Fantastic Four TV series received a Japanese localization, where the Thing was named...Gunrock!




So not only is the visual similarity intentional, but the name "Gunrock" itself is as direct a reference as if they'd just called him "the Thing" in the English version.
Wotta interestin' development.

I'm glad "Gohms" makes some sense, though it makes all the members who don't have stretch powers look out of place.

The potential Gatchman connection seems feasible, assuming it didn't get translated until years after its original airing (which is definitely something we've seen the other way around, such as Dragonball Z airing about five or six years after the original airing in North America and that time that they tried to sell the very 80s looking Saint Seiya in the early 2000s with a Bowling for Soup cover of a Flock of Seagulls song. as in intro.

Gohms would actually be a better title if there were five of them.
 

Johnny Unusual

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Fantastic Voyage

I’ve never seen he movie Fantastic Voyage but I know the general premise: in order to save a politician’s life (the president, maybe) a group of scientists shrink themselves down to enter the dude and save his life before time runs out. I have seen Innerspace, so I get the idea.

Anyway, they made a cartoon.


We start with some mysterious music at some sort of facility.

“Headquarters!” Says the narrator loudly. Then he clams up, as if that’s enough.

We then see… something? And then we pan down quickly for even more identified colours.

“CMDF! Combined Miniature Defense Force!”

Oh, I know what this is!



We see the letters on the screen and a door opens. Behind the door in the distance is a strange device. We close up in on it, then see it from another angle.

“Project: Fantastic Voyage!”

The titles appear on the screen in olde tyme computer font and is then shrunken down to nothing.

“Process: miniaturization.”

We transition to a darkly lit room of monitors. A shadowed man in a chair is looking out. We pan behind him and see a flashing screen with a silhouette in it.

“Authority: Top secret! Highest clearance!
Team: Jonathan Kidd, Commander.”



And he kind of looks like a parody of what a hero of the era looks like. Futuristic suit, squared jaw. It’s the eyepatch that really puts it over the top, though. He looks like he could be voiced by Phil Hartman or Patrick Warburton or Stephen Colbert (who basically did a very similar character in Harvey Birdman.)



“Guru, master of the mysterious powers."

Wuh-Oh. I mean, I find it exciting that your team of micro-surgeons includes a wizard but the turban pretty much scream “Oh, yeah, the people of the East are all versed in magicks. I saw it on a circus poster.”




“Erica Lane, doctor, biologist.”

She’s in theory the most useful member of the team but she’s the woman in a 60s cartoon so my guess is Kidd is constantly saving her from roving bands of hemoglobin.




“Busby Birdwell, scientist, inventor, builder of the Voyager.”

The screen cuts to the Voyager swooping and back to Busby.

Man. Busby. Look, I know I shouldn’t make assumptions but I already hate this guy. Look at his smug face. I already know how he sounds. Like a more irritable Brainy Smurf. This dude 100% will always choose to leave a team member behind to complete the mission. He’d probably through Guru into an aorta if it was “him or me” and might betray Jonathan Kidd to some influenza. He has a punchable face.

“Mission: In their miniaturized form, to combat the unseen unsuspected enemies of freedom!”

How many mini-surgeries are going to be Commie-based?

We see them standing heroically as they are shrunk on the Wheel of Fortune wheel.

“Time limit: 12 HOURS!”

We then see a very colourful little countdown clock with a big emphasis on the 1.

We see the title and the shrink ray again, then move into what I assume is a bloody fog.

Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

Hmm… a little bit. It makes me curious what this would look like as a weekly series. It’s a bit of a fun intro that makes you feel like you are given a debriefing. But I’m not going to remember this one strongly.

What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

Not a lot of interest. Here’s one of the episode plots, though.

Erica miniaturizes Busby without authorization to use him as a puppet at a children's hospital show, only to have a jealous puppeteer steal her "puppet."
Huh. This seems like a terrible use of the technology.

Here’s another one.
When a wizard uses the Crystal Ball of Kabala for evil, the CMDF must go inside the crystal to destroy the evil within.
Then I noticed. NONE of the synopsis deal with micro-surgery. They are just shrinking into other stuff.
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Right, I talked about the Galaxy Trio. I have no recollection about what I said.
This one is from the movie…

The human body is surprisingly cold.
 

MetManMas

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I'm assuming this show went about doing random bullshit with shrink rays because actually entering a person's body like in the movie was deemed too visceral or something by the 60s television censors.
 

Daikaiju

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I'm assuming this show went about doing random bullshit with shrink rays because actually entering a person's body like in the movie was deemed too visceral or something by the 60s television censors.
I second this theory
 

Torzelbaum

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“CMDF! Combined Miniature Defense Force!”

Oh, I know what this is!

Fantastic Voyage ... it means love?

It’s a bit of a fun intro that makes you feel like you are given a debriefing. But I’m not going to remember this one strongly.
I liked the music in the intro and the sound effects were nice. I didn't care much for the end credits but they did have some nice blinkenlights.
 

Johnny Unusual

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Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles

I decided to get in two “Halloween” intro in this month but the fact of the matter is, these ones are only there in the loosest sense, because “Frankenstein” is in the title. Get ready for non-horror based superhero adventure with “Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles” and “Frankenstein Jr.”!

One is the intro two the double billed show and the other is an opening for a segment. So, lets starts with the show proper.


We see “Hanna Barbera Presents” while we start with a shot with the most Hanna Barbera door possible, featuring an F with a Hanna Barbera font. Then it gets even more Hanna Barbera-y as a Hanna Barbera laser makes a Hanna Barbera sound as it hits the futuristic door. The narrator dives right in.

“Presenting Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles”, which is an awesome band name but it also doesn’t count for that thread since the latter half of the show IS a fictious band. But having your frontman be “Frankenstein Jr.” puts a little stank on it.

Right after, the door opens and we see a big friendly robot with Ralph Wiggum almost-hair and a steam shovel jaw, my favourite kind of robot jaw. Frankenstein Jr. bashes his hands together and thunder crashes and lightning flashes all with a smile on his face. I already like this guy a lot.

We then see “The Impossibles”, the silhouette of a rock band with a rainbow-esque array of colors filling the outlines with the title under them.

The narrator starts counting down from ten dramatically and speeds up at the halfway point. Each number is punctuated with an image of the character, starting with an already off-color Frank Jr., then showing blacklight outlines of the Impossibles and ending with the narrator saying “Go!” while Frank Jr.’s mouth is moving. If that’s Frank’s actual voice, I would have been genuinely surprised.

We then see the Impossibles playing their instruments.

“Impossibles!” intones the narrator, who has a perfectly mellifluous voice full of gravitas for a silly adventure show. Its great.

“Coil Man!” The stoutest member spins around and turns into a superhero with springy, coiled limbs. We then see some abstracted coloured coils which unfurl into background colour stripes. Coil man bounces along and then flexes.

“He makes the scene when things look mean, Impossibles!”

We then see the black haired taller member.

“Fluid Man!”

His background turns into a bunch of water droplets. We then get a quick cut to him in his superhero suit, a green number with swim goggles, flippers and a pretty unpleasant shade of green. The then dives into the ground and splashes into it.

We then see abstracted waves and rain lines before coming back to our hero who splashes back to human form in a green sploosh. And to me Fluid Man is really unfortunate since he turns into ugly green liquid. Like, you’d think “at least he isn’t yellow, since he’d look like pee” but that darkish green color looks like UNHEALTHY pee.

“Fluid Man! Stays on the spot, the spot that’s hot! Impossibles!”

I must say that I love the narrator’s voice but man, his superhero-based poetry is terrible. Neither of his quotes about the characters tell us about them. Nothing about their powers or personality. They are so vague. I mean “makes the scene when things get mean” makes sense because while it is vague, it still means that he shows up where there’s trouble. Fluid Man just… stays there? I guess when things get “hot” he doesn’t falter but there’s got to be a better way to say it. Clearly, they just had to make sure there was a rhyme regardless of whether its any good.

Fluid Man then turns into liquid again and is about to turn to normal until the scene cuts because who wants to keep looking at his gross green watery self?

We then see the shaggy-haired redhead.

“Multiman!”

He bobs up and down like a 1920s cartoon cow playing the banjo and multiples and de-multiplies.

“Makes like a crowd, no crooks allowed! Impossibles!”

Hey, that one worked. I liked that one. We then see the characters in their civilian forms standing on a… thing with their name on it. The thing turns into a car and the Impossibles turn into their superhero forms.

“Impossibles! Impossibles!”

The Impossibles ride off in their flying car and we then cut to a still shot of the team.

And… wasn’t Frankenstein in this?


Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

Going in I assumed I would be more interested in the cartoon about the superhero rock band but Frankenstein Jr. made a big impression on me, so I’m really all in on that guy, even if the very intro that introduced him suddenly seemed to make me want to forget him. So I definitely want to watch a bit of Frankenstein Jr.

What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

I’m going to do a Frankenstein Jr. piece so I’ll just focus on the Impossibles for now. Basically, the premise is that they are a Beatles-esque rock band who are also superheroes. Its not clear to me if people know they are also superheroes but considering their band name and superhero team name is the same, it feels like its not a closely guarded secret.

Fan Art
There are a lot of good ones here.



Not feeling “tough” Fluid Man but really into Multi-Man. So-so on Coil Man.





Now this one I REALLY like



This one is pretty good too. I feel like the common theme is most artists do great stuff with Multi-Man
 

Johnny Unusual

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Frankenstein Jr.

Now that we watched the intro proper, here are Frankenstein Jr.’s segment intros.


We start with the titlular Frankenstein Jr. and his monster… or Frankenstein Jr. and his inventor. I’m not sure which is which. Anyway, the big robot is being fixed up by a redheaded moppet, who is riveting the robot’s legs. The boy, on a… I don’t know what you call those things but its like a big open elevator so the boy can rise up next to the robot. He rises to the robot’s hip and tightens something with a wrench. Then he opens up the robot’s chest cavity and fiddles with something in there. Finally, he puts an antenna on his head and activates Frankenstein with a magic ring, as one would expect.

The boy hops on the robot and the two fly off into the night, with Frankenstein’s “F” coming lose and coming at the camera.

Our next bumper features our heroes facing a hurricane…


The Frankensteins are flying around when they see a twister about to hit a small farmhouse. The robot puts the boy on a house and then starts riding the hurricane like a cowboy. He eventually ties it into a knot and punches it until it flies into the distance. We then see the Frankensteins flying off triumphantly.

Our final bumper features a meeting between the title heroes.


We begin with the boy riding on his robot and waving at something down below. It’s the Impossibles, who are riding around and wave up at the Frankensteins. All three of them look up and aren’t keeping their eyes on the road, which is bad when the boy spots that the bridge up ahead is out. Thinking fast, the robot turns himself into a bridge for the Impossibles to cross. As a way of thanks, the Impossibles look back and wave again. YOU LEARNED THE EXACT WRONG LESSONS, IMPOSSIBLES!

Did It Make You Want To Watch It?

They are fun, but in all honesty, the Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles intro was my favourite.

What Did You Find on Wikipedia?

Not much. The boy is named Buzz and the robot is named Frankenstein Jr.

Fan Art

Again, some kick ass ones today.





 

Torzelbaum

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I don't think I've ever seen Frankenstein Jr. but I do think I have seen some of the Impossibles segments on their own.
 

Dracula

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Really the bare minimum I expect out of a superhero is that he or she is able to punch a tornado, so this guy is already smashing it.
 
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