September 10, 1966 stands as a very significant date in cartoon history—at least according to me, anyway! It was the day when a new Hanna-Barbera cartoon debuted on television. The cartoon in question is none other than Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles.
My dream came true when this legendary cartoon became available to me on DVD. All 36 episodes on a two-disc set—granted, I grew up in the 1980s, but to me this 1960s cartoon was always fun. I don’t think kids in the ‘80s (unlike the unappreciative kids of today) cared if their cartoons and live action shows were churned out 20 years earlier—as long as they were FUN, that’s all that mattered. Just as I always fancied “Batman” (also from 1966) and never found its “retro” factor an obstacle to appreciating its worth, I loved watching “Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles”. The emphasis of the show was on the latter (the show’s introduction focused almost entirely on The Impossibles) with one episode of Frankenstein Jr. wedged between two episodes of The Impossibles.
For those who haven’t seen the cartoon, Frankenstein Jr. was a gigantic robot (see the DVD cover above) who, assisted by Buzz Conroy and Buzz’s father Dr. Conroy, battled the forces of evil. The Impossibles were a musical trio (mod rock very much of the Sixties) who were sent on crimefighting missions by a fellow named Big D. Each member of the group has a special superpower. There was Fluid Man (he could turn himself into water), Coil Man (springs in his limbs) and Multi Man (makes temporary copies of himself to fool adversaries or for added strength).
The theme music for “Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles” is classic stuff—it really sticks in your ears and gets you pumped up. I’m revisiting these episodes about a quarter-century after first seeing them and they look splendid—the picture quality is excellent, ditto the sound, and the entertainment value hasn’t aged one iota. I also find the 1960s vernacular from the female fans of The Impossibles (“They’re SO dreamy!” and “Far Out!”) to be irresistible—youngsters back in those days definitely had a way with words, much more expressive than the slang employed by teenagers of the 21st century.
Truly great cartoons never lose their appeal. This is certainly true of “Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles”. The serial was short-lived but to me, its brilliance shall far outlive countless other more popular toons. “Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles” was very much of its time but it was a great time for entertainment and a time worth remembering for those who were there. And of course no matter when your childhood was, if you grew up watching this show, it shall bring back wonderful memories.
So on September 10, 2011, the 45th anniversary of “Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles”, please join me and the chorus of fans around the world…
I remember watching The Impossibles…good god, some things I’m surprised I still remember.
The show actually premiered on September 10, 1966 on CBS Television.
I think this underscores the need to be able to edit thread titles!
I was watchng some of these episodes yesterday (September 10) to mark the occasion. Today is September 11…but it’s still September 10 in the United States. Anyhow, it’s great to revisit these cartoons in the exact same room where I first enjoyed them decades earlier!
Is a moderator able to adjust the thread title to read September 10?
If it gets taken down that’s okay, as long as the text is preserved (the moderators can do this)—this site needs a “Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles” thread. It’s a very undervalued cartoon. Still, at least its relative obscurity prevents it from being turned into some 3-D monstrosity.
you should thank me for making your typo the least insensitive thing on this thread.
You’re one to talk.
There is no rule, written or unwritten, that prevents marking the anniversary of cartoons, regardless of when they take place.
I don’t know why you persist, as you know you’ve already been reported to the moderator.
Moderated for being off-topic. Mods can’t change titles, but an Admin can.
Every facepalm ever.
i don’t see how it was off-topic, it was on this day in history.
but since it never really happened, i guess that technically makes it off topic.
Ugh – people being moderated makes me want to see what they wrote so bad!!!
It was a picture of the plane hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11.