Hey folks, Valkor here. And welcome back to another stint in the world of AniView, where we showcase new and old animation series and films. The folks at Warner Home Video have an interesting line-up of classics in store for you – some from the 60's and some from the 80's. But with the next DVD set (from the 60's) up to bat, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles, I can honestly say this one deserves to stay locked in the vault.
Frankenstein Jr. And The Impossibles was a Saturday morning cartoon back in the late 60's (1966 to be more precise). The show aired in segments much like Wheelie and The Chopper Bunch; the first and last show centered on The Impossibles and the middle show was Frankenstein Jr. The series lasted about two years before it was finally cancelled. Now Warner has unleashed the series once more as part of its "Hanna-Barbera Collection" in a two disc DVD set.
First up are The Impossibles, a trio of beatnik musicians who are also superheroes of the same name. In the group you have Fluid Man who can change into any liquid, Coil-Man whose body is super springy, and Multi-Man who is able to create multiple copies of himself. Together they fight off crazy super villains such as Paper Doll Man, The Puzzler, The Bubbler, and many more from doing whatever dastardly deed they might be planning.
Frankenstein Jr. is just as crazy, if not, crazier than The Impossibles. Think about it, Buzz Conroy is just a kid who's dad let's him ride atop a giant, robotic Frankenstein-like creature to fight off bad guys and protect their home of Civic City. Buzz not only controls "Frankie" with an energy ring, but he's also the creator.
I won't get into any highlights because every episode is practically the same, only with different villains though some get repeat performances. In total, this 2 disc DVD set contains 18 episodes and not much else. And after sitting through both discs, I'm kinda glad it only lasted for so long. To the Breakdown!
As classic series go, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles is a DVD set purely for the hardcore of classic cartoons. Though the younger crowd might like the antics contained within, they might also find it repetitive and boring. To a certain extent, I liked The Impossibles more so than Frankenstein Jr., purely from a comic book standpoint (I'm a self admitted comic book nerd).
Did I mention the series is crazy repetitive? I wouldn't recommend trying to watch all 18 eps in one sitting. You're mind will begin to wander about halfway through.
Though I'm not the biggest fan for the DVD set of "Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles", I'm certain there's an audience for this campy cartoon series, which will be available on June 14th. If possible, I'd say try before you buy. And out of TOV 5 stars, I give Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles 2.5 stars. Next on the chopping block - Chuck Norris and the Karate Komamandos. If I gave the series a bad score, you think Chuck's beard will hunt me down?