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The Fantastic Four 

The super-elastic Mr. Fantastic, the force field-wielding Invisible Girl, the orange rock-covered Thing and the data-crammed robot H.E.R.B.I.E. make up a team of superheroes dedicated to thwarting would-be world-dominating villains.

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Stan Lee
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Series cast summary:
Mike Road ...  Mr. Fantastic / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Ginny Tyler ...  Sue Richards / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Ted Cassidy ...  Ben Grimm / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Frank Welker ...  H.E.R.B.I.E. / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Hal Smith 13 episodes, 1978
John Stephenson ...  Doctor Doom / ... 13 episodes, 1978
Dick Tufeld ...  Opening Narrator 13 episodes, 1978
Don Messick ...  J.J. Colossal 13 episodes, 1978
Gene Moss Gene Moss ...  Trapster 13 episodes, 1978
Nancy Wible Nancy Wible 13 episodes, 1978
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber 13 episodes, 1978
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin 13 episodes, 1978
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In an attempted spaceflight, the crew of a ship are bombarded by cosmic radiation. Barely managing to crashland alive, the crew find themselves changed forever by their experience. Team leader, Scientist Reed Richard aka Mr. Fantastic gains the ability to stretch and shape his body to any shape, Sue Storm can become invisible and project telekinetic force fields as the Invisible Girl, and Pilot Ben Grimm becomes a superstrong rock creature known as the Thing. Together with their advanced robot assistant, H.E.R.B.I.E., this quartet faces the threats to the world as the Fantastic Four. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Fantastic Four See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rapper MF Doom has sampled audio from this cartoon for his songs, as Doctor Doom is the inspiration for his rapper persona. See more »

Goofs

During an episode featuring the villain Magneto, the character's voice changes completely between lines of dialog. This happens several times in the episode. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: It was the world's strangest accident. While testing a new rocket ship, our heroes were bombarded by mysterious cosmic rays from outer space. Though they crash-landed safely, the strange and powerful rays had changed each one of them. Transforming their leader, Reed Richards, into the plastic-skinned Mr. Fantastic; Sue Richards into the "now you see her, now you don't" Invisible Girl; and Ben Grimm into a mighty-muscled powerhouse called The Thing. Now together with ...
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HERBIE Is Star Wars Influence
31 December 2003 | by Jim-499See all my reviews

It seems almost certain that the addition of Herbie and the subtraction of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch from the 1978 version of the FF was the result of trying to cash in on the Star Wars craze that began the year before with the release of the first movie (Chapter IV). Herbie seems to be a flying, talking R2D2.

The same thing happened with Moonraker in 1979, first James Bond movie released after Star Wars, and in my opinion, the worst of the series. I even seem to remember the end of "The Spy Who Loved Me' in 1977 saying "But James Bond Will Return In." some other movie, perhaps "For Your Eyes Only" (the best of the Moore Bond movies in my opinion) then the producers and/or UA changing their mind.

There are probably other examples of the Star Wars influence but these are the first two that come to mind.

In conclusion, the FF was much better with The Human Torch as in the 1967 and 1996 series, and James Bond was better without Moonraker.

Having said that I seem to remember decent stories in the 1978 version, but substitute Herbie with Johnny Storm and the stories would have been even better.


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