Fangface is a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon produced by Ruby-Spears Productions for ABC that aired from September 9, 1978, to September 8, 1980. The executive producers were Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.
|Genre||Animation Mystery Comedy|
|Created by||Joe Ruby|
|Written by||Norman Maurer|
|Directed by||Rudy Larriva|
|Voices of||Frank Welker|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||32 (1978–80)|
|Executive producers||Joe Ruby|
|Running time||30 minutes (1978)|
15 minutes (1979–80)
|Production company||Ruby-Spears Productions|
|Original release||September 9, 1978 –|
September 27, 1980
Highly derivative of Scooby-Doo (which was also created by Ruby and Spears) with a bit of the Tasmanian Devil and I Was a Teenage Werewolf thrown in, Fangface features four teenagers — buff and handsome leader Biff, his brainy and beautiful dusky-skinned girlfriend Kim, short, stocky and pugnacious Puggsy and tall, skinny simpleton Sherman "Fangs" Fangsworth. Puggsy and Fangs are based on Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall of the Bowery Boys films.
- Every 400 years, a baby werewolf is born into the Fangsworth family, and so when the moon shined on little Sherman Fangsworth, he changed into Fangface, a werewolf! Only the sun can change him back to normal, and so little Fangs grew up and teamed up with three daring teenagers – Kim, Biff and Puggsy – and together they find danger, excitement and adventure! Who can save the day, who can wrong the rights and right the wrongs .... none other than Fangface!
Fangface and FangpussEdit
In 1979, the second season titled Fangface and Fangpuss aired as a segment on The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and introduced a new character: Baby Fangs, Fangs' infant cousin who turns into a baby werewolf called Fangpuss (which contradicts the opening narration stating that only one werewolf is born into the family every 400 years, but, of course, that werewolf could be born through another family which may be married to the Fangsworth family). The show remained in the same mystery-adventure style as the first season, but episodes were now shortened to 15-minute segments. Sixteen episodes of Fangface and Fangpuss were produced for the 1979–80 season.
The episodes The Creepy Goon from the Spooky Lagoon and Dr. Lupiter and the Thing from Jupiter are the only season two episodes in which Baby Fangs/Fangpuss did not make an appearance.
Just as Fangs is unaware that he is Fangface, Fangs is also unaware that his cousin, Baby Fangs, is Fangpuss. When Fangs sees Fangpuss, in the episode There Is Nothing Worse Than A Stony Curse, he becomes scared and runs off.
During Season 2, Fangface and Fangpuss would never see the sun, or a representation, as shown in the episode There Is Nothing Worse Than A Stony Curse, and transform back to normal before the gangs' case would be over.
Fangface and Fangpuss ran from September 22, 1979, to September 27, 1980; it then became a separate series in 1981 and, like the original Fangface, ran for just one season. After this series, Fangface and company faded into obscurity until reruns began to air on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||16||September 9, 1978||December 23, 1978|
|2||16||September 22, 1979||January 5, 1980|
|Nº||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"A Heap of Trouble"||September 9, 1978|
Professor Arnos uses his invention to change into a hulking blue Heap creature and plans on changing everyone on the university's campus into monsters for revenge.
|2||2||"A Creep from the Deep"||September 16, 1978|
Grueller and his men steal an ancient tablet that will lead them to lost treasure, defying the consequences of its curse.
|3||3||"The Shocking Creature Feature"||September 23, 1978|
Dr. Cybron, an evil scientist, plans to create numerous energy creatures and use them in his plot to take over the world.
|4||4||"Westward Ho to the UFO"||September 30, 1978|
|A race of spider creatures from space cover the city in webs, trying to take over the world.|
|5||5||"The Great Ape Escape"||October 7, 1978|
|Professor Ling is captured by Ape Creatures on the Misty Islands, and it's up to the gang to rescue him.|
|6||6||"Dinosaur Daze"||October 14, 1978|
|A live Tyrannosaurus breaks the surface during an earthquake and is being controlled by a mysterious figure. Fangface must stop it before it causes damage to the city.|
|7||7||"Don't Abra When You Cadabra"||October 21, 1978|
|Mysto the Magician creates a super wand that can bend buildings over sideways, and with it, he plans to take over the world.|
|8||8||"Space Monster Mishap"||October 28, 1978|
|A Space Monster gains entry into a space station and uses a device to drain the minds of the most brilliant scientists.|
|9||9||"The Invisible Menace Mix-up"||November 4, 1978|
|The Sky Ghost kidnaps airplane daredevil Su Chang in order to get information on where her uncle hid a valuable black pearl, the only thing that can power his invisibility machine.|
|10||10||"The Cuckoo Carnival Calamity"||November 11, 1978|
|The evil swami Zorak uses a control device to turn Harold "Hal" Hercules into a monster in order to get the world's strongest teenager to help him steal gold.|
|11||11||"Begone, You Amazon"||November 18, 1978|
|During a storm, the gang land in the Amazon jungle where Fangface rescues Sheba, an Amazon queen. Fangface and his friends must help her reclaim her throne from her evil cousin Thera.|
|12||12||"Snow Job Jitters"||November 25, 1978|
|The gang's ski-trip turns into a delivery when they help take Charlie (a cat with a formula on how to make synthetic gold hidden on him) to a laboratory while trying to avoid a villain named the Scorpion.|
|13||13||"The Goofy Gargoyle Goof-Up"||December 2, 1978|
|The gang go to a Hollywood costume party, where they meet the glamorous Raquel Taylor. Unfortunately, Crula plans on making the actress a bride for her gargoyle.|
|14||14||"A Toothy Shark Is No Lark"||December 9, 1978|
|Neptune, a sea-creature from Atlantis, uses a device to control a shark in order to enslave humanity into building him a new empire.|
|15||15||"Where's the Wolf That's the Werewolf?"||December 16, 1978|
|A werewolf is stealing the animals in the Jungleland Animal Safari and Fangface is to blame. What they do not know is that a staff member named Zorlaff is stealing the animals using a special potion in order to create a potion that will turn him into different animals.|
|16||16||"Don't Get Mean with the Cobra Queen"||December 23, 1978|
|Cobra Queen sends her giant cobra to abduct Gloria Vanderfeller in order to claim her fortune.|
Fangface and Fangpuss (1979–80)Edit
|Nº||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|17||1||"There Is Nothing Worse Than a Stony Curse"||September 22, 1979|
|The evil Medulla possesses an amulet that gives her the appearance and powers of Medusa. She uses her powers to turn the top scientists to stone and auction them off to the highest bidder.|
|18||2||"Evil Guider of the Giant Spider"||September 29, 1979|
|Upon crashing onto Spider Island and an encounter with a giant spider, the group ends up stumbling upon the lab of Dr. Lazarus Web who plans to use a formula to enlarge the insects and take over the world.|
|19||3||"Dr. Lupiter and the Thing from Jupiter"||October 6, 1979|
|When astronaut Steve West lands on Jupiter, Dr. Lupiter opens a trap door in the shuttle where the gases of Jupiter turn Steve into a molten monster in a plan to tap the Earth's energy supply.|
|20||4||"Who Do the Voodoo"||October 13, 1979|
|Nigel Winslow helps Count Drako escape from prison by using black magic to change Count Drako into a mist monster.|
|21||5||"The Creepy Goon from the Spooky Lagoon"||October 20, 1979|
|Dr. Vincent Blackmire has invented a machine that can transfer the contents of one's brain to another. The results end up different when he switches the brain contents of a Lagoon Monster with Fangface.|
|22||6||"A Scary Affair in the Skullman's Lair"||October 27, 1979|
|A race of Skullmen have kidnapped Professor Ortega and his daughter Carmen. They have also shrunken them in a plot to enter a crack in the Earth and retrieve a Skull Coin containing the superpowers of the Skullmen's ancestors.|
|23||7||"A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship"||November 3, 1979|
|The gang are transported in time where they stumble upon pirates led by Ironmask who has plans to rob a Spanish ship.|
|24||8||"The Ill-Will of Dr. Chill"||November 10, 1979|
|Dr. Chill uses a heat ray to melt the polar ice caps. He plans to flood the Earth if his demands are not met.|
|25||9||"The Romantic Plot of the She-Wolf Robot"||November 17, 1979|
|Countess Zarla creates a robotic female werewolf to seduce Fangface into helping her steal the Maltese Diamond Cat from its museum.|
|26||10||"The Sinister Plan of Lizard Man"||November 24, 1979|
|Lizard Man uses a ray that turns his victims into small reptiles. He uses the device to steal a meteor that will give him enough super-strength to rule the world.|
|27||11||"Royal Trouble with the King's Double"||December 1, 1979|
|Count Basil kidnaps King Rudolph to prevent his coronation. Seeing as Puggsy resembles the king, he takes his place while the others rescue the real king.|
|28||12||"The Stone-Cold Dragon of Gold"||December 8, 1979|
|A golden dragon statue lies within Hong Kong with the power to turn anyone into solid gold.|
|29||13||"The Evil Design of Vulture-Man's Mind"||December 15, 1979|
|Vulture-Man is abducting Peruvian natives with his giant condor and is making them his slaves to mine for the precious metals located in Vulture Mountain.|
|30||14||"The Defiant Casablanca Giant"||December 22, 1979|
|Abdul the Giant captures a nuclear physicist named Zatci Hafid and plans to sell him to aliens in exchange for diamonds.|
|31||15||"The Film Fiasco of Director Disastro"||December 29, 1979|
|Disastro is an alien film director who plans to make a movie called "The Day the Earth Exploded" with special effects that are too real.|
|32||16||"A Goofy Bungle in the Filipino Jungle"||January 5, 1980|
|On the Philippine Islands, a tribe of Filipino Cavemen have been discovered by Zeno who uses his ring to hypnotize them into stealing Professor Batack's invention which can make a man 100 times stronger than normal.|
- Frank Welker – Fangs/Fangface, Baby Fangs/Fangpuss
- Susan Blu – Kim
- Bart Braverman – Puggsy
- Jerry Dexter – Biff
- A Parker Brothers board game, titled as "FANGFACE – Parker Brothers' Wacky Werewolf Game", was released in 1979.
- Peter Pan Records released a Fangface 12-inch LP record in 1979, containing four audio stories (Side 1: Mirage / Ghost of the High Sierras; Side 2: The Stowaway / Superfrog).
- Other merchandise included an activity book, a 3D View-Master reel set, a plush toy, a Halloween costume and a sleeping bag.
- Tempo Books released two Fangface paperback books based on episodes of the series: A Heap of Trouble (1979) and A Time Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship (1980).
- Three episodes of the series, "A Heap of Trouble", "The Great Ape Escape", and "A Creep from the Deep", were released on a Fangface VHS by Worldvision Enterprises in 1983.
- A second VHS tape, Fangface: Spooky Spoofs, was released in 1986 and contained the episodes "The Shocking Creature Feature" and "Dinosaur Daze".
- Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons Third Edition. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8160-6599-8.
- Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 193. ISBN 978-1538103739.
- Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 317. ISBN 978-1476665993.
- John Stephenson – Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers
- Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 95–96. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
- Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
- Fangface Worldvision Video 1983 Video Back
- Fangface Spooky Spoofs Worldvision Video 1986 VHS Tape