Fantastic Max is a British-American animated cartoon series, originally aired from 1988 to 1990 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, created by Kalisto Ltd. and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and in association with S4C. It centers on a boy named Maxwell "Fantastic Max" Young who has adventures in outer space with two of his toys: FX, a pull string alien doll from a planet called Twinkle-Twinkle, and A.B. Sitter, a C-3PO-like android made of blocks.
|Developed by||Judy Rothman Rofé|
|Written by||Kristina Luckey|
Judy Rothman Rofé
|Directed by||Ray Patterson (Supervising)|
|Voices of||Ben Ryan Ganger|
|Theme music composer||Clark Glassman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna|
|Running time||22 minutes (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
Tanaka Promotion Co.
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||September 17, 1988 –|
January 21, 1990
The show was developed by Judy Rothman and Robin Lyons from Siriol Animation as part of the creation of Kalisto Ltd. and the series was originally called Space Baby before being developed by Mike Young and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions further. In the United States, Fantastic Max ran in syndication for two years as part of the weekly Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera program block. The first episode aired on Sunday September 11, 1988 and the last first-run episode aired on January 21, 1990. Boomerang aired re-runs of the show until November 2013. In the United Kingdom, the series was broadcast on CBBC, but this time all the episodes were split into two parts.
- Maxwell "Fantastic Max" Young – A baby boy who was given the abilities of speech and intellect by his alien doll, FX. Max is very brave and adventurous, but his actions often wind him up in trouble. Nevertheless, Max cares for his friends and the people he meets. His catchphrase is "Dirty diapers!" which he exclaims whenever things go wrong.
- FX – An alien doll with magical powers that can create virtually anything, such as a baby-bottle-shaped rocket out of sand which Max uses to travel through space. He is Max's best friend, as shown in "From Here to Twinkle, Twinkle" where he was crying after being separated from Max. His catchphrase is "Rocket and Roll!" which is also the command for using his powers.
- A.B. Sitter – A toy robot who was brought to life by FX, and his origins were explained in the episode "Straight Flush". He is often trying hard to keep Max out of danger, but it seldom works and he often ends up annoying Max. AB doesn't enjoy going in outer space as much as the others, but he goes anyway in order to keep Max out of trouble. He provides most of the mature humor in the show. He also has the fewest episodes dedicated to him as a whole.
- Zoe Young – Max's five-year-old sister who is occasionally dragged into her brother's adventures. Max doesn't think very highly of her, and often calls her dumb. She is rivals with her next door neighbor, Ben. She frequently becomes suspicious of her brother's travels, but Max puts her to sleep so she can't reveal their secret. She is usually reprimanded (and grounded) at the end of Max's travels, especially by her strict Dad, for her impish and mischievous behavior.
- Mr. and Mrs. Young – Max and Zoe's parents who are completely oblivious to their infant son's true personality. They seem to pay a lot more attention to Max than Zoe. Their faces and backs of their heads are never seen at all.
- King Klutzes – A jovial knight with an orange goatee (and mustache to go with his goatee) who rode a white horse and befriended Max, A.B. and FX when they were lost. He needed their assistance for a riddle involving dragons and the answer, not given until near the end of the episode, was "a zipper". He only appears in "Stitches in Time".
- Rooty the Carrot – A giant carrot from a planet inhabited by vegetables, he was taken by Zoe and entered in a carrot growing contest. He enlisted Max's help to escape from a giant rabbit named Fatso who wanted to eat him. He eventually returned to his planet at the end of the episode. His only appearance was in "Carrot Encounter of the Third Kind".
- Denise – A baby and a good friend of Max. She attends Sherman's Daycare Center with her friend Magik. She and Magik went into space when Max is bored in Sherman's Daycare center and needed to amuse himself and flew into space and through the Candy Cluster System until they are captured by Goldie and his Space Gypsies she seems to be silent since can't even talk yet, although she explains with Max and Magik one time when they all said "(laughs) Space Gypsies". She along with Max and Magik loves candy especially bubblegum and after that adventure with Goldie and his Space Gypsies, she and Magik are clever and became a little adventurous. She only appeared in the episode "All in a Babe's Work"
- Magik – A baby and is a good friend of Max. He only appeared in "All in a Babe's Work" Unlike Denise, He speaks well with the phrases "My Man" in response to his friend Max. He attends Sherman's Daycare Center. When Max is bored, he wanted to go on a adventure into space with him and Denise. They are later captured by Goldie and his Space Gypsies when they took his gumballs in space and he also doesn't want Denise to see Max being taken into a bath by Zelda, one of the Space Gypsies. He later helped Max save A.B. and FX from Goldie when he tried to sell them for a price. After their space adventure with the Space Gypsies, he and Denise are clever and became a little adventurous. He loves candy especially bubblegum for stopping villians. He only appeared in the episode "All in a Babe's Work"
- Bronx – (voiced by unknown) A ringmaster. Only appearance was "Monkey See, Monkey Zoo".
- Goldie – A space gypsy. Only appearance was "All in a Babe's Work". His catchphrase was "Goldie the (laughs) Space Gypsy" while gypsy-style music played in the background. He is even seen with two other space gypsy subordinates: Cosmo (voiced by unknown) and Gar. Gar's name is only mentioned once by Goldie himself and, apart from only having one scene, where he fires Max and the gang with a gypsy gun filled with whipped cream vermicelli and speaks no lines, is only given a mere background appearance. Of course, Cosmo and Gar only appear in that one episode.
- Dumping Jack Trash – A garbage man who always spoke in rhyme. Only appearances in Season 1 were "From Here to Twinkle, Twinkle", "Attack of the Cubic Rubes", and "Beach Blanket Baby", and "Puzzle, Puzzle, Toil and Trouble" in Season 2. He was used to replace Texas Pete from SuperTed when that cartoon phased out in 1988; thereby, like when older characters are dropped and are usually replaced by new characters when it made a sequel show called The Further Adventures of SuperTed, "Beach Blanket Baby" could be the replacement episode in this cartoon for the SuperTed episode "Superted at the Funfair".
- XS – (voiced by Dana Hill) FX's mischievous cousin who first appeared in "Cooking Mother Goose". He also appears in "Boo Who"? and "From Here to Twinkle, Twinkle". He enjoys teasing FX for being easily scared, but in "Boo Who?" he becomes a fraidy-cat himself. His command for using his powers is "Rock 'em and Sock 'em!"
- Amanda – (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) She is Zoe's friend, but she doesn't seem to be since she doesn't believe in superstitions and ridicules Zoe for acting weird. She even walks out on her and is never seen again in the cartoon. Her only appearance is "Cooking Mother Goose".
- Ben Letterman – Even though he is a main character, his only appearances in season one were "Carrot Encounters of the Third Kind" and "From Here to Twinkle, Twinkle". Ben appears in "Boo Who?" and "Ben the Blackmailer" (the only two season two episodes he appeared in) as well. He is the Young family's next door neighbor, and is Zoe's rival. Max, FX and A.B. don't like him very much as he is always bothering them and he is a boaster; plus, he plays all sorts of mean tricks on them. According to Max, Ben is a bigger jerk than Zoe.
- Fatso – A big rabbit from another planet that wants to carrotnap Rooty and eat him. His name is pronounced "FahZo" (the t is silent) and his only appearance was in "Carrot Encounters of the Third Kind".
- Magellan the Cloud Keeper AKA Evil, nasty, bad-tempered, spiteful, etc. pirate – (voiced by unknown) Self-explanatory, his only appearance was in "Beach Blanket Baby". He is referred to as 'Magellan the Cloud Keeper'. He's so nasty tempered, he refused to help Max, AB, FX and the mermaid (as well as the seahorse), when the beach was about to dry.
- Pumpernickel – (voiced by unknown) An evil wizard with black hair and a black mustache who tortured the village peasants to pay him by using the dragon as an incentive. He had a pet raven (named "Blackie") who could talk and tried to take over the whole world especially after imprisoning Max and the gang. The only episode featuring him (and Blackie, for that matter) was "Stitches in Time". He also hates pumpernickel bread. As said at the beginning, rather than the traditional long white beard and hair, this evil wizard has only a mustache and has black hair.
- Black-Hole Bart – A villainous cowboy who cheats in rodeos and whips with a whiplash. He only appeared in "Cowboy Max".
- Mr. Tartar – A plump villain sporting bling and a blond quiff, who appears with his robot sidekick Mr Wrenchley in the episode "To Tell the Tooth". Tartar is "the most popular man in Tartarville" a town where teeth feature as prominent icons – for example, the buildings all appear to have been constructed in the image of giant molars. Despite the generous and likable image he has cultivated, he has captured the Tooth Fairy and is stealing teeth from under children's pillows with the intention of having her turn them into cash so he can become the richest man in the Galaxy.
- Sticky Wicket – A toy designer who kidnaps FX and tries to turn him into a toy line. He is fired from his job when the company he worked with decided to turn to making tires, while Wicket objected to the idea. He began advertising for cookies called Wicky-Biscuits as his new job. Appeared only in "Toys Will Be Toys".
- Unnamed Villain – This villain, only appearing in "Movie Star Max" has waited a long time for Max' film festival. During Max' speech after winning the Maxie award, the villain snatches his diaper (as he claims it to be the galaxy's greatest souvenir), embarrassing Max in front of the whole crowd, covering himself with the award. Max later claims that "the joke's on him" when FX asks if he should look for whoever stole his diaper, probably meaning the diaper was dirty.
Season 1 (1988)Edit
|#||Title||Original broadcast date [US]||Original broadcast date [UK. Episode 1]||Original broadcast date [UK. Episode 2]||Plot of episode|
|1||"The Loon in the Moon"||September 17, 1988||September 13, 1989||September 14, 1989||A.B. is frustrated because Max never listens to him, so he suggests that Max create a new plastic parent – so he does.|
|2||"Toys will be Toys"||September 24, 1988||September 20, 1989||September 21, 1989||A toy manufacturer named Sticky Wicket can't think of a new idea for a toy, so he steals FX and pretends to have invented him.|
|3||"All in a Babe's Work"||October 1, 1988||October 4, 1989||October 5, 1989||Max is bored when he has to spend all day in a day care center, so he takes his baby friends into space.|
|4||"The Big Sleep"||October 8, 1988||October 11, 1989||October 12, 1989||FX's cord gets pulled out of shape and ruins his voice, so the gang goes back to Twinkle Twinkle in search of his doctor to fix it. (NOTE: This episode contains guest appearances by George Jetson (from The Jetsons), Space Ghost and The Great Gazoo (from The Flintstones) in non-speaking cameos)|
|5||"Attack of the Cubic Rubes"||October 15, 1988||September 27, 1989||September 28, 1989||Max takes A.B. and FX to colorless planets (literally) with crayons, but after they meet color lovers Alan and Neil, things get out of hand.|
|6||"Monkey See, Monkey Zoo"||October 22, 1988||October 18, 1989||October 19, 1989||The gang visits an interplanetary circus and discovers that the ringmaster had kidnapped the animals and is making them perform against their will.|
|7||"Cooking Mother's Goose"||October 29, 1988||October 25, 1989||October 26, 1989||Max is bored with fairy tales until the gang goes into storybook world. Things are fine until FX's mischievous cousin, XS, comes along and makes everyone dance to music—which distracts them from their duties.|
|8||"Journey to the Center of my Sister"||November 5, 1988||November 1, 1989||November 2, 1989||Zoe gets plagued with Nasal Bathrobe, the virus from Osirus, on the day of her birthday party. By order of Agent Wally, Max and company have to capture the virus or else they'll never go into outer space again.|
|9||"Carrot Encounters of the Third Kind"||November 12, 1988||November 6, 1989||November 7, 1989||Zoe grows a giant carrot for a vegetable competition, but the carrot, named Rooty, appears to be alive. He enlists Max's help to save him from a rabbit named Fatso, who wants to eat him.|
|10||"The Baby Who Fell to Earth"||November 19, 1988||November 13, 1989||November 14, 1989||While on a mission Max is thrown out of his rocket and is grab by astronauts who mistake him for an alien. Everyone on Earth thinks Max's baby talk are an alien language and that his clothes are alien as well.|
|11||"Beach Blanket Baby"||November 26, 1988||November 20, 1989||November 21, 1989||Max and his friends enlist the help of Dumpin' Jack Trash to help find the plug of planet Beachball before it drifts fatally close to the sun.|
|12||"Stitches in Time"||December 3, 1988||November 27, 1989||November 28, 1989||The gang takes Stitches through time via the rocket, but Stitches is a baby at heart, which gets him into trouble.|
|13||"From Here to Twinkle, Twinkle"||December 10, 1988||December 4, 1989||December 5, 1989||FX is deeply homesick so he ponders going back home to Twinkle Twinkle, but Max is reluctant to let him go.|
Season 2 (1989/1990)Edit
|#||Title||Original broadcast date [US]||Original broadcast date [UK. Episode 1]||Original broadcast date [UK. Episode 2]||Plot of episode|
|1||"Boo Who?"||October 29, 1989||September 12, 1990||September 13, 1990|
|2||"Ben, the Blackmailer" (Dish Network's description lists this episode as "Beh, the Blackmailer")||November 5, 1989||September 19, 1990||September 20, 1990||Ben videotapes Max's latest trip into space, and he blackmails Max into letting him come along on the next voyage in exchange for his silence.|
|3||"Cowboy Max"||November 12, 1989||September 26, 1990||September 27, 1990||Max's latest babysitter turns out to be Hoo Jipson, a famous outer space rodeo star.|
|4||"Straight Flush"||November 19, 1989||October 3, 1990||October 4, 1990||A.B.'s body is stolen by a plumber. When they go on an adventure, the plumber and Max trade, when the plumber finds a rare "hairball extractor". Then A.B. gets his body again. A.B. tells Max about being the baby, then Max says that FX and Max were born before him, so technically, Max says that A.B. is the baby, so they dress him as a baby. Max says that he and FX decide when A.B. sleeps.|
|5||"Rats Like Us"||November 26, 1989||October 10, 1990||October 11, 1990||While visiting Buckyland theme park, Max and company encounter a friendly family of rats who are desperate for food, and they in turn do what they can to help.|
|6||"Grab Bag Rag"||December 3, 1989||October 17, 1990||October 18, 1990|
|7||"Movie Star Max"||December 10, 1989||October 24, 1990||October 25, 1990||Max attends a film festival with himself as the main attraction.|
|8||"To Tell the Tooth"||December 17, 1989||October 31, 1990||November 1, 1990||The gang goes after the tooth fairy after s/he takes Max's tooth from under his pillow and doesn't leave him any money.|
|9||"Dr. Max & Baby Hyde"||December 24, 1989||November 7, 1990||November 8, 1990||After being covered with a shimmering ray, Max develops a more selfish and cruel personality|
|10||"Guess Who's Coming to Dinar?"||December 31, 1989||November 14, 1990||November 15, 1990|
|11||"A.B., Phone Home"||January 7, 1990||November 21, 1990||November 22, 1990||Max's constant crank telephone calls result in a long bill, and he has to work at an interplanetary phone company to pay it off.|
|12||"Puzzle, Puzzle, Toil & Trouble"||January 14, 1990||November 28, 1990||November 29, 1990|
|13||"Blarney Fife" (an obvious reference to Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show)||January 21, 1990||December 5, 1990||December 6, 1990||After an accident, A.B.'s foot squeaks, so the gang travels to Ireland to find a good cobbler. The cobbler they find is a leprechaun named Blarney Fife who is trying to keep the map to Leprechaun Land from a greedy sneak named Pete O'Moss.|
Between 1989 and 1991 four videos were released by the BBC, whereas the three episodes of the British dub on each of the VHS tapes were made into 20 minute stories. No DVD releases have been made to date, in either the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Ben Ryan Ganger - Max
- Gregg Berger – AB Sitter
- Nancy Cartwright – FX, Amanda
- Paul Eiding – Mr. Young (Dad)
- Benji Gregory – Ben Letterman
- Elizabeth Harnois – Zoe
- Gail Matthius – Mrs. Young (Mom)
- Lewis Arquette
- René Auberjonois
- George Ball
- Earl Boen
- Susan Blu
- Phillip Boute
- William Callaway
- Hamilton Camp
- Selette Cole
- Townsend Coleman
- Peter Cullen
- Brian Cummings
- Tim Curry
- Jennifer Darling
- Jerry Dexter
- Dick Erdman
- Pat Fraley – Rooty the Carrot
- Joan Gerber
- Dan Gilvezan
- Dorian Harewood
- Phil Hartman
- Dana Hill – XS
- Jerry Houser
- Arte Johnson
- Zale Kessler
- Maurice LaMarche
- Michael Lemback
- Aaron Lohr
- Laurence Luckinbill
- Danny Mann
- Kenneth Mars
- Kellie Martin
- Nan Martin
- Chuck McCann
- Don Messick – King Klutzes
- Brian Stokes Mitchell
- Howard Morris
- Lorenzo Music
- Alan Oppenheimer
- Rob Paulsen
- Henry Polic II
- Roger Rose
- Neil Ross
- Ronnie Schell
- Avery Schreiber
- Susan Silo
- John Stephenson
- Howard Stevens
- Andre Stojka
- Russi Taylor
- Susan Tolsky
- B.J. Ward
- Jimmy Weldon
- Frank Welker
- Edward Winter