Sunday, October 13, 2013
31 Werewolves | Fangface
Fangface was a Saturday morning cartoon that ran for a couple of seasons in 1978-79. It was produced by Ruby-Spears, an animation production company started by a couple of guys from Hanna-Barbera. Ruby-Spears is best known for Fangface, the Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (a favorite of mine as a kid), a short-lived and critically panned Superman cartoon, and the notorious Rubik the Amazing Cube. They also did the '80s version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
I always liked the idea of Fangface more than the execution. Like a lot of Saturday morning cartoons in the '70s, it stole a lot from Scooby Doo, Where Are You with it's gang of teenagers who traveled around solving mysteries in a cool ride with a unique companion. (Funky Phantom is my favorite of these rip-offs, but that's a post for another year.)
Fangface is the werewolf name of one of the teenagers, cowardly Shaggy-analogue Sherman Fangsworth. Whenever Sherman sees the moon (or a picture of it or anything slightly similar to it) he spins around and turns into the Tasmanian Devil-like Fangface. He also has a weird habit of howling at himself any time he looks in the mirror. It was a bad, unoriginal show and we didn't watch it as kids until it got rolled in with the superior Plastic Man as part of his Comedy/Adventure Show. But what would childhood be without memories of awful cartoons?