Western Animation / The Fantastic Four (1978)


Also called The New Fantastic Four, this is a 1978 Animated Adaptation of Marvel Universe Super Hero team The Fantastic Four. The one with the cute robot taking the place of the Human Torch, who was tied up in a separate film deal at the time.

The Fantastic Four provides examples of:

  • Abridged Series: Sometimes this show gets redubbed in Disney XD's Marvel Mash-Up.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Inhumans are flat out villainous in this version, and want to conquer the planet.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Again, H.E.R.B.I.E. replaced Johnny Storm.
    • Triton is the only member of the Inhuman royal family to not appear in any capacity.
  • Canon Immigrant: H.E.R.B.I.E.
  • Demoted to Extra: Black Bolt only appears in a brief cameo. Instead, Medusa is the ruler of the Inhumans.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Averted, despite popular belief. An urban legend posits that The Human Torch was replaced by H.E.R.B.I.E. at the insistent demand of the network, out of fears that children would set themselves on fire to emulate their hero. The legend was aided by a later issue of the comic in which a kid dies doing just that, and later recollections in the Marvel house magazine Marvel Age which seemed to confirm the rumor. In reality, as mentioned above, the rights had been negotiated separately for a project that never materialized and the Torch character was unavailable (the same snarls prevented the Torch from being one of the "Amazing Friends" in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends).
  • Fun with Acronyms: Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics
  • Large Ham: Several villains, but especially Magneto.
  • Marvel Universe
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Or rather, it isn't anymore — but the lines could've been taken directly from Silver Age comic scripts, so you see about how a comic book would sound in life. (The answer, by the way, is "hilarious.") You get characters taking forever as they overdramatically describe what they're going to do, and actually doing it goes on to take half a second. No one ever tries to stop the enemy standing two feet away giving long dissertation on exactly how he or she is about to attack.
  • The Notable Numeral
  • Robot Names: See above.
  • Series Continuity Error: When Lockjaw first appears, Sue mentions that he was loaned to the team by Medusa. This implies the FF and Inhumans are on friendly terms, when in actuality (as mentioned in the Adaptational Villainy section), Medusa is a villain in this continuity and hates the Fantastic Four.
  • Super Hero
  • Urban Legends: See Don't Try This at Home above.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Lockjaw and Blastaar are both miscolored.

See Fantastic Four for a list of all the other works with this title.