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“WELL Along Came Max, and the fun times started; I’d laugh until I cry!
He’s Dynamite in those four-ply diapers, he’s my kinda guy!
Well there goes Max, on a big-time mission; will he lose or win?
Yes it all depends on the four-ply diaper, and that safety pin!"

Space-faring cartoon from the late 1980s, created by Mike Youngnote  produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Fantastic Max follows the adventures of 16-month-old Max as he travels through space. Along for the ride is an adorable little alien doll named FX, who has magical powers to boot, and a toy robot nanny named AB-Sitter. The trio have many adventures and travel to many different planets.

Fantastic Max originally aired on Sundays as part of the two-hour cartoon block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. The first episode aired September 11, 1988, and the last episode aired on February 1, 1990.


Fantastic Max provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream/Easy Amnesia: Max is apparently capable of doing this to people via hypnosis.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Max to Zoe, but the feeling goes both ways.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: Max, looking for the right kind of sand for his sandbox, ended up in the land of Dinar. There he was mistaken for the long-lost prince, who was actually leading a band of loveable rogues in a The Desert Song-like situation.
  • Badass Adorable: Max is mighty tough for a toddler.
  • Bad Butt
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Frequently. One example is an episode where all of Max's diapers are being used to plug up a hole, and AB informs Max: "This is the last of your diapers, Max. No more changing in this episode."
  • Butt-Monkey: AB-Sitter.
  • The Cameo: George Jetson, the Great Gazoo and Space Ghost in one episode (they were in space, in a traffic jam no less!).
  • Catchphrase: Max's "Dirty Diapers!" when anything goes wrong.
    • Also, FX's "Rocket and Roll!" when activating his powers.
      • His cousin XS uses "Rock 'Em and Sock 'Em!", keeping in line with his aggressive bully personality.
  • Diaper Space
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "I may not be as bad as I wished, there's no way I'd let a baby get squished!"
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: “Journey To The Center Of My Sister” has Max, FX and AB going inside Zoe to stop a virus from spreading.
  • Free-Range Children: Taken Up to Eleven, as we're talking about a show where Max, a self-proclaimed "space baby", spends much of his time traveling across the galaxy. On the other hand, it's always when Mom and Dad (and Zoe for the most part) aren't looking. Still, he does have an AB-Sitter. So not like he's not being supervised.
  • Hufflepuff House: The girl from the day care center in the episode All in a Babe's Work.note 
  • Improbable Weapon User: Max uses a diaper and safety pin, if the theme song is to be believed.
  • Kid Hero
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Dumping Jack Trash lives for this.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: FX's precious face and high voice will make anyone squeal.
  • Robot Buddy: AB (although he's really more of a substitute parent)
  • Roguish Romani: The series has an episode where the characters run into a group of thieving, flamboyant, swarthy (but in the end, helpful) alien con artists that literally refer to themselves as "Space Gypsies".
  • Shout-Out: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinar" is a sendup of The Desert Song plus various "Arabian Nights" Days standards.
  • Space Jews: In one episode. Max and friends run into a group of thieving, flamboyant, swarthy (but in the end, helpful) alien con artists who literally refer to themselves as "(Ha, HA!) Space Gypsies!"
  • Totally Radical
  • Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The 1986 pilotnote  was called Space Baby and had an Expository Theme Tune that said it was "A strange and scary story/'Bout a baby known as Max/Who got lost at Cape Canaveral/When his parents turned their backs!"


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