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Western Animation / Frankenstein Jr.

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Produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS in 1966, the same year as Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr. was a gigantic, sentient Do-Anything Robot built and commanded by boy scientist Buzz Conroy. Their base of operations was a mountaintop laboratory run by Buzz's father.

While Frankenstein Jr. held the first part of the title, he shared his show with The Impossibles, who had two segments per show while he only had one. Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles was one of the last H-B series animated in the classic Ed Benedict style (which often contrasted with the episodes' plots, which were usually played more seriously).

He and Buzz were also featured in DC Comics's Hanna-Barbera crossover limited series, Future Quest, as well as in Scooby-Doo! Team-Up alongside The Impossibles.

Not to Be Confused with Frankenstein Junior, a Market-Based Titlenote  for Young Frankenstein.

This series provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Almost every sentence out of the Mad Inventor's mouth in his second appearance. His "menacing Monstermobile" is a "mechanical marvel" and "vicious vehicle" filled with "dozens of destructive devices". Buzz himself is no slouch.
  • Adults Are Useless: Some episodes showed Buzz's dad, but he usually did nothing to help, leaving it all up the Kid Hero and his Robot Buddy.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has this.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The Bird Man, The Spyder Man.
  • Animesque: Not in terms of art style, but still worth mentioning. This was one of the first Western animated series to deliberately imitate anime tropes—in particular, it was meant to resemble Gigantor.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: Despite the series taking place in the near-future, the city of Baghdad is depicted like this in "The Gigantic Ghastly Genie."
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Frankenstein Jr. isn't a mindless robot, he is intelligent, talkative, cheerful, and seems to really enjoy taunting his opponents.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S":
    • Frankenstein Jr. sports a letter "F" on his chest. The same emblem is also on a few places in Professor Conroy and Buzz's home (and secret lab), and on the front of Buzz's sweater.
    • The Mad Inventor has a large M on the front of his Monstermobile.
  • Captain Ersatz: Frankenstein Jr. is obviously an HB version of Gigantor, incidentally making this possibly one of the first anime-influenced works of Western animation.
  • Caped Mecha: Frankestein Jr. wore a cape, and predates most instances of this visual trope by a good two decades.
  • Character Catchphrase: "Alakazoom!" for Buzz Conroy.
  • Child Prodigy: Buzz is like, 11 years old tops? He's condescendingly called things like "Boy Genius" or "Boy Hero" by many of the villains.
  • Cliffhanger: "The Alien Brain From Outer Space" took up two episodes. Yes, really.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Frankie is pretty versatile, always seeming to have the exact weapon or device required for the situation, from freeze rays and glue guns to dropping a steamroller onto his foes, on top of his Flying Brick powers.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: In an episode, an alien turns several zoo animals into giant beasts, who then go on a rampage in the city.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Ostensibly a show about giant robots, the titular hero also fought telepathic aliens, Godzilla-like monsters, ghosts, and magic.
  • Gentle Giant: Frankenstein Jr., obviously.
  • Humongous Mecha: Again, Frankie obviously. Despite his size, he was often far smaller than the foes he fought (though the latter weren't always machines).
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Frankie or Buzz conveniently turned out to always have exactly the gadget they needed in any situation they ran into.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Frankenstein Jr. was not created by Dr. Frankenstein, and he's much bigger than the original monster (so he doesn't appear "junior").
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: Buzz, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. He uses a ring to activate Frankie, but then uses voice commands and suggestions.
  • The Professor: Buzz's father, Professor Conroy. He rarely plays a major role.
  • Super Hero: Frankie saves the day.
  • Super Robot Genre: a rare Western (and surprisingly early) example.
  • Three Shorts: Frankenstein Jr. was traditionally the middle short between two Impossibles segments.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: When the series was meant to be taking place. Relative to the 1960s, of course.