Characters: Every member of The Fantastic Four had an intense distrust of the obvious. If a dinosaur was wrecking the city, it might have taken them several minutes of discussion just to agree on what they're looking at. They also narrated every action as they performed it, but I assume this was for the benefit of the blind viewers. The animators probably figured children were cutting out their own eyes in a misguided attempt at turning their little brothers into the Invisible Girl. Nothing would surprise me. We all assume everyone else is dumber than us, and when your brain is capable of making something this fucking dumb, your perception of everyone else has got to be impossibly nuts.Theme Song: This show's theme song was just a narrator shouting "The New Fantastic Four!" and his excitement seemed a little dishonest. "The New Fantastic Four" wasn't an action program. It was a psychological thriller about three dipshits in a flying bathtub trying to say something nonsensical enough to make their robot's brain explode.
Every action cartoon made by Hanna Barbera is a bizarre mix of failure and awesome. Let's just take a look at an actual scene from their version of Fantastic Four:Characters: The Fantastic Four are all astronauts. One of them is the smartest scientist on Earth, and their main enemy's only ability is being an evil genius. And yet every single character on this show is medically retarded. It works for them, though. Like in all Hanna Barbera cartoons, their universe is governed by stupidity and unlogic. For example, in one space battle, the Invisible Girl stops a group of aliens by turning them invisible. Now normally your enemy might say, "Weird, but thanks!" Instead the aliens freeze in place and cry, "How can we walk if we cannot even see our own feet!?" That's obviously stupid, but it's even stupider since it came from the same people who write the character who turns invisible-- they basically made the rules on what invisible people can and can't do, and they already decided that goddamn invisible people can walk. Maybe I'm being too hard on them. This show was obviously written long before pregnant women knew the dangers of thermometer eating contests.
Theme Song: In an unshocking display of laziness, the Fantastic Four theme is about 3 notes away from the same background music used in every Hanna Barbera show at the time. If they thought they could have gotten away with it, Hanna and Barbera would have farted onto microphones and kept the ten dollars they paid their tuba player.
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