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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Original Production Animation Script from "Fantastic Four - Three Predictions of Dr. Doom," 1967


Original production animation script from "Fantastic Four - Three Predictions of Dr. Doom," 1967,  Hanna-Barbera Studios; 25 page script for Paul Frees (The Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm); Size - Sheets: 11 x 8 1/2"; Unframed.

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Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. was an American animation studio that was founded in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (the creators of Tom and Jerry), and live-action director George Sidney. It is considered the very first animation studio to successfully produce animated cartoons made exclusively for television. The Hanna-Barbera Studio created cartoon shows for over 30 years including: Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo, and The Smurfs. William Hanna and Joe Barbera won seven Academy Awards, eight Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were also inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1993.


Close up of Paul Frees's name, the voice of The Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm.


Example script page.

"Fantastic Four" was an animated cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and it was the first animated series based on Marvel's comic book of the same name. The series, featured character designs by the great cartoonist Alex Toth, and the show aired on ABC from 1967 to 1970. "Fantastic Four" lasted for 20 episodes (each episode was 22 minutes long), with repeat episodes airing on ABC until the network eventually cancelled the program. The show was also rerun as part of the continuing series "Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure." The recurring voice actors for "Fantastic Four" were:

Paul Frees - The Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm, Uatu the Watcher, Additional Voices
Jac Flounders - Human Torch/Johnny Storm
Gerald Mohr - Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards
Jo Ann Pflug - Invisible Girl/Susan Storm Richards


Example script page.

Episode 6 "Three Predictions of Dr. Doom" originally aired on October 28, 1967. The plot of the episode is that the Fantastic Four's arch villain Dr. Doom, seeks revenge. He begins his plans by capturing Susan Storm, and the other members soon manage to locate and enter Doom's flying fortress. But The Thing is turned back into Ben, and the other three members of the team become trapped. Ben manages to turn himself back into the Thing, frees the others, and they chase Dr. Doom. After a struggle through the dangerous complex of Doom's fortress, they manage to abort Dr. Doom's global destruction plans.


Example script page.

This is an extremely rare original production animation script from Episode 6: "Fantastic Four - Three Predictions of Dr. Doom," 1967. The 25 page script was used by Paul Frees the voice of The Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm, and there are various notes regarding his dialog throughout the pages. This is a wonderful piece of animation art history and a great addition to any collection!