Saturday, March 4, 2017

Original Production Animation Script from "Fantastic Four - The Way It All Began," 1967

Original production animation script from "Fantastic Four - The Way It All Began," 1967,  Hanna-Barbera Studios; 29 page script signed by Don Messick (voice of Kurrgo and the Skrull Emperor) in black ink; 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 Don Messick's name and signature, the voice of Kurrgo and the Skrull Emperor.

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.

Example script page.

Episode 7 "The Way It All Began" originally aired on September 23, 1967. The plot of the episode is that Reed recalls the time he first met Victor before he became Dr. Doom. Victor was working on a dangerous experiment that, got him expelled from the University, badly altered his face, and caused him to vow revenge on Reed. Ben and Reed became soldiers in WWII, and they along with Susan and Johnny go aboard a rocket for space exploration. During the flight they are transformed and gifted with amazing powers. Dr. Doom confronts the Fantastic Four, tells them about his own origin, and attempts to get his revenge; but ultimately fails.

Example script page.

This is an extremely rare original production animation script from Episode 7: "Fantastic Four - The Way It All Began," 1967. The 29 page script was used and hand signed by Don Messick, the voice of Kurrgo and the Skrull Emperor; 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!