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This series follows the adventures of Sherman Fangsworth, a teenager who is cursed with the ability to change into a werewolf at the sight of a full moon, even if it is only a picture of one. Together with his friends, they investigate various mysteries and crimes they encounter and find themselves facing dangers that require the power of Sherman's werewolf form as Fang-face to cope. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Producers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears both worked for Hanna-Barbera, but left to form their own animation production company, Ruby-Spears Enterprises. Fangface was the first cartoon series produced under their new banner. See more »
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Fangface! Every 400 years, a baby werewolf is born into the Fangsworth family. And so when the moon shined on little Sherman Fangsworth, he changed into Fangface, a werewolf. Only the sun can change him back to normal. And so little Fangs grew up and teamed up with three daring teenagers: Kim, Biff, and Puggsy. And together they find danger, excitement, and adventure. Who can save the day? Who can wrong the rights, and right the wrongs? None other than Fangface!
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Although this show was obviously inspired by the Scooby-Doo Genre of Teenage-Sleuths-solving-mysteries, it did stand alone in it's own way. One difference is that the Bad Guys weren't people in masks pretending to be ghosts/monsters to scare off those "meddling kids". These Bad Guys were bona fide monsters or super villians. I remember that when Fangs was in his Human form, he and Pugsy brought a Ralph Cramden/Ed Norton relationship to the show (with Pugsy as Ralph and Fangs as Norton). But that would end soon as Fangs saw the Moon. Then Pugsy would always get his comeuppance for treating Fangs so poorly. He never seemed to learn though. It's not good to mess with a kid who turns into a Werewolf.
Frank Welker brought his usual vocal talents to the show. Although he had been over-using his "Dynomutt" voice by this time.
The show's greatest downfall was the introduction of Baby Fangs/Fangpuss. Why Cartoon Producers felt it necessary to introduce a baby version of the main character, I'll never know. It was a failing formula for many shows (ok Scooby-Doo carried on a long time with the annoying Scrappy, but every fan will agree Scrappy was the most hated). In this case, when Fangpuss was introduced, the magic was gone as Fangface now did all of his antics with Fangpuss permanently attached as if by an invisible Umbilical cord. Plus, the Fangs character was almost completely erased as he and Baby Fangs would change into their alter egos early into the episode, and not change back until the very end. Most of the comedy with the first season came with the fact that you never knew when Fangs/Fangface would see the moon/sun and change at the most inconvenient moments.
It's a fondly remembered show. Too bad it never acheived the popularity of Scooby-Doo. I would be very interested to see how a Live Action Feature Film could portray the fun-loving Werewolf, Fangface.
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