Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Thing meets Bigfoot (1979)

While folks are still trying to verify the existence of Bigfoot, the concept of such a creature would seem to be in the public domain, such that just about anyone could use him in a story.

Hanna-Barbera's 1st attempt had Bigfoot meeting The Thing in this 1979 short.



Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't some of the instrumental music sound like it was recycled from Super Friends over on ABC? It would've been even better if the Yancy Street Gang, used here as a reincarnation of the Bronto Bunch from Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm 8 years earlier, had stayed out of this story.

Rating: C.

8 comments:

Austin Schivera said...
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hobbyfan said...

Hanna-Barbera recycled a lot of their incidental instrumentals in order to save money. In fact, musical director Hoyt Curtin recycled some pieces himself for the syndicated Battle of the Planets, which wasn't a H-B effort, bur rather Sandy Frank, who imported "Gatchaman" from Japan.

magicdog said...

HB definitely wanted to get their money's worth on Curtain's JQ score. It was used for the rest of the 60s and part of the 70s adventure toons. It turned up in everything from The Flintstones to Scooby Doo to Josie & The Pussycats!

What bugged me about this short (in hindsight) is how Benji keeps acting like a teen even though he was supposed to have been the adult Ben Grimm when he finds the Thing Ring. He may have been forced to have his human form as a teen but he was still supposed to be an adult mentally. He would have been so over the "people can't love me because of the orange rock" phase.

hobbyfan said...

Bad writing. Don't you just hate it?

Austin Schivera said...
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hobbyfan said...

I have sympathy for the disabled who have handwriting issues. I have a pen-pal in LI who's developmentally disabled, over 40, and won't help himself improve his writing skills.

Austin Schivera said...
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hobbyfan said...

And you're forgiven.