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Genre Animation
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Written by Norman Maurer
Mark Jones
Cliff Ruby
Alana Lesser
Directed by Rudy Larriva
Voices of Frank Welker
Bart Braverman
Susan Blu
Jerry Dexter
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (Season 1, 1978)
16 (Season 2, 1979-80)
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Producer(s) Jerry Eisenberg
Running time 30 minutes (1978)
15 minutes (1979-80)
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Productions
Distributor Filmways
Original channel ABC
Original run September 9, 1978 – September 27, 1980

Fangface was a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon produced by Ruby-Spears Productions for ABC which aired from September 9, 1978 to September 8, 1979. The executive producers were Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.



Highly derivative of Scooby-Doo (which was also created by Ruby and Spears), Fangface features four teenagers — Kim, Biff, Puggsy and Sherman "Fangs" Fangsworth (Puggsy and Fangs imitating Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall of The Bowery Boys fame [1]) who transforms into a werewolf named Fangface whenever he sees the moon, a picture of the moon, or anything resembling the moon. Fangface has brown fur with tan paws, muzzle, and tail tip. He has one large fang in the middle of his upper jaw, which protrudes over his lower lip. They drive around in their convertible called the Wolf-Buggy [2][3] and catch crooks and solve crimes involving monsters and evil masterminds. Fangs sits in the backseat next to Puggsy, while Fangface rides on Puggsy's shoulders.

Despite the temporary difficulty of Fangface attacking Puggsy, the gang never hesitates to initiate the transformation to take advantage of the werewolf's power to cope with any danger. Indeed, they often refer to Fangface as their "secret weapon", even though very few people are afraid of him. Fangface and Fangs are unaware of each other, but Fangface lives in the moment, so he never seems to question why he's suddenly in a new place, whereas Fangs is always bewildered upon reversion.

Although it is consistently odd, if Fangface ever sees food, or hears a food word like "turkey", he eats Puggsy. Although, he doesn't swallow him whole; he just leaves him trapped in his jaw. The only way to get Puggsy out of Fangface's jaw is for either Biff or Kim to rub Fangface's foot, thereby calming him down and releasing Puggsy.

Another odd coincidence is that whenever Fangface sees his reflection in a mirror, he goes completely wild and only relies on instinct; sometimes with an addition of an order given to him, as demonstrated near the ending of A Heap of Trouble, as well as Dr. Lupiter and the Thing from Jupiter, A Creep from the Deep, and Westward Ho to the UFO.

Even though Fangs and Fangface are completely different in their personalities, they have similarities to one another. Fangs and Fangface both wear an orange hat [4], although the rest of Fangs' clothes disappear, and are friends of Kim, Biff, and Puggsy. Fangs and Fangface also say the phrase "Ooh! Ooh!" (the trademark exclamation of Joe E. Ross) before expressing an idea, as heard in the episode The Evil Design Of Vulture-Man's Mind.

Another interesting occurrence are the barrage of invented words that the character Puggsy says, such as 'scramify' and 'rescuefy' in the episode The Ill-Will Of Dr. Chill, which can be heard throughout the entire series.

In the episode Don't Abra When You Cadabra, it is revealed that Fangs has an uncle named Arnie (rumored to be possibly Baby Fang's father) and that he runs a video arcade called Arnie's Arcade.

The opening title narration, voiced by John Stephenson [5], for each episode consists of the following:

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!

Sixteen 30-minute episodes of Fangface were produced for the 1978 season from 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Fangface and Fangpuss

In 1979, the second season titled Fangface and Fangpuss aired as a segment on The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and introduced a new character: Baby Fangs, Fangs' infant cousin who turns into a baby werewolf called Fangpuss (which contradicts the opening narration stating that only one werewolf is born into the family every 400 years, but, of course, that werewolf could be born through another family which may be married to the Fangsworth family). When Fangs saw Fangpuss, he was afraid of him. The show remained in the same mystery-adventure style as the first season, but episodes were now shortened to 15-minute segments. Sixteen episodes of Fangface and Fangpuss were produced for the 1979-80 season.

The episodes The Creepy Goon from the Spooky Lagoon and Dr. Lupiter and the Thing from Jupiter are the only season two episodes in which Baby Fangs/Fangpuss did not make an appearance.

Fangface and Fangpuss ran from September 22, 1979 to September 27, 1980; it then became a separate series in 1981 and, like the original Fangface, ran for just one season. After this series, Fangface and company faded into obscurity until reruns began to air on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.


Season 1 (1978, Fangface)

  1. A Heap of Trouble (September 9, 1978) -
  2. A Creep from the Deep (September 16, 1978) -
  3. The Shocking Creature Feature (September 23, 1978) -
  4. Westward Ho to the UFO (September 30, 1978) -
  5. The Great Ape Escape (October 7, 1978) -
  6. Dinosaur Daze (October 14, 1978) -
  7. Don't Abra When You Cadabra (October 21, 1978) -
  8. Space Monster Mishap (October 28, 1978) -
  9. The Invisible Menace Mix-up (November 4, 1978) -
  10. The Cuckoo Carnival Calamity (November 11, 1978) -
  11. Begone, You Amazon (November 18, 1978) -
  12. Snow Job Jitters (November 25, 1978) -
  13. The Goofy Gargoyle Goof-Up (December 2, 1978) -
  14. A Toothy Shark is No Lark (December 9, 1978) -
  15. Where's the Wolf That's the Werewolf? (December 16, 1978) - A werewolf is stealing the animals in the Jungle Safari Park and Fangface is to blame. What they don't know is that a staff member named Zorlaff is stealing the animals using a special potion in order to create a potion that will turn him into different animals.
  16. Don't Get Mean with the Cobra Queen (December 23, 1978) - Cobra Queen sends her giant cobra to abduct Gloria Vanderfeller in order to claim her fortune.

Season 2 (1979-80, Fangface and Fangpuss)

  1. There is Nothing Worse Than a Stony Curse (September 22, 1979) - The evil Mara possesses an amulet that gives her the appearance and powers of Medusa. She uses her powers to turn the top scientists to stone and auction them off to the highest bidder.
  2. Evil Guider of the Giant Spider (September 29, 1979) - Upon crashing onto Spider Island and an encounter with a giant spider, the group ends up stumbling upon the lab of Dr. Lazarus Web who plans to use a formula to enlarge the insects and take over the world.
  3. Dr. Lupiter and the Thing from Jupiter (October 6, 1979) - When astronaut Steve West lands on Jupiter, Dr. Lupiter opens a trap door in the shuttle where the gases of Jupiter turn Steve into a molten monster in a plan to tap the Earth's energy supply.
  4. Who Do the Voodoo (October 13, 1979) - Nigel Winslow helps Count Drako escape from prison by using black magic to change Count Drako into a mist monster.
  5. The Creepy Goon from the Spooky Lagoon (October 20, 1979) - Dr. Balckmire has invented a machine that transfer the contents of one's brain to another. The results end up different when he switches the brin contents of a Lagoon Monster with Fangface.
  6. A Scary Affair in the Skullman's Lair (October 27, 1979) - A race of Skullman have kidnapped Professor Ortega and Carmen. They have also shrunken them in a plot to enter a crack in the Earth and retrieve a Skull Coin containing the superpowers of the Skullmen's ancestors.
  7. A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship (November 3, 1979) - Our heroes are transported in time where they stumble upon pirates that plan to rob a Spanish ship.
  8. The Ill-Will of Dr. Chill (November 10, 1979) - Dr. Chill uses a heat ray to melt the polar ice caps. He plans to flood the Earth if his demands aren't met.
  9. The Romantic Plot of the She-Wolf Robot (November 17, 1979) - Countess Zarla creates a robotic she-wolf to seduce Fangface into helping her steal the Maltese Diamond Cat from its museum.
  10. The Sinister Plan of Lizard Man (November 24, 1979) - Lizard Man uses a ray that turns his victims into small reptiles. He uses the device to steal a meteor that will give him enough super-strength to rule the world.
  11. Royal Trouble with the King's Double (December 1, 1979) - Count Basil kidnaps King Rudolph to prevent his coronation. Seeing as Puggsy resembles the king, he takes his place while the others rescue the real king.
  12. The Stone-Cold Dragon of Gold (December 8, 1979) - A golden dragon statue lies within Hong Kong.
  13. The Evil Design of Vulture-Man's Mind (December 15, 1979) - Vulture-Man is abducting Peruvian natives with his giant condor and is making them his slaves to mind for the precious metals located in Vulture Mountain.
  14. The Defiant Casablanca Giant (December 22, 1979) - Abdul the Giant captures a nuclear physicist named Zatci Hafid and plans to sell him to aliens bent on conquering their galaxy.
  15. The Film Fiasco of Director Disastro (December 29, 1979) - Disastro is an alien director who plans to make a movie called "The Day the Earth Exploded" with special effects that are too real.
  16. A Goofy Bungle in the Filipino Jungle (January 5, 1980) - On the Phillipine Islands, a tribe of Filipino Caveman have been discovered by Zeno who uses his ring to hypnotize them into stealing Professor Batack's invention which can make a man 100 time stronger than normal.


Production credits

  • Executive Producers: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
  • Produced By: Jerry Eisenberg
  • Directed By: Rudy Larriva
  • Story: Norman Maurer, Mark Jones, Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser
  • Story Direction: Cullen Houghtaling, Gary Goldstein, Jan Green
  • Voices: Frank Welker, Bart Braverman, Susan Blu, Jerry Dexter, John Stephenson, Allan Melvin, Michael Rye, Joan Gerber, Larry D. Mann, Hettie Lynne Hurtes, Lewis Bailey, Ted Cassidy
  • Character Design: Jerry Eisenberg
  • Production Design: Lew Ott
  • Layout: Lin Larsen, Alex Ignatiev, Don Morgan, Jim Willoughby, Dave High, George Goode, Kirk Henderson, Phil Phillipson, Gordon Kent, Alan Huck, Gary Hoffman, Joel Seibel
  • Animation Supervision: Ed Solomon
  • Animation: Jim Davis, Ken O'Brien, Daniel De La Vega, Bill Pratt, John Freeman, Virgil Raddatz, John Howley, Bill Reed, John Kimball, Mike Stribling, Frank Nakielski, Bonita Versh, Xenia
  • Assistant Animation Supervision: Bill Exter
  • Assistant Animation: Fred Abranz, Don Parmele, Holly Forsyth, Karen Schultz, Leonard Johnson, John Shook, Merie Keller, Susan Sugita, John C. Lange, Jim Steele, Anneline Liu, Giselle Van Bark, Judy Niver, Kathy Vaslett
  • Background Styling: Eric Semones
  • Background Painted By: Phil Lewis, Michelle Moen, Lorraine Andrina
  • Color Key: Kit Harper
  • Production Supervisor: Natalie Yates
  • Xerox Supervision: Ralph Coffman
  • Ink & Paint Supervision: Laura Craig
  • Checking: Nikki Zelenka, My Bushman, Lisa Lydon, Steve Carr
  • Production Assistant: Jodi Berman
  • Studio Manager: Jeff Cooke
  • Unit Auditor: Henriette Pacile
  • Stock: Sandy Benenati
  • Cel Service: Jerome Stocks, Jim Stocks
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Titles: Robert Schaefer
  • Music: Dean Elliot
  • Supervising Editor: David Spence
  • Sound Editor: Ron Fedel
  • Camera: Take One
  • Laboratory: C.F.I.
  • Sound: Glen Glenn Sound
  • © Copyright 1978 Ruby-Spears Productions
A Ruby-Spears Production
A Company Of Filmways

Merchandising and video releases

In 1979-1980, merchandising for Fangface included:

  • A Parker Brothers board game, titled as "FANGFACE - Parker Brothers' Wacky Werewolf Game" with this subcaption "Rescue Puggsy from Fang Face as you travel with the gang". [6]
  • Two Storybooks:
1. A Heap of Trouble [7] with front cover caption "Fangface versus the Heap in a laugh-filled TV frolic." [8] and back cover caption "It's Fangface to the rescue as a mad scientist menaces a college campus with his monster-making ray machine. Join Fangface and his TV friends, Biff, Kim and Puggsy as they foil the fiendish Dr. Arnos." [9]
COVER PRICE: $1.25 [10]
PUBLISHER: Cinnamon House [11]
PUBLISHER ID: #125 [12]
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Tony Tallarico [13]
YEAR: 1979 [14]
ISBN: 0-448-15890-6 [15]
Published simultaneously in Canada [16]
Printed in the United States of America [17]
2. A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship [18] with front cover caption "Fangface meets Ironmask, a time-traveling pirate, in this laugh-filled TV frolic." [19] and back cover caption "The Fangface gang travels back in time to pirate days to foil the evil plans of Ironmask. Join Fangface, Fangpuss and their TV friends, Puggsy, Kim and Biff in this action packed adventure." [20]
COVER PRICE: $1.25 [21]
PUBLISHER: Tempo Books [22]
PUBLISHER ID: #125 [23]
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Tony Tallarico [24]
YEAR: 1980 [25]
ISBN: 0-448-17172-4 [26]
Published simultaneously in Canada [27]
Printed in the United States of America [28]
  • A 3-reel View-Master 3D Set [29] with the Story Description "Fangface, Puggsy, Biff and Kim are going trout fishing. To save time, Puggsy takes a shortcut through a swamp. Searching for a way out, our gang stumbles on a creepy-looking mansion. Inside, they find themselves prisoners of a crazy scientist who has discovered a way to harness electricity. He has the uncanny ability to change it into an energy creature. Will Fangs and the gang be able to stop the the fiendish villain?" [30] and subcaption "New adventures of the modern werewolf . . . now in 3D!" [31]
Features the episode The Shocking Creature Feature [32]
Contains 21 3D pictures [33]
3 reels of stereo pictures [34]
A READ-ALONG Story Booklet (16 fun pages) [35]
Packet No. K 66 [36]
Mail Order No. 11166 [37]
Printed in U.S.A. [38]
(c) 1980 Ruby-Spears Productions "A Filmways Co." [39]
  • A Fangface 12-inch LP #1107 by Peter Pan Records (1979) [40] with the captions "4 Exciting New, Complete Stories" and "America's #1 TV Show!".
Album Stories:
1. Mirage (Or Freak-Out In the Fun-House) - Story by Arthur Korb [41]
2. Ghost of the High Sierras (Or The Yammering Yo-Yo of Yosemite) - Story by Arthur Korb [42]
3. The Stowaway - Story by Peter Bryant [43]
4. Superfrog - Story by Peter Bryant [44]
  • A Collegeville TV-Comics Halloween costume [45] with box captions "Costume With Mask", "Flame Retarded", "One Only", and the following safety notice: "Fabric complies with U.S. Flammable Fabrics Act. Additionally Treated To Retard Flame. Do Not Wash. Washing Removes Flame Retardancy."
224 SMALL (4-6 yr.)
(c) 1978 Ruby-Spears Productions
"A Filmways Company"
fits child 39" to 44" tall
Collegeville Flag and Manufacturing Company
Collegeville, PA 19426 U.S.A.
By Parisi Industries, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11207
All New Material - Shredded Foam Cellulose Polystyrene
LIC. PA. #143 (PA. - N.Y. - OHIO)
MASS T-104
(c) 1979 Ruby-Spears Productions
"A Filmways Company"

In 1983 and 1986, two Fangface videocassettes were released by Worldvision Home Video:

  • Fangface (1983) contains three episodes:
1. A Heap of Trouble
2. A Creep from the Deep
3. The Shocking Creature Feature
(c) 1983 Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.
  • Fangface: Spooky Spoofs (1986) contains two episodes:
1. The Great Ape Escape
2. Dinosaur Daze
(c) 1986 Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.

The videocassettes are currently out of print, and Fangface has not been released on DVD.

Merchandise Images:


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff: Fangface, Page 412. The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons - 2nd Edition
  2. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Story Booklet - Page 14
  3. ^ Fangface Series Wolf-Buggy Model Sheet
  4. ^ Fangface Introduction
  5. ^ John Stephenson - Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers
  6. ^ Fangface Parker Brothers Board Game Box Front
  7. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Front Cover
  8. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Front Cover
  9. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Back Cover
  10. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Front Cover
  11. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  12. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Spine
  13. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  14. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  15. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  16. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  17. ^ A Heap of Trouble Book Inside Title Page Back
  18. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Front Cover
  19. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Front Cover
  20. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Back Cover
  21. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Front Cover
  22. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  23. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Spine
  24. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  25. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  26. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  27. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  28. ^ A Time-Machine Trip to the Pirate's Ship Book Inside Title Page Back
  29. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Front Cover
  30. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  31. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  32. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Front Cover
  33. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Front Cover
  34. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  35. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  36. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  37. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  38. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  39. ^ Fangface View-Master 3D Set Back Cover
  40. ^ Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
  41. ^ Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
  42. ^ Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
  43. ^ Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
  44. ^ Fangface Peter Pan Record #1107
  45. ^ Collegeville TV-Comics Fangface Costume Box
  46. ^ Fangface Plush Toy

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