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Fantastic Max
Genre Animated
Created by Mike Young
Written by Kristina Luckey
Judy Rothman Rofé
Voices of Ben Ryan Ganger
Nancy Cartwright
Gregg Berger
Elisabeth Harnois
Paul Eiding
Gail Matthius
Benji Gregory
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Running time 22 min. (approx.)
Original channel First-run syndication
Original run September 11, 1988 – February 1, 1990

Fantastic Max is an animated cartoon series created by Mike Young. An American/Welsh co-production, the series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Kalato Ltd in association with S4C. It centers on a diaper-wearing toddler with a mohawk named Max, who has adventures in outer space with two of his toys: FX, a pull string alien doll from a planet called Twinkle-Twinkle and AB Sitter, a C3PO-like android made of blocks.

In the United States, Fantastic Max ran in syndication for two years as part of the weekly Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera program block. The first episode aired on Sunday, September 11, 1988, and the last first-run episode aired on February 1, 1990.





  • Max - (voiced by Ben Ryan Ganger) A baby who was given the abilities of speech and intellect by FX. Max is very brave and adventurous, but his actions often wind him up in trouble. His catchphrase is "Dirty Diapers!" which he exclaims whenever things go wrong.
  • FX - (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) An alien doll with magical powers that can create virtually anything, such as a rocket out of sand which Max uses to travel through space.
  • AB Sitter - (voiced by Gregg Berger) A toy nanny who was brought to life by FX and is often trying hard to keep Max out of danger.
  • Zoe - (voiced by Elisabeth Harnois) Max's older sister who is occasionally dragged into her brother's adventures.
  • Mom and Dad - (voiced by Gail Matthius and Paul Eiding respectively) Max's parents who are completely oblivious to their infant son's true personality.


  • Bronx - a ringmaster. Only appearance was "Monkey See, Monkey Zoo".
  • Goldie - (voiced by Hamilton Camp) A space gypsy. Only appearance was "All in a Babe's Work". His catchphrase was "Goldie the (laughs) Space Gypsy" and gypsy-style music would play in the background. He is even seen with two other space gypsie subordinates - Cosmo and Gar. Gar's name is only mentioned once by Goldie himself and, apart from only having one scene, where he fires Max and the gang with a gypsy gun filled with whipped cream vermicelli and speaks no lines, is only given a mere background appearance, is only seen for quite a while and is given no development whatsoever. Of course, Cosmo and Gar only appear in that one episode never mind Goldie himself.
  • Dumping Jack Trash - a garbage man who always spoke in rhyme. Only appearances in Season 1 were "Back to Twinkle, Twinkle", "Attack of the Cubic Rubes" and "Beach Blanket Baby". He was used to replace Texas Pete from Superted when that cartoon phased out in 1988; thereby, like when older characters are dropped and are usually replaced by new characters, "Beach Blanket Baby" could be the replacement episode in this cartoon for the Superted episode "Superted at the Funfair".
  • XS - FX's mischievous little cousin who first appeared in "Cooking Mother Goose". He appears in "Boo Who"? and "Back to Twinkle Twinkle".
  • Ben (voiced by Benji Gregory) (even though he is a main character, his only appearance in series one was "Carrot Encounters of the Third Kind".) Ben appears in "Ben the Blackmailer" as well.
  • Evil, nasty, bad-tempered, spiteful etc. pirate - Self-explanatory; fortunately his one and only appearance was "Beach Blanket Baby".
  • Pumpernickel - An evil wizard with black hair and a black moustache who tortured the village peasants to pay him to prevent them being torched by the dragon. He had a pet raven (named 'Blackie') who could talk and tried to take over the whole world especially after imprisoning Max and the gang. The only episode featuring him (and Blackie, for that matter) was "Stitches in Time".


Season 1 (1988)

  1. "The Loon in the Moon"
  2. "Toys will be Toys"
  3. "All in a Babe's Work"
  4. "Attack of the Cubic Rubes"
  5. "Monkey See, Monkey Zoo"
  6. "The Big Sleep"
  7. "Cooking Mother's Goose"
  8. "Journey to the Center of my Sister"
  9. "Carrot Encounters of the Third Kind"
  10. "The Baby Who Fell to Earth"
  11. "Beach Blanket Baby"
  12. "Stitches in Time"
  13. "Back to Twinkle, Twinkle"

Season 2 (1989)

  1. "Boo Who?"
  2. "Ben, the Blackmailer" (Dish Network's description lists this episode as "Beh, the Blackmailer")
  3. "Cowboy Max"
  4. "Straight Flush"
  5. "Rats Like Us"
  6. "Grab Bag Rag"
  7. "Movie Star Max"
  8. "To Tell the Tooth"
  9. "Dr Max and Baby Hyde"
  10. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinar"
  11. "A. B. Phone Home"
  12. "Puzzle Puzzle Toil and Trouble"
  13. "Blarney Fife"

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