Peter Pan Records’ final vinyl venture into Saturday Morning cartoons was, ironically, based on the first series by Ruby-Spears Productions.
FANGFACE – America’s #1 TV Show!
4 Exciting, New Complete Stories
Peter Pan Records #1107 (12” 33 1/3 RPM LP / Stereo)
Released in 1979. Producer: Arthur Korb. Cast Includes: Bob Kalaban. Writers: Arthur Korb, Peter Bryant. Running Time: 36 minutes.
Stories: “Mirage (or Freak-Out in the Fun-House),” “Ghost of the High Sierras (or The Yammering Yo-Yo of Yosemite),” “The Stowaway,” “Superfrog.”
In September 1978, Saturday Morning TV fans who kept track of the end credits of their favorite shows were excited to watch a show by a “new company,” Ruby-Spears Productions. It was not surprising that the fledgling series about was similar in tone to Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo, as numerous shows attempted to duplicate its success. What made Fangface unique was that the heads of the new company created Scooby and his pals.
Joe Ruby and Ken Spears were originally film editors and then writers at H-B who developed series and characters during the late ’60s. The two of them chronicle Scooby’s creation on their website, and tell the story of their careers on two episodes of “Stu’s Show” available on the archives at stusshow.com (programs #276, 5/2/12 and #305, 1/16/13).
Episode #16, “Don’t Get Mean with The Cobra Queen” (December 12, 1978)
The actors are not credited on the record, but among the cast is veteran actor Bob Kalaban, star of the Saturday morning series Drawing Power, frequent voice on Schoolhouse Rock and famed rowboat captain of the Tidy-Bowl commercials. The LP producer was Arthur Korb, who made dozens of records for Peter Pan and the Power superhero line. He also co-wrote the songs in the feature Pinocchio in Outer Space and the book “How to Write Songs that Sell.”
In addition to the Ruby-Spears copyright visible on the album cover, its parent company, Filmways, is listed with its logo. Filmways was the maker of such TV comedies as The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres (“This has been a Filmways presentation, dahling”) and had moved into features and distribution by this point.