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Re-Animations: The Mini-Munsters (1973)

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Re-Animations: The Mini-Munsters (1973)

The Mini-Monsters Still Art 1In spite of learning the depressing outcome Bryan Fuller’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, which NBC will not be picking up as a series, I was pretty excited to learn that a Munsters cartoon exists. Unlike their creepy counterparts, The Addams Family, who have had many animated incarnations over the years, The Munsters never seemed to make the same impact.

While The Mini-Munsters may not have been an actual series, it did appear on Saturday Morning as part of ABC’s Saturday Superstar Movie program and was intended to kick-off a series. The premise of the one-hour special centers mostly around a teenage Eddie and his two cousins, Igor and Lucretia, who come from an unexpected visit. Together the trio forms a band (who didn’t in the 70s?) which sort of sparks the rest of the ragtag story involving the ghost of a funeral director who owned their iconic Munster Koach hearse, gangsters and music-fueled engines.

The Mini-Monsters Still Art 2Unfortunately, this cartoon is so obscure that hardly any trace of it remains aside from a few still frames online. In fact, I was unable to find any actual footage of it anywhere which is a shame because considered how outlandishly far out the plot was I bet it had some pretty funny moments… or not. I guess, much like Mockingbird Lane, we’ll never know.

[Still images courtesy MarkyMunster.com]

UPDATE 4/22/2014: Thanks to strange kid, David Bell, we’ve got a look at the full Mini-Munsters special online via YouTuber Vinnie Rattolle. Thanks for the tip David!

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  • Vinnie Rattolle

    Someone unearthed a copy of the “Mini-Munsters” pilot, so I put it on YouTube. Produced by Fred Calvert (the guy who’s blamed for destroying “The Thief and the Cobbler”), it makes the ’70s “Addams Family” cartoon series look like a brilliant Shakespearean masterpiece.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzgBaZCJk3w

    • Rondal

      Thanks for sharing this, Vinnie. It may be bad, but it feels so good to finally see it!

      • Vinnie Rattolle

        My reaction was the pretty much the same — I’ve been looking for a copy since I found out about it 15 years ago, and somebody on a torrent site finally filled my request. But now that I’ve seen it, it’s SO obvious why it never became a series (and I thought “Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet The Groovie Goolies” was bad)!