Fred and Barney Meet The Thing (1979)

I was scouring the internet this morning and thanks to Mike Sterling recalled this short lived animated series, only 26 11-minutes episodes were produced, and it was packaged with 7 new episodes of the returning Fred and Barney show.

In the shorts for the Thing, it centered on teenager Benjy Grimm and his exploits with his friends, Betty and Ronald Radford, at Centerville High School. He also had a little sister named Kelly Grimm and his sister was the only one who knew about his secret powers. By touching his two magic rings together and reciting these words, “Thing ring, do your thing!”, he would transform into the Thing. It obviously didn’t have anything to do with the Marvel Comics version of the character other than appearance.
Tell me he didn’t just kill that motorcycle gang!

The Thing was replaced in the next season with the Schmoo…sad times for Benjy Grimm. A big thanks to The Elusive Yeti for uploading that intro over on YouTube!


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4 thoughts on “Fred and Barney Meet The Thing (1979)

  1. I found this Thing show interesting because it did follow the follow the the Thing’s original origin story. what happens in this show is Ben is tired of being the Thing. So, he goes back to his home town where a local scientist has told Ben he has a cure. by using this ray he’s invented he can revert Ben to his younger self, before the incident in space, there by not being the Thing but Benjy . Now this is where it gets interesting! The doc gives him these two rings. by utilizing the rings (mashing them together) he can revert back to the Thing temporarily. I think it ads to the mythos very well. Kind of a Space Ace story before Space Ace.

  2. @Raygunn Now see, I didn’t remember that part of the animated shorts…but as soon as you mentioned that chain of events it started the old computer banks to whirl into life. I vaguely remember that, but I don’t think any of the other Fantastic Four showed up, even in the first episode…am I remembering that right?

    By the way, fantastic site you have there, friend. Really enjoyed that video you shared for the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph movie! :D

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