Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor
|Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor|
|Written by||David Scott|
|Directed by||William Hanna|
|Voices of||Barry Balkin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18 (36 Mightor segments and 18 Moby Dick segments)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||September 9, 1967 –|
January 6, 1968
Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which ran on CBS from September 9, 1967 to January 6, 1968, airing in reruns until September 6, 1969. Despite Moby's name coming first, he had only one short per half-hour episode, sandwiched between two with Mightor. The same structure was used the previous season for Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles.
One day, while on a hunting trip, a teenage caveman named Tor, along with his winged pet dinosaur Tog, rescue an old man who, as a reward, gives Tor a magical club. When Tor raises his club to the sky, he transforms into the masked and muscular Mightor, a prehistoric superhero who possesses superhuman strength and the power of flight through his club, which can also fire energy blasts. He can also transform Tog into a powerful fire-breathing dragon.
Mightor protects his village from evil-doers. Amongst the villagers are the chief, Pondo, and his daughter, the beautiful red-haired Sheera. Sheera has a younger brother named Little Rok, who loves pretending to be Mightor. The characters have several pets, including Little Rok's dodo, Ork, and Sheera's mammoth calf, Bollo.
Mightor bears a number of similarities to the Marvel superhero, Thor, particularly during the early of run of the latter titular character's series. Both heroes having a secret identity of an ordinary, unassuming man with a superpowered alter ego when possessing a powerful mystical weapon. Their respective names and titles are quite similar as well.
Tor is voiced by Bobby Diamond, while Mightor is voiced by Paul Stewart. Pondo, Tog, Ork, and Bollo are voiced by John Stephenson. Sheera is voiced by Patsy Garrett. Little Rok is voiced by Norma MacMillan.
List of episodes
|1||"The Monster Keeper / The Tiger Men"||September 9, 1967|
|2||"The Serpent Queen / The Bird People"||September 16, 1967|
|3||"The Giant Hunters / Mightor Meets Tyrannor"||September 23, 1967|
|4||"Brutor, the Barbarian / Return of Korg"||September 30, 1967|
|5||"Kragor and the Cavern Creatures / The Tusk People"||October 7, 1967|
|6||"The People Keepers / The Snow Trapper"||October 14, 1967|
|7||"The Vulture Men / The Tree Pygmies"||October 21, 1967|
|8||"The Stone Men / Charr and the Fire People"||October 28, 1967|
|9||"Cult of Cavebearers / Vampire Island"||November 4, 1967|
|10||"Revenge of the Serpent Queen / Attack of the Ice Creatures"||November 11, 1967|
|11||"The Scorpion Men / Rok and His Gang"||November 18, 1967|
|12||"A Big Day for Little Rok / The Sea Slavers"||November 25, 1967|
|13||"Tribe of the Witchmen / The Plant People"||December 2, 1967|
|14||"The Return of the Vulture Men / Battle of the Mountain Monsters"||December 9, 1967|
|15||"Vengeance of the Storm King / The Mightiest Warrior"||December 16, 1967|
|16||"Rok to the Rescue / Dinosaur Island"||December 23, 1967|
|17||"The Missing Village / The Greatest Escape"||December 30, 1967|
|18||"The Battle of the Mightors / Rok and the Golden Rok"||January 6, 1968|
Teenage boys Tom and Tubb are rescued by the great white whale Moby Dick after a shipwreck. Together with their pet seal, Scooby, they face the dangers of the undersea world. Tom is voiced by Bobby Resnick, Tubb is voiced by Barry Balkin, and Moby and Scooby are voiced by Don Messick.
List of episodes
|1||"The Sinister Sea Saucer"||September 9, 1967|
|2||"The Electrofying Shoctopus"||September 16, 1967|
|3||"The Crab Creatures"||September 23, 1967|
|4||"The Sea Monster"||September 30, 1967|
|5||"The Undersea World"||October 7, 1967|
|6||"The Aqua-Bats"||October 14, 1967|
|7||"The Iceberg Monster"||October 21, 1967|
|8||"The Shark Men"||October 28, 1967|
|9||"The Saucers Shells"||November 4, 1967|
|10||"Moraya, the Eel Queen"||November 11, 1967|
|11||"Toadus, Ruler of the Dead Ships"||November 18, 1967|
|12||"The Cereb-Men"||November 25, 1967|
|13||"The Vortex Trap"||December 2, 1967|
|14||"The Sand Creatures"||December 9, 1967|
|15||"The Sea Ark"||December 16, 1967|
|16||"The Shimmering Screen"||December 23, 1967|
|17||"Soodak the Invader"||December 30, 1967|
|18||"The Iguana Men"||January 6, 1968|
- Barry Balkin as Tubb
- Bobby Diamond as Tor
- Patsy Garrett as Sheera
- Don Messick as Moby, Scooby
- Bobby Resnick as Tom
- John Stephenson as Pondo, Tog, Ork, Bollo
- Paul Stewart as Mightor
On July 19, 2011, Warner Archive released Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
Along with other Hanna-Barbera heroes, Mightor and Moby Dick appear in a crossover with a time-traveling Space Ghost during the final six episodes ("The Council of Doom") of the latter's original series.
In 1972, Moby Dick appeared briefly in Yogi's Ark Lark when Captain Noah and Yogi Bear accidentally landed their flying ark on Moby's back.
Characters from Moby Dick later appear in Sealab 2021, Tubb as child actor star "Chubby Cox", and Scooby the seal as "Stinky Pete", whose appearances culminate in his eyes becoming near-demonic, uttering his catchphrase "I'm cha-cha-cha-cha-delicious."
Tom, Tubb, and Scooby the seal appear in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Midnight Zone" with Tom and Tubb voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. Moby Dick is depicted as a submarine piloted by Tom and Tubb. They helped Mystery Incorporated and Cassidy Williams to reach the Midnight Zone (the deepest part of the ocean near Crystal Cove) when World War II robots have been attacking Cassidy Williams.
Mightor and Moby Dick have cameos in the film Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon.
A new incarnation of Mightor appears in the 2016 DC comic book series Future Quest, along with several other characters from Hanna-Barbara's action cartoons. This version is a young black boy of modern times who discovers the original's club and is transformed into a new Mightor, with the boy's pet cat becoming a powerful saber-toothed cat. This Mightor is mentored in his new heroic role by Birdman.
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- List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions
- List of Hanna-Barbera characters
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