Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein (1981)

Along with Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, Toei made two animated movies for Marvel and of all the properties they could have used, they made Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monsters movies. Released here as Monster of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Legend of Terror in 1984, this was based on the Marvel Comic Monster of Frankenstein, which ran 18 issues. In case you wondered, that monster is now in SHIELD’s monstrous version of the Howling Commandos.

Much like so many Japanese cartoons made for kids, this is totally way more violent than our country would be ready for. It starts with the monster falling off a cliff and Dr. Frankenstein trying to keep his family ahead of his crimes and dealing with a blackmail attempt by his assistant, making the doctor paranoid and having non-stop nightmares about the pure evil he has created.

Meanwhile, the blind man from the Universal movies is recast as Dr. Frankenstein’s father, who adopts the creature along with his granddaughter Emily and names him Franken. As for Victor, he wants to shoot the monster at the same time the monster is learning about God, which ends pretty quickly when her mother dies in a fire and Emily blames him.

Have you ever seen a movie — much less an animated movie — where Frankenstein’s Monster has a hole in his hand and related to Jesus, who also has one? Or one that ends with the creature committing suicide at the same time as his creator? And again, let me state, this is a cartoon.

Why not watch it for yourself on YouTube?

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