Ok now, be honest, how many of you had a little happy tear when you read the title of this article?
Hanna-Barbera Productions is an American animation studios which has produced timeless classics more timeless classics than I can name. Tom & Jerry, Johnny Quest, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, The Addams Family and many more!
The studio was formed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, formerly directors from the MGM Studio. They were born during the golden age of American animation as MGM shut down their animation studio, Hanna-Barbera rose from it's ashes.
The production company became super popular with it's Saturday morning cartoons. Their cartoon shorts and series filled this time slot on all major American TV channels at the time. However over time their profits started to fall as they lost this morning slot. The Turner Broadcasting System ended up buying them and so some of us growing up will remember seeing much of their toons in the channel you know as Cartoon Network.
The production company then became Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and it's focus was primarily on producing animation cartoons. From this the Cartoon Cartoons collection of cartoons was born, so this is the age when we start seeing new series and shorts from Dexter's Lab, 2 Stupid Dogs, Cow and Chicken, I am Weasel, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo.
Fantastic homage to Cartoon Cartoons by ~ssgba1380
One of the best things about Hanna-Barbera, that helps to make their work timeless is their unique animation style. There is absolutely no mistaking one of their cartoons. Accompanied by their large library of sound effects, they produced some of the most memorable pieces of animation that extended it's reach well outside America. There were even CD's released with Hanna-Barbera sound effects.
The Ricky Gervais Show, paying homage to their style
After both Hanna and Barbera passed away the studio is nothing more but a name now as they do not produce animations anymore. Although it is the sad end of an era, their legacy and names will certainly never be forgotten as I am certain they have left an impression on generations of children (and adults!) .
So now that I have dragged you all down memory lane, what Hanna-Barbera series were your favourites? Any particular episodes that stood out for you?