The Shrine to Hanna~Barbera

Welcome to the Hanna-Barberian Shrine. In the shrine, you'll find find all sorts of things in honor of the all time greatest cartoon producer, Hanna-Barbera. You'll also find a brief section about what Hanna-Barbera means to me. This is an interactive shrine, so all you HB-heads out there can send me anything praising Hanna-Barbera via e-mail, and I'll post it in the shrine. So, please take off your shoes:) You're now entering the shrine.

As you may or may not already have known, Hanna-Barbera has been bought by Warner-Bros. If you watched the new Scooby Doo movie they just came out with, perhaps you saw "Hanna-Barbera in association with Warner Bros." in the opening credits. Though this isn't quite damaging to HB itself, we all want HB to be able to get back on its feet. The original animators didn't do the new Scooby Movie, and the animators who did make the movie, in my opinion, did a less than adequate job. Don't get me wrong, the story itself was a rather good one, but the voices and animation weren't as close as I'd like them to be. And at least more people in the world are now aware that Scooby Doo is still alive and kicking. Tell me what you think about the new movie by e-mailing me from the link in the above section.

The Many Cartoon Wonders
of H~B.
Here it is gang. A chronicle of some of Hanna~Barbera's greatest masterpieces, complete with graphics and history. Can't find your favorite? Send me an e-mail of your favorite H~B cartoon and any pictures you might have and I'll gladly put them in. So go deeper into the shrine and be amazed.....
The Flintstones is probably one of the most well known Hanna~Barbera cartoons, and one of the longest running cartoons of all time. It premiered in 1960 as a primetime cartoon/comedy/grown-up oriented show. In the beginning of the show, the creators didn't really think that the show would appeal to children. It did, though, and, despite many critics forseeing the show to be a flop, it turned out to be one of the biggest successes in cartoon history, running thorugh the 60's in original episodes and appearing throughout the decades and into the 90's in many different forms. The show presented the life of the typical working-man in the 50's and 60's with the stone-age twist. Based on the Honeymooners series, the show revolved around the daily lives of Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, Dino, Barney, Betty,and Bam-Bam (also, occasionally, the Rubbles' pet, Hopperoo) with many minor characters too. The voices of the minor characters, including many of the appliances, were supplied by Don Messick. A little known fact, the Flintstones was the first major cartoon series to have a baby being born by pregnancy, as is the case with Wilma and Pebbles.
Also wothry of note is The Archie Show which began in 1968. The show ran thoughout the 70's under various names. The show itself involved a group of teenagers composed of Archie Andrews, Reggie, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones. The group is probably best remebered for their 1969 hit single Sugar, Sugar. The show was created and produced by Halmark Entertainment. (I know, I know, they weren't from H~B, but that song is too groovy to go without notice).
And then there are the Banana Splits. This was one of Hanna~Barbera's experiment with live action cartoons. Started in 1968, each episode had Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky singing as a group. The show also featured other secondary cartoons, both live action and animated (The Three Muskiteers, Adventure Island, etc.) And, of course, the costumes were from the minds of Sid and Marty Krofft.
Josie and the Pussycats premiered in 1970 and ran until 1976. The group was the female trio who travled all over the world playing at gigs Alexander (Alexander Cabot III to be exact), their manager, booked for them. Josie, Valerie, and Melody were the stars. A song from the group was played during each chase scene. Alexandra, Alexanders sister, would always try to brake up Josie and Alan, but her plans would always backfire.
The Jetsons premiered in 1962, during the Flinstones' rise to fame. The original episodes themselves ran until 1964, but during the 80's, when many H~B cartoones were being recreated, new episodes of the Jetsons were added. Like the Flintstones, the show revolved around a working-man's family, except now it was set in the future. The show revolved around the daily lives of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson and their pets Astro, and, later, Orbity. A few fast facts, Georger worked at Spacely Sprockets and his boss was Cosmo Spacely.
Hong Kong Phooey began production in 1974. The show revolved around the crime fighting exploits of Hong Kong Phooey, secretly Penry the mild manner janitor. While working as a janitor, Penry works in the office of Sgt. Flint and Rosemary the telephone operator. Always consulting the Hong Kong Kung Fu Book, Hong Kong Phooey never actually captured the criminals. This was usually done by his pet cat, Spot.
And of course, saving best for last, your favorite and mine, Scooby Doo. The series actually started production in 1968, but first premiered in 1969. The original episodes, which were by far the best, portrayed the the crime solving gang of teenagers, Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake (whose rich father supplied Mysteries, Inc. with most of it's money), Velma Dinkly (Velma, not Thelma, but don't worry it's a common mistake), Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and Scooby Doo, the Great Dane. The gang rode from mystery to mystery in the Mystery Machine. Originally Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, the cartoon is right up there with the Flintstones as one of the longest running cartoons, and by far, one of the most popular.
During the 50's and 60's, Hanna-Barbera created several unique characters which have lasted through the decades. One of them is Snagglepuss, the mountain lion who actually debuted in an episode of Auggie Doggy and Doggy Daddy, a series which had already been running for a time. In this episode, Snagglepuss was orange rather than pink. Hanna~Barbera
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obviously liked the character, because afterwards, having changed his color to pink and adding a collar, he appeared in several of his own episodes. Also, he appeared later on in collective cartoon shows like The Laughalympics and Yogi's Treasure Hunt. In the episode this picture was taken from, a hunter and his dog hunt Snagglespuss, and Snagglespuss tries to tempt the dog with dog treats (possibly precursors to Scooby Snacks?).
Touché, a moss-green hard-shelled terrapin, is the main star in this dashing classic cartoon show.  He wears a flipped-up white buccaneer's hat with a red rakish feather, and uses a fencer's zigzag sword.  His loyal partner-in-crime is Dum-Dum, a large wooly white English sheephound dog having black flappy ears; he
sports a red porkpie hat having a black rim and a puffy bright gold fleece plume, wears a red long scarf loosely around his neck (worn like a necktie), and also brandishes a sword.
Each episode starts off with Touché popping forth from inside his shell (which sounds like a man walking up the stairs)-he then gets a phone call from someone who's in dire straits (his phone usually rests upon a sterling silver plate-he "accepts all major credit cards"). Thus-he and Dum-Dum go off into the crime
scene and do their 'shtick', which may involve
swordplay, box-fighting, martial arts, tom-foolery, work with pyrotechnics/explosives, ...and so on.
The original show of 52 episodes first aired on TV between September, 1962, and September, 1964.  They've appeared together in only a handful of 1960s-early 1970s H-B comic books, and both also showed up on Hanna-Barbera's 50th anniversary special in 1988 (you may find that on video).  I do hope that Hanna-Barbera
plans to do a newly-updated *Touché Turtle & Dum-Dum* cartoon show with brand-new episodes; a *TT&DD* movie would also be very fine!  Dum-Dum is my all-time fave H-B toon star-if/when this classic gets renewed and updated, I'd go try for the *Dum-Dum* role myself!! If any of you toon fans have *never* seen this all-time classic, I'd highly recommend going to either the *E-Bay* or *Wingnut* website-to see about getting a-hold of some VHS cassettes _or_ DVDs featuring this modern-age swashbuckling duo!  A very good alternative
to *Batman & Robin*!

- Picture and description c/o Rob Wheelock
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All graphics Copyright 1998 Hanna~Barbera Prod. except The Archies, Copyright 1998 Halmark Entertainment.