Apologies if there is already a thread for this topic (believe me, I searched and searched, but found nothing). Anyone care to share their thoughts on the works of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera? Lately, I've been getting pretty geeky over the cartoons these two produced. For me, the best H-B era was the late 50's-mid 60's. I'm ignoring the fantastic Tom and Jerry theatrical toons, as I feel they deserve to be in a category all their own. The early TV HB cartoons were among their best work: Huckleberry Hound/Pixie & Dixie & Mr. Jinks/Hokey Wolf & Ding-a-Ling Quick Draw McGraw & Baba Looey/Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy/Snooper & Blabber Yogi Bear & Boo Boo/Snagglpuss/Yakky Doodle The Flintstones Top Cat The Jetsons And even though it was a theatrical series, Loopy De Loop. Sure, the animation was minimal, and maybe the writing was hit and miss. But these early shows had something to offer that made them stand out: likable characters. It's difficult for me to hate Huckleberry Hound, Yogi and Boo Boo, Snagglepuss, etc. This was partially due to the writing of the characters, and partially due to the characters' amazing voice actors. Daws Butler, Don Messick, Mel Blanc, etc. truly were among the most talented actors in the business. The simplistic, yet memorable designs of the characters also made them stand out. The Wally Gator/Magilla Gorilla/Peter Potamus/Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel period, while decent, seemed to rely a little too heavily on copying HB's earlier work (though to be fair, the Pixie/Dixie/Jinks cartoons were more or less Tom & Jerry with dialogue). Still, there were a few gems to be found. I can't comment on the action/adventure series of the 60's, as I have yet to watch them. The 70's was easily HB's worst decade. Suddenly, the studio changed from being about making creative, entertaining shows to making profits. Hanna-Barbera were no longer trend setters. Rather, they tried to cash in on whatever was popular at the time (there were tons of space themed shows once Star Wars came out). And once Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? HB produced an awful lot of copycats (Goober and the Ghost Chasers, The Funky Phantom, Jabberjaw, etc.) Not to mention those awful attempts at bringing back the early HB characters (Yogi's Gang, Galaxy Goof-Ups, The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show/Flintstones Comedy Hour, The New Tom and Jerry Show). And then there were the concepts that were just all around bad. Grape Ape, those animated spin-offs of live action sitcoms, Grape Ape, that Popeye reboot, Grape Ape, Casper and the Angels, Grape Ape, The Roman Holidays, Grape Ape, Grape Ape! Still, there were a few bright spots. Hong Kong Phooey may have been one of the best series HB had to offer (even if it was the studio's attempt at jumping on the kung fu bandwagon. Wait Till Your Father Gets Home and the lesser-known Were's Huddles sent the studio back to prime time. Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! expanded on the Yogi Bear concept with decent results. And we can't forget Super Friends. The 80's and early 90's was definitely a hit-and-miss era. More hit-and-miss animated versions of popular sitcoms (The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Little Rascals, Laverne and Shirley in the Army, Mork & Mindy). More reboots of older cartoons (Pink Panther & Sons, Popeye and Son, The Flintstones Comedy Show, The Flintstones Kids). And a lot of Scrappy-Doo! Not to mention questionable concepts, such as the Pac-Man cartoons (yes, Pac-Man had a cartoon). But as with the 70's, there were some gems. Yogi's Treasure Hunt, one of many HB all-star crossover series benefited from having people like John Lundin, Earl Kress, and future Tiny Toons/Animaniacs producer Tom Ruegger in the writers' room. When watching Treasure Hunt, one gets the feeling that the writers really loved the old HB characters, and were eager to write for them. But they also got a kick out of poking fun at those characters' clichés (for instance, in one episode, Boo Boo actually asks Yogi why he always talks in rhyme; Yogi sort of gives him an answer - "I only talk this way when I'm in the mood. And now I'm in the mood for food!"). Ruegger would later use this formula on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The last season and a half of Treasure Hunt is particularly enjoyable, as episode story lines and jokes tended to be more off-the-wall. One easily sense an early version of the 90s WB era style of writing in these episodes. Not to mention the fact that the animators littered the later episodes with cameos by some of the most obscure HB characters. The late 80's brought a series of TV movies (the Superstars 10). These flicks are a mixed bag, some enjoyable (The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound [Tom Ruegger and John Lundin wrote this one as well], The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats), and some rather bad ones (the Yogi and Scooby movies). When watching these movies, one gets the feeling that the writers (and H & B) struggled to develop a decent story idea into a full 90 minute movie. Many of these movies tend to drag, and are littered with padding. Still, they mark the end of an era. These were among the last projects Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, and George O'Hanlon worked on. The early 90's brought about a smaller number of cartoons than the previous two decades. Notable series included The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda and a few more attempts at bringing back the older HB characters (Tom & Jerry Kids, Droopy, Master Detective, Fender Bender 500, Yo Yogi!). Yes, trying to make Yogi Bear and co. 'hip' was a dumb idea. But to me, that was the show's only major flaw. The writing was actually decent at times (old reliable favorites like Earl Kress were still on board). And as with Treasure Hunt, Yo, Yogi! featured tons of old HB characters in cameos (I never thought I'd see Wee Willie or Granny Sweet in a post-50's/60's cartoon). There were also a few decent Flintstones TV movies out at the time, but that mediocre live action movie followed shortly thereafter. Before moving to Cartoon Network, HB's last shows included an animated version of Dumb and Dumber (featuring pre-SpongeBob Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke), and the Ren and Stimpy knock-off 2 Stupid Dogs (also notable for reviving Secret Squirrel). The early CN era (if you consider those cartoons HB shows) brought about a Renaissance period of sorts. Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls - all great cartoons. Phew! That took a lot out of me. Yeah.... thoughts?