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Hanna-Barbera

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mo Frackle, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Straight from Frank Welker's mouth from a Bot-Con panel...

    Scooby-Doo Meets KISS.

    Surprised that one didn't happen sooner, actually.
     
  2. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    If there's one H-B show I would love to see a reboot of, it's Wildfire. It's a cartoon aimed at girls with a lot of the same stuff girls would like (magical kingdoms, princesses, candy-colored horses that inexplicably talk, etc.), but it avoids being saccharine like so many others of its kind and has a very strong female lead in the form of Princess Sara. In short, it's a more hardcore version of the original MLP cartoon that totally fell under the cracks in its own time.

    Warner Bros. has yet to re-air Wildfire or put it on home video or legal streaming or anything, but all 13 episodes are available on YouTube, so watch 'em while you can! :)

     
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  3. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

  4. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Hey! I saw baby Craig McCracken.
     
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  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I love Pixie & Dixie!

    Both of them are wicked cute!

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    yes !I loved wild fire I will go to youtube and watch later
     
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You know how I mentioned Scooby-Doo meeting KISS and how it didn't happen sooner? I TOTALLY forgot the What's New Scooby-Doo Halloween special, where they were somehow the featured performers at a town's Halloween party.

    That said, I caught the movie on CN a few months back. It's what you'd expect. It has an air of purpose campiness to it, as expected. It's actually quite fun, but I wouldn't buy the video.
     
  8. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Speaking of Scooby, in a latter day interview, Joe Barbera mentioned an idea for a Scooby movie he had - "Scooby-Doo at Zombie Woodstock," or something like that. Still a man of crazy ideas after all of those years.

    Incidentally, Hanna Barbera Cartoons are listed in the Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures (or 1001 Things You Love to Hate). I didn't even know this thing existed. May have to pick up a copy some day.

    Anyway, I think that's exactly what HB's work is to most of us fans - guilty pleasures.
     
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I find most of HB's stuff to be high enough in quality and fun that they don't need to be guilty pleasures. Barring most of their 70's stuff, of course.

    Think about it. The Flintstones could have been written off as a theft of intellectual property from Honeymooners, but the show instead managed to make a rich world for itself and surpass the early sitcom multiple times over. The Jetsons managed to make an early satire of the technology paradox in which things get easier, but they're still pretty messed up. Or as Lord Helmet in Spaceballs was one to remark "Even in the future nothing works."

    Sure, the early 60's was when they had a galaxy of wacky celebrity voice sounding animal series, some with very similar plots. But there's at least some art to them. And let's not forget that their action shows shows like Space Ghost were the reason that ACT wound up forming. Not a good thing necessarily, but certainly a huge movement like that coming out of their shows only proves how powerful they were in that decade.

    Now, it's essentially just for Scooby, Tom and Jerry and marketing. Old shows that only nostalgic cartoon viewers have heard of still manage to pop up as the occasional vinyl figure. That's huge. You can't even find Looney Tunes stuff on a regular basis.
     
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  10. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Just rewatched a few of the late 80s Superstars 10 TV movies. Boy, do they have a tendancy to drag. Each runs about 90 minutes without commercials. I feel as though the writers had decent enough ideas for these movies, but struggled at stretching everything out to fit the running time. The best of the lot is easily "The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound," a hilarious Western parody cowritten by John Ludin and future "Animaniacs" producer Tom Rueger.
     
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There's no greater evidence to that than "Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf." The main story doesn't seem like it could fit a standard Scooby-Doo episode slot, so it somehow turns into a road race. And I swear it did because they had a Wacky Races "movie" concept and partially written script that wasn't considered strong enough for a full 90 minute telefilm. And even then the road race drags into filler. Repetitive monster puns about the cars overtaking each other make up the last over a half hour of the film, and it gets tiresome after the third time.

    It's not a bad film, just one that should have been a half hour shorter.
     
  12. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    You know, it would be interesting if the upcoming Flintstones and Jetsons films (and I'll throw in the Scooby-Doo film for good measure) would go the round of The Peanuts Movie and translate that flat, limited animation style of the original cartoons into CG. It may be more difficult, but it would certainly give it a unique look compared to everything else out there.
     
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  13. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Are those still coming out? Or are they trapped in the "rumored" category?
     
  14. Muppy

    Muppy Well-Known Member

    I really hope they are still coming out, but I haven't heard anything about them in a while. :sympathy:
     
  15. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the HB 50th Anniversary (a.k.a. "Yabba Dabba Doo!")? It features a ton of cross over sequences with the various HB characters, including some of the cartoon pairs performing the "Teamwork" song from "Road to Hong Kong." Behind the scenes footage of "Jetsons the Movie" is also shown. Clips were on YT for some time, but have since been taken down.

    Some other crossover moments:









     
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  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    (Slaps self on forehead)...

    Just realized, I should've posted those Japanese Flintstones ads here. For the benefit of those who haven't seen them in the other thread they're posted in, I post the link to that post.

    Anyway, here's the last one I could find, though incomplete and short...



    It comes in about 18 seconds in, and actually makes them look good.

    Now, all I want to know is why these happened and what the deal was between the Japanese banking company and American Hanna Barbera was. And also how HB reacted to the...very off model, very 1980's Japanese animation.

    Strangely I can't find any clips of the actual Flintstones in Japanese to compare voices that one time Fred talks in one of those, nor can I find their version of the theme song.
     
  18. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    A few months late, but...
    http://www.slashfilm.com/hanna-barbera-cinematic-universe/

    Interesting for sure. But there's not a whole lot that can be said unless further info develops. Still, I'd be thrilled if the classic HB characters were (properly) brought back.

    Then of course there's this. Not exactly in love with giving everyone super DC designs, but I get what they're going for. And even though I never really got into HB's action-adventure shows, that crossover series with Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Birdman, et al looks pretty kick butt!

    http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2016/0...-and-more-are-getting-comic-book-reimaginings
     
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  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I think I saw this a couple of months ago but must've forgotten this thread existed. But that's really cool, I can't wait to see them finally revive some of their properties that aren't Scooby Doo or Tom and Jerry or some terrible live action reboot with CGI animals like that 'Yogi Bear' movie.
     
  20. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Indeed. These properties deserve to be introduced to a new generation in a proper manner. Though I don't know how The Jetsons and its satire on an optimistic future full of amazing technologies would work today seeing how many of the tech in that show (video phones, flatscreen TVs, smart watches, etc.) came true.
     


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