History Creator / HannaBarbera

11th Mar '17 12:39:40 AM mlsmithca
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After the purchase of the studio by Turner Broadcasting in 1991, the studio was an integral part in the founding of Creator/CartoonNetwork; while its archives (and the MGM and pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library, the post-1948 Looney Tunes coming with the Time Warner acquisition in 1996) filled up the schedule, its studio also became the network's in-house production unit, creating both "Cartoon Network Originals" and other projects (including ''SwatKats'', ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers The New Adventures of Captain Planet]]'' {taking over from Creator/DICEntertainment} for Creator/{{TBS}}, and their final broadcast TV series, ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' on Creator/{{ABC}}). Following the death of Bill Hanna, the corporate culture was essentially split. Cartoon Network programming is handled by Cartoon Network Studios, which was spun out into being it's own entity. While Creator/WarnerBros assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. [[note]] Further projects followed this model for things that aren't Scooby too.[[/note]] One important thing this schism provides confusion on is that the earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna Barbera here as well. Which is true up to this day at marketing from WB and CN.

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After the purchase of the studio by Turner Broadcasting in 1991, the studio was an integral part in the founding of Creator/CartoonNetwork; while its archives (and the MGM and pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library, the post-1948 Looney Tunes coming with the Time Warner acquisition in 1996) filled up the schedule, its studio also became the network's in-house production unit, creating both "Cartoon Network Originals" and other projects (including ''SwatKats'', ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers The New Adventures of Captain Planet]]'' {taking over from Creator/DICEntertainment} for Creator/{{TBS}}, and their final broadcast TV series, ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' on Creator/{{ABC}}). Following the death of Bill Hanna, the corporate culture was essentially split. Cartoon Network programming is handled by Cartoon Network Studios, which was spun out into being it's its own entity. While Creator/WarnerBros assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. [[note]] Further projects followed this model for things that aren't Scooby too.[[/note]] One important thing this schism provides confusion on is that the earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna Barbera here as well. Which is true up to this day at marketing from WB and CN.



* AnimationBump: While their regular TV shows relied heavily on limited animation, the studio would use a more lax schedule and substantial budget for all it was worth when it could get it. Most of their staff from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' migrated over to HB when MGM closed it's cartoon unit, so they were plenty capable of full, classical animation. You mostly see this in their features and one-shot specials. They'd move away from limited stuff entirely by the '90s, after reconstructing their pipeline to allow for outsourcing.
* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of it's huge roster of popular characters. In the early days, characters would sometimes cameo in each other's shows or even passively name-drop them. Then, in the late 70s/early 80s, came a slew of crossover specials, most famously ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' as well as several MassiveMultiplayerCrossover holiday specials, usually led by Yogi Bear. It eventually got to a point where several crossover series were commissioned, including ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. Creator/CartoonNetwork would later do a series of humorous station [=ID=]s in which classic HB character would interact with Cartoon Cartoon stars, as well as character from other CN-owned properties.

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* AnimationBump: While their regular TV shows relied heavily on limited animation, the studio would use a more lax schedule and substantial budget for all it was worth when it could get it. Most of their staff from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' migrated over to HB when MGM closed it's its cartoon unit, so they were plenty capable of full, classical animation. You mostly see this in their features and one-shot specials. They'd move away from limited stuff entirely by the '90s, after reconstructing their pipeline to allow for outsourcing.
* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of it's its huge roster of popular characters. In the early days, characters would sometimes cameo in each other's shows or even passively name-drop them. Then, in the late 70s/early 80s, came a slew of crossover specials, most famously ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' as well as several MassiveMultiplayerCrossover holiday specials, usually led by Yogi Bear. It eventually got to a point where several crossover series were commissioned, including ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. Creator/CartoonNetwork would later do a series of humorous station [=ID=]s in which classic HB character would interact with Cartoon Cartoon stars, as well as character from other CN-owned properties.



* ReusedCharacterDesign: Inevitably, due to the sheer number of shows that the studio produced per-year and their short turn-around time. Some former employees claimed that it got the point that they would simply trace pre-existing model sheets to create new ones. ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' [[LampshadeHanging often joked about this at it's own expense]].

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* ReusedCharacterDesign: Inevitably, due to the sheer number of shows that the studio produced per-year and their short turn-around time. Some former employees claimed that it got the point that they would simply trace pre-existing model sheets to create new ones. ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' [[LampshadeHanging often joked about this at it's its own expense]].
8th Mar '17 12:59:37 AM gjjones
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The partnership of William Hanna (19102001) and Giuseppe "Joseph" Barbera (19112006) began at [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation MGM's animation studio]], where the pair spent almost 20 years directing ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts. After MGM got out of the cartoon business in 1957, Hanna and Barbera founded their own studio, which came to dominate WesternAnimation on television for decades.

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The partnership of William Denby "Bill" Hanna (19102001) and Giuseppe "Joseph" Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera (19112006) began at [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation MGM's animation studio]], where the pair spent almost 20 years directing ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts. After MGM got out of the cartoon business in 1957, Hanna and Barbera founded their own studio, which came to dominate WesternAnimation on television for decades.
1st Feb '17 8:13:52 AM NWolfman
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* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of it's huge roster of popular characters. In the early days, characters would sometimes cameo in each other's shows or even passively name-drop them. Then, in the late 70s/early 80s, came a slew of crossover specials, most famously ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' as well as several MassiveMultiplayerCrossover holiday specials, usually led by Yogi Bear. It eventually got to a point where several crossover series were commissioned, including ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. Creator/CartoonNetwork would later do a series of humorous station IDs in which classic HB character would interact with Cartoon Cartoon stars, as well as character from other CN-owned properties.

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* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of it's huge roster of popular characters. In the early days, characters would sometimes cameo in each other's shows or even passively name-drop them. Then, in the late 70s/early 80s, came a slew of crossover specials, most famously ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' as well as several MassiveMultiplayerCrossover holiday specials, usually led by Yogi Bear. It eventually got to a point where several crossover series were commissioned, including ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. Creator/CartoonNetwork would later do a series of humorous station IDs [=ID=]s in which classic HB character would interact with Cartoon Cartoon stars, as well as character from other CN-owned properties.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Considering all of the list above it is no wonder there are multitudes of them.
1st Feb '17 7:15:45 AM NWolfman
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The partnership of William Hanna (19102001) and Joseph Barbera (19112006) began at [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation MGM's animation studio]], where the pair spent almost 20 years directing ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts. After MGM got out of the cartoon business in 1957, Hanna and Barbera founded their own studio, which came to dominate WesternAnimation on television for decades.

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The partnership of William Hanna (19102001) and Joseph Giuseppe "Joseph" Barbera (19112006) began at [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation MGM's animation studio]], where the pair spent almost 20 years directing ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts. After MGM got out of the cartoon business in 1957, Hanna and Barbera founded their own studio, which came to dominate WesternAnimation on television for decades.
31st Jan '17 5:09:08 AM NWolfman
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* AnimatedAdaptation: The studio made cartoons out of a lot of previously existing sources', from ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' to ''Series/LaverneAndShirley''.
* AnimationBump: While known for their heavy dependance on LimitedAnimation for their TV shows, the studio would use a bigger budget for all it was worth whenever they could get one, often in their feature films. There were a good chunk of workers who migrated from the closed MGM Studio with Hanna and Barbera, these ones never really forgot how to take advantage of a bigger budget when they could. And it showed.
** They moved away from the limited stuff entirely in the late 80s/early 90s, when they started restructuring how they went about physical production with outsourcing and scheduling.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: The studio made cartoons out A staple of a lot of previously existing sources', their later work was adapting everything from ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' to ''Series/LaverneAndShirley''.
''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' into a cartoon.
* AnimationBump: While known for their heavy dependance regular TV shows relied heavily on LimitedAnimation for their TV shows, limited animation, the studio would use a bigger more lax schedule and substantial budget for all it was worth whenever they when it could get one, often it. Most of their staff from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' migrated over to HB when MGM closed it's cartoon unit, so they were plenty capable of full, classical animation. You mostly see this in their feature films. There were a good chunk of workers who migrated from the closed MGM Studio with Hanna features and Barbera, these ones never really forgot how to take advantage of a bigger budget when they could. And it showed.
** They moved
one-shot specials. They'd move away from the limited stuff entirely in by the late 80s/early 90s, when they started restructuring how they went about physical production with outsourcing and scheduling.'90s, after reconstructing their pipeline to allow for outsourcing.
31st Jan '17 5:03:24 AM NWolfman
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* {{Crossover}}: They ''loved'' doing this with their core stable of characters. The first real example specifically would be Yogi's Birthday Party. However even before this the 50s/60s characters would often name drop one another in their segments and interact in bumpers. This practice would swell into future shows that would make even bigger crossovers or plots to make two come together. Major examples would include WesternAnimation/LaffALympics and WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones.

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* {{Crossover}}: They ''loved'' doing this with their core stable {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of it's huge roster of popular characters. The first real example specifically would be Yogi's Birthday Party. However even before this In the 50s/60s early days, characters would often name drop one another sometimes cameo in their segments each other's shows or even passively name-drop them. Then, in the late 70s/early 80s, came a slew of crossover specials, most famously ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' as well as several MassiveMultiplayerCrossover holiday specials, usually led by Yogi Bear. It eventually got to a point where several crossover series were commissioned, including ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. Creator/CartoonNetwork would later do a series of humorous station IDs in which classic HB character would interact in bumpers. This practice would swell into future shows that would make even bigger crossovers or plots to make two come together. Major examples would include WesternAnimation/LaffALympics and WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones.with Cartoon Cartoon stars, as well as character from other CN-owned properties.



** Can be argued for the studio itself, which survived decades thanks to its founders' teamwork, despite the two of them being polar opposites (Hanna was the quiet country type, Barbera was the fast-paced city type) and rarely fraternizing outside of work. Inside the studio the two worked in their own ways and complemented one another's talent to a tee.

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** Can be argued for the The studio itself, which itself survived decades thanks to its founders' teamwork, despite the two of them being polar opposites (Hanna was the quiet country type, Barbera was the fast-paced city type) and rarely fraternizing outside of work. Inside the studio the two worked in their own ways and complemented one another's talent to a tee.



* ReusedCharacterDesign: The studio re-utilized many smaller designs over the years that if one watches enough can easily spot. ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'', is example that [[LampshadeHanging completly thrived on it on purpose.]].

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* ReusedCharacterDesign: The Inevitably, due to the sheer number of shows that the studio re-utilized many smaller designs over the years produced per-year and their short turn-around time. Some former employees claimed that if one watches enough can easily spot. ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'', is example it got the point that they would simply trace pre-existing model sheets to create new ones. ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' [[LampshadeHanging completly thrived on it on purpose.]].often joked about this at it's own expense]].
17th Jan '17 5:26:30 PM mlsmithca
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There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', and are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".

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There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', and are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}.TooGoodToLast. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
17th Jan '17 5:25:57 PM mlsmithca
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[[caption-width-right:350:Joseph Barbera (left) and William Hanna with plushes of some of their many characters and a couple of the Emmys their studio won over the years.[[note]] On Barbera and Hanna's knees, respectively: Fred Flintstone and Dino the dinosaur. Middle, back row, L-R: Wally Gator, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw [=McGraw=]; front row, L-R: Huckleberry Hound, Tom and Jerry, Top Cat.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Joseph Barbera (left) and William Hanna with plushes of some of their many characters and a couple of the Emmys their studio won over the years.[[note]] On Barbera and Hanna's knees, respectively: [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone and Dino the dinosaur. dinosaur]]. Middle, back row, L-R: Wally Gator, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw [=McGraw=]; WesternAnimation/WallyGator, WesternAnimation/YogiBear, WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw; front row, L-R: [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound, Tom and Jerry, Top Cat.Hound]], WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, WesternAnimation/TopCat.[[/note]]]]



There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', and are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example,[[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".

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There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', and are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example,[[Creator/FrederatorStudios example, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
17th Jan '17 5:22:28 PM mlsmithca
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[[caption-width-right:350:Joseph Barbara (left) and William Hanna with plushes of some of their many characters and a couple of the Emmys their studio won over the years.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Joseph Barbara Barbera (left) and William Hanna with plushes of some of their many characters and a couple of the Emmys their studio won over the years.]]
[[note]] On Barbera and Hanna's knees, respectively: Fred Flintstone and Dino the dinosaur. Middle, back row, L-R: Wally Gator, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw [=McGraw=]; front row, L-R: Huckleberry Hound, Tom and Jerry, Top Cat.[[/note]]]]



There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once. (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example,[[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".

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There is also some critical opposition that probably comes as a by-product of producing so many at once. once (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). Though some of their shows get better individual recognition, such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', and are cult classics to this day, while other series, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', are little masterpieces of design and layout. They also showed greater ambition with ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', which (while not perfect) had a lot more time, money put into the animation, although it was sadly {{too good to last}}. In their prime, they never really attracted much critical attention but certainly achieved fame to the greater public. In an example,[[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] has vigorously defended the classic H-B style as having ''saved'' WesternAnimation at a time when the end of animated theatrical shorts meant a [[http://fredseibert.com/tagged/HB%20essay steep decline in budgets]]. Meanwhile Creator/JohnKricfalusi one of the aforementioned critic supporters [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] has a very different stance. Even to the point at one time he spread a false rumor about Hanna and Barbera's thoughts on "Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
30th Dec '16 3:28:45 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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