History Creator / HannaBarbera

12th Nov '17 10:08:55 AM Glowsquid
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* MerchandiseDriven: Some of their 80's shows such as ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'' and ''WesternAnimation/SkyCommanders''.
7th Nov '17 2:18:22 PM NWolfman
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* "How Long's A Tear Take To Dry" AnimatedMusicVideo for Music/TheBeautifulSouth
10th Oct '17 1:37:14 AM C2
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In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna-Barbera and its library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and the HB shows merged with the predecessor shorts Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library. Under the new age, everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold, and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However, as the channel grew, so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna-Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in the hopes of becoming new original shows. The experiment proved successful; while other Hanna-Barbera productions were still being produced, the amount dwindled as more Cartoon Network Originals were added to the pipeline.

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In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna-Barbera and its library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and the HB shows merged with the predecessor shorts Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library. Under the new age, everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold, and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However, as the channel grew, so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna-Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in the hopes of becoming new original shows. The experiment proved successful; while other Hanna-Barbera productions were still being produced, the amount dwindled as more Cartoon Network Originals Cartoons were added to the pipeline.
10th Oct '17 1:36:45 AM C2
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In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna Barbera and its library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and also reunited the HB shows with the predecessors Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library. Under the new age, everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However, as the channel grew so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in hopes of becoming a new original show. The experiment proved successful but also during this same time while other Hanna Barbera productions were still being produced, they became less and less as more Cartoon Network Originals were added to the pipeline.

During that time in 1996 the Time Warner deal was struck merging Turner with Warner Bros. This brought a few things back to the HB library that had been in the hands of Warner Bros as well as reunited the the post-1948 Looney Tunes with the rest of their library. From this point Hanna Barbera was slowly merged into Warner Bros Animation. Just before the then-imminent death of Bill Hanna, Cartoon Network programming and the units producing them were spun out into its own entity, Creator/WarnerBros assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. The earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna-Barbera as well.

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In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna Barbera Hanna-Barbera and its library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and also reunited the HB shows merged with the predecessors predecessor shorts Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library. Under the new age, everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold hold, and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However, as the channel grew grew, so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna Barbera Hanna-Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in the hopes of becoming a new original show. shows. The experiment proved successful but also during this same time successful; while other Hanna Barbera Hanna-Barbera productions were still being produced, they became less and less the amount dwindled as more Cartoon Network Originals were added to the pipeline.

During that time in In 1996 the Time Warner deal was struck merging Turner with Warner Bros. purchased Turner, putting them on the same corporate roof as Creator/WarnerBros This brought a few things shows back to the HB library that had been in the hands of Warner Bros Bros., as well as reunited the the post-1948 Looney Tunes with the rest of their library. From this point Hanna Barbera Hanna-Barbera was slowly merged into Warner Bros Bros. Animation. Just before the then-imminent death of Bill Hanna, Hanna in 2001, Cartoon Network programming and the units producing them were spun out into its their own entity, Creator/WarnerBros entity and Warner Bros. assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. The earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna-Barbera as well.
9th Oct '17 6:27:12 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* ParodyAssistance: They helped animate Music/TheBeautifulSouth's music video for "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?", which is an AffectionateParody of {{Band Toon}}s.
25th Sep '17 7:21:33 AM Homemaderat
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** Warner Brothers has continued the spirit as of 2015 which saw the release of a crossover with WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest. As well as'' WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery'' where Franchise/ScoobyDoo meets Music/{{Kiss}}. Bonus points for giving Kiss their super powers from ''Film/KissMeetsThePhantomOfThePark''.

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** Warner Brothers has continued the spirit as of 2015 which saw the release of a crossover with WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest. WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest with ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerrySpyQuest''. As well as'' WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery'' as ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery'' where Franchise/ScoobyDoo meets Music/{{Kiss}}. Bonus points for giving Kiss their super powers from ''Film/KissMeetsThePhantomOfThePark''.
22nd Sep '17 10:12:44 AM Hedging
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* DomesticOnlyCartoon: For better or worse. On the one hand, they proudly kept animation jobs going in America at a time when it was an otherwise suicidal career choice. On the other, it was not a practice conducive to creating shows of a quality higher than what they produced.

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* DomesticOnlyCartoon: For Justified, as the studio was founded well before outsourcing animation duty to foreign countries was possible, but even after it became the norm, the studio still had its cartoons animated in US, for better or worse. On the one hand, they proudly kept animation jobs going in America at a time when it was an otherwise suicidal career choice. On the other, it was not a practice conducive to creating shows of a quality higher than what they produced.
31st Aug '17 10:29:16 PM jormis29
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* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of 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. The first true crossover was Yogi's Birthday Party the end special to ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' and followed by The Council of Doom arc on ''WesternAnimtion/SpaceGhost''. ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' became the first series built around the idea as a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, which itself followed off the Yogi's Ark Lark special. Many more series and movies of the like followed from this such as ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''.

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* {{Crossover}}[=/=]LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The studio made good use of 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. The first true crossover was Yogi's Birthday Party the end special to ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' and followed by The Council of Doom arc on ''WesternAnimtion/SpaceGhost''. ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' became the first series built around the idea as a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, which itself followed off the Yogi's Ark Lark ''WesternAnimation/YogisArkLark'' special. Many more series and movies of the like followed from this such as ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones,'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''.
30th Aug '17 12:50:58 PM Homemaderat
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** ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi%27s_Ark_Lark Yogi's Ark Lark]]''

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** ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi%27s_Ark_Lark Yogi's Ark Lark]]''''WesternAnimation/YogisArkLark''
23rd Aug '17 2:21:17 PM lalalei2001
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The studio's extremely prolific half-century-plus output included classic cartoon series like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; the Emmy-winning live-action MadeForTVMovie ''The Gathering''; a handful of feature films, most namely a popular adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/CharlottesWeb''; and the infamous live-action acid sequence ''[[Music/{{Kiss}} KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park]]'', as well as countless other projects.

Hanna-Barbera pioneered the use of many LimitedAnimation techniques, such as RingAroundTheCollar, to produce cartoons on a low budget quickly enough to meet a television schedule. The budget for many of their cartoons were far below what they had at MGM even at the later period. It can also be said sometimes Hanna Barbera had too many shows to produce at once to give them a larger budget (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). As a result a lot of Hanna Barbera shows put the emphasis more on the voice acting and the writing/gags then the actual animation process itself. While this process allowed them to launch a very long successful career it also immediately caused backlash from others in the animation community that practically saw it as heresy to what animation meant to them.

Something else that caused controversy to the studio was the concept of the AnimationAgeGhetto. Some would see them as guilty of popularizing {{Saturday Morning Cartoon}}s as things aimed at and only likable to children. How much they deserve of this has been debated up and down the track. As one thing the studio was infamous for was it's goofing off in the office. [[note]]There are countless stories of pranks being played, playing with toys to create stories and general tomfoolery.[[/note]] Making it rather odd to assume these people would intentionally see their humor style as being only confined to children. Interviews from Hanna and Barbera themselves usually emphasize that they saw the "family" as their target audience. Shows like ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' or ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' could be charming enough to appeal to the kids but the parents could sit with them and watch too. While shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' could appeal to adults with more adult jokes but still had enough general humor kids could watch too. As a result of this many Hanna Barbera shows that started in prietime immediately found re-run time on Saturday morning. There are some examples that generally defy this notion such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Devlin}}'' was plotted as a serious drama in animation or the ABC Afterschool special ''WesternAnimation/TheLastOfTheCurlews'' which did not shy away from showing death and possible extinction right on screen. Though sometimes entities like this are skimmed over when discussing Hanna Barbera and the AnimationAgeGhetto. Though still to this day there are people who feel the way they wrote and animated their shows were done in ways that did more harm than good to how people view the animation industry.

The third major criticism levied at the company is there tendency to produce shows that FollowTheLeader. As when a formula had hit the gold mine more shows similar to them would appear to try and find the next big hit in that vein. A lot of these shows didn't last more than one season until another similar one would replace them. To detractors this kind of shameless recycling is a major flaw to their shows. Throughout their history there were several examples of what are considered a HB formula. The first being the FunnyAnimal shows such as ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''. These shows featured human-like animals usually in seven minute shorts in comical antics. The second being the animated sitcom style of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' featuring a family of characters in a specific themed setting with mostly sitcom plots. These were followed by a more Action set style the likes of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. These sometimes got DarkerAndEdgier with more action and violence to the story. One of the most called out ones came next with the arrival of YouMeddlingKids, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' brought a whole array of other types of shows featuring teen characters and some add-on either solving mysteries and/or foiling crimes. The later addition into this came off the heels of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' which feature ensemble casts of a hidden civilization of some small group of creatures. While not every show below fits into one of these models and some even cross between them typically speaking a FollowTheLeader argument will be over one of those trends.

It is important to know that these areas of the library are prone to the CowboyBebopAtHisComputer trope or just mistaken generalizations. For example no one can deny ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' follows the lead of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' in several ways. It however is also fairly obvious why the shows about "four amateur detectives and their talking dog unmasking fake ghosts" and "a four person band with a talking shark running into take over the world plots on their gigs" shouldn't be considered interchangeable. A lot of the differences were no doubt reasons why some are better remembered than others. The individual pages for many of these shows get more into these similarities and differences on their trivia page.

While all those controversial aspects in the open, some of their shows do get better individual recognition. ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' are the headliners even today of the library. Even at their weakest points of existence either have been claimed by many as some of the most popular franchises in western animation. Some such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' have always been considered worthy of being called cult classics to this day. ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' are both often signaled out as having masterpieces in design and layout. The individual entries for a lot of these shows feature a lot more about the reactions and fandom feelings towards a lot of these shows and more.

If Hanna Barbera as a company can be summed up with one reaction trope it is LoveItOrHateIt. As in the above examples some people absolutely loathe Hanna Barbera and their catalog. To the extent some people even dub them the people who helped ruin animation for a period of time. All the while a crowd of people love and cherish the Hanna Barbera library as one of the most enjoyable groups of characters in animation. These two sides when interacting can get really ugly. Even in the animation community itself. In an example, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] a former Hanna Barbera employee 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 a former Hanna Barbera employee himself [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] is ready to read them the riot act any chance he gets. Even to the point some other former employees have publicly denied some of his claims.

In the modern era this hasn't stopped in the slightest. Starting in the early 2000s one could say the Hanna Barbera brand was at its weakest as it was the least seen on television and the more openly mocked as daily internet usage increased. Although by the end of the decade and into the 2010s it became abundantly clear that despite some of this uncool reputation, Hanna Barbera remained the strongest entity in Warner Bros. animation back catalog. [[note]]It is important to note here that no other animation library at Warner Brothers gets anywhere near the amount of these releases and press HB does. Not even their homegrown ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.[[/note]] The general sentiment of this being that the LoveItOrHateIt battle is alive and well today, as even if the love side chose to be silent for the previous decade it's clear they still exist. The Hanna Barbera library getting releases and new productions based on their IP's would not be happening as often without one.

Some things also associated a lot with the studio include their love of {{crossover}}s. The company was one to love the concept of a SharedUniverse but it's habit of varying continuity made this a strange subject. But even from the beginning a ShoutOut could happen in a FunnyAnimal cartoon and then came direct cross over series such as ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' or ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. WB Animation has now taken over as SpiritualSuccessor to that tradition.

They also produced the films ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', ''WesternAnimation/HeidisSong'', and ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''. These have the distinct honor of being the only animated movies they ever made that did '''not''' feature any of their trademark characters. They also produced a few live-action TV series, like ''Korg: 70,000 BC'' and ''Benji, Zax & The Alien Prince''.

Another popular aspect of the company was their distinctive sound effects library. Said sounds have become so common in cartoons that [[CantUnhearIt they have become ingrained in our minds]] to the point of becoming StockSoundEffects.

To close the ending of the studio is one that is very complicated but important to understand the context of a lot of elements on many other pages. In 1987 Hanna Barbera's parent company Taft/Great American Broadcasting was having a lot of financial issues. In 1988 a buyout was performed of HB's Australian subsidy and becoming it's own company (taking things like ''WesternAnimation/DrakPack'' out of the library) but even then things continued to spiral. In 1989 several of HB's 1980s staff left to go rebuild Warner Bros Animation. In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna Barbera and it's library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became it's own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and also reunited the HB shows with the predecessors Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library.

Under the new age under Turner everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However as the channel grew so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in hopes of becoming a new original show. The experiment proved successful but also during this same time while other Hanna Barbera productions were still being produced, they became less and less as more Cartoon Network Originals were added to the pipeline.

During that time in 1996 the Time Warner deal was struck merging Turner with Warner Bros. This brought a few things back to the HB library that had been in the hands of Warner Bros as well as reunited the the post-1948 Looney Tunes with the rest of their library. Slowly from this point on the three entities (Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros Animation) kept existing but the Hanna Barbera one was slowly merged into Warner Bros Animation. Just before the then-imminent death of Bill Hanna, the corporate culture was essentially split. Cartoon Network programming and the units producing them were spun out into its own entity. Creator/WarnerBros assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. [[note]]While at the time no other member was active but things would continue like this for ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' and in more recent times when others have been given shots.[[/note]] One important thing this schism provides confusion on is that the earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna-Barbera here as well. This is still held true by CN and WB. You can read more about the history between these on the trivia page.

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The studio's extremely prolific half-century-plus output included classic cartoon series like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; the Emmy-winning live-action MadeForTVMovie ''The Gathering''; Gathering'' a handful of feature films, most namely a popular adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/CharlottesWeb''; and the infamous live-action acid sequence ''[[Music/{{Kiss}} KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park]]'', as well as countless other projects.

Hanna-Barbera pioneered the use of many LimitedAnimation techniques, such as RingAroundTheCollar, to produce cartoons on a low budget quickly enough to meet a television schedule. The budget for many of their cartoons were far below what they had at MGM even at the later period. It can also be said sometimes Hanna Barbera had too many shows to produce at once to give them a larger budget (you could argue that their biggest competitor was themselves). As a result a lot of Hanna Barbera shows put the emphasis more on the voice acting and the writing/gags then the actual animation process itself. While this process These practice allowed them to launch a very long successful career it also immediately caused backlash from others in the animation community that practically saw it as heresy to what animation meant to them.

Something else that caused controversy to the studio was the concept of the AnimationAgeGhetto. Some would see them as guilty of popularizing {{Saturday Morning Cartoon}}s as things aimed at and only likable to children. How much they deserve of this has been debated up and down the track. As one thing the studio was infamous for was it's goofing off in the office. [[note]]There are countless stories of pranks being played, playing with toys to create stories and general tomfoolery.[[/note]] Making it rather odd to assume these people would intentionally see their humor style as being only confined to children. Interviews from Hanna and Barbera themselves usually emphasize that they saw the "family" as their target audience. Shows like ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' or ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' could be charming enough to appeal to the kids but the parents could sit with them and watch too. While shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' could appeal to adults with more adult jokes but still had enough general humor kids could watch too. As a result of this many Hanna Barbera shows that started in prietime immediately found re-run time on Saturday morning. There are some examples that generally defy this notion such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Devlin}}'' was plotted as a serious drama in animation or the ABC Afterschool special ''WesternAnimation/TheLastOfTheCurlews'' which did not shy away from showing death and possible extinction right on screen. Though sometimes entities like this are skimmed over when discussing Hanna Barbera and the AnimationAgeGhetto. Though still to this day there are people who feel the way they wrote and animated their shows were done in ways that did more harm than good to how people view the animation industry.

The third major criticism levied at the company is there tendency to produce shows that FollowTheLeader. As when a formula had hit the gold mine more shows similar to them would appear to try and find the next big hit in that vein. A lot of these shows didn't last more than one season until another similar one would replace them. To detractors this kind of shameless recycling is a major flaw to their shows. Throughout their history there were several examples of what are considered a HB formula. The first being the FunnyAnimal shows such as ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''. These shows featured human-like animals usually in seven minute shorts in comical antics. The second being the animated sitcom style of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' featuring a family of characters in a specific themed setting with mostly sitcom plots. These were followed by a more Action set style the likes of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. These sometimes got DarkerAndEdgier with more action and violence to the story. One of the most called out ones came next with the arrival of YouMeddlingKids, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' brought a whole array of other types of shows featuring teen characters and some add-on either solving mysteries and/or foiling crimes. The later addition into this came off the heels of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' which feature ensemble casts of a hidden civilization of some small group of creatures. While not every show below fits into one of these models and some even cross between them typically speaking a FollowTheLeader argument will be over one of those trends.

It is important to know that these areas of the library are prone to the CowboyBebopAtHisComputer trope or just mistaken generalizations. For example no one can deny ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' follows the lead of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' in several ways. It however is also fairly obvious why the shows about "four amateur detectives and their talking dog unmasking fake ghosts" and "a four person band with a talking shark running into take over the world plots on their gigs" shouldn't be considered interchangeable. A lot of the differences were no doubt reasons why some are better remembered than others. The individual pages for many of these shows get more into these similarities and differences on their trivia page.

While all those controversial aspects in the open, some of their shows do get better individual recognition. ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' are the headliners even today of the library. Even at their weakest points of existence either have been claimed by many as some of the most popular franchises in western animation. Some such as ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' have always been considered worthy of being called cult classics to this day. ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' are both often signaled out as having masterpieces in design and layout. The individual entries for a lot of these shows feature a lot more about the reactions and fandom feelings towards a lot of these shows and more.

If Hanna Barbera as a company can be summed up with one reaction trope it is LoveItOrHateIt. As in the above examples some people absolutely loathe Hanna Barbera and their catalog. To the extent some people even dub them the people who helped ruin animation for a period of time. All the while a crowd of people love and cherish the Hanna Barbera library as one of the most enjoyable groups of characters in animation. These two sides when interacting can get really ugly. Even in the animation community itself. In an example, [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Fred Seibert]] a former Hanna Barbera employee 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 a former Hanna Barbera employee himself [[{{Understatement}} and no fan of H-B]] is ready to read them the riot act any chance he gets. Even to the point some other former employees have publicly denied some of his claims.

In the modern era this hasn't stopped in the slightest. Starting in the early 2000s one could say the Hanna Barbera brand was at its weakest as it was the least seen on television and the more openly mocked as daily internet usage increased. Although by the end of the decade and
continue producing works well into the 2010s it became abundantly clear that despite some of this uncool reputation, Hanna Barbera remained the strongest entity in Warner Bros. animation back catalog. [[note]]It is important to note here that no other animation library at Warner Brothers gets anywhere near the amount of these releases 80s and press HB does. Not even their homegrown ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.[[/note]] The general sentiment of this being that the LoveItOrHateIt battle is alive and well today, as even if the love side chose to be silent for the previous decade it's clear they still exist. The Hanna Barbera library getting releases and new productions based on their IP's would not be happening as often without one.

Some things also associated a lot with the studio include their love of {{crossover}}s. The company was one to love the concept of a SharedUniverse but it's habit of varying continuity made this a strange subject. But even from the beginning a ShoutOut could happen in a FunnyAnimal cartoon and then came direct cross over series such as ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'' or ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. WB Animation has now taken over as SpiritualSuccessor to that tradition.

They also produced the films ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', ''WesternAnimation/HeidisSong'', and ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''. These have the distinct honor of being the only animated movies they ever made that did '''not''' feature any of their trademark characters. They also produced a few live-action TV series, like ''Korg: 70,000 BC'' and ''Benji, Zax & The Alien Prince''.

Another popular aspect of the company was their distinctive sound effects library. Said sounds have become so common in cartoons that [[CantUnhearIt they have become ingrained in our minds]] to the point of becoming StockSoundEffects.

To close the ending of the studio is one that is very complicated but important to understand the context of a lot of elements on many other pages. In 1987 Hanna Barbera's parent company Taft/Great American Broadcasting was having a lot of financial issues. In 1988 a buyout was performed of HB's Australian subsidy and becoming it's own company (taking things like ''WesternAnimation/DrakPack'' out of the library) but even then things continued to spiral. In 1989 several of HB's 1980s staff left to go rebuild Warner Bros Animation.
90s.

In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna Barbera and it's its library. Turner also purchased the ''Creator/RubySpears'' library but not the studio which also became it's its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and also reunited the HB shows with the predecessors Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library.

library. Under the new age under Turner age, everything that was on tap but not funded was put on hold and in 1992 Turner launched Creator/CartoonNetwork. The HB libraries and MGM libraries were joined by the pre-1948 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes library and some others in making up a good chunk of the schedule at the dawn of the network. However However, as the channel grew so did the initiative to bring new original content to the channel. In 1994 Cartoon Network Studios was formed as a sub-entity inside of Hanna Barbera that essentially allowed many of the younger members of the studio to launch their own pilots in hopes of becoming a new original show. The experiment proved successful but also during this same time while other Hanna Barbera productions were still being produced, they became less and less as more Cartoon Network Originals were added to the pipeline.

During that time in 1996 the Time Warner deal was struck merging Turner with Warner Bros. This brought a few things back to the HB library that had been in the hands of Warner Bros as well as reunited the the post-1948 Looney Tunes with the rest of their library. Slowly from From this point on the three entities (Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros Animation) kept existing but the Hanna Barbera one was slowly merged into Warner Bros Animation. Just before the then-imminent death of Bill Hanna, the corporate culture was essentially split. Cartoon Network programming and the units producing them were spun out into its own entity. entity, Creator/WarnerBros assumed the production of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', the company's [[LongRunners longest-running franchise]], with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. [[note]]While at the time no other member was active but things would continue like this for ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' and in more recent times when others have been given shots.[[/note]] One important thing this schism provides confusion on is that the The earliest Cartoon Cartoons stopped being associated with Hanna-Barbera here as well. This is still held true by CN and WB. You can read more about the history between these on the trivia page.
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Towards the later end of the careers of the men themselves, In 1988, William Hanna (at age 78) co-directed the Scooby episode "Bicycle Built for Boo", and in 2003 Joseph Barbera (at age 92) co-wrote the Scooby episode "Homeward Hound". Barbera also co-wrote "Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry" plus co-directed and co-wrote "The Karate Guard" (the final theatrical T&J short) in 2005. However, every other time Hanna and Barbera are credited as "executive producers" for Warner Bros projects. Hanna and Barbera both directed and wrote two "What a Cartoon!" shorts as well, and directed ''Jetsons: The Movie'' by themselves.

See ''Creator/RubySpears'', Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/WarnerBros Animation for their related parts from above as well as Creator/WangFilmProductions, a Taiwanese studio established by a former employee for outsourcing to (eventually expanding their services to other companies too).

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Towards the later end of the careers of the men themselves, In 1988, William Hanna (at age 78) co-directed the Scooby episode "Bicycle Built for Boo", and in 2003 Joseph Barbera (at age 92) co-wrote the Scooby episode "Homeward Hound". Barbera also co-wrote "Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry" plus co-directed and co-wrote "The Karate Guard" (the final theatrical T&J short) in 2005. However, every other time Hanna and Barbera are credited as "executive producers" for Warner Bros projects. Hanna and Barbera both directed and wrote two "What a Cartoon!" shorts as well, and directed ''Jetsons: The Movie'' by themselves.

See ''Creator/RubySpears'', Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/WarnerBros Animation for their related parts from above entities, as well as Creator/WangFilmProductions, a Taiwanese studio established by a former employee for outsourcing to (eventually expanding their services to other companies too).
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