Trivia / Hanna-Barbera

  • Career Resurrection: Zig-zagged. While the name "Hanna-Barbera" was retired after William Hanna's death, the studio never officially went away. They've simply had some dips in popularity from which they eventually recovered.
    • After middling success in the 1980s, when their runaway hit was the Long Runner The Smurfs that nothing else matched, a shakeup in management, as well as a massive facelift of their production pipeline, led to the production of Cartoon Network's hugely successful Cartoon Cartoons, most of which were HB productions (or at least had their initial pilots produced by HB) and existed under the studio's umbrella until about 2001. Since that time, association between the two has been little to none.
    • As of 2016, another more abundant attempt to jump-start the HB brand was announced with the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. This seems to be a culmination of several years of back catalog releases doing well to expanding the new Direct-to-Video movies to include more than Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry, increasing of other merchandise for sale and the intent of using the animated Scooby-Doo reboot feature to launch a whole film universe.
  • Continuity Drift or Negative Continuity: The basis of the studio's output follows this mix. There are times continuity is firmly in place, other times it changes as the plot needs it.
    • From an in-universe perspective, it becomes Hilarious in Hindsight that the only way it can be made to make sense creates the perfect excuse for every continuity problem there ever was to be the universe's norm.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For most of the library, this is becoming less of an issue. Warner is vastly committed to releasing their holdings. However, odds of the ones not owned by Warner (e.g., The Harlem Globetrotters) are much lower and require some circulating.
  • Older than You Think: When talking about Hanna-Barbera, most people would assume the studio started in the 60s; since their most famous cartoons were made during that period. In reality Hanna-Barbera started production in 1957 and continued to operate all the way into the year 2001 before they closed up shop for good. note 
  • Promoted Fanboy: Fred Seibert, who was head of television production from 1992 to 1993, President of the whole studio from 1993 to 1996, instituted the What A Cartoon program, and a set of logos celebrating classic Hanna-Barbera characters.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Marvel Comics' Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera comics are unlikely to be reprinted now that the Hanna-Barbera characters are owned by Warner Bros., parent of DC Comics. It was made even more unlikely when Marvel was bought by Disney.
  • Screwed by the Network: The history of the studio's catalog and Cartoon Network is a turbulent one to say the least.
    • Cave Kids is said to be an early example of this. Cancelled after only a few episodes.
    • Several of Cartoon Network's commercials actually pointed this out, with one featuring Yogi Bear not being allowed into the building without an ID, even though they featured his poster behind the scene, Another one had Ugh from Dino-Boy having to help Edd find the recording room of the office. He spends the whole time complaining that he has next to no work there anymore since it "got crowded." The most famous (and notable) one though was with Scrappy-Doo making a similar rant, in which he outright snaps at the Cartoon Cartoons for them being treated like "the kings and queens of this network".
    • Finally to top it all off, Hanna-Barbera was shut down by Time Warner in 2001 with Cartoon Network obtaining the rights to H-B's final cartoons so as to become its own separate studio from there on out. note 
  • Vindicated by Reruns: In the 1990s, reruns no doubt helped keep many of their lower-level shows to have a sense of public remembrance, eventually, DVD releases started to bring attention to more of their lesser-known series, including ones that haven't been seen in television reruns.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for an entire sub-folder.

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