Trivia / Hanna-Barbera

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In a broader sense, when the Cartoon Network Studios shows were becoming the the main course for the studio, the chances for the shows on this page became less and less. In the early 2000s, it became rather apparent that Cartoon Network thought its audience preferred re-runs of their original series to Hanna-Barbera reruns (and other older studios too).
    • Several of Cartoon Network's commercials actually pointed this out. 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 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".
    • Lastly one can see how looking back at this some things have become harsher or hilarious. Fast forward to modern home media, what essentially replaced cable as the place for re-runs has the Hanna-Barbera brands out selling the Cartoon Network brands. One can clearly see these ads as Harsher in Hindsight if you liked Cartoon Cartoons better or Hilarious in Hindsight if you liked Hanna-Barbera better.
  • Shout-Out: In the earliest days of Cartoon Network originals, these and The Cameo were common. But they were done less after the schism.
    • However, long after H-B shut down, SWAT Kats merited a mention in the crossover episode between Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa (likely because the Crewniverse and the creator, Rebecca Sugar, watched the show in the 1990s).
  • Vindicated by Reruns: In the 1990s, reruns no doubt helped keep many of their lower-level shows to have a sense of public remembrance. And now DVD continues to work to keep bringing many of them back again. Even ones not even seen in cable reruns.
  • What Could Have Been: One of the last theatrical shorts they made before MGM's animation unit shut down was Goodwill Towards Men, a Cinemascope remake of the Harman and Ising anti-war short Peace on Earth, leading some fans to theorize that H-B would have continued to make films like this had they not gone into television.

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