Trivia: Hanna-Barbera

  • Career Resurrection: At the dawn of The Renaissance Age of Animation, the studio slowly began to rework itself to change with the times, including farming out animation for quicker production turnaround, giving creative freedom to those who conceived the shows and, most importantly, acting as a springboard for new talent with Cartoon Network and the What A Cartoon! Show.
  • Continuity Drift or Negative Continuity: The basis of the studio's output follows this mix. There are times continuity is firm 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: The history of the Hanna Barbera library and Cartoon Network is a turbulant one to say the least.
    • Originally content from HB made up a huge ammount of Cartoon Network's lineup. But even back then to a degree it was obvious certain parties wanted to limit them. Shows were made more to use older characters but in new ways that some thought people would like better. Eventually as the number of CN originals were made the lesser you saw of Hanna Barbera and it's sibling libraries on tv.
    • In his interview with Rebel Taxi, Maxwell Atoms claimed that the network gave him a hard time for including cameos of Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear in certain Billy and Mandy cartoons after Joe Barbera passed away, further instilling the belief that CN was attempting to whitewash Hanna-Barbera from its identity.
    • In later years this has come under scrutiny. Every year multiple Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons are released on DVD and touted, while fans of the older Cartoon Network shows are left being made to Keep Circulating the Tapes due to one of two options. Either WB is delivering some Laser-Guided Karma Cartoon Network's way or the fact that the shows CN has screwed in reruns since 2004 beat the pants off CN's originals in DVD profits.
      • Futhering this, during that time period where CN would spam their original shows alongside their revisionist Brak and Zorak coincides with where it became easy to tell that WB had little interest in continuing older CN shows on DVD. Some don't see that as concidence.
      • As of October 2014, this seems to have reached a bit of a public head. Only one classic CN Show is still store worthy. The rest seem set to go the Warner Archive. But either way each year there's still more releases in favor of classic HB then there is classic CN.
      • This essentially makes it so that Scrappy-Doo's speech has become Hilarious in Hindsight. As that poked fun at there being a desire to push off HB in favor of new CN, but now it is still funny since there's more of Scrappy-Doo on DVD now than there are most of the characters he's yelling at. How's that for a statement on popularity?
  • 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 HB would have continued to make films like this had they not gone into television.