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Joseph Barbera (left) and William Hanna (right) with plushes of some of their many characters and a couple of the Emmys their studio won over the years.note 
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The partnership of William Denby "Bill" Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) and Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera (March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) began at MGM's animation studio, where the pair spent almost 20 years directing Tom and Jerry shorts. After MGM got out of the cartoon business in 1957, Hanna and Barbera founded their own studio, which came to dominate Western Animation on television for decades.

The studio's extremely prolific half-century-plus output included classic cartoon series like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Space Ghost, and The Smurfs; the Emmy-winning live-action Made-for-TV Movie The Gathering and a handful of feature films, most namely a popular adaptation of Charlotte's Web. It was also responsible for the infamous live-action acid sequence in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, as well as countless other projects.

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Hanna-Barbera pioneered the use of many Limited Animation techniques, such as Ring Around the Collar, to produce cartoons on a low budget quickly enough to meet a television schedule. 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. These practices allowed them to continue producing works well into the 80s and 90s.

In the late 1980s, Hanna-Barbera's parent company Taft Broadcasting/Great American Broadcasting faced a lot of internal and financial issues. This had a major impact on the fates of Hanna-Barbera and its siblings. As a way of cutting costs, they began to look to sell off the studios. The first in 1988, when a buyout was reached for Hanna-Barbera's Australian division. That entity became the Southern Star Group and took the rights of the shows and specials produced by that sub-entity. The problems however still continued, as this lead to an exodus of 80s Hanna Barbera staff to go help revitalize the Warner Bros. Animation studio. In the early 1990s, GAB decided to put Hanna-Barbera and sister studio Ruby-Spears up for sale as well.

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In 1991 a deal was struck between GAB and Turner Broadcasting that resulted in Turner purchasing Hanna-Barbera and its library. Turner also purchased the Ruby-Spears library, but not the studio, which became its own entity again. It was here those libraries merged and the HB shows were united with the predecessor shorts Bill and Joe had done for MGM, but are legally not in the same library. note  Under the new ownership, everything that was in planning but not funded was put on hold, and in 1992 Turner launched Cartoon Network. The HB libraries and MGM libraries, along with the pre-1948 Looney Tunes library acquired when Turner bought out MGM in 1986note . This combined library, along with some other material, made 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. The studio at the time had an influx of younger talent that had been brought in to the fill the gap left by the earlier exodus. In 1994, Hanna-Barbera was internally reorganized as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and with a new sub-entity that began to refocus their efforts towards what was originally called "World Premiere Toons", essentially allowing 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 originals (which would go on to be called Cartoon Cartoons years later) were added to the pipeline.note 

In 1996, Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting, putting them under the same corporate roof as Warner Bros.. This reunited a few H-B shows that had been in the hands of Warner Bros.note , and reunited the pre-1948 Looney Tunes with the rest of the library.note  From this point Hanna-Barbera was slowly merged into Warner Bros. Animation with the intent the new company didn't need more than one animation studio. This however didn't go entirely smoothly. Just before the then-imminent death of Bill Hanna in 2001, Cartoon Network programming and the units producing them were spun out into their own entity (Cartoon Network Studios) and Warner Bros. assumed the production of Scooby-Doo, the company's longest-running franchise and picked up all their legacy properties with Hanna-Barbera credited as the copyright holder. The earliest Cartoon Cartoons (including The Powerpuff Girls)note  stopped being associated with Hanna-Barbera as well.

In 2016, Warner Bros. announced that there are plans to create a Shared Universe of animated films based on Hanna-Barbera properties, provided that the 2020 animated Scooby-Doo reboot does well. At present Scoob is intended as a self-contained Crossover movie with a new origin story for Scooby and Shaggy's friendship. Should it be successful that setting may yield more sequels. But it has also been noted Warner Bros hopes this film also leads to a greater presence of Hanna Barbera characters in the theatrical market whether they be animated, live-action or hybrid. These also may not all share strict continuity given comments made by writer Tim Sheridan on how the Scooby writers view cotinuity and that WB isn't against DC movies being made that are not in the DC Extended Universe.

On March 4, 2019, in a major shakeup of WarnerMedia by their new owners AT&T, Warner Bros. took control of Cartoon Network and its production operations, ultimately bringing Hanna-Barbera and the Cartoon Network properties under one roof again for the first time in 18 years. No major alterations have been announced yet on this.

See Ruby-Spears, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation for related entities, as well as Wang Film Productions, a Taiwanese studio established for outsourcing to (eventually expanding their services to other companies too).

The Other Wiki has more in depth about the duo, their history and their legacy. Also see Hanna Barbera Australia/Southern Star on the other wiki for the former Australian unit. See also The Hanna-Barbera Wiki.


For a complete list of their shows, check out IMDB.com or TV Tome:

List of Hanna-Barbera works:


Hanna-Barbera as a company and its works provide examples of:

  • Animated Adaptation: A staple of their later work was adapting everything from Godzilla to Laverne & Shirley into a cartoon.
  • Animation Bump: 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 Tom and Jerry migrated over to HB when MGM closed its cartoon unit, so they were plenty capable of full, classical animation. You mostly see this in their features and one-shot specials. The mid '60s also saw an influx of former Disney animators, resulting in some parts of episodes of The Flintstones being uncannily animated on ones. They'd move away from limited stuff for good by the '90s, after reconstructing their pipeline to allow for outsourcing.
  • Big Name Fan:
    • Michael Jackson was a big fan of the duo's work and even got to meet Joe Barbera during the production of the infamous Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
    • Linda Cardellini admitted in an interview that she watched Scooby-Doo all the way into college and would later go on to star in the first two live action films as Velma.
    • Ian Jones-Quartey has frequently made references and crossover episodes involving the studio's catalog in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes; and has been on record saying that "K.O." has traces of Hanna Barbera in its DNA. (Even the CN Studios logo at the end is intentionally modeled after the 90s H-B "All-Stars" logo.)
    • C. Martin Croker cited his reason for working on Space Ghost Coast to Coast saying that he always wanted to work on a Hanna Barbera show since he was a kid.
  • Book-Ends: Joe made his directorial debut with the first Tom and Jerry short Puss Gets The Boot in 1940, so it's fitting that his last directing credit would be for the final theatrical Tom and Jerry short, The Karate Guard, in 2005 before his death the following year.
  • Career Resurrection: Subverted. While the name "Hanna-Barbera" was retired in 2001, the studio (or what remained of its assets, at least) never officially went away so much as just being more limited until something triggered a bigger comeback. There are two especially notable examples of this.
    • 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. Until Cartoon Network Studios' own absorption into WB, association between the two had been little to none.
    • As of 2016, while the company Hanna-Barbera operates in name only, Warner Bros. has made another more abundant attempt to jump-start the HB brand to bigger goals. 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, letting DC produce more comics with the characters and the intent of using the animated Scooby-Doo reboot feature to launch a whole film universe. 2017 had brought about another increase in promotion for the 60th anniversary of the studio.
  • Continuity Drift: Continuity in Hanna Barbera productions is a difficult subject. Even despite many of the shows tending to operate on lax rules regarding continuity in general, the studio never had a problem producing crossovers and show off their characters inhabiting a Shared Universe. This creates a weird contrast as to how the shows reference one another, but most of their shows operated on either this principle or Broad Strokes. In Hanna Barbera, sometimes continuity is there and sometimes it changes by the episode. One can't say Hanna-Barbera had a strict continuity, but also one can't say Hanna-Barbera had no continuity. From an out of universe reason a lot of this is a result of Rule of Fun. From an in-universe perspective, one might consider it a faulty timeline which really can be Hilarious in Hindsight as that gives an excuse for all the mistakes that happen from time to time.
  • Crossover/Loads and Loads of Characters: 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 Yogi Bear and this was followed by the Council of Doom arc on Space Ghost. Yogi's Gang became the first series built around the idea as a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, which itself followed off the Yogi's Ark Lark special. Many more series and movies of the like followed from this such as The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, and Laff-A-Lympics.
  • Creator's Oddball:
    • Most of their live-action TV movies (on which Barbera was always keener than Hanna). As the name Hanna-Barbera is often associated with Western Animation, it can be weird to learn they did in fact attempt to branch out to include live-action material, some with animation components and some with none at all. This came ahead in the 90s when the studio formed "Bedrock Productions" to produce live-action content for TV, such as The Dreamer of Oz and the infamous Poochinski pilot.
    • This is also the case with their more obscure adult-oriented productions. While everyone can remember types such as Funny Animal and You Meddling Kids cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, they've occasionaly deviated from their target audience to produce cartoons like the serious drama Devlin and the primetime adult sketch comedy show Jokebook. These shows are so against what people associate with Hanna-Barbera that you can change a the course of an entire conversation just by mentioning them.
    • Their obscure live-action TV special The Last Halloween marked the first and only time Hanna-Barbera used CGI to animate their characters. They've experimented with the technology before, but primarily used it for visual effects like with the Funtastic World ride.
  • Darker and Edgier: While in some corners of the web the studio isn't thought to be associated with this trope, they have crossed this line many times. It was earliest in the 1960s, with shows like Jonny Quest and Space Ghost being action shows where the weekly bad guys didn't always survive the episode.
    • Their action cartoons during the 1980s and 1990s began to take this route as well. The last two seasons of Super Friends brought in Darkseid, for starters; the trend continued with Galtar and the Golden Lance, The Pirates of Dark Water, and SWAT Kats.
    • And in even more obscure corners, the studio also provided things such as The Last Of The Curlews and Rock Odyssey featuring some scenes that may launch into pure nightmare fuel.
    • DC Comics' Hanna-Barbera Beyond is a slate of comic reboots of H-B properties; while the above mentioned Future Quest aims at a retro aesthetic, the others provide these kinds of what-if takes on the characters. These include Scooby Apocalypse (which takes the Scooby-Doo Gang into a world infected by a nanite virus), Wacky Raceland (which transplants the Wacky Racers into a Mad Max: Fury Road–style environment), and The Flintstones comic that takes it back to its roots about social issues in a prehistoric setting. This, of course, mirrors the multiple paths being taken in the modern animation projects.
  • Domestic-Only Cartoon: 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.
    • They would, however, outsource several shows out to their Australian branch or to Wang Film Productions during the late 70s through to the 80s to varying degrees of involvement.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Given his Businessman personality, Joe was known to backtrack on his own thoughts during pitch meetings and, on occasions, casual conversations. This likely explains why John Kricfalusi made claim that Joe hated Scooby-Doo when he really didn't, Joe just wanted to be on John's good side when he offered a character design position to him; especially since John was one of his biggest fans.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Played with. Shows which used exaggerated proportions for their human characters (e.g. The Flintstones, The Jetsons) used four-fingered hands, while shows which used realistically-proportioned human characters (e.g. Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo) used five-fingered hands. Some shows had characters with both four-fingered and five-fingered hands, particularly those that had both more "cartoony" characters paired with more realistically-designed human characters (e.g. Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels).
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Surprisingly, Bill and Joe's relationship was largely professional, and they very rarely interacted outside of the workplace. Tellingly, both of their biographies barely make any mention of their partner.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Ruby-Spears, both Ruby and Spears met at Hanna Barbera and split off to form their own studio. Despite doing so to create more competition for them they however shared a generally positive relationship with their old employer. (Given that they shared multiple employees this of course made some sense) Once Ruby-Spears was sold to Taft in 1981, H-B and R-S became sister studios and began producing shows together and co-marketing. The relationship is somewhat fuzzier now since the Ruby-Spears library was merged into the Hanna-Barbera library.
    • Technical example with Southern Star Group (now a part of Endemol Australia) which was originally a sub-entity/joint venture of Hanna Barbera. Despite being divorced, Endemol is allowed to brand several of their DVDs' material with the Hanna-Barbera name note  Warner seems to be on good terms with them to not raise a case about it.
  • In Name Only: Turner's initial idea for Cartoon Network Studios was to serve as an in-house example of this for Hanna-Barbera. While HB was wrapping production on their then current shows, this new "subdivision" would be in charge of testing the waters for more original content on the channel until the rest of the company shifted focus towards this goal. It wasn't until 1997 when Executive Meddling from the Time Warner buyout caused CN Studios to become recognized as a full-fledge production arm of Hanna-Barbera before eventually spinning off into its own company. This is why CN Studios isn't credited on most of the channel's first shows despite already having been formed, as they weren't intended to be a permanent addition to HB from the start.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For most of the library, this is becoming less of an issue. Warner is vastly committed to releasing their holdings, and thanks to the Warner Archive DVD-R program, it's relatively easy to release shows. However, odds of the ones not owned by Warner (e.g., The Harlem Globetrotters) are much lower and require some circulating.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The studio went through this in the mid-to-late 90's during their transition into Cartoon Network, as the channel's emphasis on creator-driven cartoons caused many of their shows to contrast heavily with the rest of the HB library in terms of style and tone.
  • Limited Animation: Pioneered many of the techniques in creating animation on a television schedule and budget, at least with what the technology would allow at the time. Of course, as mentioned on Animation Bump, give Hanna-Barbera a budget and they would use it for all it was worth.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Some of their 80's shows such as Challenge Of The Gobots and Sky Commanders.
  • Off-Model: This happens a lot with some of their works due to the budget. However, as under Animation Bump, they do avert this, too.
  • Parody Assistance: They helped animate The Beautiful South's music video for "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?", which is an Affectionate Parody of Band Toons.
  • The Power of Friendship: A near constant theme in their shows, regardless of formula. Most have characters that will be best of friends and sometimes whole episodes are devoted to showcasing how friendship overcomes hardship. For a 50th anniversary, Bill and Joe led several of their star characters in a song about teamwork.
    • The studio 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.
  • Production Posse:
    • Most of the animators previously worked with Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Even some of them worked on Tom & Jerry when they were at MGM.
    • Composer Hoyt Curtin and music producer Paul DeKorte frequently worked on several shows together from the early 1960s until DeKorte's death in 1985 and Curtin's retirement one year later. They even worked on Battle of the Planets.
    • HB's productions usually had several voice actors who regularly worked alongside one another. Daws Butler, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, and Frank Welker were among its regulars.
  • Promoted Fanboys: Given how the company produced several popular shows over the span of 44 years, it's no surprise to learn that many of its later alumni were fans of their shows as well.
    • Fred Seibert, who was head of television production from 1992 to 1993, and 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 (the H-B "All-Stars").
    • As a longtime Scooby-Doo and HB fan, not only did Van Partible had the honor of writing a crossover episode with the Mystery, Inc. gang for Johnny Bravo and later story boarding for one of their many televised reboots, but he also had the chance to work with studio co-founder Joe Barbera himself during Johnny's first season.
    • Before Seth Macfarlane got his first break in TV with the studio, he grew up as a fanboy of both The Jetsons and Flintstones, and in his later career with Fox he tried to reboot the latter for a newer audience; which unfortunately never came through due to licensing issues.
    • Maxwell Atoms was another younger talent that came in as a fan to the company from his childhood. He also said in an interview Cartoon Network gave him some trouble when he still wanted to use some older characters for cameos in his shows. After departing Cartoon Network, Atoms would return to do some work for Warner Bros. Animation's Bunnicula which in premise clearly shows some favor to the special produced by sibling studio Ruby-Spears as well.
    • Donovan Cook has often sited Secret Squirrel as one of his favorite shows growing up and as a key inspiration for his decision to enter the animation industry. So it wasn't a shock to many when he decided to revive the character as a side story between episodes of his first TV series.
    • Subverted with Genndy Tartakovsky. He had been a fan of Wacky Races and Scooby-Doo in his youth and helped himself to videos of them on his down time while working on 2 Stupid Dogs, but found them to be so unwatchably bad that he vowed never to watch them again so as not to spoil his happy childhood memories of them. That said, a lot of the comedy in his later works still retains some of the HB aesthetic and appeal, something he admits to still being a fan of. (There was even an episode of Dexter's Lab that was a tribute to Wacky Races, but that was done after he left.)
    • Inverted entirely with John Kricfalusi, who gushes over the studio's golden age material on his blog and even sites the duo as two of his influences; yet he also has a history of bashing much of the their library and (supposedly) spreading lies about some of their shows to further discredit them.
  • Real-Life Relative: Joseph Barbera's daughter, Jayne, worked with Hanna-Barbera for several years, first as an ink and paint supervisor, and then as a production manager.
  • Recycled In Space: Definitely not the first to do this, but both the Trope Namer (with Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space) and Trope Codifier for how this trope is currently used. As stated above, they were known for shameless recyling — if one show was successful, do another just like it. If one was not, do one like one of the more successful shows, rinse, repeat. If you're not too busy, check out this trope's page for western animation. About half of the above list is on there.
  • Reused Character Design: 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. Sometimes this went down to characters who look alike to the same designs being used in more than one show. However the studio wasn't immune to also having fun with this, The Super Globetrotters had so much fun reveling in this tropethat they clearly were trying to fit as many in as possible.
  • The Rival: Filmation during the '60s and '70s — the rivalry faded in the '80s as Filmation concentrated on syndication, and was eventually shut down by the end of the decade.
  • 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.
    • The studio's sister company, Ruby-Spears, has received some of this by way of how the Turner buyout merged their library into the Hanna Barbera library. Some of their cartoons are branded in the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection, some are not. However all claim Hanna Barbera as their owner in the legal crawl on the back, because legally now they are. note 
    • There were reportedly negotiations involving a DVD release of The Fantastic Four (1967) shortly before Disney bought Marvel Comics.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • In its original run, the studio suffered from this in regards to Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, which was cancelled in response to the negative feedback it got from Moral Guardians who cited it as inappropriate for younger viewers.
    • Mark Evanier in one of his blog posts recalled how Joe Barbera had some instances where he clashed with the network censors. Two often recalled examples being that he and Doug Widely failed to convince the network to let them do a darker-themed Godzilla show and another where Barbera and Evanier clashed with network people on Scrappy Doo being, well, too scrappy.
    • In later years, the history of the studio's catalog and Cartoon Network is a turbulent one, to say the least. As originally reruns of HB (and Ruby-Spears) made up a good chunk of the schedule, making it for some people a resource and even possibly the place they first ever learned about that huge list above. The major change in this is often pinpointed at 2001, a year that brought many changes to Cartoon Network as the disastrous AOL-Time Warner merger occurred. One of those changes was the decision to stop merging Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros Animation into one single entity and instead a different split was made where the sub-entity Cartoon Network Studios became its own entity, while Warner Bros continued on with the HB legacy properties. Then, throughout the early 2000s more and more HB shows lost their places on the network. Some were able to find semi-reliable space on Boomerang, while others did not. As a result, some shows on the main page were victims of the Keep Circulating the Tapes trope for over a decade and some still are.
      • Several of Cartoon Network's promos from the above mentioned time seemed to have pointed some of this out. note  One of the earliest featured Yogi Bear not being allowed into the building without an ID, even though they featured his poster behind the reception desk. There was the "parking lot" promo where Fed Flintstone, Thundarr and Chicken try to find a parking spot (as the lot is overcrowded thanks to all the characters). Another one had Ugh from Dino-Boy having to help Edd find the recording room at the CN offices. 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, had Scrappy-Doo going on a rant, in which he outright snaps at the Cartoon Cartoons for them being treated like "the kings and queens of this network".
    • Some specific shows are cited as having been caught in the middle of the Cartoon Network situation. Cave Kids was a new show made for the network and it was cancelled after only a few episodes. Meanwhile, it is reportedly the reason why shows like 2 Stupid Dogs and SWAT Kats were cancelled as the studio wanted to shift their focus towards producing shows for Cartoon Network (though fans of the latter have Misblamed Ted Turner for supposedly preferring Captain Planet and cancelling SK which is ironic given CP ended not long after for the same reason). In later years, some of WB's ideas for Hanna Barbera legacy properties found themselves being rejected due to CN not having any interest in green-lighting them. Not to mention several of the shows that did get produced have had their scheduling so backed up even the people who worked on them admitted they had no idea when or where they'd air.
    • This last note is again to both HB and RS. While a good chunk of their shows appeared at some point on Cartoon Network or Boomerang, recent revelations by the Warner Archive proved some shows from both parts of the library have legally been theirs the whole time, yet never were shown on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. Why exactly these got the snub is still a mystery.
  • Shout-Out: Hanna Barbera used this in their shows about as often as they had a direct Crossover. It was quite normal to hear a character make a reference or turn on the TV to see another Hanna-Barbera character.
    • In the earliest days of Cartoon Network originals (as Cartoon Network Studios was simply a subdivision of Hanna-Barbera), these and cameo appearances were common, but they started to slow down after the '90s. In an interview Maxwell Atoms had made mention Cartoon Network gave him a bit of a hard time when he had continued to use the older HB characters for cameos. However, even longer 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).
  • Spiritual Successor: Hanna Barbera itself was the successor to the MGM Animation studio. As when MGM shut them down, Bill and Joe went on their own and took a good chunk of their MGM staff with them.
    • There however is heavier debate which of two studios deserve to be the heir apparent. One is Cartoon Network Studios, which began it's existence as a sub entity to Hanna Barbera in 1994 before going on it's own. A lot of it's first shows were pet projects of younger HB employees who were originally hired to fill the void when a chunk of the 1980s Hanna Barbera staff went to the other studio. That studio being the Warner Bros. Animation Studio that was revitalized in the early 1990s after that exodus. The Turner/Time Warner merger ended up putting both of these entities back under the same umbrella in 1996. Corporate executives and ideologies allegedly clashed from the merger to the point where in 2001, the decision was made to split the corporate culture. Cartoon Network Studios got their cartoons and distanced themselves from the Hanna Barbera name. Warner Bros. Animation on the other hand got all the HB legacy properties and ever since have made up a good chunk of their yearly output. Now thanks to the AT&T-Merger both of these entities are back under the same roof, and it remains to be seen if history repeats itself or they learn from past issues how to handle it better.
  • Stock Footage: Hanna-Barbera often used this method when necessary, though at least it didn't get as bad or repetitive as Filmation's use of stock footage, in most cases.
  • Stock Sound Effects: H-B had a very popular and memorable library of sound effects, and not just the usual cartoony sounds, but more general effects as well. Most of them were released on CD by Sound Ideas, though it's a pretty expensive collection (as it's a professional royalty-free sound effects library.). In fact, many of their sound effects are still being used by sound editors today!
  • Strictly Formula: They are notorious for making a decades long career with over a hundred shows with a handful of similar concepts.
  • Take That!: Both William Hanna and Joseph Barbera really disliked their boss Fred Quimby. Now notice how pushy Fred Flinstone and Fred Jones (of Scooby-Doo) are....
  • They Also Did: The studio, along with several established artists that they hired over the years, were involved with some notable works in the industry.
    • Before he became the studio's chairman and president, David Kirschner already writer/producer credits for films like Child's Play and An American Tail under his belt.
    • Mark Jones the writer/director of Leprechaun and some other quirky movies was also a writer at both Hanna Barbera and Ruby Spears. While his works are often a bit more adult, when watching his movies with this knowledge the influence is noticeable. And just to be clear, yes the man who created Leprechaun has some credits on Scooby-Doo.
    • Illustrator Clark Haas was the creator of Clutch Cargo and the founder of Cambria Productions. Both him and Captain Fathom writer Warren Tuff spent the rest of their careers with Hanna-Barbera after Cambria's closure.
    • HB provided some early concept art for the first Crash Bandicoot game. The specific artist in question was a young Butch Hartman.
    • Flintstones and Jetsons writer Joanna Lee is remembered for her role as the alien "Tanna" from Plan 9 from Outer Space.
    • The studio itself produced many of Cartoon Network's earliest shows and pilotsnote  before the channel took over production themselves.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: A lot of Hanna-Barbera shows only lasted one season, but it's near universal that HB shows were quite easy to get rerun slots, first on Saturday morning and so on. In the 1990s, Cartoon Network was created as a 24-hour source for rerunning a lot of these shows and no doubt a reason for their continued fandom building. For a library with a whole percent being one season shows, some of those social media reactions can be pretty notable.
    • Given that in recent time home media has overtaken cable as the thing to get if you like watching reruns of older programming, it is also evident that Hanna-Barbera is the area of Warner Bros. Animation's library that routinely gets the most releases each year.
    • The Hanna Barbera Diamond Collection in 2017 was a surprising move that cemented this. Warner Bros. seemed to have been moving the majority of their older properties into the Warner Archive over the previous years. While WB regularly re-releases discs to stores with new packaging, it is notable these were actually newly made discs which doesn't happen often for back-catalog animation.note  The idea they would take this risk only for a 60th anniversary and three years before the theatrical push really speaks to how much they feel in the HB brand as a whole.note 
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for an entire sub-folder.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Hanna-Barbera Wiki.


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