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Boo-Boo Bear: Say Yogi, what's our power source, hydro bipad antimatter?
Yogi Bear: Nope, a big ol' rubber band, Boo-Boo buddy.
Boo-Boo and Yogi right before launch.

The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera was an animated simulator attraction that existed at several parks, most notably at Universal Studios Florida. The ride was a big Intercontinuity Crossover among some of the most famous Hanna-Barbera properties, including Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines.

It starts off with Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera demonstrating to the audience how cartoons are made as they draw a sketch of Elroy Jetson, which comes to life and goes right off the paper. After conversing with Elroy, the duo then goes on to mention how cartoons are also now being made by computers, which they also demonstrate by having a computer animate Dick Dastardly's spaceship. Dick Dastardly and Muttley, frustrated by the lack of attention they've been receiving, appear in the spaceship and demand to be the stars of Hanna-Barbera's next project. Bill and Joe refuse, stating that they intend for Elroy to be the focus of their next project (coincidentally, the ride opened a month before Jetsons: The Movie was released in theaters).

Feeling rejected, Dastardly and Muttley angrily kidnap Elroy, declaring that if they can't be the stars of Hanna-Barbera's next project, then no one will be. The conflict causes the computer to malfunction, and shortly after Bill and Joe make their escape, it forms a wormhole that sucks the guests into the world of Hanna-Barbera. There, Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo enlist the riders to assist them in rescuing Elroy from the two villains.

The attraction was one of the several opening-day attractions when the park itself opened on June 7, 1990; and it was humorously known for being the only ride that actually worked correctly on opening day, while the other rides were technical disasters initially.

While relatively popular in its prime, it closed on October 20, 2002. Its replacement was Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, an attraction that was extremely similar in both theming and general concept. However, after an even shorter run of eight years, its replacement, too, closed down and was converted into Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

After closing at Universal Studios Florida, it went on to appear at a number of Paramount Parks theme parks (all of which are now owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment as of 2022), such as Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, King's Island, Great America and Kings Dominion, as well as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Mall of America (now Nickelodeon Universe as of 2022), and Dollywood. At some of the locations, it did not include its pre-show and was known as Yogi's Wild Ride. It was not until sometime in the late 2000's that the attraction met its end and closed in all of the locations.

Here's a video (and pre-show) of the ride.

Tropes shown in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera include:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Dick Dastardly isn't all that malicious in Wacky Races; he's more of an ineffectual villain, and it doesn't help either that his competition is just as susceptible to cheating as he is. Here, he is willing to kidnap Elroy as ransom for appearing in more Hanna-Barbera projects.
    Dastardly: Enough! If I'm not the star of your next project, then no one will be! (Muttley fires a sink plunger gun at Elroy, pulling him into the computer screen with him and Dastardly) I'm taking Elroy where you'll never find him!
  • Aerial Canyon Chase: The beginning part of the Flintstones scene has the riders pursuing Dastardly through a narrow canyon.
  • Affectionate Parody: The Jetsons scene has the chase going through a park called "Coney Skyland", an obvious futuristic parody of the Coney Island park.
  • Amusement Park: "Coney Skyland", as said above.
  • And I Must Scream: Averted in the end, but Dick Dastardly implies this fate for Elroy when he says that he's taking Elroy to a place where he'll never be found.
  • Animated Actors: The opening of the pre-show apparently shows that the characters work much like normal actors and have to read off a script and everything.
  • Animation Bump: Unlike the Limited Animation for which Hanna-Barbera has been known, the ride's hand-drawn animation is very fluid. It helps that Don Bluth's Sullivan Bluth Studios did the animation for it.
  • Author Avatar: William Hanna and Joseph Barbara both appear as themselves in the pre-show.
  • Art Initiates Life: Elroy literally comes to life after Joe draws him on paper; as do Dastardly and Muttley when a computer draws their ship as part of a demonstration on CG rendering.
  • Battle Couple: After seeing their son being kidnapped, George and Jane Jetson are quick to join the chase against Dastardly, and are ultimately the ones that save Elroy (with Rosie's help).
  • Big Bad: Dick Dastardly and Muttley.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Haunted Castle in the Scooby-Doo scene contains a near-endless amount of sprawling hallways and giant rooms.
  • The Chase: The entire ride portion of the attraction involves Yogi and Boo-Boo chasing after Dick Dastardly in order to rescue Elroy.
  • Canine Companion: Muttley to Dick Dastardly.
  • Catapult to Glory: The ride vehicle is launched by being flung from a giant slingshot.
  • Concept Art Gallery: The pre-show is set inside of one, with it being Bill and Joseph's office.
  • Coming in Hot: The ride's ending has Yogi landing the ride vehicle on a floating landing strip, where he's just barely able to stop it in time.
  • Creator Cameo: The director and producer of the ride (Mario Kamberg and Sherry McKenna, respectively) appear as animated versions of themselves in the Flintstones scene.
  • Crash Course Landing: When Yogi lands the vehicle at the end, he explicitly mentions that he's "never landed before".
  • Creepy Cemetery: The first bit of Scooby-Doo has the chase going through a spooky graveyard.
  • Distressed Dude: The ride revolves around having to save Elroy from Dick Dastardly.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Occurs during the transition after the Flintstones scene, as a means of foreshadowing the Scooby-Doo scene ahead.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Even though he's being pursued, Dastardly is practically asking for an accident throughout the ride.
  • Eat the Camera: Subverted. A ghost's mouth phases right through the POV, but it doesn't end the shot.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: Dastardly has two that come out of the side of his rocket, with he uses to punch away incoming traffic.
  • Haunted Castle: A large part of the Scooby-Doo sequence is set in one.
  • Hydrant Geyser: In the Flintstones sequence, a fire hydrant is broken, resulting in this.
  • I Meant to Do That: Yogi says this at the end after he gets flung from the vehicle and into an inflated target.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Played with (in a non-romantic fashion). When Bill and Joe refuse to make Dick Dastardly the star of their next project, he reacts by kidnapping Elroy, saying, "If I'm not the next star of your project, then no one will be!"
  • Institutional Apparel: Dastardly and Muttley are put into black and white striped prison suits when they are captured by the police.
  • Low Clearance: Throughout the ride there's several narrow entry-ways that the characters narrowly avoid hitting the tops of.
  • Malaproper: Yogi: "They came all this way for Yogi's lesson in Amination".
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Among all the major Hanna-Barbera properties, with Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo chasing Dick Dastardly through the worlds of The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and The Jetsons.
  • Medium Awareness: Each of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters not only know full well that they're animated characters as well as Hanna-Barbera properties, but they also know of each other and their respective worlds.
  • Medium Blending: The attraction features 2D-animated characters in computer-animated environments. Notable for being one of the first uses of this technique.
  • The Multiverse: The ride has one universe existing for each Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
  • Never My Fault: Whenever something goes wrong, Dastardly always puts the blame on Muttley especially for things HE did.
  • Off Like a Shot: Joseph Barbera somewhat does his own parody of this when running away from his machine.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In the Flintstones scene, Fred first appears in the valley atop a dinosaur, but a mere few seconds later he inexplicably appears again inside Bedrock while riding his car with Barney. Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby are in the Mystery Machine, and a minute later, they're on a bed from the haunted house.
  • Open the Iris: Happens with Shaggy when the ride vehicle just narrowly avoids hitting the Mystery Machine.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: A wormhole is what sucks the riders into the cartoon world, and what Yogi and Boo-Boo use to travel between the different Hanna-Barbera universes.
  • Obviously Evil: You could only expect so much from someone named Dick Dastardly.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Bill and Joe's computer-animating machines ends up malfunctioning due to Dastardly's interference, resulting in it creating a wormhole.
  • Portal Crossroad World: The riders get sucked into one, which allows travel between the varying cartoon worlds.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The pre-show has the live-action Bill and Joe interacting with their animated creations.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • When seeing that their machine is malfunctioning, Bill and Joe are quick to make their exit.
    • While in their "car", Fred tells Barney to "step on it" after seeing the chaotic chase around them.
  • Security Cling: In the Scooby-Doo scene, Elroy does this to Muttley, who in turn does it to Dastardly.
  • Sky Surfing: When Dastardly's rocket is destroyed, he and Muttley are able to stay in the air briefly by standing on top of the still-functional engines.
  • Slippery Skid: The water generated from a broken hydrant in the Flintstones scene causes the Bedrock's fire department to slip and hit the ground.
  • Smash to Black: The ride ends this way when Yogi turns off a ceiling lamp.
  • Spectacular Spinning: There are several moments in the ride where vehicles are sent spinning, such as Fred Flintstone's car, the Mystery Machine, and Dastardly's rocket.
  • Spring Coil: Played with. When Yogi's vehicle bumps right into Dastardly's, his and Muttley's seats spring outwards before coming back down into the rocket.
  • Squashed Flat: Happens to Dastardly and Muttley when they get hit by one of the Coney Skyland attractions.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Subverted. It appears that Bill and Joe's machine is going to explode (as Bill says, "It's gonna blow!"), but instead it forms a wormhole that sucks the riders into an alternate universe.
  • Super Window Jump: Dastardly escapes the castle in the Scooby-Doo scene by smashing right through the window.
  • Surprise Jump: Dastardly and Muttley do one just before they enter an extremely narrow canyon.
  • Television Portal: In the pre-show, Muttley shoots out a toilet plunger gun out of the screen of the computer-animating machine, hits Elroy, and pulls him into the machine.
  • The End: The word "END" appears on the inflatable target right at the end of the ride, which Yogi crashes into.
  • Tremor Trampoline: The fire-rescue elephant in the Flintstones scene causes this to happen when it slips and gets flung into the air, causing the entire town to trampoline into the air when it crashes back down.
  • Try and Follow: Dastardly leads the riders into the Scooby-Doo scene to "scare them off his tail", though it's not exactly effective.