Tag Archives: Hanna-Barbera

Cartoon of the Day: I Yabba-Dabba Do!

I Yabba-Dabba Do!

I Yabba-Dabba Do!

Who is cel­e­brat­ing their twen­ti­eth anniver­sary today? The two stone-age kids that grew up next door to each other– Peb­bles and Bamm-Bamm! In 1993, ABC aired I Yabba-Dabba Do!, a spe­cial directed by ani­ma­tion giant William Hanna. How tough was it for Fred to give away the bride?

Peb­bles and Bamm-Bamm get mar­ried but not before endur­ing all the antics and con­fu­sion that seem to accom­pany every Flint­stones affair.

Sort of the oppo­site of all those eight­ies car­toon series in which grown-up char­ac­ters are shown in their youth. You know, the Mup­pet Babies, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo or Flint­stone Kids.…

 

Cartoon of the Day: Rebel Rumble

The Peter Potamus Show

The Peter Pota­mus Show

Today’s CotD is Rebel Rum­ble, an episode from The Peter Pota­mus Show. Hana and Bar­bera took a new tack with this show, one that would pay of for years. The stu­dio began sell­ing ani­mated half-hour blocks directly into syn­di­ca­tion. The new out­let grew the stu­dio faster than any­one thought pos­si­ble. After win­ning in syn­di­ca­tion, ABC saw the light and brought this show back to net­work television.

Peter and So-So land in Amer­ica dur­ing the time of the Rev­o­lu­tion. Peter and So-So spread the word that the red­coats are com­ing from their bal­loon. They are shot down by British sol­diers. They escape pur­suit don­ning British uni­forms but then are chased back to their bal­loon by Amer­i­can troops.

This show began its run in syn­di­ca­tion as Peter Pota­mus and his Magic Fly­ing Bal­loon, but was picked up by ABC on Jan­u­ary 2, 1966.

Cartoon of the Day: Bewitched Bear

Bewitched Bear

Bewitched Bear

The episode Bewitched Bear is from the The Huck­le­berry Hound Show, the first suc­cess­ful ani­mated tele­vi­sion series by Bill Hanna and Joe Bar­bera. After mak­ing the tran­si­tion from the­atri­cal to tele­vi­sion, Hanna-Barbera became syn­ony­mous with TV ani­ma­tion, and were the pio­neers in the field.

 

Yogi and Boo Boo use a fly­ing broom from a witch to steal pic­nic baskets.

First aired the week of Jan­u­ary 18, 1960.

Yogi Bear began his long-lived car­toon career in his self-titled seg­ment on “The Huck­le­berry Hound Show.” Later, this episode was repeated in Yogi’s spin-off show “The Yogi Bear Show” and shown with “Yakky Doo­dle”, and “Snag­gle­puss.”

Cartoon of the Day: The Missing Mouse

The Missing Mouse

The Miss­ing Mouse

From nearly the end of the the­atri­cal series, The Miss­ing Mouse was unique in a few ways. Pop­u­lar voice actor Paul Frees– Cap­tain Hook from Disney’s Peter Pan from the same year– han­dles the voice duties for this short, and therein is one of the unique aspects of the film.

While Jerry is loot­ing the fridge, Tom comes by and ham­mers him… He pinches Jerry’s tail in a mouse­trap, and while run­ning away, the mouse spills a bot­tle of white shoe pol­ish on himself.

Sud­denly, the radio blurts out that an exper­i­men­tal “explo­sive” white mouse has escaped from the lab. Tom sees Jerry and is fright­ened to death. Jerry takes advan­tage, and keeps try­ing to fall off shelves and such… the cat catch­ing him no mat­ter what. Tom lets irons and pianos fall on him instead of Jerry.

When the mouse falls in the sink, Tom real­izes that he’s been a fool; he hits Jerry with a ham­mer and throws him out. The real white mouse then enters, and when Tom washes the fake one and then sees Jerry, he ages 50 years! The radio then announces that the explo­sive mouse is no longer dan­ger­ous… Tom strikes him and BOOM! The cat sticks his head out of the rub­ble and says, “Don’t you believe it!”

This is one of the rare car­toons in which Tom speaks; although here it sounds as though he is imi­tat­ing char­ac­ter actor Ned Sparks in the final scene.

This is the only Tom and Jerry car­toon (and pos­si­bly the only MGM car­toon) for which Scott Bradley does not receive music credit.

 

 

Cartoon of the Day: Watch Out! The Willawaw!

Watch Out! The Willawaw!

Watch Out! The Willawaw!

The fifth incar­na­tion of Scooby-Doo began on this date in 1978 with Watch Out! The Willawaw! from Scooby’s All-Stars. WHen the series started, no one thought it would go to five shows, much less the thir­teen shows it has spawned to date. Five curi­ous teens and their dog and going on almost 50 years.

Grey Fox per­pe­trates the leg­end of The Willawaw with a hot air bal­loon painted like The Willawaw to frighten peo­ple away from his smug­gling oper­a­tion. He kid­naps Velma’s Uncle Dave Dink­ley, a law­man, when he gets too close to the oper­a­tion. Red Heron, with the help of his friend Snap­ping Tur­tle, fol­lows Grey Fox’s trail and releases their friend Dave, while Shaggy Scooby-Doo, Velma, Daphne and Fred cap­ture Grey Fox and prove to the fright­ened Chippe­was that the Willawaw is lit­er­ally just a bag of hot air.
It all began in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? The trav­el­ing com­pan­ion of four hep-cat teenagers, Scooby-Doo helped solved mys­ter­ies while simul­ta­ne­ously mur­der­ing the Eng­lish lan­guage (though the fact that he could even speak should count for some­thing). Scooby’s best friend was the skinny, goofy Shaggy, with whom he shared a love for Scooby snacks, among other del­i­ca­cies. Also along for the ride was the much hunkier Freddy, the babes­li­cios Daphne, and Velma, the brainy girl who did most of the mys­tery cracking.

The inex­plic­a­ble five­some tooled around in the Mys­tery Machine (a groovy painted van), end­ing up in some pretty creepy towns men­aced by ghosts, ghouls or mum­mies. Freddy would “take the girls,” leav­ing Scooby and Shaggy to fend for them­selves, usu­ally end­ing up in each other’s arms out of fear. After an exten­sive chase scene/musical sequence, the vil­lain would be caught, reveal his true iden­tity and curse those med­dling kids for foil­ing his plans.

This incar­na­tion lasted for two sea­sons before reruns took over. From 1972 to 1974, the show became The New Scooby-Doo Movies. This for­mat had the kids meet­ing up with such guest stars as Mamma Cass, the Glo­be­trot­ters, Sonny and Cher, and Don Knotts (all play­ing them­selves) to solve more mysteries.

For one sea­son in 1976, the gang became half of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, shar­ing the bill with the “robonic” Dyno­mutt and his human super­hero part­ner, The Blue Fal­con. Scooby’s gang was joined by Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum, who (you guessed it) was dumb.

From ’76 to ’80, Scooby was granted ninety min­utes under the title Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (later renamed Scooby’s All-Stars). This show fea­tured a plethora of Hanna-Barbera characters—dating as far back as the 50’s—engaged in a vari­ety of competitions.

In addi­tion to rerun­ning Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? in 1978, ABC paired Laff-A-Lympics with a new show, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo. This show intro­duced Scoob’s short and con­fi­dent nephew, who, though younger than Scooby, had much clearer speech. In 1980 the cow­ardly elder Doo was paired with a famous mini-millionaire in The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show.

Scooby and Scrappy were still together in 1982, but now they split their time with another canine in The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo/Puppy’s New Adven­tures Hour. Join­ing these new shows were air­ings of reruns now called The Best of Scooby-Doo. In 1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mys­ter­ies (which brought back the teens as well as hold­ing on to Scrappy) were aired, as were a bunch of reruns, this time called Scary Scooby Fun­nies.

In The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985–86), Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy and Daphne were joined by 9-year-old Flim Flam. The group, helped by war­lock Vin­cent Van Ghoul (Vin­cent Price), fought off wicked sor­cery. That sea­son the Great Dane could also be seen in another rerun col­lec­tion, Scooby’s Mys­tery Fun­House. In 1986 Scooby could only be seen in reruns of Laff-a-Lympics.

The air­waves were deprived of Scooby for two years. Then, in 1988, a new show called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was pro­duced. Like many car­toons of the time, this show took famil­iar char­ac­ters back to their early years. Thus, Shaggy, Freddy, Velma and Daphne were now pre­teens. Scooby, of course, was but a pup. This ver­sion had the kids con­stantly run­ning into the char­ac­ter Red Her­ring (wink, wink), whom the gang always sus­pected of com­mit­ting crimes. This show ran in reruns until 1993, when it finally left net­work television.

And then, the Scooby dry spell. Ten years of now new Scoobs. OK, sure, we had the occa­sional direct-to-video releaese with the Mys­tery Crew, but no more reeg­u­lar tele­vi­sion. Ninally, in 2002, we got What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. This is also the first show since Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo to con­tain the gang in it’s orig­i­nal for­mat: Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.

Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! saw the first real redesign the crew has ever seen. The best way to describe the new look is to just avoid it altogether.

Scooby-Doo! Mys­tery Incor­po­rated is the most recent ver­sion of the show. Back to the orig­i­nal mod­els (thanks GOD!). Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their talk­ing dog Scooby-Doo are back, solv­ing mys­ter­ies in the spooky town of Crys­tal Cove, a sleepy coastal vil­lage that boasts a long his­tory of ghostly sight­ings, were­wolves and glow­ing deep sea divers.

It’s inter­est­ing to note that while the show itself under­went many changes, the char­ac­ters did not. Aside from a mod­i­fied Daphne appear­ing in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, the gang retained their late-sixties garb well into the eight­ies and nineties. This included knee-highs, a mini-skirt and lumpy turtle­neck sweater for Velma, a rockin’ minidress and head scarf for Daphne, and groovy bell-bottoms for the guys. Scooby remained in his nat­ural canine glory.

Scooby-Doo may have left Sat­ur­day morn­ing, but his work is far from over. Scooby con­tin­ues to answer the call, appear­ing semi-regularly in direct-to-video car­toon fea­tures. As long as mys­ter­ies need solv­ing, Scooby-Doo will come through (and then he’ll have him­self a Scooby Snack… that’s a fact).

 

Cartoon of the Day: A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flint­stone Fam­ily Christmas

Time for a lit­tle reminder that it’s Christ­mas­time, even in the stone age. Fred, Bar­ney, Wilma and Betty all hang out for A Flint­stone Fam­ily Christ­mas in this 1993 special.

The older gen­er­a­tion Flint­stones and Rub­bles get involved with Stoney, a “cave­less kid from the wrong side of the tar pits”, while await­ing the arrival of the newest mem­bers of the clan who were snowed in at O’Harestone Airport.

Cartoon of the Day: Go Away Ghost Ship

Go Away Ghost Ship

Go Away Ghost Ship

From the ORIGINAL Scooby-Doo series, Go Away Ghost Ship first aired on this date in 1969 on CBS-TV. When Frank Sina­tra sang “Strangers in the Night,” did he know he would inspire the name for the longest-running car­toon on net­work TV? Prob­a­bly not. Nonethe­less, that Great Dane named Scooby-Doo (as in “dooby dooby doo”) has appeared on tele­vi­sion under no less than twelve titles.

When the 300-year-old ghost of Red­beard The Pirate and his pirate ghost ship come out of a spooky night’s fog and raid a chan­nel freighter, the reluc­tant Scooby-Doo and the teen sleuths find them­selves in another baf­fling mys­tery. Pur­su­ing the ghost ship, our kids’ boat is sliced in two, and Shag and Scooby are cap­tured by pirates and made to cook din­ner. The gang uncov­ers the Ghost Of Red­beard for what he really is: C.L. Mag­nus, the raided freighter’s owner who’d been raid­ing his own ships and sell­ing the goods for the insur­ance money, and using an ancient revenge to cover up his scheme.

This story was adapted in Issue #6 (10252–106, June 1971) of Gold Key Comics’ Hanna-Barbera Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (“The Ghost Of Redbeard”).

And I woulda got­ten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those ras­cally kids…

Ken Walker, 91, was animator for Disney and H-B

Ken Walker

Ken Walker

Ani­ma­tor and direc­tor Ken­neth David “Ken” Walker, whose work for Dis­ney included such mem­o­rable films as Alice in Won­der­land and Fan­ta­sia, died August 18 in Laguna Hills, Cal­i­for­nia. He was 91.

A mem­ber of the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica, he worked for Dis­ney from 1940–42 and 1945–52. He was filmed as one of Disney’s lead­ing ani­ma­tors on the “Dis­ney Car­toons” episode of You Asked For It, which can cur­rently be seen on YouTube.

Walker also worked for many other notable com­pa­nies, such as Colum­bia Pic­tures and Hanna-Barbera. He was the founder and sole owner of N.Y.C. Totem Pro­duc­tions from 1965 to 1971. In 1981, he founded Fun­ny­bone Films in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, where he remained owner for 20 years.

In TV, he ani­mated Mil­ton the Mon­ster (1965), Bailey’s Comets (1973) and The Great Grape Ape Show (1977). He ani­mated the ABC After­school Spe­cials The Incred­i­ble, Indeli­ble, Mag­i­cal Phys­i­cal, Mys­tery Trip (1973) and The Mag­i­cal Mys­tery Trip Through Lit­tle Red’s Head (1974).

Walker ani­mated the TV spe­cials The Bear Who Slept Through Christ­mas (1973) and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982), as well as the TV-movie Clerow Wilson’s Great Escape and The Mad Mag­a­zine TV Spe­cial, both made in 1974. He was a pro­duc­tion designer for the 2000 spe­cial It’s the Pied Piper, Char­lie Brown and a tim­ing direc­tor for the 1994–94 series Skele­ton War­riors.

He was a char­ac­ter ani­ma­tor for the 1982 H-B fea­ture film Heidi’s Song and an ani­ma­tor for the 1992 hybrid movie Cool World. As well, he ani­mated the the­atri­cal 1974 short Trail of the Lone­some Pink and was ani­ma­tion direc­tor of the inde­pen­dent 1966 short Seeds of Discovery.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4, 1921, Walker grad­u­ated from North Hol­ly­wood High School in the win­ter of 1940. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific The­atre from 1942 to 1945.

Ken Walker was pre­de­ceased by his first wife, Sally Har­riet (Shep­pard) Walker, and sec­ond wife, Helen (Jacob) Walker.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Car­olyn Vera (Phillips) Walker; son Ken­neth Alfred Walker of Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia; daugh­ters Sue (Walker) Bing­ham of Ver­adale, Wash­ing­ton and Lynne Sperry (Walker) Blader­groen of Savan­nah, Geor­gia; brother George August Gewehr of Tuc­son, Ari­zona; grand­chil­dren Glenn Michael Walker, Tiffany Cole Moss, Lind­sey Suzanne (Bing­ham) Skin­fill, Ian and Kyle Blader­groen; and great-grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler Walker, Gabriella Rae Skin­fill and Aubrey Bladergroen.

A ser­vice will be held at 12:45 p.m. Mon­day August 27 at River­side National Cemetery.

Big Mouse Take (1965) — Loopy de Loop Episode Guide

Big Mouse Take

Big Mouse Take

#CotD: From Bill Hanna and Joe Bar­bera first the­atri­cal series on their own, “Big Mouse Take” was also their only the­atri­cal series.

Big Mouse Take (1965) — Loopy de Loop Episode Guide

Loopy steps in for a cat to catch Bigelow the mouse.

You can watch “Big Mouse Take” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964) — Theatrical Cartoon

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear

#CotD: The very first full-length fea­ture film from Hanna-Barbera Pro­duc­tions, “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” was also the first fea­ture film based on a tele­vi­sion program.

Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

Yogi’s still ham­ming it up in Jelly­stone, swip­ing “Pic-a-nic” bas­kets and irk­ing Ranger Smith. Best buddy Boo­Boo is along for the ride, as is the lovely Cindy Bear. Yogi and Cindy’s romance is pro­ceed­ing nicely until Ranger Smith ships Yogi to the San Diego Zoo. How­ever, Yogi sub­sti­tutes another bear and remains at Jelly­stone. Pan­icked, Cindy runs off to find Yogi, but she gets caught up in the world of a schem­ing show­man. The impre­sario forces Cindy into a per­ilous high-wire act at his cruel cir­cus, where only a cer­tain smarter-than-the-average bear can save her.

You can watch “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase