What’s your favorite classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series?

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  • bubba sawyer

    What about QuickDraw Magraw, Touche Turtle,
    Lippy the Lion and Hardy Harhar? They weren’t even offered as choices>

  • Terrence Bird

    I don’t usually watch cartoons, but I did enjoy Quick Draw Magraw

  • Jackie

    I always loved Pixie and Dixie and Jinx the cat!!

  • Sci-Fi Fan.

    You can have them! All of them! Limited animation, which was the hallmark of Hanna/barbera, never interested me. Not even when I was a kid. Give me Chuck Jones and Termite Terrace any day of the week!

  • BadGnx2

    This one is VERY SUBJECTIVE.

    If I had to pick just one off the list then it would be “The Flintstones”. This was the first prime time half hour cartoon series on television which later paved the way for “The Simpson’s”, “Family Guy” and many others.
    That show itself was a BLATANT rip off of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners”. What makes this show novel is that it appeals to adults and kids alike. Although I didn’t catch them as a kid, as an adult, I can see much of the sarcastic humor and the “in jokes” of the series.
    Its probably the most popular of all the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

    Right now I watch alot of “The Wackty Races” and “The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop”. Probably more so out of nostalgia than entertainment.

    But one really CANNOT compare the animation of the old Warner Brothers cartoons, which were fillers for the movies and the Hanna-Barbera cartoons which were exclusively meant for television. Thus the operating budgets were alot smaller in TV land than the movie theaters.

    But DON’T discount Hanna-Barbera. They honed their skills from many years in the animation department at MGM studios. When MGM decided to scrap their animation department, Hanna-Barbera went out on their own. But one can view the Gene Kelly movie “Anchors Aweigh” in which he dances with Jerry the mouse or watch any of the old “Tom And Jerry” cartoons and see that Hanna-Barbera had some skills. ESPECIALLY when movie money was thrown at them.
    They would also try to show some flair whenever they made a feature length movie with one of their own characters such as “A Man Called Flintstone” (’66).

    But there MUST be something about Hanna-Barbera though. Time-Warner (Warner Brothers Pictures)bought out the entire catalog and now they show the cartoons on their own CARTOON NETWORK/BOOMERANG station. So for anyone wanting to go down memory lane and see “just what they thought was so funny” as a kid, take a look.

  • Sci-Fi Fan.

    Yeah. I know. Hanna/Barbera did the Tom and Jerry films at MGM for many years. But they hardly compare to most of the Warners cartoons. I guess the animation was decent, but that’s about the best thing I can say about them.

  • Tlynette

    I’m a HUGE Hanna-Barbera toon fan, so, I liked every one on the list, but “The Flintstones” is in a class by itself.

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  • William Sommerwerck

    With the possible exception of “Ruff and Reddy”, William Hannah and Joseph Barbera cranked out the biggest pile of artistic crap in the history of civilization (both Eastern and Western). * The absolutely miserable quality of their utterly witless and unimaginative dreck cannot be overestimated.

    This is the kind of “art” that pollutes taste, rather than elevating it. Anyone who thinks “The Flintstones” is in “a class by itself” needs to watch some good movies, read some good books, and view some good art. If I were filthy rich, I would buy up all the H-B crap — including any remaining cels and camera negatives — and publicly burn them.

    * I’m talking about their TV stuff. I’m no fan of “Tom & Jerry”, but those cartoons were far superior.

  • version

    Touch choices. Tops Cat was great; Johnny Q – the first alternative family – way ahead of its time; George Jetson made me want to work less; The Flinstons were a gold standard on prime time; A Warner poll would be great too – I loved Heckle & jeckle.

    Who didn’t like Mutley!? Roger Ramjet let me know drugs were an answer for many challenges. I owe a lot to the cartoons of the past.

  • RogerZ

    I went with the Huckleberry Hound Show because it introduced so many of the other characters. My favorite is Quick Draw McGraw (a.k.a. El Kabong)

  • NylesG

    I was a huge fan of Jonny Quest during syndication when it used to run Sunday mornings opposite church. Our Sunday School class used to tell the teacher we’d study the Bible on our own, then turn on the TV and watch Jonny Quest when she left.
    “Robot Spy” still gives me chills. I wanted to be Jonny Quest and grow up to marry Race Bannon.

  • Christine Harrison

    I really loved watching “Jonny Quest” when I was younger – one episode in particular was really scary. It was about an invisible monster in the jungle that attacked people and I still remember one scene in which a member of Jonny Quest’s team was left alone in a clearing in the jungle – his jetpack failed to operate and you could hear the sounds of the monster getting nearer and nearer. Luckily, one of the team realised he’d been left behind and flew back to get him just before the monster came along. That really frightened me at the time. Still does ….

  • jeanine

    For the technology of the time and the number they had to crank out for the entertainment of the kids, and some adults, of the times, they were great. I liked Huckleberry Hound. I was disappointed when Top Cat was no longer on. My guilty secret is I still watch Scooby-Doo when I get a chance. My real favorite is Rocky & Bullwinkle, but the Hanna Barbera toons have earned their place in cartoon history.

  • Maxwell Starr

    I can appreciate that HB cartoons were primarily a television based product and they had to crank out episodes very fast to meet deadlines – but, even so, I never really cared for their cartoons due to the minimalist approach to animation. They did, however, create some terrific characters – “The Jetsons” appeals to me the most. It’s 1950s art deco motif applied to a space age future seemed to work better than “The Flintstones” design of a prehistoric/post modern past. And many other characters: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Pixie and Dixie and Jinx the cat were fun and seemed to work well more in merchandising (plush toys especially) than in their animated adventures due, again, to the hurried animation employed. Still they were far superior to other Kiddie cartoon series of the 1960s like the execrable “Space Angel” and “Clutch Cargo” which were static images with live moving mouths. The big studio cartoons with their more fluid animation still rule. Warner Bros. is tops with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the gang with the best voice overs (thanks, Mel) and zany writing and direction (thanks Tex and Chuck). Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck shorts are still more fun to watch than Disney’s feature length animated films in the sixties and seventies. The Fleischer Factory’s output were superb: “Betty Boop”, “Popeye” and “Superman”. And, MGM’s Hanna Barbara “Tom and Jerry” cartoons are still hilarious. It’s a shame the HB studio wasn’t given more money and time to produce a higher quality of animation for television. And, yet, there were minimalist animation series that did enjoy – “Rocky and Bullwinkle” primarily for it’s better than average writing and “The Pink Panther” for it’s throwback to Silent Era comedy. Unfortunately, the minimalist approach to animation has persisted down through the years ever since HB debuted the Huck Hound and the Flintstones shows. Most every Saturday morning cartoon series (from the sixties to the present) that I’ve tuned in to examine is a bore to watch.

  • oaktree11967

    I also liked THE FUNKY PHANTOM (just ordered a set from the WB) and RICOCHET RABBIT which was in between THE MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW which also ran TRIXIE, DIXIE & JINX.

  • Geri

    I say, I say, I say give me Yosemite Sam, Wile Coyote, the Tazmanian Devil, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Buggs Bunny anytime.


    Snooper and Blabber

  • Pat

    I went with Huckleberry Hound, but I’m with Geri the Looney Tunes characters are my fav. BTW we have a catfish restaurant here called “Huckleberry’s” and it’s goood eatin’.

  • john

    Where are Mighty Mouse and Space Ghost!

  • Sci-Fi Fan.

    Mighty Mouse came from Terrytoons (Paul Terry) at 20th Century Fox. His cartoons were so mediocre he was in constant danger of going bankrupt from lack of interest. Be that as it may, his films were and are actually better than anything created by Hanna/Barbera, either at MGM or on television.

  • Stephen Farris

    You can tell the quality of cartooning today, when they become feature movies. Look at Scooby Do,Flintstones, Speed Racer and [just lately]…YOGI BEAR. Some even incorporated live actors into the mix , as well as 3-D technology, to further amplify the action. Truly unique!!!

  • Mike Oldfield

    For me, the Tom and Jerry cartoons of the 1940′s and 1950′s were not only the best things produced by Hannah/Barbera but are among the finest animated cartoons ever made. The backgrounds in particular were superb. If you want to know what the living room of a house from that era looked like, almost any of the T & J cartoons will show you in loving detail. If you get the chance, watch “Mouse In Manhattan” or “The Cat Concerto”; they are classics. The music for the latter was provided by the MGM Studio Orchestra. Regrettably when Producer Fred Quimby and MGM gave Hannah and Barbera the boot and closed their cartoon department, we lost a great source of animated entertainment. Forced to work on a reduced scale with limited resources, Hannah and Barbera came up with the Huckleberry Hound/Yogi Bear TV series which relied on clever dialogue and funny voices but really crappy, repeating background detail.

  • Raksim

    El Kabong!

  • Cato

    All successful cartoons are aimed at adults, not children. That said, I like the early Merry Melodies and Silly Symphonies best. For some reason, my favorite cartoons usually feature a pig playing a tuba.

  • http://www.moviesunlimited.com Gary Cahall

    Even with H-B’s limited TV animation, Sci-Fi Fan, I’d still say that most of the series on this poll are more interesting to watch than the formulaic Mighty Mouse Terrytoons of the ’40s and ’50s. The only time MM was worth watching was when Ralph Bakshi and John Krisfalusi put out Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures in the late ’80s.

  • Patrick

    OF COURSE it was Jonny Quest for me. That show was a boy’s dream: adventures to the far corners of the world with your mysterious scientist father, his cool bodyguard who teaches you judo and how to fire guns, and your best friend an exotic Hindu lad your own age who knows rope tricks and can even levitate! All this and not a mother figure in sight to nag you about cleaning your room or finishing your vegetables. Jonny Quest was the greatest boy’s adventure fantasy since the tales of Kipling and Robt. Louis Stevenson, bar none!

  • Kerry

    Jonny Quest wins easily among the choices given. I always liked action/adventure and space/sci-fi cartoons so other real favorites included The Herculoids, Space Ghost, Spiderman, and even Shazam! (how many remember THAT one?) about a giant genie and the two kids who each had half of a ring when put together would summon him.
    I also agree that Tom & Jerry were some of the best cartoons ever made – right up there with the WB cartoons.

  • Al

    Jonny Quest was the best ever. I was a kid when it would air on I believe thursday nights at 7:30. It was fantastic stuff. Cool gadgets and planes. I don’t remember it being an alternative life style setting for Jonny and his family. Race did have girl friends and Dr. Quest did have a wife. Some one needs to check all the episodes before making statements to the contrary. Remember these cartoons were made for kids back in the day.

  • John Burgeson

    I was never much of a fan of H-B, except when I was very young. Compared to Rocky & His Friends, Road Runner and George of the Jungle, there wasn’t a much in the way of wit.

  • Des

    Flinstones were probably the most popular. It was targeted more as a family show. If I remember correctly it used to air on Saturday’s around 6pm before the Beverly Hillbillies at 7pm, which was one of the the top comedy shows for years. It was TV dinners and lots of laughs around the television with my parents every Saturday night.
    My favourite though was Johnny Quest. The artwork, sound effects, voices, music and story lines were so far superior to any other adventure cartoons on Saturday morning TV for young kids like me that drank that stuff up. Talk about the best of times.

  • Mike

    Got to be the Herculoids.

  • Stephen Farris

    Some of today’s cartoons are stupid: How can a kid get so excited watching Sponge Bob? And some are so unrealistic [almost bordering on modern art]and yet they kids love them. Have the animators finally run out of ideas and just scribble something on a pad [or computer] and call it a cartoon. Give me the good old days of Pink Panther and Bugs Bunny. BTW: most newspaper comics are geared more for adults, than kids. How can a kid relate to Dilbert?

  • Thomas A. Petillo

    What about Pixie & Dixie, with Mr. Jinx?
    Augy Doggy & Doggy Daddy?

  • Bazbee

    Were Augie Doggie and Daddy Doggie HB creations? I seem to remember liking them more than the other toons. Re the comment about newspaper comics being geared more for adults, that’s not surprising is it when you consider at whom newspapers are targeted?

  • Dragonfly

    Someone above wrote that it is all subjective and they’re right. However, nothing compares to Warner Brothers Cartoons – Oh, how I miss them. I’m a senior citizen and my kids are all grown, but we still discuss those cartoons and would watch them today if they were still around.

  • golden1

    To Patrick: Johnny Quest was a girl’s dream too! I think he wss the first teenybopper, heartthrob cartoon. The show was perfect for adolescent girls to fantasize about love and adventure. The quality of the animation wasn’t important-alhough I hardly think it was as bad as some say. It was the characters and real storylines that were the big attractions.

  • Daisy

    I voted for The Flintstones, but to be very honest I never had much use for the old Hanna-Barbera stuff. They couldn’t hold a candlestick to Warner Brothers classics or Jay Ward, but I do confess that the newer H-B cartoons on The Cartoon Network have taken old duds and upgraded the humor considerably.

  • http://www.moviesunlimited.com Gary Cahall

    Yes, Bazbee, Augie Doggie and Doggy Daddy was an H-B cartoon, running along with Snooper and Blabber on the Quick Draw McGraw show.
    The problem with some cartoons (Touche Turtle, Wally Gator, etc.) is that they weren’t half-hour series of their own, but were syndicated for local cartoon shows, so that Warner making individual volumes for each character could be too much trouble for them.
    Anyone out there looking for Snagglepuss or Yakky Doodle can find them on The Yogi Bear Show: The Complete Series at http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=D67189 , while Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks are featured in The Huckleberry Hound Show, available at http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=D67190

  • Adam Odnert

    I voted ‘stones, but thought about the Yogis Ark series from the 70′s which I liked a a lot. Grape Ape hour was also a treat – but ‘cmon, classic? It’s gotta be Fred.

  • Steve Thorn

    Of the choices given the only one that had even a trace of “realism” was Jonny Quest, and it’s always been one of my fav cartoons. Sci-Fi weapons and gadgets, monsters, “James Bond”-ish villains, a Moriarty-level criminal genius (Dr. Tzin) to bedevil Dr. Quest — how could you go wrong with that formula! “The Invisible Monster” is still a bit scary (that scream still puts a shiver up my back) after 40+ years. While I ravenously devoured all the sci-fi cartoons of the era (Space Ghost, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Shazzan the Genii [sorry, Kerry, but you got the name wrong], Moby Dick [anyone else remember that one?] The Arabian Knights, The Fantastic Four, Young Samson, Spider Man and many others) JQ will always hold a special place in my heart. Signed, Stephen Thorn: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze136nhf/

  • Adam

    All the cartoons HB did for TV, and you leave us with that puny list? After a quick glance I would already write in The Herculoids, Speed Buggy, and Hong Kong Phooey.

    Lots of people confusing the shorts.. those weren’t meant for tv originally..

  • Groucho

    @SciiFi Fan…I guess you would not like the greatest cartoonseries of alltime, then. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle was easily the best ever. Incredible direction and writing. Alas, the animation was horrid. Yet, it’s still the best ever.

    Just my .02

  • Sci-Fi Fan.

    Hello Groucho,
    “Rocky And Bullwinkle” is certainly a thoughtful “cartoon” show. Thoughtful, as in great writing. The animation…? Well… I think the program was called “radio on television.” Of course, the limited animation of “Rocky And Bullwinkle” was deliberate. But don’t kid yourself. The main reason for the limited animation was economic. No matter what you would prefer to believe, since it was a TV show, they just didn’t have enough money to make it better. At least the Warners cartoons have great writing AND great animation!

  • HotTubJohnny

    I enjoyed Top Cat;Yogi Bear and Magilla Gorilla but I loved Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey!!

    “Cherry Vodka’s for sissies and pregnant women!!”
    -Joy Turner(Jamie Pressly):”My Name is Earl”.

  • Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    The best HB cartoons are, by far, those T&J cartoons of 1975 where T&J are friends. They have the best looking animation of any version of T&J; speaking of that HB cartoons are better than LT, partly because they have better looking animation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daisy-Brambletoes/846520385 Daisy Brambletoes

    I can’t stand any of these.

  • Glendon Stanley

    my favorite was ruff-reddy,,,,you never see them anymore,,,wonder where you could find them on dvd or vhs