Or as Blue Falcon calls it, everyday.

I didn’t get to do the review I planned due to external elements, so I’ll leave that for next week. However, I wanted to get out of the trend I got into this week. So instead here’s a video by Saberspark discussing the brief history and downfall of Hanna-Barbera. HB was a huge part of my childhood as they were one of the dominating studios of Saturday Morning as well as numerous shows in reruns in the days before direct-to-syndication television as well as one of the prominent studios during that time before Fox Kids and Kids WB ruined it all. That’s a discussion for another time.

All of those studios are now gone come to think of it. DiC was bought by Cookie Jar Entertainment which is now Media DHX. Filmation was scattered to the four winds. Hanna-Barbera bought Ruby-Spears’ catalog before it was bought by Ted Turner before his media empire was bought by Time Warner, which is now WarnerMedia since fusing with HBO and AT&T. It’s a strange time but what led to Hanna-Barbera being a shell of its former self?

Catch more of Saberspark’s reviews and commentaries on his YouTube channel.


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  1. Sean says:

    This was a very good video. I learned a lot about Hanna Barbera’s history and American cartoon history in general. The 1970s was truly the decade of Hanna Barbera domination in the cartoon world. I do remember that from my earliest memories of the late 70s. Then I did get to witness the changes in the cartoon world in the 1980s with the weekday afternoon cartoons, the rise of cartoons related to toy properties, and the increased presence of Japanese animation in the U.S. Hanna Barbera’s Gobots tried to compete with the likes of the Transformers and GI Joe, but HB ended up losing its dominance. I did like how the video mentioned the special quality of the Pirates of Dark Water cartoon. That surely was a dynamic moment for Hanna Barbera in the 1990s. I didn’t know all the details about HB in the mid to late 90s, so it was very interesting to learn that even Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) worked for HB at that time.

    The idea of a Hanna Barbera cinematic universe sounds appealing to me. I’d love to see some movies (animated and/or live action) of various HB creations such as the Funky Phantom, Herculoids, Space Ghost, Johnny Quest, Galtar and the Golden Lance, Pirates of Dark Water, etc.


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