Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TOP FIVE WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOONS

This is a remastered entry listed five years ago. My Top Five entries are being remastered due to several reasons. The images might not be working properly anymore; some details should be added or the ranking must be changed.
We grew up watching our favorite cartoons and for nearly sixty years, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera have been creating characters that are cherished and adored by fans everywhere. In the process, they have won more citations and awards (including a record seven Oscars) than virtually any other filmmakers. For the first time, the story of this incredibly successful artistic partnership is told in the lavishly illustrated Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. The deluxe format captures the spirit of these cartoons--from the thirty-inch foldouts to the special acetate cell on the cover depicting some of the all-time favorite characters. Now allow me to list down five of the most well known Hanna Barbera Cartoons
Before we proceed with our list, here are some cartoons that deserve to be mentioned. There are several popular Hanna  Barbera Cartoons who failed to make it on our list but worthy enough to be mentioned including the Jetsons (list on the fifth spot last 2008 [See TOP FIVE MOST WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOONS 2008]), Johny Quest, Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats. Upon doing my research an information took by surprise knowing that our favorite cartoons like Dexter's Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls were initially produced by Hanna Barbera but later adapted by Cartoon Network.
TOP FIVE WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOONS

TOP 5 WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
"THE SMURFS"
The Smurfs are popularly depicted as small blue fictional creatures that lives in mushroom houses in a forest. The smurfs was aired on TV since 1981-1990 (NBC) and continued to air on the USA network until 1993, followed by the Cartoon network until 2003. Running for two decades is good enough to prove how popular the series are. Interestingly, they were actually adapted first from a comic series which started since 1958 before they gained international attention. Due to their huge popularity, the cartoon was adapted in several media franchises including video games, amusement parks and even a live ice skating show. In addition to that, the series was adapted into a huge and highly acclaimed animated film last 2011 and a sequel this coming 2015. 


TOP 4 WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
"YOGI BEAR"

Yogi Bear  is one of Hanna Barbera's signature characters. Interestingly, he made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show. In 1961 he was given his own show, The Yogi Bear Show, which also included the segments Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi's personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity of the time. Art Carney's Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners was said to be Yogi's inspiration. Yogi's name is a nod to the famed baseball star Yogi Berra. he plot of most of Yogi's cartoons centered around his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, a takeoff on the famous Yellowstone National Park. Yogi is usually accompanied by his reluctant best friend Boo Boo, would often try to steal picnic baskets from campers in the park, much to the chagrin of Park Ranger Smith. Yogi Bear was also adapted in an animated film last 2010.  

TOP 3 WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
"THE FLINSTONES"
Yabba Dabba Dooooo!! Well who among us is not aware of that phrases? The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age man's life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friend. The first prime time cartoon geared for adults, the show originally aired from 1960 to 1966. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. Several series and spin offs were made afterwards. In fact, due to its huge popularity, the series was adapted into a live action film last 2000. Smurfs and Yogi Bear has their own 3D Animated films and I guess Flintones deserve the same treatment. That's really something to look forward to right?

TOP 2 WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
"SCOOBY DOO"
Scooby-Doo is a long-running American animated series produced for Saturday morning television in several different versions from 1969 to the present. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera. Hanna-Barbera produced numerous spin-offs and related works until being absorbed in 1997 into Warner Bros. Animation, which has handled production since then. Although the format of the show and the cast (and ages) of characters have varied significantly over the years, the most familiar versions of the show feature a talking dog named Scooby-Doo and four teenagers: Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers. These five characters (officially collectively known as "Mystery, Inc.", but never referred to as such in the original series) drive around the world in a van called the "Mystery Machine", and solve mysteries typically involving tales of ghosts and other supernatural forces. At the end of each episode, the supernatural forces turn out to have a rational explanation, typically criminal plots involving costumes, latex masks and special effects intended to frighten or distract. Just like most of the Hanna Barbera cartoons, the series was also adapted into various live action and 3d animated films. It was also adapted in several media franchises including video games.  

THE MOST WELL KNOWN HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
"TOM AND JERRY"
Tom and Jerry was considered as the most successful and one of the longest-running series of theatrical short subjects created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The cartoons centered around a never-ending rivalry between a housecat (Tom) and a brown mouse (Jerry), whose chases and battles often involved comic violence. The original series is notable for having won the Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) seven times, tying it with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies as the most-awarded theatrical animated series. Today, Warner Bros. owns the rights to Tom and Jerry, and produces the series Tom and Jerry Tales. The plots of each short usually center on Tom's frustrated attempts to catch Jerry, and the mayhem and destruction that ensues. Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry, mainly because of Jerry's cleverness and cunning abilities, but sometimes because of Tom's own stupidity.

How about you.. what's your favorite Hanna Barbera Cartoons?
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