For my money, you can’t overestimate the pop culture footprint of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  From the heady fifties adventure of ‘Ruff & Reddy’ to the prime-time sitcom antics of ‘The Flintstones’ to the decades-long madness that is Scooby-Doo, the H-B line has some of the most endearing cartoon superstars ever.  I’m particularly enamored of the Hanna-Barbera sixties adventure cartoons, which gave us Space Ghost, Jonny Quest, the lunacy that is The Impossibles and whatever the hell was going on with ‘Young Samson.’  I even love the time that the Globetrotters got super-powers, leading us to today’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a life-long love of Tom & Jerry, the shorts that started it all, especially the weird 60s Chuck Jones shorts, asking: What’s the BEST Hanna-Barbera production of them all?

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3 Comments

  1. Hanna-Barbera’s has a really mixed bag. Their best cartoons were in the 40’s through mid 60’s. The original Tom and Jerry series produced by MGM was fantastic.
    I am more of a Warners Brothers fan, but of Hanna-Barbera’s animation, “Jonny Quest” was my favorite.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    For my youthful nostalgia, it has to be Super Friends (& all the variant versions thereof.) But learning that they were responsible for Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls does make me question my objectivity.

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