|Hear! Hear! I second that emotion!|
That acquisition would explain the existence of a special Hanna-Barbera collection to mark the 90th anniversary of Warner Bros. However, it doesn’t explain why “The Best of Warner Bros.: Hanna-Barbera 25 Cartoon Collection” looks as if it WERE ASSEMBLED BY a nonagenarian!
|Goulash is only good when you can EAT IT, Boo Boo!|
I get the distinct impression that no one tasked with the creation of this set has any historical knowledge of the glory days of Hanna-Barbera. A period I was privileged to witness first hand, and which probably accounts for the high regard in which I hold the first 10-12 years of the studio’s output, even today.
|Just "pick up whatever you find"!|
|I thought I was more "iconic" than the a-ver-age bear!|
- The Ruff & Reddy Show (1957) "Planet Pirates" (episode 1)
- Huckleberry Hound (1958) "Spud Dud"
- Yogi Bear (1958) "Snow White Bear"
- Hokey Wolf (1961) "Castle Hassle"
- Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks (1958) "A Wise Quack,"
- The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959) "Masking for Trouble"
- Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (1959) "Gone to the Ducks"
- Snooper and Blabber (1959) "The Lion is Busy" with Snagglepuss
- Loopy De Loop (1959) "Wolf Hounded"
- The Flintstones (1960) "Love Letters on the Rocks" 30 mins.
- The Yogi Bear Show (1961)
- Snagglepuss "The Roaring Lion"
- Yakky Doodle "Hasty Tasty"
- Top Cat (1961) "T.C. Minds the Baby" 30 mins.
- Wally Gator "Gator-Napper"
- Touché Turtle and Dum Dum "Rapid Rabbit" with Ricochet Rabbit Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har "Hick Hikers"
- The Jetsons (1962) "Rosie the Robot" 30 mins
- The Magilla Gorilla Show (1964) "Makin' with the Magilla"
- Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse "Callin' All Kin"
- Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long "Will 'O the Whip"
- Jonny Quest (1964) "The Robot Spy" 30 mins.
- Peter Potamus (1964) "Cleo Trio"
- Breezly and Sneezly "Stars and Gripes"
- Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey "Black Bart"
- Atom Ant "The Big Gimmick"
- Secret Squirrel "Cuckoo Clock Cuckoo"
- Squiddly Diddly "Way Out Squiddly"
- Precious Pupp "Precious Jewels"
- The Hillbilly Bears "Do The Bear"
- Winsome Witch "Have Broom will Travel"
- Frankenstein, Jr. "The Shocking Electrical Monster'
- The Impossibles (1966) "The Spinner"
- Space Ghost "The Heat Thing"
- Dino Boy "The Sacrifice"
- Space Kidettes (1966) "Moleman Menace'
- The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show "Gadzooka"
- Birdman (1967) "Birdman Meets Birdboy"
- The Galaxy Trio (1967) "Revolt of the Robots"
- The Herculoids (1967) "Attack from Space"
- Cattanooga Cats (1969) "Witch Whacky"
- It's The Wolf (1969) "Slumber Jacks"
- Motormouse and Autocat (1969) "Wheelin' and Dealin'"
- The Funky Phantom (1971) "The Liberty Bell Caper" 30 mins.
- Jabberjaw (1976) "Dr. Lo has Got to Go" 30 mins.
And who, in the name of Equally-Holy-Barbera, edited those QUICK DRAW shows to play the opening and closing theme sequences SIX TIMES?! Not to mention surrounding the Snagglepuss cartoon with the Yogi Bear theme sequences – yet leave out Yogi himself?
|No Yogi... but even J. Evil Scientist appears on the set, in a Snooper and Blabber "Double-Dip"!|
Indeed, why must a short cartoon even need to be surrounded by the overall theme of its “larger show”, if the show itself is not presented as such? For instance, does the “Atom Ant theme” need to surround the Atom Ant cartoon – and once again encircle the Hillbilly Bears cartoon?
|Do we really need this TWICE...|
|...When we don't have the full show?|
Why not just add Precious Pupp and present an ENTIRE “Atom Ant Show” – complete with the opening and closing themes ONLY ONCE? This may very well be the sloppiest editing I’ve ever seen in a “professionally assembled” DVD!
|Yes, it was more JARRING than even THIS!|
|Okay to Double-Dip.|
Where double-dips should NOT occur are series where there is still a wealth of unreleased material, such as Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Peter Potamus, Atom Ant, and Secret Squirrel. (That’s still a LOT of unreleased stuff, isn’t it?)
|NOT okay to Double-Dip! Especially TWICE on one set!|
The ONLY Extra Feature, on what should have been a very special collection, is a repeat of the “Here Comes a Star” tele-promotion piece to herald the coming of THE MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW in early 1964. Admittedly, it’s a nice look at the studio at its creative and professional height, with Bill and Joe getting lots of air time, hosting announcer George Fenniman, and promoting Magilla.
|Maybe I should "promote" SAFETY, instead!|
|We'll do the PROMOTING around here... And do-oon't you for-get it!|
|Ah, but, here's a plus... a tre-men-dous plus! ...Take this down, Ding!|
|Okey-dokey, Hokey! That Hokey's the greatest at.. at... whatever it is he does!!|
|Craig Stevens as "Peter Gunn"|
|Raymond Burr as "Perry Mason"... Let's put their names together...|
|...And you get PERRY GUNNITE!|
Even the intrigue-style music, when Gunnite first enters the scene, is a right-on tribute to Henry Mancini’s underscore to PETER GUNN, which was used to open many episodes of that series. (I never realized how great a homage it was until seeing PETER GUNN more recently!) Kudos to composer Hoyt Curtin for that!
|Ya think Hoyt Curtin had this album?|
|Does this ever happen to Peter Gunn? Actually, it HAS!|
The Touché Turtle cartoon was a true highlight of the set. Alas, only two of these have been released to DVD. Though there were never any on-screen credits, this series has Michael Maltese written all over it. It also introduces (if only in NAME) “Ricochet Rabbit” – not the Western character that would appear two years hence, but a super-fast varmint, the type of which Maltese would have plagued Quick Draw McGraw with a year or so prior.
This is strictly my opinion but, wisely, the announced ‘70s material bit the dust, along with some of the more questionably chosen very late sixties stuff.
|"Move over, Mel Blanc and Daws Butler -- Bud's on First!"|
|H-B's Laurel and Hardy|
|It's like no party I had before - that's for sure!|
|Yeah, Huck... I agree. Let's turn the page on this, and get the rest of your cartoons released!|