Illustration in the style of Hanna-Barbera
The Style of Hanna-Barbera: A Look Back at the Masters of Cartoons
For many children in America, Saturday mornings in the past were synonymous with watching cartoons on TV. From 1958 through the 1980s, a vast majority of those cartoons were created by the legendary animation studio, Hanna-Barbera. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera formed the studio in 1957 after leaving MGM Studios, where they created the popular Tom and Jerry shorts.
Hanna-Barbera immediately achieved success on television with The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958, followed later by The Flintstones, one of their most popular prime-time series. Over the next thirty years, the studio produced an incredible 249 individual cartoon series for television, totaling over 1,200 hours of original footage.
Hanna-Barbera's Impact on Popular Culture
When Cartoon Network was launched in 1992, Hanna-Barbera supplied most of the cartoons. Although the studio was eventually absorbed by Warner Bros., the cartoons remain available in syndication and on DVD. Hanna-Barbera's impact on popular culture can still be seen today, from the Flintstones' Fruity Pebbles cereal to new Scooby-Doo TV series, comic books, and animated and live-action movies.
The following is a partial list of Hanna-Barbera's most popular television programs:
-The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958-1962)
-The Flintstones (1960-1966)
-The Jetsons (1962-1963)
-Jonny Quest (1964-1965)
-Space Ghost and Dino Boy (1966)
-Fantastic Four (1967-1968)
-Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (1969-1970)
-Josie and the Pussycats (1970-1971)
-Super Friends (1973-1974)
-Hong Kong Phooey (1974)
-The Smurfs (1981-1989)
-The Berenstain Bears (1985-1987)
-Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)
-The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
Overall, Hanna-Barbera's work has had a lasting impact on animation, television, and popular culture, cementing their place in history as the masters of cartoons.