Top 5 Best Hanna Barbera Cartoons We All Love
Hanna Barbera has been a force in animation in America since the 1950s and the duo of William Hanna and Joeseph Barbera created or were a part of many different cartoons for decades that audiences love. We think back to the duo fondly with these top 5 best Hanna Barbera Cartoons!
Best Hanna Barbera Cartoons #5 – The Powerpuff Girls
A show that featured three superpower kindergartener sisters Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup and their battles with evil in the town of Townsville. The Powerpuff Girls was originally produced in 1998 by the Hanna-Barbera company for Cartoon Network. The concept was created by Craig McCracken while he was attending CalArts. The show was picked up by Cartoon Network in 1998 and ran for over 10 years and spawned several spin-offs series as well as a theatrical movie in 2002.
Best Hanna Barbera Cartoons #4 – The Smurfs
Produced between 1981 until 1989 and based on a Belgian comic from cartoonist Pierre Culliford who was also known as Peyo. The series was based around a village of small little blue creatures and the evil Gargamel and his cat that harasses them. What he actually wanted to do with them is often confused to even the showrunners as it changes between wanting to eat them, turn them into gold, or do something else evil to them. The Smurfs though outsmart him so it really doesn’t matter that much.
Best Hanna Barbera Cartoons #3 – Scooby-Doo Where are you!
The series originally ran for only one year from 1969 until 1970 on CBS but the name was used for a similar show in 1978 for ABC. In either version, the show followed a group of friends that travel around in a big van with their great dane solving local mysteries brought on by a villain of some kind. Usually, the episode would end with the villain being trapped and having their mask or disguise taken off, revealing the real villain by Scooby and his friends.
#2 – The Flintstones
The Flintstones animated series ran from 1960 until 1966. It took heavily from the Honeymooners show and featured an animated stone age era family, Fred and Wilma Flinstone, and their next-door neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble and their adventures. The show was the first animated show to hold a prime time slot when it was shown on ABC and held the record for the longest-running and most financially successful series in America until the Simpsons debuted on FOX in 1989.
#1 – Tom and Jerry
A series of shorts starring a cat and a mouse that Hanna Barbera created and produced from 1940 until the MGM Cartoon Studio closed its doors in 1958. However, the animated adventures of the duo have been used by MGM or their related companies to this very day. The animated shorts have also played on various TV networks since they began in the 1940s and they have launched several spin-off television shows since then.