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William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Joseph Barbera alongside Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog at the 1973 Daytime Emmy Awards.

The Spacetons in "Muppet Babies: The Next Generation"

Baby Piggy with Freddy Flintstone, of The Flintstone Kids, on a Star Comics cover.

Scooby Doo on the front cover of The Electric Company Magazine from 1979.

Hanna-Barbera was a prolific animation studio which, between 1957 and 2001, produced scores of animated television series and specials, as well as a few forays into theatrical films. The company took its name from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who first teamed as co-directors of the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts for MGM. When MGM closed its doors, Hanna and Barbera struck out on their own, producing limited animation television product which came to dominate network Saturday morning slots for decades. Their earliest series was Ruff and Reddy, followed by Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo, amongst others. One of their more notable successes in the 1980s came from licensing a group of popular Belgian comic characters for a long-running animated series, The Smurfs.

In 1990, Hanna Barbera was one of several companies which collaborated on Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, with the Smurfs sharing screentime with the Muppet Babies. Though the studio itself no longer exists, having been absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation in 2001, its extensive sound-effects library is still in wide use, and has been heard in several Muppet/Henson contexts since the 1980s, most notably the Muppet Babies animated series and its reboot.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop supplied animatronic dinosaurs and other prehistoric characters for the live-action film version of The Flintstones and its prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera made cameo appearances in both films. Additionally, the Creature Shop did some uncredited pre-production work on the 1998 Scooby-Doo film.


  • Freddy Flintstone, the younger version of Fred Flinstone who starred in The Flintstone Kids, appeared on the covers of several Marvel Comics Star Comics magazines reprinting earlier comics, along with the likes of Baby Piggy, Heathcliff, and Madballs.
For more references, appearances, or connections see the following pages:


  • A Sesame Street animated insert (First: Episode 0537) in which a boy makes his dog happy with a treat is based on the behavior of Quick Draw McGraw's dog Snuffles, who would go into paroxysms of joy, hugging himself, and finally floating into the air and landing in a state of pure bliss.

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  • In the first episode of the short-lived 1992 prime-time Hanna-Barbera series Fish Police, Inspector Gil tells waitress Pearl "You know how I feel about you" and winds up repeating "How..." when at a loss for words. Pearl asks why he talks like that, and Gil retorts that "all the great couples talk like that... uh, Fred and Wilma, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Rocky and Bullwinkle..."
  • In the season one Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Spanish Translation", a commercial for "Zorak and Moltar Sing Your Favorite Lullabies", has a song titled "It's Not Easy Being Mean".
  • In the Cartoon Planet episode "Tomfoolery", Space Ghost mentions Blip carries around a Kermit the Frog toothbrush.
  • In the season five Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Cahill", Space Ghost asks guest Garrett Morris where Zorak is, and Morris asks if he was talking about Kermit the Frog.
  • In the third season Sealab 2021 episode "Splitsville," one of the rock bands at the Battle of the Bands is named the Ocean Bottom Nightmare Band, a reference to the Riverbottom Nightmare Band in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Furthering the similarity, they consist of animatronic weasels.
  • In the fourth season Sealab 2021 episode "Craptastic Voyage," the crew undergoes a mission of entering Captain Shanks' body and destroying a tumor. Stormy comments, "Wow, a shrink ray. Just like that time on Muppet Babies! You know, when Scooter had spinal meningitis?" (Referencing the third season episode "Scooter's Uncommon Cold"). Shortly afterwards, Stormy sets up a Tonight Show-style talk show but fails to show a video clip from the episode.


Several voice actors in Hanna-Barbera series were also heard in Sesame Street inserts.

  • Bob Arbogast had voice roles on Monchhichis and Galtar and the Golden Lance
  • Daws Butler voiced Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggie, Quick Draw McGraw and dozens of others for Hanna-Barbera.
  • Nancy Cartwright had voice roles on Richie Rich, Shirt Tales and other 1980s HB series.
  • Joan Gerber voiced Irma Boyle on Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, Mrs. Zuckerman and Mrs. Fussy in Charlotte's Web, Mrs. Kelp on The Snorks, and others
  • Kathy Gori, the voice of Rosemary on Hong Kong Phooey, recorded the songs "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning" and "If You've Lost Your 'L', Look Around".
  • Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, Alexander Cabot on Josie and the Pussycats and Robin on Superfriends.
  • Howard Morris voiced Atom Ant, Mushmouse and Mr. Peebles on The Magilla Gorilla Show, and various roles on The Flintstones, amongst others.
  • Gary Owens voiced Space Ghost, the Blue Falcon, Commander Feral on SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, and various narrators.
  • Hal Smith voiced several roles on The Flintstones, Yappy and the king on Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey, Santa Claus in multiple HB specials and episodes, Coil Man on The Impossibles and others.
  • Arnold Stang voiced Top Cat

Other actors who lent their voices or appeared in Muppet/Creature Shop productions also had Hanna-Barbera connections, as did some animators and other crew.

  • Cynthia Adler was heard in various Hanna-Barbera cartoons including The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
  • Edward Asner voiced Chief Abalone on Fish Police
  • Mel Blanc voiced Barney Rubble, Dino, and various roles on The Flintstones, Secret Squirrel, Captain Caveman, and many others.
  • Peter Cullen voiced Dog Foot, Snarl, Scratch, and Rover on The Biskitts, Mantus on The Pirates of Dark Water and others
  • Tim Curry voiced Konk on The Pirates of Dark Water, Sharkster on Fish Police, and others
  • Dom DeLuise voiced Mr. Evictus on The Roman Holidays
  • Micky Dolenz voiced Skip on The Funky Phantom, Wally on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, and others
  • Jodie Foster voiced Pugsley on The Addams Family and Anne Chan on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
  • Ben Ryan Ganger voiced the title role on Fantastic Max
  • Brad Garrett voiced Rocinante on The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda and Big Dog on 2 Stupid Dogs
  • Buddy Hackett voiced Crabby the cabbie on Fish Police
  • Ron Haddrick lent his voice to the HB animated version of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
  • Gordon Hunt was voice director, and occasionally voice actor, on many Hanna-Barbera projects including several Yogi Bear series and specials
  • Don Knotts voiced himself on Wait Til Your Father Gets Home and Mr. Lichen in the Fish Police episode "The Two Gils"
  • Harvey Korman voiced the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones (1965-66).
  • Paul Lynde voiced the Hooded Claw on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Mildew Wolf on Help, It's the Wolf!, Claude Pertwee on Where's Huddles? and Templeton the rat in Charlotte's Web
  • Rick Moranis voiced Mr. Schneider in Gravedale High
  • Megan Mullally voiced Pearl on Fish Police
  • Rob Paulsen voiced Corky on The Snorks, Hadji on The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, D.E.C.K.S. on Wake Rattle and Roll, and Dickie Dastardly on Yo, Yogi!
  • John Ritter voiced Inspector Gil on Fish Police
  • Avery Schreiber voiced Benny the Ball in Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats and played Grandpa Quirk on Wake Rattle and Roll
  • Martin Short voiced Ed Grimley on The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
  • John Stephenson voiced Mr. Slate on The Flintstones, Dr. Benton Quest on Jonny Quest, Doggie Daddy in several productions, and others
  • Sally Struthers voiced Pebbles on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and was heard on Fish Police and others
  • Russi Taylor voiced Pebbles as a teen on The Flintstone Comedy Show and as a child in Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby and The Flintstones Christmas Carol, as well as Cave Mouse on The Flintstone Comedy Show and Pac-Baby on Pac-Man
  • John Vernon voiced the title role on Wildfire
  • Jessica Walter voiced Lady Diabolyn on Wildfire
  • Frank Welker voiced Dynomutt, Jabberjaw, Bandit on The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, Mussles Marinara and Doc Croaker on Fish Police, and many others.
  • Mo Willems directed a Quick Draw McGraw short, "City-E-Scape", for Cartoon Network.
  • Jonathan Winters voiced himself and Maude Frickert on Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, Mayor Cod on Fish Police, Coach Cadaver on Gravedale High, and others
  • William Woodson voiced the sheriff on the C.B. Bears segment "Posse Impossible" and various announcers

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