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Giant magazine lists ten great Hanna-Barbera intros - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 20th 2006 5:22PM
Hong Kong PhooeyIt looks like the guys at Giant magazine's web site are at it again, trolling YouTube for videos that you may not have thought of. This time, they've dug up ten intros to Hanna-Barbera shows, in tribute to Joe Barbera, who passed away a couple of days ago. Among the selections are the wonderfully un-PC intro to Hong Kong Phooey (I guess it was OK for Scatman Crothers to sing "ching chong" back in the seventies... Rosie O'Donnell was born in the wrong time, I guess), and intros to The Herculoids, the "so hip it's square" Flinstones Comedy Hour from '72 ("We'll have a groovy time!"), The Jetsons, and one of H-B's Scooby-Doo clones from the mid-'70s, Speed Buggy. There's also an intro from the live-action show Korg: 70,000 B.C.

Speaking of Scooby, the intro they post is from a late-'70s revival of the show, which included the then-new character of Scooby-Dum. But they kind of miss the boat on this one; that's maybe the third-best intro, behind the originial Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and my personal favorite, the oh-so-cheesy Scooby-Doo Movies from 1972. Remember the episodes with the Harlem Globetrotters, Sandy Duncan, Batman and Robin, and Tim Conway? That was from this series. In order to refresh your memory, I've embedded the intro to that after the jump.

(By the way, I thought that Giant was a hip-hop magazine. What's with all of this online pop culture stuff?)

[via Pop Candy]

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No need to explain the difference, danno. Just a mental slip-up on my part, which I fixed.

December 21 2006 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you mean SPEED BUGGY not SPEED RACER. SPEED RACER is the car racing cartoon series from Japan, the one with Trixie, Pops Racer, Spridle and Chim Chim. Not very HB.

The Giant list seems to think that Fred Quimby directed the MGM Tom and Jerry shorts, too. Nope. The Hanna and Barbara Tom and Jerry Cartoons were directed (and usually written by) Hanna and Barbara. Fred Quimby was the producer, meaning he was the one who signed Joe and Bill's paychecks. Go figure.

December 21 2006 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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