The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera

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The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera
Genre Animation
Live-action
Theme music composer Gary Grant
Hoyt Curtin
Jerry Hey
Opening theme "It's Fun! Fun! Fun! Funtastic!" by The Funtastic Singers
Ending theme "It's Fun! Fun! Fun! Funtastic!" by The Funtastic Singers
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 90 minutes (1985–1986)
120 minutes (1986–1993)
60 minutes (1993–1994)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Worldvision Enterprises (former)
Great American Broadcasting (former)
Turner Broadcasting (former)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Release
Original network First-run syndication
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1985 – 1994
Chronology
Preceded by Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure

The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera is an animated syndicated programming block produced by Hanna-Barbera that ran on a weekly schedule and was performed in live action.

Overview[edit]

The block made its world television premiere on Sunday, September 15th of 1985, and it included an array of new Hanna-Barbera originals. The show aired on Sundays in most markets, but some stations broadcast it on Weekdays as well as on Saturdays. The 1985 edition was hosted by legendary Hanna-Barbera mainstays, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (all voiced by Daws Butler).

Each show included HBTV segments featuring music videos of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon clips (similar to Disney's D-TV and Nickelodeon's sister network MTV). It included hits like "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell. "It's Fun! Fun! Fun! Funtastic!", was the main theme song for the first three seasons (it was also the theme for Yogi's newest series, Yogi's Treasure Hunt).

Next, The Down and Dirty Dinosaurs hosted by the 1988 edition and then the 1990 edition hosted by Kenny Ford and Jennifer Love Hewitt (while their show Kids Incorporated was off the air). The block ran from 1985 to 1994 and was three and a half hours long in 1985. However, due to the initial success, the running time increased to a four and a half hour block in 1986. With time, its popularity waned and the program's length decreased from two hours in 1987 to one hour in 1993.

Distribution[edit]

It was originally distributed by Worldvision Enterprises, then moved to Turner Program Services after the sale of the Hanna-Barbera studio to Turner Broadcasting. Most of the shows that aired on the block are now distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. When it first aired, The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera could be seen on all independent stations owned by Taft, the parent company of Hanna-Barbera Productions and Worldvision Enterprises at the time.

Shows[edit]

The series had a superstar lineup of both old and new Hanna-Barbera characters throughout its run.

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