The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera
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|The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"It's Fun! Fun! Fun! Funtastic!" by The Funtastic Singers|
|Ending theme||"It's Fun! Fun! Fun! Funtastic!" by The Funtastic Singers|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Worldvision Enterprises (1985–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1996–present)
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||1985– 1994|
|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. The program ran from 1985 to 1994.
The block made its world television premiere on Sunday, September the 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 to 1987 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.
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.
The series had a superstar lineup of both old and new Hanna-Barbera characters throughout its run.
- The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda (1990–1992)
- The Adventures of Jonny Quest (premiered in 1964 on ABC; moved over to CBS in 1967; moved over to syndication in 1976; moved over to NBC in 1977; moved back to syndication in 1987 as part of The Funtastic World's 3rd season)
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990–1991)
- Challenge of the GoBots (1985–1987)
- Fantastic Max (1988–1990)
- The Flintstone Kids (1986–1988)
- The Further Adventures of SuperTed (1988–1990)
- Galtar and the Golden Lance (1985–1987)
- Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 (1987–1988)
- HBTV (1985–1987), similar to both MTV and DTV, with Hanna-Barbera cartoon scenes made into music videos.
- The Jetsons (premiered in 1962 on ABC; moved over to NBC in 1981; made their Funtastic World and syndication debut in 1985 for their 2nd season)
- Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone (1990–1993, also known as Potsworth and Co in the UK)
- The New Adventures of Jonny Quest (1986–1988)
- Paw Paws (1985–1987)
- Paddington Bear (1989–1991)
- The Pirates of Dark Water (premiered in 1991 on ABC; moved over to syndication as part of The Funtastic World's 8th season in 1992)
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991)
- Richie Rich (originally aired on ABC from 1980–1984, and again in syndication in 1988 as part of The Funtastic World's 4th season)
- Skedaddle (1988–1989)
- Sky Commanders (1987–1988)
- The Smurfs (1987–1990)
- Snorks (premiered in 1984 on NBC: and then moved over to Syndication as part of The Funtastic World's 3rd season in 1987)
- SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993–1994)
- 2 Stupid Dogs (1993–1994)
- Wake, Rattle, and Roll (1990–1992)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985–1988)
- The New Yogi Bear Show (1988–1989)
- Yo Yogi! (1991-1992) (started on NBC and moved the following year in reruns.)
- Young Robin Hood (1991–1993)