Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration

Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (also known as A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera) is a 1989 American live-action/animated television special which premiered on TNT on July 17, 1989.[1]

Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration
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Also known asA Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera
Variety show
Based onCharacters
by Hanna-Barbera Productions
Written byMarshall Flaum
Directed byMarshall Flaum
StarringTony Danza (Host)
Annie Potts (Co-host)
Whoopi Goldberg
Betty White
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Tommy Lasorda
Jonathan Winters
Phyllis Diller
Valerie Harper
Shari Belafonte
Joe Ferguson
Voices ofHenry Corden
Greg Burson
Don Messick
Mel Blanc
George O'Hanlon
Greg Berg
Casey Kasem
John Stephenson
Jean Vander Pyl
Penny Singleton
Country of originUnited States
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Marshall Flaum
Running time94 mins
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Turner Entertainment (Tom and Jerry)
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Original networkTNT
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseJuly 17, 1989 (1989-07-17)


The special is hosted by that night's guest stars Tony Danza and Annie Potts celebrating 50 years of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's partnership in animation. This is the first animated project to be broadcast in Dolby Surround sound system.

It covers their years working for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio and then the history of Hanna-Barbera Productions which was set up in 1957. It features footage and clips from the studio's various cartoons along with new animated/live-action wraparounds and a behind-the-scenes on the then-upcoming newcomer, Jetsons: The Movie.

The special was dedicated to the loving memory of Daws Butler, who died during its production, and it was also the last television and film project of both Mel Blanc and George O'Hanlon, who died before the special's telecast. Turner Broadcasting System, which owned TNT, would later purchase Hanna-Barbera in 1991.

Cartoon charactersEdit

Among the cartoon characters that appear in this special are the following:




  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 270. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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