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The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera

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 Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera
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Genre
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
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time
  • 90 minutes (1985–1986)
  • 120 minutes (1986–1993)
  • 60 minutes (1993–1994)
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises (1985–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1994)
Release
Original networkSyndication
Audio formatStereo
Original release1985 (1985) –
1994 (1994)
Chronology
Preceded byHanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure

OverviewEdit

The block made its world television premiere on Sunday, September 15, 1985 and it included an array of both old and new Hanna-Barbera original cartoon shows. 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 the 1988 edition, and then the 1990 edition was 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 90 minutes long in 1985. However, due to the initial success, the running time increased to two hours in 1986. With time, its popularity waned and the program's length decreased from two hours in 1987 to one hour in 1993.

DistributionEdit

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.

ShowsEdit

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

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