Package shows: “Fred Flintstone and Friends”

The Flintstones

Today’s package show look is at the series “Fred Flintstone and Friends.” Originally airing in syndication during the 1977-78 TV season, the show stayed available in syndication through the mid-80s. “Friends” was a package shows consisting of several Hanna-Barbera shows from the early to mid-70s. All of these shows were repackaged from their original half-hour … Read morePackage shows: “Fred Flintstone and Friends”

Top 10 1960s TV cartoon theme songs

The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show

Similar to my posts on top superhero theme songs, I thought I’d create lists of my favorite TV cartoon theme songs by decade. This list is ranked in no particular order, and is focused on American TV cartoons—I’m not knowledgeable enough about Japanese animation to include such, though “Speed Racer” had a catchy theme. The Flintstones The longest … Read moreTop 10 1960s TV cartoon theme songs

Films I’ve missed: “Yogi Bear”

Yogi Bear

The next film on the list of films I’m catching up on is 2010’s “Yogi Bear.” Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the movie, like most live-action versions of cartoons, takes various liberties with the original material, and (like live-action versions of cartoons) comes off as inferior to the original. Background The plot of the … Read moreFilms I’ve missed: “Yogi Bear”

“Yogi’s First Christmas” on DVD

MacBook Air on a table

Last week, I purchased a copy of “Yogi’s First Christmas” on DVD from the Warner Archive program. Of course, in the Archive’s case, it’s actually a DVD-R. This being the first time I’ve bought anything from the Warner Archive, I thought I’d write up my experience with the purchase. I’ve written about this special last … Read more“Yogi’s First Christmas” on DVD

Cartoon collectibles: Yogi Bear toy (Toys R Us)

MacBook Air on a table

This week’s collectible is this Yogi Bear beanbag toy: I bought Yogi from Toys R Us during my trip to New York City in 2006. Besides Yogi, the store also had stuffed toys of Huckleberry Hound, but I opted to go with just Yogi. Here’s some other photos of the “smarter than the average” bear: … Read moreCartoon collectibles: Yogi Bear toy (Toys R Us)

Easter specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test

Marcie and Peppermint Patty

In the spirit of my post about Christmas specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test, I thought it’d be fun to look at animated Easter specials. Pass It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown: One of the best of the animated TV Easter specials also passes this test easily. A key plot point is Peppermint Patty’s repeated failed-but-hilarious … Read moreEaster specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test

Christmas specials: “Casper’s First Christmas”

Casper's First Christmas

The next entry in my series on minor holiday specials is “Casper’s First Christmas,” a 1979 half-hour special animated by Hanna-Barbera. This special crossed over Casper the Friendly Ghost with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and several other classic Hanna-Barbera characters. Background The plot of this special sees Casper and a ghost friend of his, “Hairy … Read moreChristmas specials: “Casper’s First Christmas”