Hanna Barbera Cartoon:
Cow and Chicken
and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Scooby-Doo, where are you?
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Magilla Gorilla Show
The Perils of Penelope
The Powerpuff Girls
The Quick Draw McGraw Show
The Ruff & Reddy Show
The Yogi Bear Show
HANNA BARBERA CARTOON
A list of your favorite Hanna Barbera cartoon and some more information on
Hanna Barbera Cartoon, Inc. was an American animation studio that
dominated North American television animation during the second half of
the 20th century. The company was originally formed in 1957 by William
Hanna and Joseph Barbera in partnership with Columbia Pictures Screen Gems
Over the decades, the studio produced many
successful cartoon shows. In 1991, the company was purchased by Turner
Broadcasting System, who began using much of the Hanna Barbera back
catalog to program the Cartoon Network the following year.
Hanna and Barbera went into semi-retirement, continuing to serve as
figureheads for and sporadic artistic contributors to the studio. In 1994,
the company was renamed Hanna Barbera Cartoons and in 1996, Turner merged
with Time Warner. By the time of the merger, Turner had turned
Hanna Barbera towards primarily producing new material for Cartoon
The Hanna Barbera name is used today only to market
properties and productions associated with Hanna Barbera's classic works.
Including some of the great Hanna Barbera Cartoon...
Atom Ant was one of a Hanna Barbera cartoon which still keep
its name. This little guy worked from an anthill in the countryside.
At his operations center he had a mainframe computer and exercise
As a superhero, he can fly, go at super-speed,
has the most incredible
strength, and don't forget the invulnerability.
One of the
most famous catch
phrase he has is: "Up and at 'em, Atom Ant!", though
this never get's old.
He usually got his inside Intel from the police, who sent him out on assignments.
Atom Ant has various villains included in his show, some of them
appear more often than others, like Ferocious Flea and mad scientist Professor Von
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, another Hanna
focused on the efforts of Dick Dastardly and his hench-pooch
Muttley to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon, an American carrier
pigeon who carried secret messages during World War I.
show features Dick Dastardly and Muttley, with comic villains, as
World War I flying aces and members of the Vulture Squadron, a
crew of aviators on a mission to stop a homing pigeon named Yankee
Doodle Pigeon from delivering messages to the other side.
The Vulture Squadron consists of:
Dick Dastardly is the
leader, who is an aviator and accident-prone villain. He is called
"DD" or "Chief" by Zilly and Klunk, and "Rick Rasterly" by
Muttley. When he gets angry, he usually uses his catchphrase
"drat, drat and double drat", just before crashing hard into
the ground. Although he does not show that very often, Dastardly
likes Muttley very much... sometimes during the show, he
treats Muttley with a lot more respect than the rest of the
squadron, Zilly and Klunk.
Muttley is Dastardly's bungling
canine sidekick. He rarely speaks, and when he does its either
just cursing to himself indistinctly, usually following some
misfortune that has befallen him, or an excited
"yeah-yeah-yeah..." at the offer of something appealing. There
are times when distinct single words can be heard during his
mutterings, for example "Sassafrassarassa Chicken Zilly". He
has a distinctive rasping laugh whenever something bad happens to
Dick, or whenever Dick is describing his latest "foolproof"
plot. Muttley can fly by spinning his tail like a helicopter
rotor. This enables him to save Dastardly from falling, which
frequently happens, usually accompanied by a cry from Dastardly
of: "Muttleyt!! Do something!!", although Muttley usually
demands a medal for doing so. He also refers to a medal collection
on his shelf.
Zilly is a pilot in the Vulture squadron. He
is a fearful coward, forever running away and having to be
fetched by Muttley. Each new plan fills him with dread, and he
usually utters his catchphrase, "Oh dear! Oh my!", before
retracting his head into his collar like a tortoise retracting
into its shell. Dastardly puts up with his cowardice because he is
a reasonably competent pilot who is needed to fly planes, and
he is the only squadron member able to interpret Klunk's
Klunk is the Vulture Squadron's chief designer
and pilot. Every episode he is developing aircraft or weapons,
often missiles which home on some bizarre trait, such as a
person sneezing, with odd features and attachments designed to
catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon. His attempts to explain his
inventions are complicated by the fact that he apparently suffers
from a speech impediment. He speaks in howls, clicks,
whistles, and growls, accompanied by bizarre facial contortions.
Only Zilly can
understand him. You never see his eyes because
his goggles is pulled over them.
Yankee Doodle Pigeon is a
patriotic American homing pigeon carrying a mail bag, and a bugle
which he always plays to announce his presence in rebelliousness
of the Vulture Squadron and to mock the Vulture Squadron's
The General is Dastardly's superior, who
always speaks, or rather, bellows unintelligibly to Dastardly on
the telephone. He is always able to reach Dastardly by phone
even when Dastardly is flying, or, more often than not, falling
with randomly appearing telephones. The telephones are almost
always of the old-fashioned "candlestick" design, and often
delivered to Dastardly by paradrop. They also occasionally
explosively self-destruct when the general hangs up. The
General is an unseen character except for his uniformed arm, which
occasionally emerges from the telephone earpiece to grab
Dastardly's neck or strike him directly.
This Hanna Barbera
cartoon has come a long way, and are here to stay.
Jonny Quest (also known as "The Adventures of Jonny Quest"),
a Hanna Barbera cartoon,
is an American science fiction with some adventure animated
television series about a boy who went with his father on
extraordinary adventures. Jonny Quest was created and designed by
comic book artist - Doug Wildey.
Jonathan "Jonny" Quest is
an eleven-year-old, American boy, who lost his mother at an early
age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is adventurous,
and generally athletic, very good in judo, scuba diving, and can
also handle firearms. Dr. Benton C. Quest is Jonny's father
and a US government scientist. He is considered as "one of the
three top scientists in the world," with interests and technical
know-how spanning many fields of science. Raising Jonny and Hadji
as a single father.
Roger T. "Race" Bannon is a special
agent / bodyguard / pilot from Intelligence One. Governmental
fears that Jonny could "fall into the wrong hands" resulted in the
assignment of Bannon to guard and tutor him. Race was born in
Wilmette, Illinois, to John and Sarah Bannon. He is an expert in
judo, having a third-degree black belt as well as the ability to
defeat noted experts in various martial arts, including sumo
Hadji is a street-wise Calcutta orphan, who
becomes the eleven-year old adopted son of Dr. Benton Quest.
Rarely seen without his bejeweled turban and Nehru jacket; he is
also good in judo, having learned it from an American Marine. The
seventh son of a seventh son, Hadji seems to possess mystical
powers (including snake charming, levitation, magic, and
hypnotism) which may or may not be attributed to parlor trickery.
The Quests met Hadji while Dr. Quest is lecturing at Calcutta
University; he saved Dr. Quest's life by intercepting a throwing
knife intended for the doctor with a basket lid and is
subsequently adopted into the Quest family. Though slightly more
cautious than Jonny, he can be talked into participating in almost
any adventure by his adoptive brother. But Hadji makes a good
supporting character for this Hanna Barbera cartoon.
Bandit is Jonny's
pet, a small white dog. Although he looks like a small bulldog,
the dog's size, face and body structure, stance, demeanor,
behavior and the sounds he makes are identical to a Pekingese with
a "summer cut". Jonny named him Bandit because his eyes have a
black, mask-like coloration around them. Even if he can't
in the manner of other Hanna Barbera dogs, such as Astro and
Scooby Doo, he seems able to understand human speech, especially
that of Jonny and he can even have complex facial expressions.
The Quests have a home compound in the Florida Keys, on the
island of Palm Key. But their adventures take them all over the
world. The Quest team travels the globe studying scientific
mysteries, which generally end up to be explained away as the work
of various bad guys. Such pursuits get them into scrapes with foes
that range from espionage robots and electrical monsters to
Egyptian mummies and pterosaurs. One recurring Villain is known as
Dr. Zin, an Asian criminal mastermind.
|Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was done by CBS and Hanna Barbera
to create a non-violent cartoon which would please the parent
watch groups that had protested the superhero-based programs of
the mid-1960s. The original name was "Mysteries Five", and later
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! underwent a
number of changes from it was written to when it was shown, but it
still stayed a Hanna Barbera cartoon .
However, the basic concept of four teenagers, Freddie, Daphne,
Velma, and Shaggy, with a large goofy Great Dane dog, of course
Scooby-Doo, solving supernatural-related mysteries, was always the
The Mystery, Inc. gang turn up in the Mystery
Machine, on route to or returning from a regular teenage function,
when their van develops engine trouble or breaks down for any of a
variety of reasons. This might be of overheating, a flat tire, or
running out of gas. This usually happens in the vicinity of a
large, mostly-vacated property, for example a ski lodge, hotel,
factory, mansion, etc.
Their unintended destination turns
out to be suffering from a monster problem, usually ghosts,
Frankenstein, Yeti, or the like. The kids volunteer to investigate
the case. The gang splits up to cover more ground, with Fred and
Velma finding clues, Daphne finding danger, and Shaggy and Scooby
finding food, fun, and the ghost or monster, who gives chase.
Scooby and Shaggy in particular love to eat, including dog treats
called Scooby Snacks which are a favorite of both the dog and the
Eventually, enough clues are found to convince
the gang that the ghost or monster is a fake, and a trap is set to
capture it. The trap may or may not work. Usually more often than
not, Scooby-Doo falls into the trap and they accidentally catch
the monster another way, usually if the plan is explained in
detail before attempted execution it fails. Invariably, the ghost
or monster is apprehended and unmasked. The person in the ghost or
monster suit turns out to be an apparently blameless authority
figure or otherwise innocuous local who is using the disguise to
cover up something such as a crime or a scam.
the parting shot of "And I would have gotten away with it too, if
it weren't for those meddling kids", the offender is then taken
away to jail, and the gang is allowed to continue on their way to
||Space Ghost is a television cartoon series produced by
Hanna Barbera Productions. Another Hanna Barbera cartoon of great
standards. Its' first showing was in 1966, hence
the graphics quality. The series was composed of two unrelated
segments, Space Ghost and Dino Boy in the Lost Valley. An
alternative title, Space Ghost and Dino Boy, is used in official
records to differentiate it from Cartoon Network's late-night talk
show "Space Ghost" Coast to Coast". The Space Ghost series was
created by Alex Toth.
Space Ghost, along with teenaged
sidekicks Jan and Jace and their monkey Blip, fights villains in
Usually Space Ghost's sidekicks from this
Hanna Barbera cartoon, would get
captured or trapped by the villains and Space Ghost would have to
defeat the villains and save the day. He had many villains such as Zorak, Brak and his brother Sisto, Creature King, Black Widow (aka
Spider Woman), Lokar, Moltar, and Metallus.
The Herculoids is an animated television series that was produced
by Hanna Barbera Productions. This is also a Hanna Barbera cartoon
that is from long ago.
Most episodes of this Hanna Barbera
cartoon started with
the following: "Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids...Zok
the laser-ray dragon! Igoo the giant rock ape! Tundro the
tremendous! Gloop and Gleep, the formless fearless wonders! With
Zandor their leader, and his wife, Tarra, and son, Dorno, they
team up to protect their planet from sinister invaders!
All-strong! All-brave! All-heroes!! They are The Herculoids!!!"
Together, the Herculoids battled to defend their planet from
menaces on Amzot or Quasar and from Outer Space. All of the
Herculoids displayed Human-level intelligence as well as emotions,
and Zandor and Tarra both displayed a working knowledge of complex
alien technologies as well as the ability to pilot interstellar
spacecraft. Zandor, Tarra, Dorno, and the Herculoids were fighting
to keep Amzot or Quasar a technology-free, primitive planet
Although the speech of their companions was limited and
repetitive, Zandor, Tarra and Dorno demonstrated that Gloop and
Gleep, at least, had a comprehensive mode of communication, and
that they could at least understand and interpret their language.
Alien invaders came to Amzot or Quasar to seek revenge against
Zandor for some battle or adventure from the past. All were
apparently technocratic, and their evil showed signs of consisting
of attempting to bring technology and thus advancement to Amzot or
Quasar, with which the apparently primitivistic Zandor showed no
signs of wanting anything to do.
Regular characters in this
Hanna Barbera cartoon,
included the Humanoids who were Zandor - the protector of Amzot or
Quasar and leader of The Herculoids.
Tarra - Zandor's wife
and Dorno - son of Zandor and Tarra. Despite being their son, he
still refers to them by their first names, rather than saying Mom
The Creatures from this Hanna Barbera cartoon included Zok - a flying space
dragon. He can emit laser beams from his eyes and tail. His eyes
also produce a "nega-beam" that can neutralize certain energy
attacks. Zok can survive in space unaided, is capable of
interstellar travel, and can breathe fire.
Igoo - a rock ape. An extremely large and powerful simian, he has
extremely dense rock-like skin and is nearly invulnerable to harm.
Igoo has a great fondness and devotion for Tarra, and would do
anything for her.
Tundro - a ten-legged, four-horned rhino
and triceratops hybrid. He can shoot explosive energy rocks from
his cannon-horn. His natural armor-plating is exceptionally
strong, similar to Igoo's rock skin. His legs have the ability to
extend to a remarkable length, somewhat like stilts. He can also
spin his head at blinding speed, allowing him to drill through
solid rock, and has the ability to make magnificent leaps.
Gloop and Gleep - two protoplasmic creatures. They seem to be able
to absorb and deflect energy blasts and laser beams.
The Huckleberry Hound Show is an animated series from 1958. In
1961, the Hanna Barbera cartoon series became the first animated program to be honored with an Emmy Award, an American television's highest
honor. The Huckleberry Hound Show was probably the series that
truly made Hanna Barbera a household name.
"Huck" Hound is a blue dog that speaks with a Southern drawl, with
a relaxed, sweet, and well-intentioned personality.
term "huckleberry" can be a slang expression for a rube or an
amateur, or a mild expression of disapproval, and that seems to
fit Huck's personality. Most of the episodes consisted of Huck
trying to perform jobs in different fields, ranging from policeman
to dogcatcher, with results that backfired, yet usually leaving
him coming out on top, either through slow persistence or sheer
luck. Huck did not seem to exist in a specific time period as he
has also been a Roman gladiator, a Medieval knight, and a rocket
scientist. He never appeared in futuristic cartoons, only those
set in the present or the past.
One regular villain in the
episodes of this Hanna Barbera cartoon was "Powerful Pierre," a tall and muscular unshaven
character with a French accent. Another regular villain was "Dinky
Dalton" a rough and tough western outlaw that Huck usually has to
capture, and "Crazy Coyote", an Indian who Huck often had to
defeat who was his match. There were also two crows with Mafia
accents who often annoyed Farmer Huck. Another trademark of Huck
was his tone deaf and inaccurate rendition of "Oh My Darling,
Clementine," often used as a running gag. He also commonly used
the phrase "and stuff like that there" in place of "and so on".
The Jetsons is a cartoon animation produced by Hanna Barbera
It was Hanna Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.
While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by
birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a futuristic utopia in
the year 2062 of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens,
holograms, and whimsical inventions.
George Jetson works 3
hours a day and 3 days a week for his short, tyrannical boss named
Mr. Cosmo Spacely who is the owner of the company Spacely Space
Sprockets. It was noted in an episode that George Jetson and Cosmo
Spacely have been friends since their childhood. Most of the
episodes involve Spacely firing, rehiring, promoting and demoting
Spacely has a competitor, H. G. Cogswell, owner of
the rival company Cogswell's Cosmic Cogs.
The Jetson family
live in Skypad Apartments in Orbit City, where all homes and
businesses are raised high above the ground on adjustable columns
in the Googie style, reflective of Seattle's Space Needle and the
Theme Building of the Los Angeles International Airport. George
commutes to work in an aerocar that resembles a flying saucer with
a transparent bubble top. Daily life is comically leisurely
because of the incredible sophistication and number of labor
saving devices, which occasionally break down with humorous
results. George's work day consists of pressing a single computer
button. Despite this, most of this cartoon's characters often
complain of exhausting hard labor and difficulties of living with
the remaining inconveniences.
The Jetson family Hanna Barbera cartoon includes
Jane Jetson, the wife and homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy,
and genius preteen son Elroy. Housekeeping is done by a robot
maid, Rosie. The family dog, Astro, can mumble and say his words
beginning with R's. Astro's catch phrases are "Ruh-roh!" and "Rats
Rall Right Reorge!"
The theme of this Hanna Barbera
cartoon went to the future and surely stayed there.
|The Magilla Gorilla Show, another Hanna Barbera
cartoon, is an animated series for television,
produced by Hanna Barbera between 1963 and 1967. There are many
recurring characters, including Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse, and
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long. Magilla was dressed in human
accessories, sporting a small hat and a bow tie.
Gorilla, the villain spent his time languishing in the front
display window of Mr. Peebles' pet shop, eating bananas and being
a drain on the businessman's finances. Mr. Peebles marked down
Magilla's price considerably, but Magilla was invariably only
purchased for a short time, typically by some thieves who needed a
gorilla to break into a bank or by an advertising agency looking
for a mascot for their new product.
The customers always ended up
returning Magilla, forcing Mr. Peebles to refund their money.
Magilla often ended each episode with his catchphrase, "We'll try
again next week."
The only customer from this Hanna
Barbera cartoon, who was truly
interested in obtaining the trouble-prone ape for good was a
little girl named Ogee ("Oh Gee!"), who, unfortunately, could
never convince her parents to let her keep Magilla.
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, another Hanna Barbera cartoon, is an
American animated television series that premiered in 1969.
Episodes from this Hanna Barbera cartoon, typically started with a recap such as "Last time we
left Penelope, she was in the clutches of the Hooded Claw". The
show would end with Penelope being shown placed in direct danger
such as being shot out of a circus cannon to land in the wild
animal cage. But in all rebroadcasts of the series since the
original broadcasts as well as on the DVD release of the series,
these introduction endings have been removed from the main
The Anthill Mob, their leader Clyde, who, with
their largely self-aware car, Chugga-Boom, acted as the heroes and
were constantly rushing to Penelope's rescue. But their attempts
to save her were only half effective.
The Hooded Claw, from
this Hanna Barbera cartoon,
aided by his pair of near identical henchmen, the Bully Brothers,
concocted needless plots to kill Penelope, such as a device to
drop her from an aircraft, cut her parachute, and then have her
drop into a box of wildcats. While the Mob often rescued Penelope,
as often as not she needed to rescue the Mob from the unintended
effects of their attempts to rescue her. While Penelope was
curiously helpless whenever The Hooded Claw grabbed her, once he
left her tied up for his wicked plans to take effect, she usually
became resourceful and ingenious, sometimes coming up with
spontaneous and creative methods to escape her peril.
Penelope was always in a different part of the globe for every
peril. Mainly she was in America, but she did go to locations such
as Egypt, England, the jungle, Baghdad and the North Pole. Penelope
usually drives a green sports car, or any other vehicle that she
finds, or even Chugga-Boom.
Penelope is a classic "damsel
in distress" stock character. Her catchphrase is "Help, help!".
Throughout the series, she displays a curious combination of
ingenuity and helplessness. She often figures out clever ways to
get out of perils, and is very athletic; if any sport happens to
be mentioned, it is revealed that she was the women's champion in
said sport in college. Nonetheless, when her rival, The Hooded Claw
grabs her, she is somehow incapable of doing anything other than
yelling for help.
I think this Hanna Barbera cartoon still
stays a classic.
|The Quick Draw McGraw Show is about an anthropomorphic cartoon
horse named Quick Draw McGraw.
Quick Draw was depicted as a
sheriff in the American Old West. Quick Draw was often accompanied
by his deputy, a Mexican burro called Baba Looey, who spoke
English with a Mexican accent.
Often, Baba Looey was a
more astute judge of the problem at hand than Quick Draw. Baba
Looey would start to tell Quick Draw what he was thinking: "Queeks
Draw, I theen...", whereupon Quick Draw would interrupt with his
catchphrase: "Now hoooooold on thar, Baba Looey! I'll do the "thinnin'"
around here, and doooon't you forget e-it!" Quick Draw spoke with
a heavy drawl, as shown by his catchphrase.
treat-loving bloodhound who would help Quick Draw and Baba Looey
only after being awarded a dog biscuit. When given the biscuit,
Snuffles would moan in joy, hug himself, float up into the air and
slowly return to the ground in total ecstasy. It was clear,
however, that Baba Looey was much smarter than Quick Draw but
loyal to a fault.
Quick Draw was himself a horse caricature
who walked on two legs like a human, as did Baba Looey, and had
"hands" that were hooves with thumbs and could hold objects such
Quick Draw would also assume the identity of the
masked vigilante "El Kabong". His introduction went as follows –
"Of all the heroes in legend and song, there's none as brave as El
Kabong" – As El Kabong, Quick Draw would attack his foes by
swooping down on a rope with a war cry "KABOOOOOONG!", or, at
times, "OLAYYYYEEEE!" and hitting them on the head with an
acoustic guitar, which is always referred to as a "kabonger",
producing a distinctive kabong sound and usually destroying the
guitar in the process. The "guitar" was usually drawn as a four
However, you don't see Quick Draw McGraw
very often, he still stays one of the best Hanna Barbera cartoon
I've seen so far.
The Ruff & Reddy Show is a Hanna Barbera cartoon series
starring Ruff, a cat, and Reddy, a dog. The Ruff & Reddy Show was
the first television show produced by Hanna Barbera in 1957.
Another character from the Hanna Barbera show, sometimes seen was the tiny-sized Professor
Gizmo. Ruff and Reddy faced quite a few villains, including Harry
Safari, Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy and western outlaws
Killer and Diller.
Ruff and Reddy was originally
broadcasted in black and white until fall 1958, when this Hanna
Barbera cartoon went to color.
he Yogi Bear Show is an Hanna Barbera cartoon television series about a
fast-talking, picnic basket stealing, bear named Yogi. Yogi has a
buddy called Boo Boo and together they live in Jellystone Park.
Yogi is smarter than the average bear, but still, not too bright
though. Luckily he has Boo Boo who usually helps him out of
trouble in the nick of time. As a Hanna Barbera cartoon, Yogi Bear
sure keeps up the reputation of good cartoons.
Top Cat (another Hanna Barbera cartoon) —called T.C. by close friends, is the leader of a gang
of New York City alley cats, which includes Fancy-Fancy, Spook,
Benny the Ball, The Brain, and Choo Choo.
The usual flow of
each episode revolved around the local policeman, Officer Charles
"Charlie" Dibble, and his ineffective attempts to evict the gang
from the alley. The only reason that he wanted to be rid of them
was that Top Cat and his gang were constantly attempting to earn a
quick dollar—usually through an illegal scam.
Ball is one of Top Cat's right-hand men. He is short, innocent,
chubby, naive, and cute. He's a blue-colored cat with a white
sweater. He may appear to be simple-minded, but he manages to ask
the most logical questions during the gang's erratic endeavors. He
is slow, not stupid. Benny and Top Cat has a devoted friendship
Choo-Choo, "Chooch" is another of Top Cat's
right-hand men, usually his second in command, and is enthusiastic
and devoted to Top Cat even when he’s clueless as to what he’s
doing. He is a pink cat with a white long-sleeve turtle-neck
shirt, is the tallest of the alley gang cats, and often
depicted with the eyes of a Siamese cat.
Brain is another
member of the gang. Contrary to his name, Brain is very
dim-witted. He is an orange cat with a purple T-Shirt. Brain are
always unable to keep a secret, and he stutters. He also seems to
be in charge of the group's money (which they rarely have). In
spite of his clear stupidity, he can sometimes say something
brilliant, which Top Cat instantly rephrases to make it sound like
he said it.
Fancy-Fancy, another gang member, is laid-back,
sweet-talking and is regularly seen chatting up the ladies before
leaving them when hearing the 'dustbin lid call'. Being a brown
cat with a white scarf, he resembles Spook.
Spook rarely speaks, but when he does, a flood of "like"'s are
used. He is similar to Fancy-Fancy. He is a pool shark with green
fur and a torn black tie.
Officer Dibble, from this Hanna
Barbera cartoon, is the NYPD
policeman whose beat includes the alley. Though he usually resents
the gang's presence in the alley, there are times when he respects
and loves them. He wants Top Cat to clean up the alley, and to
stay off his telephone. Top Cat calls him variation of his name,
such as Dabble, Drubble, Dripple and so on.
Wacky Races is a Hanna Barbera cartoon animated television series
featuring 11 different cars racing against each other in various
road rallies, with each driver hoping to win the title of the
"World's Wackiest Racer."
This Hanna Barbera cartoon was unusual in the
large number of regular characters, twenty-four in total. This
includes twenty-three people and animals spread among the 11 race
cars, plus the unseen race announcer. Another special feature of
the series is that the stars of the show are villains and not the
The racers of this Hanna Barbera cartoon include:
Dick Dastardly and
Muttley in the Mean Machine 00. The antagonists of the series, in
a purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed
weapons and ability to fly. Dastardly is classical
mustache-twirling villain and Muttley is his snickering,
anthropomorphic dog henchman. Dastardly concocts plans and traps
in order to maintain a lead, but most of his plans backfire,
ultimately bringing him to last place. Because of this, Dastardly
has never won a Wacky Race, or even placed in the top three.
Rock and Gravel Slag are Cavemen driving a wheeled boulder.
The Slag Brothers sometimes reconstruct their car from scratch
just by using their clubs on any large boulder that was available.
These brothers can summon up appropriate creatures, such as Pteranodons, to help them. They accelerate by hitting the car, or
at times, each other, with their clubs.
Twosome in the Creepy Coupe 2. Big Gruesome, a lurching, huge
humanoid character, and Little Gruesome, a purple-skinned vampire,
are monsters driving a hearse-like car with a belfry which houses
a dragon, bats, ghosts, and other horror-themed characters. The Gruesomes can summon these creatures to either help them along in
the race, or fend off other drivers.
Professor Pat Pending
in the Convert-a-Car 3. A scientist in a boat-shaped car equipped
with a multitude of gadgets, which can change into just about
anything that moves, from ordinary vehicles, such as a motorcycle,
to eccentric ones, such as a giant bowling ball. He often uses his
car's gadgets to help out the other drivers if they all get caught
in the same trap.
Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer 4. An
air ace, whose name is a combination of the Red Baron and the Blue
Max, in a car/plane hybrid that is capable of limited flight,
usually just enough to leapfrog over racers or obstacles in its
path. The Haybailer also has a mounted machine gun, which is used
from time to time. The Haybailer's transformation from plane to
car seems to have significantly weakened its flying ability, and
Max often has to bail out when the Haybailer breaks down.
Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat 5. Penelope Pitstop
in this Hanna Barbera cartoon, is a
Southern girl who drives a pink car with personal grooming
facilities. Penelope often takes time during the race to maintain
her appearance, which causes the other racers to lose ground when
her gadgets malfunction. The other male racers are very polite
towards her, and rarely attacks her car, sometimes even allowing
her to pass them. Turbo Terrific driver Peter Perfect is
particularly fond of her, frequently calling her "Pretty Penny".
Sergeant Blast and Private Meekley in the Army Surplus Special
6. Two soldiers, one a sergeant and the other a private, racing in
an army tank/jeep hybrid with a small steamroller‘s wheel attached
to the front. The Army Surplus Special makes use of its tank
facilities while racing, including its cannon, which can spin
around to face forward or back, and the hatch, where Sergeant
Blast rides. The Surplus Special is also equipped with a supply of
land mines, which when driven over, shoots the car into the air,
and back-mounted thrusters. As their names suggest, Private Meekley is very meek and merely follows orders without question,
while Sergeant Blast "blasts" orders in a stereotypical
The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof
Bomb 7. The Bulletproof Bomb is a 1920s sedan, driven by a group
of 7 pint-sized gangsters. These include Clyde, Danny, Kurby, Mac,
Ring-A-Ding, Rug Bug Benny, and Willy. Their usual method of
improving the speed of their car is "Getaway Power", which are
done by pushing their feet through the floor of the car and
Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas
Chuggabug 8. Luke is a hillbilly who tends to drive while
half-asleep and Blubber is his timid pet bear, dressed in a scarf
and early aviator's helmet with goggles.
The Chuggabug from
this Hanna Barbera cartoon, is
constructed of wood and is powered by a coal-fired pot-bellied
stove in the rear of the vehicle.
Peter Perfect in the
Turbo Terrific 9. A gentleman driving a dragster. The Turbo
Terrific, despite its name, is highly unreliable because it often
falls to pieces in the middle of a race. Peter Perfect has a crush
on Penelope "Pretty Penny" Pitstop, who often returns his
Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon
Rufus Ruffcut is a tough, muscle-bound lumberjack, while Sawtooth
is his anthropomorphic pet beaver. The Buzzwagon is a wagon made
of logs, with buzzsaws for wheels, hence its name. The buzzsaws
gives the car the ability to cut through almost anything,
destroying the object in the process.
The Narrator. Every
episode from this Hanna Barbera cartoon is introduced and commented on by an unseen Narrator, who
often talks with the racers as they drive. The racers respond by
speaking to the audience.
This wacky Hanna Barbera cartoon
can keep you going for long.
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