DC Comics to reboot Hanna-Barbera characters

The Flintstones

Last week came the surprising news—from DC Comics heads Dan DiDio and Jim Lee no less—that DC Comics will be rebooting Hanna-Barbera characters in comic form. Hanna-Barbera, like DC Comics, is owned by the Time Warner media empire. The reboot focuses on making a handful of characters more contemporary. The characters/books include: Scooby Apocalypse. The … Read more

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 more

Seven cartoons with adopted characters

The Smallville Orphanage

Today is National Adoption Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of children that need adoptive families. This website about the day provides more information. Animation and comics have presented plenty of children who’ve been taken in by adoptive parents. Here’s a list of seven comics and cartoons depicting adopted children. Clark Kent (Superman) Famously, Jonathan and … Read more

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 more

Package shows: “Fred and Barney Meet the Thing”

The Flintstones and the Thing

Next on the “package show” hit parade is a look at “Fred and Barney Meet the Thing.” Debuting on NBC in September 1979, this package show consisted of 1979’s “The New Fred and Barney Show” plus “The Thing” of Marvel’s Fantastic Four fame. In December 1979, the show expanded to 90 minutes, folding in a … Read more

Boomerang’s revamp finally debuts in the United States

Boomerang

Almost a year ago, we received news that Boomerang, the sister channel of Cartoon Network, would be receiving a badly-needed, long-overdue revamp. For most of its existence, it had been running on what felt to many like auto-pilot, with the same few classic cartoon selections, and especially the same CGI-toy bumpers. (They’d use Christmas themed … Read more