Even though many of the old Hanna Barbera cartoons were before my time, I still remember watching them when I was a kid. It was also highly nostalgic back when the Boomerang channel used to have them all the time. I miss that.
Anyway, it wasn’t until fairly recently when I discovered that there used to be a series of record albums about the various Hanna Barbera characters from the 1960s like The Flintstones, Snooper and Blabber, Top Cat, The Jetsons, and others. Each contained a couple of songs and a full story like a radio show, performed by the original voice actors from the cartoons.
I first found out when I found the album Monster Shindig at a thrift store. It was a real interesting album with a story about Snooper and Blabber visiting a haunted house where the Gruesomes are having a party with Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolfman. It was put together so well that I could easily picture it on TV. The only thing that disappointed me was that the record was all scratched up.
Unfortunately, none of these albums are available on CD. On the bright side, this reminds me of the 3 CD set called Cartoon Classics and Wacky Sounds by Hanna Barbera, which was released in 2001.
Disk 1 contained the theme songs of Hanna Barbera Classics. They include Magilla Gorilla, Peter Potamus, The Flintstones, Johnny Quest, Scooby-Doo, and other shows from the 60s and 70s.
Disk 2 had Terrific Toon Tunes. This included main titles, sub-main titles, and end titles from Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, The Jetsons, and quite a few others. This even includes the original album version of Meet the Flintstones, which I never knew about before getting this CD set.
Disk 3, which was about Hanna Barbera Wacky Sounds, has the most tracks because most of them are just single sound effects. This disk also has some newer comedy skits that feature Fred Flintstone, Quickdraw, Snagglepuss, Hokey Wolf, Peter Potamus, Wally Gator, and Snooper and Blabber. There’s no mention of who does the voices since the original voice actors from the old shows (Alan Reed and Daws Butler) had passed on.
There you have it. Not only are these classic Hanna Barbera characters nostalgic on TV and DVD, but in music form too. Are there any classic albums you might remember?