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Desc:When he wasn't playing guitar, Butch took orders from a giant sentient computer that hated crime.
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Classic TV Clips
Tags:Saturday Morning Cartoons, of course theres a cartoon, horrible cartoons week
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Corman's Inferno - 2008-05-02
Amazingly, the Archies were even lamer on LSD.
BHWW - 2008-05-02
The show itself from what I've seen is more evidence in the case against Hanna-Barbera. Oh sure, some apologists will argue they helped keep American animation alive during it's darkest days or whatever - but screw those guys.

For those who've never seen it, nor saw those recently posted examples of HB ripping off it's own Scooby Doo formula it's pretty much what you'd expect from 70's H-B; 3-frames-per-second animation, the downright miserly amount of sound effects used over and over and over again, bad voice acting, humor that is strained and hackneyed even by the standards of cheapo kid's cartoons, all around crude and dull.

And it even has a Shaggy clone and a wacky dog sidekick.
Xenocide - 2008-05-02

HB isn't all bad. It served an important purpose in the early 60's: It killed the myth that animation produced for TV was unfeasible. They did they by severly cutting corners (inventing such tricks as the repeating background) and creating characters whose humor came from dialog more than action (because less action means less animation.) Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, etc, were all big successes due more to how cheap they were to produce than their popularity.

Pretty soon the whole industry was following suit. And despite their cheapness, these early HB shows had a wonderful charm to them.

After the Flintstones and the Jetsons ended, though, HB found itself with only one popular show: Scooby-Doo. And so it began.

By the 70's HB had jumped the shark in a truly epic manner and was basically holding the industry back. Sad to think this show was created by the same guys who gave us Tom and Jerry.

Caminante Nocturno - 2008-05-02
You can't really give Hanna-Barbera credit for keeping American animation alive during its darkest days. They were the ones responsible for those darkest days.

blase - 2008-05-03
The blame should really be placed on corporate marketing methods -- TV shows based on past ratings, 'proven' formulas, etc. The whole formulaic thing has been pretty typical of American television since the 1950's. Cartoon shows were especially vulnerable to this trap due to how much time and labor is invested in production (back then), so they were less likely to try risking anything new and original. Thank god for Flash

Early H-B borrowed from the success of radio shows when TV was more like radio with pictures, so, more emphasis on dialog and character acting.

Billy the Poet - 2008-05-03
Xenocide, does that even sense, even to you? H-B proved that animation was feasible for television by introducing a style of animation that was cheap, terrible, and pervasive for a quarter century? That turning Chuck Jones mayhem into the Honeymooners at 3-frames-per-second was charming? Can you possibly believe that?

RandomFerret - 2008-08-24
You can do cheap animation and still have it come out looking good, John K proved that. Hanna-Barbera didn't save tv animation, they nearly ruined it. Without them, the 90s animation resurgence would have come a lot sooner.

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-03-29
The 90's animation resurgence owes a lot of its success to anime.

Camonk - 2008-05-02
The biggest disappointment is my firm belief that the Bolivian army has absolutely no part in this show.
chumbucket - 2008-05-02
check me and my hep scarf
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2008-05-02
Butch Cassidy took orders from HAL?
athodyd - 2008-05-02
I'm digging Butch's Giugiarioesque shooting brake.
TypicalEllisProtagonist - 2008-05-02
What the fuck is it with mystery-solving kids and ascots?
blase - 2008-05-03
WTF??? This has nothing to do with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the Old West.
Big Muddy - 2008-05-07
I'm thinking the Cassidy name was supposed to draw "i.e. dupe" girls. David and Shawn remember?

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