13 July, 2013

The Best of Warner Bros.: 25 Cartoon Collection Hanna-Barbera

They are back! Those gorgeous Saturday/Sunday morning cartoons all packed up nicely into a collection of, you guessed it, 25 cartoons. The Best of Warner Bros.: 25 Hanna-Barbera Collection takes some of the famous and some of the most underrated cartoons from its catalogue and puts them together in two discs to be enjoyed and cherished by all.

Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Peter Potamus Show, Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Snooper and Blabber, and my personal favourite Augie Dogie all can be found in this gem of a collection.

With a few repeats, the collection obviously does not include everything that Hanna-Barbera has produced with the likes of The Ruff and Ready Show, Wally Gator, Birdman etc.; I’m guessing because we can expect more of such collections in the future, but it’s a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy a time when cartoons were a lot simpler and might I say the comedy a tad smarter. However, the collection is a nice little mixed-bag of various genres wherein Jonny Quest brings in adventure, The Abbot and Costello cartoon is more slapstick humour, and Augie Dogie is all about verbal one-upmanship between a boy and his father.

The only negative aspect about the DVD, not of the content, is that there is a fault that makes each and every cartoon on the first disc start and end with the introduction theme of Quick Draw McGraw. It does get a bit annoying; nevertheless it is still a small price to pay for the nostalgic joy these cartoons are sure to bring about.    

So whether you enjoyed The Jetsons, The Yogi Bear Show (unfortunately it’s not a Yogi Bear cartoon), The Flintstones, Quick Draw McGraw, Loopey De Loop, or The Abbot and Costello Cartoons, the 25 Cartoon Collection featuring some of the best from Hanna-Barbera is an excellent way to re-live your own childhood as you introduce your children to these timeless classics from an era long gone.

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