In 1972, Hanna-Barbera opened an animation studio in Australia, with the Hamlyn Group acquiring a 50% stake in 1974. Hamlyn was acquired by James Hardie Industries. In 1988, Hanna-Barbera Australia bought itself out from Hardie and Taft Broadcasting, with the studio changing its name to Southern Star Group.
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Joe Ruby — the animator and writer who, along with his creative partner Ken Spears, created classic Hanna-Barbera shows like Scooby-Doo!; Dynomutt, Dog Wonder; and Jabberjaw — has passed away at the age of 87. According to Variety, Ruby passed away from natural causes Tuesday, Aug.
In 1991, Ted Turner bought Hanna-Barbera Productions for $320 million. Desiring a channel to broadcast Hanna-Barbera's extensive library of cartoons, he and his team developed and launched Cartoon Network by 1992.
Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 was a series of 10 syndicated telefilms made from 1987 to 1988 in conjunction with Worldvision Enterprises, featuring some of the most popular Hanna-Barbera characters in feature-length adventures. All 10 films are available on DVD and VHS.
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In prehistoric suburban Bedrock, the evil and villainous Slate & Co.'s new vice-president Cliff Vandercave and his sinister and seductive secretary (hench-woman) Sharon Stone discuss their plan to swindle the company of its vast fortune and flee, and that they need one of their employees to be responsible for it. Fred Flintstone loans his best friend and neighbor Barney Rubble money so that he and his wife Betty can adopt a little boy named Bamm-Bamm, who can only pronounce his own name. Although he's initially difficult to control because he was reared by mastodons and has super strength, he eventually warms up to his new family. Barney vows to repay his friend. Despite his mother-in-law Pearl Slaghoople's objections, Fred's wife Wilmaremains supportive of his decision. Cliff holds an aptitude test; the worker with the highest mark will become the company's new vice-president. Barney gets the highest score but switches his paper with Fred, whom he knows will fail. Fred receives the...John Goodman as Fred FlintstoneRick Moranis as Barney RubbleElizabeth Perkins as Wilma FlintstoneRosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble
Development and Writing
In 1985, producers Keith Barish and Joel Silver bought the rights for a live-action feature film version of The Flintstones and commissioned Steven E. de Souza to write a script with Richard Donner hired to direct. De Souza's script was eventually rejected and Mitch Markowitz was hired to write a script. Said to be a cross of The Grapes of Wrath, Markowitz commented that "I don't even remember it that well, but Fred and Barney leave their town during a terrible depression and go across the co...
Actors John Candy, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase were all considered for the role of Fred Flintstone. The last four actors were all deemed too skinny and a fat suit was deemed too inappropriate to be used. Goodman felt he was "sandbagged" into the role of Flintstone years earlier at the table read for the film, Always, when Steven Spielberg announced, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to say something before we start: I've found my Fred Flintstone." Goodman said it was...
Principal photography began on May 17, 1993, and wrapped on August 30, 1993. Parts of the film were shot at Glen Canyon in Utah as well as Los Angeles County, California.
Despite the negative reviews, The Flintstoneswas a box office success, grossing $130,531,208 domestically, including the $37,182,745 it made during its 4-day Memorial Day opening weekend in 1994. It performed even better internationally, making another $211,100,000 internationally, for a total of $341,631,208 worldwide, more than seven times its $46 million budget
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 22% based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. The site's consensus states, "The Flintstoneswastes beloved source material and imaginative production design on a tepid script that plunks Bedrock's favorite family into a cynical story awash with lame puns." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 38 out of 100, which indicates "generally unfavorable reviews", based on 15 reviews. Audienc...
O'Donnell won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in this film. The film also won Worst Screenplay and was nominated for two others: Taylor as Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress (the second performance in the film nominated for this award) and for the film as Worst Remake or Sequel. At the 1994 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film was nominated for Worst Resurrection of a TV Show and Worst Actress for O'Donnell. However, the film also re...
Hanna Barbera Specials Collection Ross Martin (Actor), Jose Ferrer (Actor), Joseph Barbera (Director), William Hanna (Director) & 1 more Format: DVD 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 ratings
Nov 13, 1988 · Directed by Ray Patterson. With Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Hamilton Camp, Jim Cummings. Shaggy is turned into a werewolf, and it's up to Scooby, Scrappy and his girlfriend to help him win the contest.
Eventually, the rights were bought by Amblin Entertainment and Steven Spielberg who, after working with Goodman on Always, was determined to cast him in the lead as Fred. Brian Levant was hired as director, knowing he was the right person because of his love for the original series.
The writing is snappy, the timing of the voice actors is spot on and even the animation is fairly good despite the bad rep of Hanna-Barbera. This program is delightful; Fred gets a job working as a department-store Santa, only to end up being asked to take over the duties of the real Claus when he--guess what?--gets sick.