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Background[]

Hanna-Barbera was originally formed as a division of MGM in 1944 by Tom and Jerry creators and directors; William "Bill" Hanna & Joseph "Joe" Barbera and live-action director George Sidney as "H-B Enterprises" in order to produce sponsored films and later television commercials. In 1955, Bill and Joe later became the co-heads of the MGM animation department after producer Fred Quimby retired. After MGM shut down its animation studio in 1957, H-B Enterprises became Hanna and Barbera's full-time job. The same year, H-B struck a deal with Columbia Pictures Corporation to syndicate the cartoons on television in conjunction with Columbia's television division Screen Gems until 1966 and co-produced several cartoons in the early 1970s until 1974 and by Columbia Pictures Television from 1974-1975. The company was renamed to "Hanna-Barbera Productions" in 1959 and was later acquired by Taft Broadcasting in 1967; Taft was later renamed to Great American Broadcasting in 1987 after a buyout; it would then be renamed to Citicasters in 1993 before finally being absorbed into Jacor Communications in 1997, who in turn was acquired by ClearChannel Media (now iHeart Media) in 1999. In 1991, the studio was purchased by Turner Broadcasting, initially with help from the Apollo Investment Group. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera both went into semi-retirement, yet continued to serve as ceremonial figureheads for the studio. The same year, the company was renamed to "H-B Production Co." and renamed again as "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc." in 1993. In 1992, Turner launched the Cartoon Network, which had been built around reruns from the Hanna-Barbera and the Turner Entertainment Co. cartoon libraries (pre-1986 MGM, pre-1950 WB, and a.a.p. cartoons). The same year in 1994, Turner turned Hanna-Barbera towards primarily producing new material for its Cartoon Network when Cartoon Network Studios was organized as a division of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. On October 10, 1996, Turner was bought out by Time Warner. With William Hanna's death and America Online's purchase of Time Warner in 2001, Hanna-Barbera was folded into Warner Bros. Animation, and Cartoon Network Studios assumed production of Cartoon Network's output. Joe Barbera remained with Warner Bros. Animation until his death in 2006.

Today, Hanna-Barbera still survives as an in-name-only unit of Warner Bros. Animation for distribution and marketing of properties and productions associated with Hanna-Barbera's "classic" works such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo. However, not all cartoons co-produced by Hanna-Barbera are owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, such as the following: Jeannie and The Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (Sony Pictures Television), The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, and Harlem Globetrotters (CBS Media Ventures), Gravedale High (NBCUniversal Television), Capitol Critters (20th Television), Pink Panther and Sons, The Adventures of Sinbad Jr., and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (first season co-produced by H-B and the second by DiC Entertainment, MGM Television), and most of the theatrical library. Warner Bros. has no kind of rights to any of these series listed.

1st Logo (December 3, 1957 - March 26, 1960)[]

Nickname: "The H-B Boxes"

Logo: Over a yellow background sits two boxes, one red and one blue, joined together unevenly. There's an "H" in the red box and a "B" in the blue box. The text appears as "an HB PRODUCTION".

Variants:

  • Sometimes, the letters appear smaller.
  • An extremely rare early variant has the H-B Boxes, but with the text extended out to read Hanna-Barbera.
  • A later variant has the background dark green, the "H" box being lavender, and the "B" box in red. The text appears as "AN HB ENTERPRISES CARTOON".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the cartoon.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • The early variant is extremely rare, only appearing on The Ruff & Reddy Show.
  • The later one is fairly common and can be seen on early episodes of Yogi Bear, Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks, Huckleberry Hound, and the Quick Draw McGraw short "Scary Prairie" among other shorts.

Editor's Note: Being the first Hanna-Barbera logo, it's fairly simple.

2nd Logo (In-credit; 1958 - 1991)[]

Logo: It's only an in-credit text saying “A HANNA-BARBERA PRODUCTION”, either at the beginning of a short or at the end of a show. This practice continued well into 1987, years after H-B introduced an in-credit logo for its shows.

Trivia: The right half of the 1959 logo of "A Hanna-Barbera Production" became the logo for the Boomerang network from April 1, 2000 until the fall of 2014 and subsequent 2015 rebrand.

Variants: While the style of the wording varied from show to show, here are the variants below:

  • “HANNA-BARBERA” is in a “scrawly” font used for crediting the two producers on latter-day MGM shorts and many of the original H-B Productions series. Used mainly on early shorts, in a pale turquoise (or electric blue) “splotch” on a yellow (or pink) background. The font would vary on some H-B shorts of the era.
  • “Hanna-Barbera” is in a 60s-esque “cursive” font commonly known as “Tabitha”. Used within a similar “splotch” device, but is also seen at the end of several 1960s series such as The Jetsons and Top Cat.
  • The entire wording is in a bold, all-caps font, usually Franklin Gothic Condensed. Seen at the end of many 1960s series, most notably Johnny Quest, The Flintstones, Atom Ant, and Secret Squirrel.
  • “HANNA-BARBERA” is in a bold, “tubular” font most similar to the latter-day Filmways logo. Usually seen on 1970s and 1980s series such as Challenge of the Super Friends and Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch among others. The last shows to use this variation of "HANNA-BARBERA" include Pound Puppies, Jonny Quest, and The Flintstone Kids.
  • On some 1960s cartoons such as Birdman and Space Ghost, the text said "A HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON" at the end of some episodes, but seen at the end of every end-title credits.
  • On the first season of the short-lived Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, there's an in-credit text that reads as "Produced by Hanna Barbera Productions, Inc. in association with Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson Entertainment with a copyright stamp to Orion Television Entertainment and Nelson Films, Inc. below.
  • There is also a small rectangle or square with a caricature sketch of the characters inside that accompanies the copyright with the in-credit logo on most shows. This practice began in the late 1960s and would last until 1987 on most shows.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening or closing theme of the cartoon.

Availability: Common. It's still preserved on all H-B shows from 1959-91, as it’s in the credits.

3rd Logo (February 26, 1967 - September 7, 1969)[]

Nicknames: "The H-B Box", "Zooming Out/Fading In H-B Box"

Logo: On a black background, three small orange rectangles appear, the outer two stretching down, the one in the center extending up, then they stretch, break up and multiply to become an orange box containing a large, black stylized “H-B” cutout. Then the box grows to become an orange background, the black H-B zooms out, disappears, and then it cuts to light blue words reading “a Hanna-Barbera production” with the “a” in a black box. Finally, a yellow stylized “H-B” (using the same style as the black one) slowly fades in.

Variant: There’s another version from 1968 featuring nearly the same starting animation, with the rectangles moving the directions they’re supposed to extend instead of stretching before they actually do, but when the black zooming “H-B” disappears, it cuts to a red “H-B” with the text already on it, with the small “a” box being dark blue and the letter in yellow. It features a byline reading “a division of Taft Broadcasting Company” next to a small Taft logo in dark blue text on the bottom.

FX/SFX: The rectangles appearing and forming the H-B logo, the zoom-out.

Music/Sounds: It features four glockenspiel notes and then three brass-band/accordion notes mixed with three glockenspiel chimes.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • The first version is still kept on its only show, the 1966 NBC live-action/animated special Jack and the Beanstalk, on VHS and DVD, and whenever reran.
  • The 1968 version is only seen on the live-action/animated TV series The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Editor's Note: The logo seems pretty advanced for 1966, but it's still somewhat choppy (very much like the cartoons H-B produced during this period). During the rectangle animation on the 1968 version, when it’s nearly finished, it merely cuts to the finished “H-B”.

4th Logo (September 7, 1968 - March 27, 1974; March 4, 2003 - April 7, 2009)[]

Nicknames: "The H-B Box II", "The Zooming H-B", "(Zooming-In) H-B Box"

Logo: On a black background, a large, stylized orange “H-B” begins to zoom right up at the viewer. When it nearly engulfs the screen, the background suddenly becomes yellow-orange. On top of the “H-B”, the words “a”, “Hanna-Barbera”, and “production” all appear.

Trivia: H-B used these and the 1969 logos using the box design during this period.

Variants:

  • For a short period, Taft’s corporate logo, alongside a byline reading “a division of Taft Broadcasting Company”, appear. This appears to coincide with the logo being used “standalone”, with its own music. Box logos that are appended to the ends of shows and have the show’s music playing usually do not have the byline. However, there are some exceptions, such as The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't, which featured the logo attached to the end of the credits with the end of the show's theme playing under it, but features a Taft logo and byline; and Yogi's Ark Lark, which features the "standalone" variant of the logo (with its own music), but no Taft logo or byline.
  • Starting with the 2003 release of Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, the "Scooby All-Stars" logo was phased out and replaced with a recreation of this logo. The H-B now zooms-in much more smoothly before cutting to the finished logo. This was seen on all 2003-09 made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies, though beginning with Abracadabra-Doo, they now simply end with the Warner Bros. Animation logo, which seems appropriate as all the made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies are produced there.
  • On Boomerang airings of A Christmas Story (1972), the logo fades out before the text appears. Whether or not this was a programming error is currently unknown.
  • On the print of Yogi's Ark Lark found on the Blu-ray release of Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, the logo starts in color, but jarringly turns black-and-white when the text appears. This is likely an editing error relating to the logo being used to plaster the Screen Gems "S from Hell".

FX/SFX: The “zooming” H-B, the sudden “jolt” from the black to the orange background.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical flute/xylophone jingle, ending in a held-out organ note. It was written by then Hanna-Barbera musical director Ted Nichols, used only when the logo wasn’t attached to the end of the show and had the show’s end credits music playing over it. You can hear this at the end of the Dastardly & Muttley, Penelope Pitstop, and Josie and the Pussycats closing title tracks on the European H-B music CD “Tunes from the Toons: The Best of Hanna-Barbera".

Music/Sounds Variants: On the Boomerang and Blu-ray prints of Yogi‘s Ark Lark, it has the music from the Screen Gems “S From Hell” logo. The video is here.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • It was last seen on most episodes of Wacky Races on Boomerang (although the DVD release plasters this with the All-Stars "Comedy" logo), and the no byline version was also seen on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Super Friends, the TV movie Yogi's Ark Lark, The Flintstone Comedy Show, and most episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
  • The stand-alone variant was also originally seen on the 1970 animated series, The Harlem Globetrotters, and the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (the latter is available on DVD and is preserved on Max).
  • Some episodes of Josie and the Pussycats retain this logo, while others have this logo plastered over with the 1979 bylineless version of the Swirling Star logo.
  • This logo is also seen on other shows such as the two 1973 animated series, Speed Buggy and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids.
  • This was also spotted with the Taft byline on The Adventures of Gulliver episode "Little Man of the Year."

Editor's Note: Like the last logo, the animation is rough.

5th Logo (September 6, 1969 - September 5, 1971)[]

Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc

Nicknames: "The H-B Box III", "Multiplying Rectangles"

Logo: It starts off with the formation of the H-B box from the first variant of the 3rd logo, but instead of the box zooming out, it becomes a capri while the background becomes red, then “a hanna-barbera production” in denim blue and the Taft byline/logo fade in. The “a" in the H-B box is on top of a denim blue box with a orange outline.

FX/SFX: The multiplying rectangles.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • An Australian print of The Scooby-Doo Show episode "Hang in There Scooby-Doo" used the "Swirling Star" music over this logo due to a reverse plaster error.
  • On Romanian-dubbed prints of Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines, the logo is silent.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • This logo was available sporadically on a few H-B shows as well as the original first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. Prior to 2004, this logo was nearly impossible to find due to chronic plastering; Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? suffered this as well, first with a blacked out 1979-era Swirling Star logo, then with the 1994 “Action” variant of the “All-Stars” logo. This logo can be found on a few Hanna-Barbera DVD box sets, most notably the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, making it more common now than it was in the past.
  • This is also spotted on the DVD of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, with the WB Television logo following it.
  • Since mid-2004, it's also been sighted on Cartoon Network and Boomerang reruns of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Go Away Ghost Ship," due to their print of this episode being in a higher-pitched PAL (not NTSC) format.
  • It was first seen on the short-lived The Cattanooga Cats, but was plastered over with the "CGI Swirling Star" logo when it was rerun on Boomerang.
  • It was also seen on Boomerang reruns of Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines, but was bizarrely not retained on its DVD release.

Editor's Note: It has better animation and is less in-your-face than the previous logo, but still looks a little rough. The blue BG makes the text hard to read. Also, the rectangle animation simply cuts crudely to the finished “H-B” as the background zooms in.

6th Logo (September 7, 1974 - April 7, 1979; December 13, 1979)[]

Nickname: "Rainbow H-B", "Solid Rainbow H-B", "H-B '77"

Logo: We start on a pattern of five columns, each filled with the words “HANNA-BARBERA”. The words are colored so that they form a rainbow pattern. Suddenly, the words start disappearing, from the top starting on the 1st column, and from the bottom starting with the last column. The words disappear until one last “HANNA-BARBERA” is left. That enlarges and “morphs” into a skewed, stylized H-B, filled with a rolling rainbow pattern with numerous “HANNA-BARBERA”s in it. Below, the words “HANNA-BARBERA PRODUCTIONS, INC.” appear.

Trivia: This logo is used on backgrounds of the end titles of cartoons such as The Scooby-Doo Show (blue) and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder (red).

Variants:

  • On several shows starting in 1977, the stylized "H-B" and text don't enlarge, making the finished logo appear very small.
  • Starting in 1978, a Taft Broadcasting byline appears under the logo. Some post-1988 prints of H-B shows from this particular period have the Taft byline blacked out.
  • A rare variant has been seen on only a couple of TV movies of the era. It was a still shot with more solid horizontal colors (yellow, orange, red, pink, violet, blue) and segmented lines running inside the design. The Taft byline is also present.
  • An extremely rare variant that was presumably seen at the beginning of programs features the "H-B" more towards the top of the screen and a large lime green/olive-brown "77" in the same style underneath. There are no "HANNA-BARBERA"s in either figure. This variant was animated by Dolphin Productions, a New York-based company that incorporated the first computer-generated effects in TV logos and advertisements. The music playing underneath is the theme to the 1975 New Tom & Jerry / Grape Ape Show.

FX/SFX: The “rainbow” effects used in both the columns and actual logo; the words being “wiped” away. Scanimate animation.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the show.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Sometimes, when this plastered the previous two logos on a few older shows, the original theme was kept, which surprisingly fits very well with this logo's animation.
  • On the DVD print of Scooby Goes Hollywood, it played the 1979 "Swirling Star" logo theme. This was most likely because since the special aired in December 1979, it most likely was used to reverse-plaster the Swirling Star logo. The Swirling Star music has also been heard on one Australian repeat of The Scooby-Doo Show episode "Creepy Cruise."

Availability: Uncommon.

  • Usually preserved on Hong Kong Phooey, The Super Friends Hour, Clue Club, Jabberjaw, Challenge of the Super Friends, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, most of the final season of The Scooby-Doo Show, and some episodes of Yogi's Space Race; however, on some prints of the latter, the credits cut off early or the logo is plastered over with the CGI Swirling Star.
  • It is also available on DVD such as on Hong Kong Phooey and The Scooby-Doo Show.
  • This logo was also seen on the 1st season of The All-New Popeye Hour, though when it was shown on the Family Channel (now Freeform), this logo and the King Features Syndicate logo that followed were both played in sped-up mode due to time compressing.
  • Was also seen on The Tom & Jerry Show before the 1973 MGM Television logo.
  • The "Solid H-B" was only on a few TV movies, such as the live-action telefilm The Gathering.
  • The H-B '77 logo is extinct, as it was presumably only used in the year 1977.

Editor's Note: It's better than the previous logos, but still has a bit of the typical Hanna-Barbera animation cheesiness to it. The “H-B” looks somewhat ugly, and the morphing effect… well, freeze-frame the logo and you’ll see how ungainly it looks. The H-B '77 variant has terrible color schemes and is incredibly ugly to look at.

7th Logo (September 8, 1979 - May 20, 1986; July 17, 1989; June 7, 1990)[]

Nicknames: "Swirling Star", "Twisting Star", "Taft Swirling Star", "Rainbow Twist", "H-B Swirling Star"

Logo: On a black background, a white star swirls down from the top, leaving behind a rainbow trail. It then settles into the center of the screen as it twirls, occasionally shrinking and twisting, forming a circular trail. It then twists into the middle of the circle and comes to a stop. The words “Hanna-Barbera Productions” in Belwe Medium font appear below.

Trivia:

  • This is basically the Taft swirling star as seen on the Taft International Pictures logo, only rainbow colored. The logo was designed by Saul Bass.
  • The logo is referenced, along with many other aspects of Hanna-Barbera history, in the Wacky Races reboot episode "The Trial of Dick Dastardly." After resolving the court case, the judge sends the racers back to their world through a recreation of the Swirling Star logo, featuring a soundalike of the original music.

Bylines:

  • September 8, 1979-January 31, 1981; January 17, 1986: “A TAFT BROADCASTING COMPANY” (in a white font)
  • September 12, 1981-May 20, 1986: “A DIVISION OF THE TAFT ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY”
    • In 1982, the 1981 byline was altered/amended with "A DIVISION OF" over "THE TAFT ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY".
    • In 1983, the 1981 byline appears in a large yellow font, and the logo appears smaller in this version.
  • June 7, 1990: "A GREAT AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY" (Only seen on Jetsons: The Movie)
  • Post-1988 prints of H-B shows from this era often have the Taft byline blacked out.

Variants:

  • In 1990, a special version of this was used at the end of Jetsons: The Movie. This features the same animation, but “Hanna-Barbera” is written in the familiar cursive “script” font, first introduced in 1987. This variant also features a Great American byline, and is the only H-B logo to do so. This variant features a majestic version of the Jetsons' doorbell tune instead of the logo's regular music.
  • In 1981, the colors on the trail were given a more vivid appearance.
  • Beginning in 1984, Hanna-Barbera created an opening logo to use at the beginning of some of their shows. It’s the same as the closing logo but it fades in during the middle of the animation. The text is changed, “Hanna-Barbera” is larger, and a small yellow “PRESENTS” is shown below. Music for this was a sweeping chime sound, though 1980's Jetsons episodes feature a rendition of the Jetsons' doorbell (the “Meet George Jetson” piece of the theme rendered in chimes). This opening variant (the version with the regular music) can still be found at the beginning of every episode of The Smurfs on Boomerang.
  • There is a rare variant seen on some cartoons, in which the trail is dark red and the byline is nearly invisible. This is likely due to film deterioration, which is quite unusual at this time (compared to the Rankin-Bass logo from 1977). This was used only in the early 1980's and is nicknamed "The Red Swirling Star."
  • The 1981 variant appears against a primitive-CG starry background in the video A Very Special 25 Years of Hanna-Barbera.
  • There is also an extremely rare still opening variant seen on the 1986 feature film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, in which there is a large "A Hanna-Barbera Production" byline and the logo is tiny in size.
  • A still version appears at the end of the 1982 Hanna-Barbera feature film Heidi's Song, with a small Swirling Star graphic.
  • On an older print of one episode of The Scooby-Doo Show, the logo is moved up a bit so that the Taft byline cannot be seen.
  • An extremely rare variant exists where the Swirling Star plays as usual, but ends with the letters "HB" in black on top of the star, and the star itself zooms in to make way for the words "HANNA BARBERA", which zooms out from the center screen to flash in multiple colors before ending in a red color. The music accompanying it is score music from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. This is seen on the 1989 VHS of Top Cat - T.C.'s Back in Town.
  • An extremely rare variant exists on a 1984 Canadian VHS tape of The Three Musketeers and on a VHS tape of The Count of Monte Cristo where the logo is silent, however when the logo freezes, a note from some other cartoon theme song plays, then the ordinary synthesizer music begins.
  • On the 1991 promo reel for Cartoon Network's launch, and the TV special A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera, an I.A.T.S.E. bug appears below the logo.

FX/SFX: The star and residue trail. Scanimate effects.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized piece that starts out with ascending and descending chimes, mixed with a "whoosh" sound with each revolution of the star. When the star stops, the entire thing culminates in a gentle synth chord as the chimes finish in the background. This was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Some shows have appeared with the first variant with a blacked-out byline, but with the music from the 4th logo. This was chiefly used to update the logo on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, but has spread to other shows as well, including post-1988 reruns of Casper's First Christmas and was also spotted on an episode of Josie and the Pussycats. This instance also happened on a 1982 episode of The Smurfs, entitled "The Adventures of Robin Smurf" and another instance on a 1986 U.S. syndicated rerun episode of The Smurfs. This variant was sort of common, but became rare when Turner updated the prints of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1998, and tacked on the 1994 "Action All-Stars" logo.
  • On The All-New Popeye Hour on The Family Channel (now Freeform), some reruns of the 1979-81 episodes would have this logo and the music on it played in sped-up mode due to time compressing.
  • There is a high-toned variant that was seen at the end of one U.S. Boomerang rerun episode of The Super Globetrotters, due to the U.S. Boomerang's prints airing in PAL format, but on the Warner Archive DVD release, this is played in the normal tone.
  • On the 1986 theatrical re-release of Hey There, It's Yogi Bear, the film's opening music cue plays over the "presents" variation of the logo. At the end, the standard version of the logo plays silent.
  • On VHS releases of The Greatest Stories: Tales from the Bible, the logo is silent.

Availability: Common in its “unaltered” form, though many prints still have the logo's Taft bylines blacked out or bylineless.

  • Currently seen on The Smurfs on Boomerang, and was also shown on Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, the first two seasons of The Snorks, The Yogi Bear Show, Josie and the Pussycats, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, most 1982 episodes of Richie Rich, a few existing 1980s syndicated remastered episodes of Top Cat, the 1984-85 season of The Jetsons, and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo when last rerun on Boomerang.
  • Very interestingly, this logo (w/ Taft byline) appears right after the "Zooming H-B" on the DVD releases of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and The Flintstones Comedy Show. It also recently appeared after the "Zooming H-B" logo on the former's episode "Focus Foolery" when last rerun on Boomerang as well.
  • The H-B Presents logo with the "Meet George Jetson" chimes is extremely rare and so far it has been spotted on The Jetsons episode "A Jetson Christmas Carol".
  • On some releases of Jetsons: The Movie, this logo appears for only a split second before the Universal logo appears.
  • The blacked-out byline version appears at the end of DVD and Blu-ray prints of Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf and Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears. There are also some prints with this logo (with b/o byline) actually plastering the next logo.
  • The film deteriorated variants are rare, but were last seen on some episodes of Josie and the Pussycats and The New Scooby Movies episode "Scooby-Doo Meets Batman & Robin".
  • The "A Hanna-Barbera Production" variant is extremely rare as well.
  • On The Scooby-Doo Show episode "Jeepers! It's the Jaguaro!", it has the 1981 logo version of the Swirling Star plastering the 1974 H-B logo.
  • Sadly, this plasters logos on VHS releases of Tom & Jerry Kids.
  • This was also seen on the 1985 TV special/pilot episode of Pound Puppies.
  • The "presents" variant was also seen on Challenge of the GoBots and The Flintstone Kids, as well as the TV movies Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears and at least one episode of Wake, Rattle & Roll (odd for the latter three, considering the logo was no longer used by this point); it was also used as part of the intro for The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (the syndicated cartoon block).
  • The logo has also been seen on some pre-Turner prints of The Scooby-Doo Show on the Australian version of Cartoon Network.
  • It was also previously seen on season 1 reruns of Shirt Tales and plastered over with the "CGI Swirling Star" on season 2 reruns on Boomerang.
  • This and the "CGI Swirling Star" below have plastered the previous logo on Boomerang's reruns of Scooby's All Star Laff-a-Lympics.

Editor's Note: The logo most people think about when discussing shows from the era. However, the dark atmosphere and synthesized chimes are known to unnerve a few, though it's a popular logo nonetheless.

8th Logo (September 6, 1986 - 1992; December 15, 1997; November 18, 1998 - July 12, 2002)[]

Nicknames: "Swirling Star II", "CGI Swirling Star", "Twisting Star II", "Taft Swirling Star II", "Shining Star Twist", "H-B Swirling Star II"

Logo: Same concept as the previous logo, but now remade in CGI. The trail is now metallic, and the star now realistically twists and turns and has a nice shine effect. The text and the respective company byline are in a different font and are slightly smaller.

Trivia: Airings of the Johnny Bravo episode "Under the Big Flop" on Cartoon Network used the 1988-1992 version of this logo instead of the standard "Character Portrait II" logo.

Bylines:

  • September 6, 1986-July 16, 1988: "A DIVISION OF THE TAFT ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
  • September 10, 1988-1992; December 15, 1997: (Bylineless; Great American Broadcasting era)
  • November 18, 1998-February 9, 2001, April 3, 2001, April 20, 2001: "A Time Warner Company"
  • April 27, 2001-July 12, 2002: "An AOL Time Warner Company"

Variants:

  • The bylineless version often has the logo slightly enlarged. On some shows, it is instead shifted up.
  • Sometimes the regular 1986 version of this logo also carries a blacked out byline where the Taft byline is usually at.
  • A still variant was seen on The Pirates of Dark Water with all names and bylines completely blacked out and replaced with "HANNA-BARBERA, INC." in a generic font. This also sometimes plastered the custom H-B logo at the end of Fish Police.
  • When The Powerpuff Girls premiered on November 18, 1998, the trend for most H-B/Cartoon Network shows was to get a custom “Character Portrait II” logo. Bucking the trend, it used an updated version of this logo. All names and bylines are completely blacked out, and instead the text “HANNA-BARBERA CARTOONS” in the same font as the show's end credits, and the Time Warner byline (changed to AOL Time Warner in 2001 following its purchase by America Online) are used. Plus, the logo became static after it forms. This lasted until 2002; post-movie episodes usually featured a custom version of the 2001 Cartoon Network Studios logo (or occasionally, The Cartoon Network "Laser" Logo).
    • This variant also appeared at the end of the 1999 Dexter's Laboratory special, "Ego Trip", except that version featured the Cartoon Network logo zooming out of the star's top point, with a result much like how the logo appeared after the "Character Portrait II" logo.
  • Copyright dates may be substituted for the "Hanna-Barbera Productions" text.

FX/SFX: Same as above, but in CGI. A good achievement for its time with brighter colors.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Sometimes, it uses the closing theme of the show, such as the recent reruns of Jana of the Jungle (due to plastering the 6th logo), the short-lived 1988 series The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley and the final season of The Smurfs among others. This also happened on Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings of The Smurfs 1987 Christmas special "Tis the Season to Be Smurfy."
  • On Boomerang's prints of The Flintstone Comedy Show, the logo used the end theme of the show (carried on from the 1968 logo which preceded this variant), and halfway through, it cuts to the regular music already in progress.
  • On The Powerpuff Girls episode "Dream Scheme/You Snooze, You Lose" and the 1999 Dexter's Laboratory special "Ego Trip", two copies of the theme play simultaneously, making the logo louder.
  • On The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, the logo is silent.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • The original version was last seen on seasons 3 and 4 of The Snorks, post-season 5 episodes of The Smurfs, Fantastic Max, season 1 of Pound Puppies, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, and The Pirates of Dark Water when rerun on Boomerang (though A Pup Named Scooby-Doo preserves it on DVD releases).
  • The 1998 version was last seen seen on the first four seasons of The Powerpuff Girls on Boomerang and Cartoon Network (the logo is also preserved on DVD releases of the show).
  • Can be spotted at the end of the Scooby-Doo TV movies Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers and Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
  • Other TV movies from the period where it can be seen include Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, Yogi's Great Escape, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, The Good, the Bad and Huckleberry Hound, Rockin' with Judy Jetson and Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose.
  • Also added to the end of some 1960s shows with no logo (very common in the past, but rather rare nowadays), and is sometimes seen at the end of shows that originally had an older H-B logo or one of the early 1990s in-credit logo variations, but that is rather rare as well, though this has recently happened on Boomerang's reruns of the short-lived Cattanooga Cats. However, an instance of that was spotted on a May 8, 2010 airing of the pilot episode of Yogi's Space Race.
  • The version with the Taft byline still exists on other shows such as The Flintstone Kids, Popeye and Son among other shows so far.
  • This was also seen on season 3 episodes of The Jetsons from 1987, as well as Jonny Quest (1986).
  • It was also spotted on Yo, Yogi! when reran on a foreign Boomerang.

Editor's Note: Despite the CGI, it doesn’t work as well as its predecessor for some reason. The path has been changed to look “looser”, and thus doesn’t look as visually appealing as its predecessor. It's otherwise memorable in the logo community, thanks to its reappearance on The Powerpuff Girls.

9th Logo (In-credit; September 10, 1988 - 1992)[]

Logo: It's an in-credit variant of the 7th logo next to the cursive “Hanna-Barbera” logo. This is superimposed over the credits, like the earliest H-B logos.

Variant: On the final two seasons of The Smurfs, as well as the opening credits of Jetsons: The Movie, there is no swirling star.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show. On Jetsons: The Movie, it's the intro theme of the film.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the final two seasons of The Smurfs as well as on the opening credits of Jetsons: The Movie and season two of Tom and Jerry Kids (as a dual credit with Turner Entertainment Co., though Turner Broadcasting, the parent of TEC, who would ironically end up owning them in 1991) which is sadly plastered by the previous logo on VHS releases. The Jetsons: The Movie version is the most widely available.

10th Logo (September 7, 1990 - 1991)[]

Nicknames: "Happy Birthday Fred!", "The Flintstones 30th Anniversary logo"

Logo: Against a sky-blue background, Fred Flintstone, in a blue "caveman tuxedo", is tap-dancing behind a purple baseball diamond-like shape and next to a box with the words “THE FIRST 30 YEARS” inside it. Above that in an arc is a sign reading “THE FLINTSTONES”, with "THE" in a small black triangle above the arc. Below is the Hanna-Barbera script logo in blue.

Trivia: This logo was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Flintstones back in 1960.

Variants:

  • There is a longer version, which has Fred waving a 'magic cane' to make the box (with the 30 years notice) appear next to him. He puts away the cane, and the usual animation continues.
  • Home Video releases have the Hanna-Barbera Home Video logo in place of the normal logo.
  • One version (possibly only a print logo) used a background of animated TV static. It has Fred in a black caveman tuxedo and the Hanna-Barbera script logo in yellow and a red baseball diamond shape.

FX/SFX: Fred tap-dancing, which is typical H-B animation of the time. The logo was designed by Scott Shaw and animated by Mike Kazaleh.

Music/Sounds: A synth instrumental of the Flintstones theme with a "zap" and a drumbeat. In other cases, it uses the end theme of the show.

Availability: Very rare, as this was only used on select shows first airing in 1990.

  • It was last seen on the first season of Tom and Jerry Kids on Boomerang, but VHS releases plastered it with the 9th logo.
  • More shows that carried this logo are Wake, Rattle & Roll (with the synth theme), Yo Yogi!, and the first season of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures. Gravedale High also used this logo, preceding the 1986-96 NBC Productions logo.

Editor's Note: Probably Hanna-Barbera's best animated logo up to this point. A fun way to celebrate 30 years of The Flintstones.

11th Logo (In-credit; February 12, 1991 - February 7, 1993)[]

Logo: We see the words “H-B Production Co.” in-credit. This could be in any font; in many examples it appears in the H-B script font or in a different script font.

Variants: In addition to the fonts, there are many variants of this:

  • On The Pirates of Dark Water, there is only an opening variant that simply has the words "Hanna-Barbera" in a Maya blue medieval type font.
  • On season 3 of Tom and Jerry Kids, there is a dual credit with Turner Entertainment Co., the copyright owner of Tom and Jerry.
  • On the first season of the 1992 animated revival of The Addams Family, "H-B Production Co." is below it, and the entire thing is surrounded by cobwebs.
  • On Fish Police, "Hanna-Barbera, Inc." is below the normal script logo on an underwater background.
  • On Capitol Critters, "Produced in Association with" is above.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Very rare.

  • It was first seen on The Pirates of Dark Water and last seen on I Yabba-Dabba Do!.
  • The Addams Family variant is preserved on Boomerang every year in October and VHS releases of the show.
  • It was also seen on I Yabba-Dabba-Do! on Boomerang and VHS.
  • When Boomerang aired The Pirates of Dark Water, the logo was removed.
  • The Fish Police variant was plastered with a still CGI Swirling Star logo on Cartoon Network UK airings.
  • The opening variant can be seen on some episodes of The Pirates of Dark Water on VHS.
  • Capitol Critters also had this logo, but it hasn't been aired since the late Nineties.

12th Logo (September 11, 1993 - December 24, 1994)[]

Nicknames: "Character Portrait", "All-Star Prototype", "HB All-Stars"

Logo: On a colored background, we see a partial picture of a Hanna-Barbera star inside a geometric shape. Somewhere inside that picture is the “Hanna-Barbera” script logo.

Variants: Each show used a different customized variant for each show produced by H-B during this era; all are available only on that specified show or TV movie:

  • 2 Stupid Dogs: There are two variants for this show: the opening had Little Dog in front of Big Dog laughing in a red vertical rectangle, with the "Hanna-Barbera" text yellow and angled vertically on the right side (at 90-degrees clockwise), and "PRESENTS" is below the logo (all of this zooms in). This logo later zooms in to the show's opening. The closing however, has the rectangle tilted so that it puts the "Hanna-Barbera" text at a angle, the "PRESENTS" is gone, and the rectangle is raspberry-colored. Both variants use a white background. On at least one episode of this show, the end logo was completely vertical and applause was heard.
  • SWAT Kats: A grinning picture of one of the Kats inside a light blue oval (T-Bone, opening variant; for the first season, it cross-fades into the intro; in the second season it flashes with energy, then fades into a shot of T-Bone, in his civilian identity, working on a car using a blow torch) or vertical rectangle (Razor, closing variant). A yellow-green “Hanna-Barbera” is seen, slanted and near the top. The background is either a dark blue-black gradient on the opening variant, or a dark blue-light blue gradient on the closing variant.
  • Jonny Quest: A headshot of Jonny Quest in a vertical magenta rectangle. A green “Hanna-Barbera”, on an angle, is somewhere near the top. The background is dark turquoise.
  • The Addams Family: A headshot of Uncle Fester in a vertical pistachio-colored rectangle. A blue-purple "Hanna-Barbera", turned 90-degrees clockwise, is on the right. This is on a fuchsia background.
  • The Halloween Tree: A headshot of Mr. Moundshroud in a tomato-colored oval. A yellow "Hanna-Barbera" is near the bottom of the oval. The background is a gradient midnight blue (which seems vaguely similar to the one in the SWAT Kats opening variant).
  • Fred: A headshot of Fred Flintstone inside a purple rectangle. A blue "HANNA-BARBERA" on angle facing the top. The background is black.
  • Santa Fred: A headshot of Fred, in Santa hat and outfit, inside a blue rectangle. The background inside the shape is blue, with snow against it. A yellow “Hanna-Barbera”, slanted down, is near the top. The background is green, red or blue.
  • Droopy, Master Detective: A headshot of Droopy inside a solid blue rectangle. A yellow "Hanna-Barbera" is on the side. This is on a black-blue gradient background.
  • Dino: A headshot of Dino the Dinosaur in a light blue rectangle. A yellow "Hanna-Barbera" is on the side. The background is dark blue.
  • Yogi Bear: A headshot of a grinning Yogi Bear inside a rose bonbon rectangle. A tangerine-yellow "Hanna-Barbera" is on the side. This is on a solid blue background.
  • The Jetsons: A headshot of George Jetson with a huge smile inside of a pistachio-colored rectangle with a pink "Hanna-Barbera" on its side. The background is hot pink.

FX/SFX: All the closing variants are still, but for the opening variants, it's the zooming in for the opening 2 Stupid Dogs logo or the cross-fade and/or flashing to the intro in the opening SWAT Kats logo.

Music/Sounds: A sound effect from the company’s classic extensive library of sound effects (which ironically, Hanna-Barbera was beginning to stop using around this time). It’s different for each logo. Sometimes the opening and closing themes of the show play over instead.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On 2 Stupid Dogs, a brief drumroll is heard, followed by alarm-like kazoos that begin the opening theme.
  • On the SWAT Kats intro variants, it has a heavy metal tune (the beginning of the intro), along with electrical noises during the 2nd season; the first season has a deep bass note.
  • The "Comedy" sound effect montage from the 14th logo is heard over this logo at the end of Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights.
  • On Romanian dubbing prints of Droopy Master Detective, the logo is silent.

Availability: Uncommon altogether. The logo was first seen on 2 Stupid Dogs, and made its last appearance on the series finale of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, "Unlikely Alloys". The availability of each variant varies:

  • 2 Stupid Dogs: Rare, as the show is currently not being aired on Boomerang.
  • Jonny Quest: Rare, was last seen on all season four episodes of The Adventures of Captain Planet when previously rerun on Boomerang. It was also seen on some prints of Jonny Quest from the early '90s.
  • SWAT Kats: Uncommon. It was last seen on reruns of said show on Boomerang, along with the VHS tapes and the DVDs from Warner Archive.
  • The Addams Family (1992, animated version): Extremely rare. It's only seen on some VHS tapes of the series.
  • The Halloween Tree: Extremely rare. It's only seen on the VHS tape.
  • Santa Fred: Uncommon. The green variant is seen on The Town Santa Forgot, the red variant on A Flintstone Family Christmas, while the blue variant is seen on A Flintstones Christmas Carol, all of which are available on VHS and air on Boomerang around Christmas.
  • Droopy, Master Detective: Extinct. It was only seen there, and the show is rarely aired on Boomerang in the UK.
  • Dino: Rare. It's only seen on the Flintstones special "Hollyrock-a-Bye-Baby", which is available on VHS.
  • Yogi Bear: Uncommon. It's popped up on Yogi the Easter Bear and Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights, and both are available on both VHS and DVD. It was also seen on some Nineties prints of Yogi Bear.
  • The Jetsons: Extinct, having only been seen on early-Nineties prints.

Editor's Note: Hanna-Barbera would revisit this concept again for their final batch of cartoons made shortly after Time Warner's acquisition of Turner in 1996.

13th Logo (April 4, 1993 - September 3, 1994)[]

Nicknames: “Animated All-Stars", "HB All-Stars II"

Logo: Up against a black background, a famous Hanna-Barbera star appears in a colored oval with the byline "H-B PRODUCTION CO." below in white. This was an opening logo used before a program.

Variants:

  • Muttley (From Wacky Races and Dastardly & Muttley) comes up in an orange oval and does his trademark snicker as the "Hanna-Barbera" script logo, in copper, writes itself on screen.
  • Jonny Quest (utilizing some sort of arm device) is seen in a blue oval with the "Hanna-Barbera" script logo, in copper, shining with a streak.

FX/SFX: For the Muttley version, him coming up and laughing. For the Jonny Quest version, the shine streak over the logo. These was made at Hatmaker Films in Boston, MA.

Music/Sounds:

  • Muttley Version: We hear Muttley's famous laugh, and as the Hanna-Barbera script logo is appearing, we hear a small clarinet piece.
  • Jonny Quest Version: None.

Availability: Rare. The Muttley version is seen at the start of Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights, but is cut on most home video releases. The Jonny Quest version was only seen on Jonny's Golden Quest, and was kept intact on a Boomerang airing.

Editor's Note: These could be seen as placeholders for the next logo below.

14th Logo (September 3, 1994 - Present)[]

Nicknames: “All-Stars”, "H-B (Comedy/Action/Action laughter factory/Comedy laughter factory) Stars", "HB All-Stars III," "Kabong!"

Logo: On a blurry white background with several colorful abstract shapes flying about, a shape appears in the middle that provides a “clear” view of the background; the shape has the Hanna-Barbera Script logo embossed in it at the top. Suddenly, some of Hanna-Barbera’s most famous stars quickly appear doing all sorts of things as the shape slowly rotates to the right. At the end of the character montage, one of the stars (Fred Flintstone or Jonny Quest, depending on the variant) comes right up to the H-B shape with an extreme close-up of their face, freezing in place as the shape continues to rotate right until it fades out or cuts to black. A very small Turner byline (with Turner's own logo) fades in on the lower right shortly before the montage ends. There are two major variants of the logo, nicknamed "Comedy All-Stars" and "Action All-Stars", with both being specifically used depending on the kind of show it followed.

  • "Comedy" All-Stars: Mainly used for H-B's comedy shows, or those that are otherwise lighthearted in tone. The "Hanna-Barbera" script logo is yellow and in a blue rectangle. The characters that appear, in order, are as follows:
    1. Fred Flintstone (as if running or sliding)
    2. Yogi Bear (grinning)
    3. Huckleberry Hound (diving or falling)
    4. Dino
    5. George Jetson (with a very classic “what?” expression)
    6. Elroy Jetson (flying in a pod; the same animation seen in his show's opening)
    7. Barney Rubble (not as noticeable; he appears very quickly)
    8. El Kabong (Quick Draw McGraw’s Zorro-esque alter-ego)
    9. Scooby-Doo (with a weird “craning neck” animation)
    10. Fred (zooms towards the logo; freezing with an extreme close-up of his face)
  • "Action" All-Stars: Mainly used for H-B's action shows, or those that are otherwise more serious in tone. The "Hanna-Barbera" script logo is sky blue and in a gray oval. The characters that appear, in order, are as follows:
    1. Bandit (Jonny Quest’s dog)
    2. Atom Ant
    3. Jonny Quest (in his trademark black shirt)
    4. Dr. Benton Quest (Jonny’s dad)
    5. The Thing (of the Fantastic Four)
    6. Zandor (firing an arrow)
    7. Space Ghost
    8. Birdman
    9. Zok (the Laser Dragon creature from The Herculoids)
    10. Jonny Quest with kung-fu like outfit (zooming towards the logo with an extreme close-up; like he’s kicking into the camera)

Trivia: The Thing from the Fantastic Four appears in the "Action" All-Stars variant, despite the series' characters and content being owned by Marvel Comics. Back in 1967, H-B produced an animated series in conjunction with Marvel, which is why he appears here.

Variants:

  • On the Dumb and Dumber TV series, a still variant of the end of the "Comedy" All-Stars logo was shown with a small "In association with" text below; the New Line Television logo would follow.
  • A bylineless variant of the "Action" All-Stars logo exists. It was seen on later episodes of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.
  • Strangely, a variant of the "Comedy" All-Stars logo exists where the Turner byline is cheaply blacked out.

FX/SFX: The H-B shape rotating, the characters performing their actions. A nifty combination of traditional animation (the characters) with cool CGI elements (the H-B shape). This was done by Charlex Studios.

Music/Sounds: Many classic H-B sound effects are heard throughout, arranged in a way to create a neat “tune”. The music differs depending on the logo:

  • "Comedy" All-Stars: It starts off with the weird bongo drum and horn sound effect from The Flintstones and The Jetsons, with the sound effect usually heard as an H-B character starts to run away playing underneath. Then a "boing" sound, several comical "fighting" sound effects, and finally the "kabong" sound of Quick Draw McGraw/El Kabong's guitar hitting and breaking over someone's head.
  • "Action" All-Stars: It features a '60s bass riff playing throughout. First, a cartoon pterodactyl sound-like screech is heard, followed by a jet flying, an elephant trumpeting, and finally a loud gong.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On a few shows, the closing theme was used.
  • On a Romanian print of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "A Night of Fright Is No Delight", the music from the 4th logo is heard due to a poor plaster job.
  • On a Polish print of The Addams Family episode "Little Big Thing/Little Bad Riding Hood/Metamorphosister", the music from the short variant of the Turner Entertainment logo is heard due to an editing error.
  • On recent Cartoon Network CEE airings of The Scooby-Doo Show, the music from the end credits plays for a few seconds, then it cuts to a high-pitched version of the "Swirling Star" music. This is due to a split-screen formatting error.
  • Most TV prints of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Never Ape an Ape Man" have the "Action" variant appearing with the audio from the "Comedy" version, most likely due to an editing mistake.
  • There is a low toned variant of the "Comedy" logo that appeared on the Top Cat episode "The $1,000,000 Derby" and The Flintstones episodes "Bamm-Bamm" and "The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes".
  • On one episode of The Flintstones, "The Big Move", the Swirling Star sound was used. This is due to an editing mistake.
  • On some Romanian-dubbed prints of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the music from the 4th logo, along with the one from the Warner Bros. Television logo, plays over the whole logo.

Availability: Common.

  • The Action variant was first used on SWAT Kats, and can be seen on the Warner Archive DVD release.
  • The "Comedy" variant was seen on the second season of 2 Stupid Dogs, at the end of cartoons produced in 1995 (with the exception of the short Awfully Lucky), and those airing from 1995 to 1997 on The What-a-Cartoon Show (later rebranded as The Cartoon Cartoon Show).
  • In most cases, they match the right logo with the right show; the exception is the mid-'90s prints of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, which plaster the "H-B Box" logos with the "Action" variant.
  • The "Comedy" variant appeared on Cartoon Network Pan-European prints of the 1992 animated revival of The Addams Family, preceded by the 11th logo.
  • Despite both logos being discontinued on new shows on November 28, 1997, they were used as the chief means of plastering in the mid-'90s, and thus plaster older logos on many current prints of their most popular shows, mostly '60s shows that had an in-credit logo and Screen Gems logo/text. Both variants can be found on DVD releases of such cartoons, sometimes plastering older logos:
    • The "Comedy" variant is found on releases of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, The Funky Phantom, Josie & the Pussycats, Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space (in most episodes except for three of them), Top Cat, and the 1973 version of The Addams Family.
    • The "Action" variant is found on releases of Jonny Quest, Valley of The Dinosaurs, Thundarr, the Barbarian, and Sky Commanders.
    • Both variants can also be found on the 2001 release of Cartoon Crack Ups, with the "Comedy" All Stars logo appearing on episodes of both The Flintstones and The Jetsons, and the "Action" All Stars logo appearing on an episode of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?. Strangely, no Hanna-Barbera logo is shown on the Top Cat episode on the release; it just goes straight to the short version of the Turner Entertainment logo.
  • Both logos are still seen on several TV reruns of old Hanna-Barbera shows on Boomerang and MeTV in North America, Tooncast in Latin America, and others.
    • The "Action" variant also appeared on The Scooby-Doo Show on the 1978 episode "A Menace in Venace" by plastering the "Rainbow H-B" logo on Boomerang.
    • The "Comedy" variant also appeared on Boomerang reruns of the 1980 version of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and on the Dr. Seuss-based Daisy-Head Mayzie special on TNT and on VHS.
    • The "Action" variant also plastered the "CGI Swirling Star" on Boomerang reruns of the 1986 version of Jonny Quest; while the "Comedy" All-Stars variant also plastered the "Swirling Star" on a few episodes of the 1980s version of The Jetsons and the "H-B Zooming Box" on Pan-European prints of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.

Editor's Note: A very cool montage of some of H-B's popular characters in one logo, though it can turn some viewers off for how chaotic both variants are. Several older viewers are also annoyed by this logo's omnipresence and plastering. In recent years, some older shows have had their original logos restored on new HD prints, though other shows (such as those produced during the Screen Gems era) still feature this at the end of episodes. Nonetheless, both logos are highly memorable.

15th Logo (February 20, 1995 - June 14, 2002)[]

Nicknames: "Character Portrait II", "HB-AllStars IV", "H-B/CN All-Stars"

Logo: Similar to the 12th logo, it is a still shot of a H-B character (or characters) in a shape, usually an oval. The background is almost always white. Below the logo is a Time Warner byline. Like before, each series in which this logo is used always has a specific character (or characters) featured in the show it followed:

  • The What-a-Cartoon! Show "The Chicken from Outer Space": A head shot of Fred Flintstone inside of a purple oval on a black background, with the H-B script in bright turquoise. The byline is also absent.
  • The What-a-Cartoon! Show "Cow and Chicken": A head shot of Dino from The Flintstones inside an orange oval, with the H-B script in blue on a gradient sky blue background. Copyright text appears underneath instead of the usual byline.
  • Cave Kids: A head shot of Baby Pebbles Flintstone inside a sky blue oval. The H-B script is yellow. Although the series first aired in 1996, the show originally used the "Comedy All-Stars" logo before it switched to this logo in 1997.
  • Dexter's Laboratory (Season 2): A side profile of Dexter in a navy blue oval. The H-B script is medium red-violet.
  • Cow and Chicken:
    • Seasons 1 and 3 has Chicken at the left and Cow on the right in an aqua oval with orange H-B script.
    • Season 2 has the same oval design, but with Cow holding Chicken by his neck.
  • I Am Weasel: I.M. Weasel on the left giving a shy look and I.R. Baboon giving an annoyed/suspicious look on the right inside a jungle green oval. The H-B script is shocking pink.
  • Johnny Bravo (Seasons 1-3):
    • Season 1 has Johnny in a purple oval with yellow H-B script. Debuted at the end of the third episode on July 21, 1997.
    • Seasons 2 and 3 feature a close-up of Johnny in a sky blue oval w/ lime green H-B script.
  • Foe Paws: Mamma Mia smiling in between Rolo with a surprised look, and Vivian glaring, inside a grasshopper green rectangle. The H-B script is leyden blue.
  • King Crab: King Crab with his frustrated face is on the top, facing down, contained in a white rectangle. The H-B script is federal blue.
  • Thrillseeker: Joe, Otto and Ashley have excited looks on their faces in a pale blue oval. The H-B script is dark turquoise.
  • Uncle Gus: Uncle Gus stands in a ready-to-run pose inside a yellow vertical rectangle on a black background. The H-B script is white.
  • Kenny & the Chimp: Kenny on the left and Chimp on the right inside a pale turquoise oval. The H-B script is pumpkin orange.
  • Tom & Jerry "The Mansion Cat": Head shots of Tom & Jerry inside a malachite box on a periwinkle background. The H-B script is pink. This one has a more 3-D look to it.
  • Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? (Pilot): Robot Jones is tilted a bit inside a lime green rectangle. The H-B script is red.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Pilot): Grim appears in a black vertical rectangle. The H-B script is in dark green.
  • Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo appears in a red oval on a black background. The H-B script is turquoise. Sometimes, the byline is absent. On Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, it carries an AOL Time Warner byline.

Variants:

  • Some logo variants from mid-1998 to early 1999 had animation at the end to include Cartoon Network’s logo; the H-B logo would iris-out, and then a "shiny" version of Cartoon Network’s logo would zoom in, alongside a service mark (SM) being dotted to the right of it. In some cases, there would be a quick fade out before the CN logo appeared. On the first thirteen season 2 episodes of Johnny Bravo, the H-B logo instead zooms out.
  • On earlier Cow and Chicken and most I Am Weasel episodes, a different byline appeared in an arc-like fashion below the logo reading “Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. A Time Warner Company”. Occasionally, this "arc" byline would appear alongside the normal one, mostly when the CN logo followed afterwards, but not always. Later episodes of Cow and Chicken used just the normal byline.
  • On all episodes of The What-a-Cartoon! Show, a headshot of Fred Flintstone looking upwards in a pale purple oval with rose-pink script is plastered onto the lower right corner of the opening sequence.

FX/SFX: None for the normal variants. For the variants featuring the CN logo; the H-B logo iris-out, the CN logo zooming in. The designs of the logos were made by Hatmaker Films in Boston, MA.

Music/Sounds: On most shows from 1997 to 1999, various sound effects from the studio's library are heard, ending in the H-B "weird laughing” sound effect performed by veteran H-B voice actor Daws Butler. From 1999 onwards, a completely different set of sounds are heard, now incorporating a few Warner Bros. sound effects alongside the usual H-B ones.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • On some Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel episodes, the sounds are slightly higher-pitched.
  • For most of the CN variants, it has a synthesized whoosh sound as the H-B oval irises out, and the sound effect of the paper carrier from The Flintstones throwing the stone newspaper onto Fred's head.
  • On the CN variant found on the first thirteen season 2 episodes of Johnny Bravo, a different set of sounds are heard, with a bell "ding" for the SM mark appearing alongside a big crash.
  • The Dino variant uses the sounds heard in the "Comedy All-Stars" logo.
  • The Fred Flintstone and Scooby-Doo variants are silent.
  • On the Tom & Jerry, Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?, King Crab and Uncle Gus variants, the end theme plays over the logo.

Availability: Common overall. First seen as an in-credit logo on The What-a-Cartoon! Show, the standalone version was first seen on the short The Chicken from Outer Space (aka the pilot episode for Courage the Cowardly Dog), and regularly on Cow and Chicken. It made its final appearance on the season 3 finale of Johnny Bravo, also being the very last cartoon produced at Hanna-Barbera studios.

  • The Dexter's Laboratory variant is uncommon. It still appears on season 2 episodes as well as plastering the Cartoon Network Studios logo on some reruns of season 1 episodes.
  • The Cow and Chicken variants are uncommon, but are usually still preserved when reran and can be found on DVD sets.
  • The Johnny Bravo variants are common. Both versions are preserved on Boomerang reruns of seasons 1-3, on iTunes, as well as on the season 1 DVD set.
  • The Tom & Jerry variant is very rare. Its only appearance was on the 2001 short "The Mansion Cat", which airs on Boomerang and on Cartoon Network on rare occasions.
  • The Scooby-Doo variant is uncommon. It was used for at least some of the direct-to-video movies produced by Warner Bros. Animation from September 22, 1998 to October 9, 2001, such as Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.
  • The Robot Jones variant is extremely rare, appearing only on the original pilot episode of Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?.
  • The Grim variant is extremely rare. It was only seen on the original pilot of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, which is included as a bonus on the DVD release of its first season and was seen on recent CN airings, most notably on Cartoon Planet where the logo alongside the original credits were retained.
  • The Cave Kids variant is extremely rare. While the series does have a chance of airing again somewhere, the "Comedy" All-Stars logo might plaster it instead.
  • All the other variants are extinct, as most of them are one-shots that were hardly, if ever, reran again after What-a-Cartoon! (later known as The What-a-Cartoon! Show) ended in 2002. The few episodes that did see reruns past the show's end date usually have their original logos plastered by the "Comedy All-Stars" logo.
  • Don't expect this logo on seasons 1-4 of The Powerpuff Girls or the Dexter's Laboratory special "Ego Trip", as those instead use a variant of the "CGI Swirling Star".

Editor's Note: This would be the final series of logos used on new shows before the studio closed its doors and moved operations to Cartoon Network Studios, becoming an in-name only unit of Warner Bros. Animation.

16th Logo (February 28, 2017 - Present)[]

Nicknames: "Rainbow H-B II", "The Return of HB," "Hanna-Barbera Strikes Back!," "Welcome Back, Hanna-Barbera"

Logo: Same concept as the 6th logo, except the colors are more vivid, the animation is smoother, and the last "HANNA-BARBERA" zooms at us a bit before morphing into an "HB" (in a similar style as the Taft-HB print logo). "HANNA-BARBERA CARTOONS" wipes in below.

Variant: A shorter variant exists where the logo simply fades in after it's fully formed.

FX/SFX: Almost the same as the 6th logo, but with much smoother animation.

Music/Sounds: The opening or closing theme of the film.

Availability: Current. It was first seen on the direct-to-video movie The Jetsons & WWE Robo WrestleMania!, and has made subsequent appearances on newer movies that feature classic Hanna-Barbera characters.

Editor's Note: An unexpected-yet-cool throwback to the 1974 logo. Like the original, the "Hanna-Barbera" text morphing into the "HB" is rather cheap, but it was likely intentional to mimic that logo's animation. Of note, this logo is only used on newer post-2017 movies and shorts from Warner Bros. Animation that prominently feature classic H-B characters.

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