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These are extremely crisp and clean sounds and immediately recognizabel as being from Hanna-Barbera. Some of the really short sound effects are perftect for digitizing into effects sounds for either Windows or Macintosh theme sounds or to add into a fun flash movie you're creating. The possibilities are endless when used sparingly and in the right places. This is not a CD that you just pop in your stereo and listen to beginning to end... you can do it once, but that's about it! But it's a fabulous resource for impressing a visual with a sound. If you're mixing flash movies, creating Director presentations or just making Windows/Mac themes, I highly recommend this disc for the high quality. Note that the CD is marked "NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE, " so you can't be using these sounds for profit, but you can for artistic expression. :-)
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on March 24, 2002
I've purchased many CD sound effect collections over the past few years. Overall I would characterize them all as either poor recordings(with lots of white noise in the backgound), or cheesy clips created on a cheap computer that sound nothing like the sounds they claim to represent.
This CD however, delivers. The recordings are of very high quality, and are separated into very useable clips. There are also short blurbs that show you how the studio used the sounds. And there are also a few answering machine messages and birthday greetings thrown in.
This is a great compillation guarranteed to spruce up your home movie! I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Here you go, dozens of classic cartoon sound effects, from the "world leader in cartoon sound effect, Hanna-Barbera." How can you go wrong with sounds like ba-wong, kabong, bronk, pixie and dixie boinks, squish pop, peeong, szwip-p, little zabork, whizz klonk and so many more? Just about any cartoon sound effect you can think of is here, and they're great, in high quality, and very straightforward and to the point. They're perfect for use in your PC for sound cues and computer actions, etc.

Strange is that there are a bunch of extras thrown into the CD. My take is that it's from 1994, when the digital sound medium was still new and somewhat of a novelty, and something like all of these high-quality sound effects available on CD was pretty sexy (now, you can get all of this online in seconds, of course). The extras are things like cartoon character phone answering machine message, birth greetings, and get-well messages. These are cute, I guess, but actually come off as lame.

Then there are the "comic capers," seven bits with cartoon character narration that serve as contrived little sketches existing only to use a series of the included sound effects in a short period of time. I guess they're useful in that they show in what context each sound effect might best be used, but the bits just come off as lame (although some of the jokes are decidedly adult--not dirty or sexual, but referring to facts and knowledge that only an adult would get, such as a reference to Stanislavski). Most of the comic capers have a little character-narrated inventory at the end where you're told on which track you can find each of the sounds you just heard in the bit. The character vocalizatons are particularly grating, not really good at all. In the closeness of a CD, and listening in a closed environment, the cartoon voices just don't seem right. They're credited as Fred Flintstone by Henry Corden (not the original Alan Reed) and all other voices by Earl Kress. That means that Earl is doing Snagglepuss, Mutley, Peter Potamus, Hokey Wolf, Quick Draw McGraw, Super Snooper, Blabber Mouse, and Wally Gator. And it sounds like only one guy is doing all of these voices. This was not the place to save money, and in the end is the lamest part of the entire recording. Quick Draw McGraw sounds like Forrest Gump, with Hokey Wolf sounding like Phil Silvers' evil little brother.

Me, I really liked the Jetsons sounds, which are particularly good for use as computer actions. You get the Jet Screamer intro sound effect, but sadly you don't get his classic chart smash, "Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah" ("Jetsons" Season 1, Episode 2, 30 September 1962, voiced by Howard Morris, not that I'm a geek or anything). You also get some recognizable Flintstones and Yogi Bear sounds, running feet, explosions, door sounds, bonks, squeaks, boinks, zips...well, you get the aural picture.

There are no liner notes, so to speak. There's a double-fold insert which is nothing but artwork on one side, with a full track listing on the inside. This track listing is very useful, as it's printed across two pages, which means the print is much, much larger than the tiny full track listing on the back of the CD. You get a few credits and admin announcements on the third page of the insert.

Bottom line: If you're after classic cartoon sound F/X, this one will work. As this is a collector's item, now out of print, the price can get pretty steep, if you're looking for a copy in really good condition (my CD was good, but the case was cracked front and back). But, you get what you pay for, and these are original sound effects from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
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on March 20, 2008
Whereas the actual sound effects quality is great, and there are more than plenty enough here to use & enjoy, they should have spared us with the character voices, which are not original, nor in my opinion sound like the characters.

I have seen a 11 LP library on eBay of Hanna Barbera THAT would be useful!
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on March 24, 2006
You know those days when you feel like a laugh and nothing quite does it...Having this CD around has managed to make me giggle every time. Its worth just phoning someone and leaving them a sound effect message to make them laugh.
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on June 29, 2006
As a kid in the early 70's Hanna Barbera Cartoons was always on my list for sat morning cartoons. Running home to watch the flintstones before it was over was quite a challange!No vcrs then. I must say this disc gives alot of memories when hearing your favorite characters once again. It starts off with Freds voice bringing in the sound fx opening.Freds voice sounded a little high pitch than the original Alan Reed. But good enough to be beliveable. then you hear Snaglepuss,Wallygator,Detective snooper with his assistant Blab.Cant remember what Blab looked like.I know he had an assistant. Then my favorite horse which Im sure other people loved Quickdraw macdraw known as Elcobong! This sound fx goes into their telephone messages which I found them a little long.A person on the phone would hang up before it was finished.Birthday greetings came up to. It teaches you what you can do with this disc. Even though its private use only. The audio of the sound fx are sharp and clear. Freds walking feet,The Jetsons was very clear sounding. For good time memories as an adult or any generation that know who these characters are,add this disc to your sound fx collection. You will go along way with it.
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on January 7, 2013
The Carl Stalling Project volumes 1 and 2 from Warner Brothers make this Hanna-Barbera collection pretty wimpy by comparison. I was expecting a lot more from this CD.
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on January 9, 2015
It was great and brought back wonderful childhood (and adult) memories. They don'tmake cartoons like those anymore and you cannot get all of them on DVD either.
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on March 2, 2015
My friends DUG the Answering Machine Announcements by Quick Draw & Fred. LOVE it!
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on July 18, 2016
Great CD with a lot of sound effects. Fun to hear sounds from childhood.
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