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on January 3, 2015
Wow, amazingly quick delivery, well boxed, very happy
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on October 15, 2014
cute book . who can not forget these cartoons.
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on September 29, 2014
My Hanna Barbera Treasury arrived in a timely fashion. It came packed in premium packaging with protective padding. All pages and inserts intact. No marks, like new. This is a colorful very entertaining book. I feel the same pleasure that I felt as a child watching the cartoons when I look at this book.Very satisfied toonhead.
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on April 1, 2014
If Your A Fan Get This Book. It Includes So Many Reproduction Of Souveniers At The Time Its Worth It For That Alone. Simply A Amazing Book.
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on March 11, 2014
This is a beautiful book to browse through, better on visuals than text, but then that is its purpose--it's titled as a Treasury, not a history. The true story of Hanna and Barbera's careers and considerable achievements in animation has yet to be written, and may never well be. We fans don't like to dwell on the disappointments and compromises of the later years, although as some of the reviews here indicate, your favorite cartoons are probably down to the era during which you were a child. Thus, Tom and Jerry fans are not impressed by the limited animation of the 1960s that enchanted me, and children of the '70s and '80s find themselves waxing nostalgic over the banal pap that so appalled admirers of the 1960s productions. Kids raised on The Simpsons (a wonderful show) often just don't find The Flintstones funny. It's a generational thing, tainted and dictated by nostalgia, and consequently there may never be anyone to write or research an honest H-B book that digs deeper than the "official, authorised" mythology... Or anyone who wants to read it.

What do we get from this book? I was going to list the superb treasures on every page, but someone has already done so. Well worth the price of the book alone, I shall watch out for a cheap used second copy to remove them for my collection. Every page is a delight, marred only by the absence of any credits for the Whitman, Dell, and Gold Key artists, who still labor in anonymity even at this late date. The late, great Harvey Eisenberg is well represented, but still gets no recognition or acknowledgement. There are chapters on all the major characters of the 1960s, although the super-heroes are poorly represented other than Space Ghost and Birdman, surely the latter being the lamest super-guy ever (he could be over-powered simply by drawing the shades and had to be rescued all the time by his pet bird, and felt hilariously compelled to shout out his name to the heavens every time he set off into the sky--perhaps a heads-up to any other air traffic). Mighty Mightor, the Herculoids, and others get short shrift. The tiny amount of space allocated to Wacky Races is a clear indication of America's lack of interest to an H-B creation much more loved in Europe, where Dick Dastardly and Muttley are iconic! The only major failing though is the section on Tom and Jerry, which is represented almost entirely by contemporary merchandising images not of their era. There's a ton of stuff out there they could have used; I've got boxes of it, and so have most fans. Otherwise, the selections of art are superb, a wonderful mix of nostalgia, kitsch, and quality, some of which I have in my collection, some of which made me drool with envy.

This book will not introduce anyone to Hanna-Barbera who isn't already as far gone beyond all rational hope as I am. It is strictly for the fans, although it does serve as a valuable example of how significant and beloved the Hanna-Barbera cartoons were to the '60s baby boomers. I make no apologies for being completely satisfied that the book stops where it does, although I sympathise with the Grape Ape/Dynomutt/Hong Kong Phooey generation. Sorry, but that '70s stuff was Awwwwful. I was always slightly irritated and embarrassed that other books on H-B felt obliged to draw attention to the Smurfs and Super-Friends and other detritus of the 1971-1991 animation wasteland that British comedian Jimmy Carr hilariously referred to disparagingly as "the Scrappy-Doo years". For me, as usual I suppose, it's all about the 1960s. This wonderful publication is indeed a Treasury.
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I LOVE looking through this book. It's just so much fun. Almost every page has some kind of ephemera to take out or flip etc., and many of the items are reproductions from the 60's and 70's. It's a similar format to the Art of Open Season and Art of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs titles. Someone mentioned factual errors, and aside from that the book is pure bliss.
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on January 6, 2011
Got this for my kids my oldes love it and carries it around all the time. She loves animation and the all the Hanna-barbera cantoons.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book has to be the greatest book I have ever purchased.

It not only covers all the different kinds of Hanna Barbera characters,
but it has all kinds of extra treasures.

I would highy recommend.

Roger
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What's up with Hanna-Barbera? Given the tremendous output, numerous firsts, and the cavalcade of classic cartoons from the house that Bill and Joe built, the story must truly be fascinating. But it apparently cannot be told. Michael Mallory's dazzling coffee table book, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Hanna Barbera could more accurately be described as a catalog of animation cels, with shreds of "yes man" introductions. As a cel guide it remains endlessly fascinating, however (and far cheaper than even one art cel), and even included a removable cel affixed to the book cover.

Joe and Bill both gave us bios with their own takes on H-B, but this is merely the tip of the iceberg for a duo so influential in the beginnings and history of TV cartoons (look at all the books by and on Disney). That said, I'm always ready for more H-B (and am waiting for all the specials that came out on VHS to make it to DVD). So when I saw this book at a toy show, I couldn't wait to read it. In a certain sense it makes sense to find it there, as it's filled with collectibles. So how does it rate?

It depends who you are, because this unique book finds a varied audience. Reading-wise, the first fifteen pages are the best part, especially the one page foreword by Fred Seibert about being president of H-B. Then the Hanna-Barbera Treasury officially starts on page 27, and the only writing is on each character/ show. Since it's by Jerry Beck, there are some insights into the process of animation and interesting stories about the shows. Thankfully the book ends with Scooby-Doo in the '60s, although it includes pics of collectibles from the '70s, and the Timeline at the back runs through 2007.

If you're here for the pictures, you'll also do well, as the book is drenched in over 150 pages of full-color art shots, pics of collectibles and comics, and black and white model sheets. "I'm here for the collectibles," the third sort of reader says. As one might guess, they tend to be flat, so the book can close. These are reproductions made especially for this volume, but even one of the originals at the afore-mentioned toy show might go for the price of this book.

Inserts include: a color cel for Ruff and Reddy; 4 small cards for Huck Hound that look like mini-placemats, and 4 collector trivia cards; for Pixie and Dixie, a 20 page black and white cartoon flip book dating from 1958; for Yogi, 6 H-B activity cards that look like pages from comic books, and an 8 page coloring book (with one page colored); for Augie Doggie, a color sheet of 18 gum cards (uncut); for The Flintstones, a color cel, 8 color cards, a black and white fold-out sketch by Iwao Takamoto; for The Jetsons, 4 sheets of rough storyboard sketches, with color notes; for Magilla Gorilla, color masks of Magilla, Snagglepuss, Top Cat, and Yogi, and a tiny, replica 12 page Gold Key Magilla comic book; for Lippy the Lion, a tiny, replica 8 page, color Gold Key comic; for Frankenstein Jr., a small, 20 page color storyboard booklet; for Birdman, 4 model sheets with notes; for Space Ghost, 6 color cards; for Scooby Doo, five model sheet cards. There's also a disguised pocket in the inside front cover with a 16 page color introduction.

Characters/ shows with color sections but no collectible inserts include: Tom and Jerry, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Top Cat, Peter Potamus, Squiddly Diddly, Jonny Quest, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, and Wacky Races. While there are sidebars with brief notes, oddly enough the text doesn't mention the collectibles. There's also nothing on the history of H-B collectibles, and little on merchandising. I was glad to see Ruff and Reddy make the cut, which is to me the first H-B cartoon series, and that this book didn't overdo Tom and Jerry, as most H-B books tend to do. But where are the Herculoids, which date from 1967 and the Birdman era?

Yes, there are errors, the most glaring being that the two pages of text on pages 12 and 13 repeat on pages 16 and 17. And such a labor-intensive volume was sadly made in--where else?--China. But this volume can certainly grace the coffee table and enthrall visitors while we're waiting for the definitive H-B history. Thanks to Jerry and friends, interest in H-B's classic characters here pegs the fun meter. Now when do the cartoons come out on DVD?
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on December 22, 2010
I waited anxiously for this book to arrive because I am a lifelong fan of so many of these characters. I remember the very early days watching Huckleberry Hound and later The Flintstones.
There is no way to remember my childhood without the characters that live inside this book. The warm memories and the fantasatic format make this a work of love to be cherished forever!

I became an artist because of Hanna Barbera if you are a fan you want this book! All the little surprises tucked inside make it a joy with every viewing. Thankfully Boomerang continues to showcase these childhood heroes and I am hoping to see Warner Brothers to give these cartoons the respect they deserve by making new cartoons starring them. Until then I will be inside this book as often as I can.
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