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Best Hann-Barbera Productions Theme score.

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Initial post: Nov 21, 2009, 10:32:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2009, 8:22:12 AM PST
First , If any would let me know Who the composer or (s) is. I think it is Curtin. I know there is alot to prefer. And It's ALL GREAT! With a live orchestra.

My favorite themes or What I think the best are:

Action: Birdman
Comic: The Jetsons

What is your favorite?

Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 11:04:16 AM PST
Wow, I just love the music of Hoyt Curtin. That's half the fun of enjoying the reruns and dvd's of those Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. I have wished for years for a box set release of all his incidental music from The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo Where Are You, and so on. It holds such a powerful nostalgia for me, and I'm glad to see someone else actually talking about it!


Now for best theme, that's subjective. I am partial to "The Jetsons". What a great tune. Curtin gives his band a colossal workout, when you consider how much is going on in that theme. The brass alone is just all over the place, like a riot. And he throws in the kiddie piano tune "Chopsticks" for fun. It's a really fun theme, a happy and lively piece of music.


Hoyt Curtin is like an unsung hero of cartooning in many ways. I mean, several cartoon composers get their due, get acknowledgement, like Carl Stalling. But how many people know about Hoyt Curtin or the hundreds of melodies he whipped up?

Here's an obituary which is very interesting:


Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 1:55:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009, 2:12:03 PM PST
Wow ! Thank You, Sardonicus, for the very enthusiastic response on the same day. Are you allowed to campaign this thread? Much Appreciated. The Jetsons is Whirley and extremely fast, and Birdman is Jazzy. It is a live orchestra. Lots of strings.
How about that? I guess it's called The H-B Studio Orchestra
I am an even bigger classical music buff.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 2:44:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009, 2:45:14 PM PST
You're welcome, it was my pleasure seeing something about Hoyt Curtin here. Never thought I would.

Whirly, that's a great word to describe The Jetsons intro melody.

I track my discussion on this forum (a thread which I called "Funniest Looney Tunes"); I can promote your thread there but I don't know where else I could campaign your thread, unless you have ideas.

I like classical music too, but not like the people on the classical music forum. I am no expert at all. I just like turning on the classical music on my cable tv music-choice channels. And I have a shelf of discs that I like. I also enjoy film scores (Lord of the Rings, Danny Elfman, Gabriel Yared, John Barry, John Williams, etc).

Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 3:06:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009, 3:27:12 PM PST
OooooH! I love Danny Elfman: Batman (Returns), Midnight Run, PeeWee Herman's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Desparate Housewifes and The Simpsons.

How about Vince Guaraldi - Hence Trio

Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 4:16:16 PM PST
The Vince Guaraldi Trio's music for the 1960's Charlie Brown TV specials is just wonderful. There is nothing else like it.

I also love Rod McKuen singing the theme to the feature film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown".

Posted on Nov 21, 2009, 4:19:07 PM PST
I think Hoyt Curtin may have also created the background music for the series "Battle of the Planets".

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 5:15:10 PM PST
Grumpy says:
As a former trumpet player, we trumpet guys loved this stuff. The Jetsons and the theme from Wally Gator were my favorites, but really ANYTHING done by that screamin' big band was fine with me!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 5:30:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009, 5:35:09 PM PST
Yes He did. You Are Right!

Battle of the Planets.

Does Anyone know how to change the Title spelling of Hann (a)?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 5:37:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009, 5:54:10 PM PST
Dear Steven
How about Winton Marsallis?
I looked at your 16 reviews I own some similar or the same items.
Including 2 copies of Charlie Brown Christmas on DVD.only
I always wondered, How much better can blue ray really be.
I am happy with Dvd players including 2 computers with D Rom
I have 5 inexpensive Dvd Players.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009, 5:52:44 PM PST

re: Hann/Hanna

I think you can't alter a title of a thread once it's posted. Don't worry about it.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009, 6:43:08 PM PST
Chazzzbo says:
I'm a sucker for "Top Cat"

Posted on Dec 2, 2009, 7:57:46 AM PST
Your Right! The Music to "Top Cat" is kicky that's probably why I bought it. The cartoon itself is kind of boring, but the music is great!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 8:00:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2009, 7:27:42 AM PST
And "Little Birdy". Woodstock's Song
Race for your Life,(Charlie Brown). of

Rod McKuen

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 6:59:03 PM PST
My favorite Hanna-Barbera theme is without question...Jonny Quest! Which also happens to be from the fabulous Mr. Hoyt Curtin. I have a couple different soundtrack CDs to Jonny Quest and you really appreciate the music even more hearing it away from the video. As Steven Jones mentioned above, Mr. Curtin and the members of that band were extremely talented musicians...who just happened to be doing music for cartoons. Now a lot of the background music for Jonny Quest was also used in several other HB 'action' cartoons; Herculoids, Dino Boy, and Spaceghost if I'm not mistaken. So there is some thematic overlap, but the Jonny Quest theme is entirely its own; those pounding swing drums that open it, followed by the powerful horn section. Wondeful stuff.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009, 12:14:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2009, 2:05:09 PM PST
I don't think Curtin wrote the theme to Space Ghost?
But he wrote a powerful theme to Wacky Races! It reminds me of
"In the Mood", of Glen Miller.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2009, 6:24:34 AM PST
My favorite H-B theme is the Jetsons theme. In particular, I love the beginning and the part right after "Jane, his wife".

My second favorite is Scooby-Doo. How cool would it have been to be one of the background singers! "Scooo-bee Scoo-ba-deeee-doooo Scoo-ooo-bee Scoo-ba-dee-doo" Uh-oh, now that song is stuck in my head!

Posted on Dec 13, 2009, 11:49:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2012, 3:03:50 PM PST
The Jetsons is the begginning of this thread. I discribe it as WHIRLY, or Maybe you know that already?. I agree. It's fantastic! Thanks for responding.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2009, 12:02:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2009, 12:58:12 AM PST
D. E. Bruce says:
The Birdman theme is not bad at all. However, I really appreciate the incidental music from the Birdman cartoons; those jazz scores are incredibly good. On that note, some of the Top Cat incidental music is "tip top." There is one piece that is slow-moving with a piano, a wood wind (perhaps a clarinet) and strings that is especially good. I have several cds with Hanna-Barbara music and these pieces are not included; disappointing.

With respect to the Peanuts cartoons, Vince Guaraldi was amazing, of course. I would really like a cd of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown as I love the rendition of Linus and Lucy (with a flute and a horn) used in the beginning of the cartoon as Linus and Lucy bring (or roll) the pumpkin home. Next, the music used during the trick or treat ("I got a rock") sequence is quite evocative of the Halloween holiday for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's comments; I appreciate like-minded individuals from time-to-time...thank you for posting!

Posted on Dec 15, 2009, 12:24:32 PM PST
D. E. Bruce,

re: "the music used during the trick or treat ("I got a rock") sequence..."

Yes, I also find that that piece is really nice and sets the mood perfectly. I wish there was a soundtrack for the Great Pumpkin special like there is for "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2009, 1:19:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2010, 3:23:17 PM PST
You can buy The Definitive Guaraldi 2 cd album has what you are looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010, 2:03:35 PM PDT
He did and the music for Jonny Quest

Posted on May 31, 2010, 8:54:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2010, 1:44:13 PM PDT
take403 says:
Wow, this is an interesting thread. Hoyt Curtin's music is timeless- it seemed each time a new show was on or a new season of the Flintstones (I use it as an example because excepting Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Scooby Doo, it was one of the few shows that got more than one season). For years, it seemed like the same canned music was used in shorts like Yodi Bear and Huckleberry Hound (it is catchy, though, with a full orchestra). Then, we get The Flintstones, and it sounds more modernized. Top Cat's score was a little jazzier a la New York, since after all, Top Cat was a New Yorker. The Jetsons moved background music way ahead of its time. Since Magilla Gorilla had Punkin Puss and Ricochet Rabbit, there was a slight county-and-western feel in many cartoons. Curtin's scores really got a boost when Johnny Quest came (more supenseful, since Quest was one of the 1st action and adventure series of HB). But if you had to pick a few background themes, I like the "Happy Housewife" theme (used liberally with any happy ending), the suspenseful sounding music particularly when Fred and Barney are mistaken as the burglars of one episode (can't tell you the title but it's in both F7 and C minor and features lots of tuba, trumpet and a xylaphone) and the eerie music you hear in Scooby Doo (the violins competing with the trumpets in D minor, you can almost hear Shaggy saying "Scooby pal, I'm like SCARED!" each time it's played!).

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2010, 9:21:44 AM PDT
take403 says:
Other cool background music was the fast and furious violins played in the key of C played whenever a car (or a horse or probably even George Jetson's spaceship) was going fast. I liked the lullaby-like theme which featured an accordian and electric piano whenever someone was sleeping or putting Pebbles to sleep. I always laughed when I heard what sounded like "Country Gardens" played in C minor by a tuba- I can almost picture Fred marching angrily when I think of it!

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2010, 12:44:45 PM PDT

I enjoyed your posts above. You seem to have an ear for this stuff.

Certain Flintstones music cues are such fun; I too like the one that's based on An English Country Garden. And there's the Rise and Shine theme (which was used as the first season's opening theme, only brisker paced there).

I could also gab incessantly about the sound effects of The Flintstones. The high-pitched, silly double take sound is a favorite, and also if Fred is caught doing something by Wilma suddenly, and you hear this out of control trombone (or was it a trumpet) punctuating his surprise.
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