If The Dog Will Hunt...Kill Everything
I can't believe it's Friday already, it must be though because I have a disco song going through my head and visions of people roller skating (the kind with four wheels) to the big funky beat. This week on Retro..Retro..Retrovision I have the Hanna-Barbera formula, and the cartoons that used it. If you don't know what the formula I'm talking about, you weren't paying attention in the 1970's.
That's actually forgivable considering everything that happened during that most groovy of decades. The formula somewhat based on H&B's first big teen hit the Archie's, was this. Get a group of teenagers, get a dog, get a mystery, get clues, solve mystery, dog does or says something funny the end. This was best done by Scooby-Doo and the gang, and they did it so well that Hanna-Barbera just kept doing it.
The funny thing is it should have got old, and actually in some cases it did, but others ran with it, although none of the cartoons we will be looking at today ever had the success that the Great Dane and Mystery Inc. did. So here we go, grab your magnifying glass, get out the van. dune buggy, or whatever you're driving, and let's look back at H&B teen teams!