The Mysteries of Modern Recording


So I’m trying to quite rationalize the existence of this Hanna-Barbera record that I picked up at the record show the other day. Did someone at Hanna-Barbera Master Command suddenly sit, bolt-upright, in bed one day and say, “Good heavens, it’s 1977! We have got to have Snagglepuss retell the story of The Wizard Of Oz!” And then someone sits bolt-upright next to him and says, “You’re right! And we better have Wilma Flintstone tell the story of Bambi!” And then someone else — this is getting to be a pretty wide bed, perhaps used for conference retreats — says, “This project is doomed to failure unless Augie Doggie and Doggy Daddy recount Pinocchio!” And then another person says, “What about Magilla Gorilla recounting Alice in Wonderland?” and gets shouted down because that last is just a ridiculous idea?

Improbable? Sure. But what’s the alternative? Someone racing down the hallway and bursting into the dark conference table where William Hanna and Joe Barbera sit around, fretting about how they could recapture the magic of The Banana Splits (“What if they’re roller-skating birds?”) and working out just how to make a movie about Kiss (“What if they have superpowers and are fighting evil robot Kiss duplicates created by a mad scientist trying to take over the world from the comfort of his amusement park?”), and crying out, “Do you know what Daws Butler and Jean Vander Pyl just did?” And they listen, horrified, and say, “Well, slap some Jonny Quest music under the Bambi and Pinocchio tracks and ship it as a record!” and hope that this will turn out well? Is that really more plausible?

These are all questions I feel I cannot answer.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

6 thoughts on “The Mysteries of Modern Recording”

  1. I can only guess that they were trying to recapture the magic of “What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This”, The H/B version of Alice in Wonderland featuring among others Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble as Twettledee and Tweddledum.

    As Agent Al Floss said in “The Famous TeddyZ” on why everyone does a version of “A Christmas Carol”– “You don’t need any writers
    And you can ripoff the story for free”

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    1. You know, of all the baffling Hanna-Barbera versions of stories written by actual people … they all seem to have a lot of Huckleberry Hound in them. I don’t know.

      I could swear there’s also a cartoon where Mr Jinks, of Pixie-and-Dixie menacing, gets turned into a cow and is kind of okay with it, but I don’t think that’s based on any classic story.

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