You know how you know that the whole Cinematic Universe thing was gotten too big and too popular? When everything is getting turned into a cinematic universe, from toys (The third Lego movie, Ninjago, comes out later this year), to books (J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World) and comics books (The DC Expanded Universe) all the way to classic kid’s TV properties. Case in point, the upcoming Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe (Yes, that is a thing).
Last year, it was announced that Warner Brother’s was working on a new cinematic universe: The Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. You know: Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear and all those classic cartoon characters from the fifties and on wards. Though little news has come out besides the name of the first movie, speculation has been rampant and everyone is talking about who might be in it.
Really, there are thousands of characters that could be in it. There are the names that everyone knows, like the jet-setting Jetsons, the stone-age Flinstones, everyone’s (least?) favourite dog + teens detective duo Scooby-Doo to the picnic basic napping Yogi Bear.
But there are also more obscure titles that could get a movie. How about the Hair Bear Bunch? Or Wait Til Your Father Gets Home (the first animated prime time sitcom to make it past 1 season since the Flintstones)? Maybe they should give the Banana Splits a try, or SeaLab 2020 (more famous as the Adult Swim SeaLab 2021)? Should the Smurf-like Snorks get their film debut? Or should it be Wacky Races finally after years of disappointment.
No matter who Warner Brother’s chooses, they have plenty of material to work with, and with the team leading this also leading their recent Lego movies, we have hope that it won’t turn into a travesty, like the latest incarnation of Scooby (the hipster Stay Cool, Scooby-Doo). Of course, even visionaries can turn out wrong, like in the case of Batman vs Superman, but let’s hope that the team leading the H-B CU are up for the job. On the plus side, it is expected that the majority of the movies will be animated as it is being put under the creative talent of it’s animation department and the first movies are going to be in CGI. So yay! No more CGI-Live Action crossovers like the early 2000s Scooby-Doo movies or the 2010 Yogi Bear movie (Disclaimer: I did enjoy that movie when it came out).
With the first of the movies arriving September 21, 2018 in the form of the Scooby-Doo CGI movie reboot S.C.O.O.B., we will see how this universe shapes up. With Warner Brothers executives having said that S.C.O.O.B. is “[Their] first shot at unlocking the whole Hanna-Barbera Universe.” you know their serious — and have a lot of hopes pinned on the movie.
Who do you want to see in a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe? Comment with your suggestions, and then watch as Warner Brothers takes the most popular properties and ignores the ones we really care about, like the much maligned Wacky Races.