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16 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how the What a Cartoon! franchise would have fared if it were to have been produced by the Taft-era Hanna-Barbera between 1976 and 1980?

Cartoons I believe could have been Saturday-morning fare between 1976 and 1980:

Dexter's Laboratory
The Powerpuff Girls
Johnny Bravo

There are several inspirations as to why I'm bringing this up:

There was a character named Dee Dee in Clue Club, a male detective who resembled Scooby-Doo's Velma in hair color (his hair was in an afro while Velma's was short and straightened) and glasses only (Velma's frames were horn-rimmed while Dee Dee's were Granny-type, though both had blue-tinted lenses). Likewise, both CC and Scooby-Doo had initially aired on CBS. Furthermore, Dexter of Dexter's Lab also sported the red hair/blue-tinted glasses get-up.

Dexter's Lab lent itself an episode featuring Blue Falcon and Dynomutt during 1997-1998, and BF & D themselves initially appeared as second-billing to Scooby-Doo and his gang on The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour in 1976.

The Powerpuff Girls, as a series, featured a modified form of Hanna-Barbera's classic "Swirling Star" closing logo (the CGI version originally seen from 1986-1991, but with newer text seen below the star logo) in the end credit theme. The original Swirling Star logo first appeared beginning in the 1979-1980 season.

And Johnny Bravo was not exactly born out of Greg Brady's stage name on a 1973-1974 episode of The Brady Bunch (as many people had popularly believed); because, the cartoon character's name is actually a derivation of its creator's full given name of Giovanni Bravissimo "Van" Partible. Translated from Italian, Giovanni means John (hence the first name "Johnny" for the character) and bravissimo (the "Bravo" which means "fine") means a term to express great approval.

Furthermore, JB did lend itself an episode featuring Scooby-Doo and his gang, the title "Bravo Dooby Doo."

What do you think?

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