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Christmas gift ideas for fans of old-school Hanna-Barbera cartoons

Today’s cartoons just don’t have the same soul. I loved Saturday mornings as a kid, filled with cartoons before heading to the park to play baseball. While He-Man and Thundercats were some of my favorite shows growing up (and still today, to be honest), neither came from the powerhouse of kids’ cartoons Hanna-Barbera. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were responsible for some of the most memorable animated shows, from Scooby-Doo to the first ever primetime cartoon, the Flintstones. But there were so many others that don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Here are a few that filled me with nostalgia as I scrolled through Amazon.com:
Herculoids

Scooby-Doo has had a number of reboots through the years, so many that the gang warrants its own separate list:

If you want something that is specifically geared toward the holidays, consider Yogi Christmas these Christmas specials:

If you don’t feel like gluing yourself to a television set for all those cartoons, maybe you would like to read instead. DC Comics did a special crossover featuring some of their biggest superheroes teaming up with the likes of Dyno-Mutt and Space Ghost. DC Meets Hanna-Barbera was released last year, and Volume Two will be available on Christmas Eve this year!

So you don’t want to watch, and you don’t want to read… Huckleberry Hound you just want to play? Funko has you covered! Check out all these Funko POP Hanna-Barbera figures available:

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A Flintstone Christmas

The Flintstones and the Jetsons by RoomMates

Flintstones

Hanna Barbera Wall Decals
by RoomMates Peel and Stick Décor

Hanna Barbera created some of the most iconic cartoon characters back in the day, and of course Fred Flintstone and George Jetson were a couple of the most popular. I recently obtained giant wall decals from RoomMates of the great prehistoric and futuristic families for my mancave, and they look spectacular.

Jetsons

These wall decals were easier to apply than Hong Kong Phooey was, since there were fewer pieces to work with. The Flintstones wall decal is only four pieces: the car with the family, the smoke from the back wheel, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo,” and the nameplate; the Jetsons wall decal is one for the spaceship and several small decorative pieces.

If you are a Hanna Barbera fan, you will want to grab these wall decals while they last; there are only a few left, and they will not be reprinted once they’re gone. In addition to the Flintstones, Jetsons, and Hong Kong Phooey, RoomMates also offers Yogi Bear and Tom & Jerry. Looney Tunes designs have also been discontinued, so if you like Taz, Daffy Duck, or Tweety Bird, go ahead and grab those too!

Need some help paying for your new wall decals? RoomMates is giving away some store credit to a couple of lucky readers of The Writer’s Journey! (Full details at this link.) You can use the credit toward your favorite Hanna Barbera or Warner Brothers design, or any of RoomMates’ other offerings…Superman, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Harry Potter, even The Godfather! But you have to register for the giveaway by sending your name and e-mail address to twjblog@gmail.com by Sunday night at 11:59 pm eastern time; we’ll be announcing the winners on Monday!

Learn more about RoomMates Peel and Stick Décor and purchase your own!

25 Days of Christmas

ABC Family started their 25 Days of Christmas programming tonight with “The Year Without Santa Claus” and “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.” While some of the selections are questionable at best (what in the world does “The Incredibles” or “Cars” have to do with Xmas?), I’m really looking forward to “A Flintstone Christmas” next Thursday night and the “Holiday Classics Marathon” on Christmas Eve.

Of course, one program that is missing from the schedule is the He-Man/She-Ra “A Christmas Special.” Luckily, I have it on DVD, so I’m not at the mercy of ABC Family programmers. Other movie suggestions, for those nights that ABC Family doesn’t have a Christmas movie playing…

“Gremlins” – Who doesn’t love Gizmo? Seriously. This is one of the best Christmas movies out there, even though it’s not really a Christmas movie…it’s just set at Christmastime. Hopefully the movie isn’t ruined too badly when they remake it.

“Elf” – This may be the greatest Christmas movie ever made. I’m not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but this movie is hilarious…and it’s family-friendly to boot. The only real competition this movie gets in my mind is from…

“A Christmas Story” – A classic that always gets a 24-hour marathon on TBS each year. And the bunny suit is a riot.

“Santa’s Slay” – Definitely not a family-friendly flick, but one of the best Christmas horror comedies out there.

What are some of your “must watch” holiday selections?

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