Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Hanna-Barbera Multiverse

With the news that DC is doing a crossover with some Hanna-Barbera characters, it got me thinking about applying a DC style multiverse to their diverse stable of characters. This might be useful for a Hanna-Barbera Supers Universe game. Here's what I've got so far:

Description: Anthropomorphic animals capable of speech exist side beside with humans and have humorous adventures.
Series Examples: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla, Peter Potamus, Quick Draw McGraw

Earth-Familia (or Flintstone)
Description: A world where humorous family adventures take place. Civilization was very advanced in the Stone Age and dopplegangers of famous people in the 20th Century recur in various eras. By 2062, there is at least one city in orbit.
Series Examples: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Roman Holidays

Description: A relatively (in comparison) mundane world of pulpy heroics. There are no costumed heroes and no talking animals, though pets may display near human intelligence.
Series Examples: Jonny Quest, Clue Club, Jana of the Jungle, and Valley of the Dinosaurs and (in the future) Sealab 2020. The unadventurous There Are the Days may also take place in this world, if anyone cares.

Description: A world with a inordinate number of meddling teen mystery solvers and their unusual sidekicks. Some animals here have human-level intelligence and limited speech, but this may not be a universal condition and they are still treated as animals. There is at least one costumed superhero on this world, possibly more. By the 2070s, there is extensive undersea settlement. Astro and the Space Mutts may also take place in this world, meaning the Jetsons's dog has a counterpart in this universe.
Series Examples: Scooby-Doo, Funky Phantom, Captain Caveman, Galloping Ghost and Buford, Speed BuggyDynomutt, (in the future) Jabberjaw.

Description: A world of costumed and non-costumed heroes across multiple eras that take on super-villains.
Series Examples: Birdman and The Galaxy Trio, Space Ghost, Mightor, Teen Force, Shazzan, and The Herculoids.

Description: A world of superheroes that are more cartoonish in nature. This may also be the world of the child heroes without adult involvement.
Series Example: Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, The Powerpuff Girls, also possibly the Space Kidettes.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links for the obscure shows, there were several there I had not encountered before.

At least according the Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated they shared a world with the Quests.

Trey said...

Mystery, Inc. also included a retcon version of Moby Dick and his kid companions. I'm inclined to think it represents a universe all to its own. Sort of Ultimate Hanna-Barbera.

thekelvingreen said...

Is Harvey Birdman the future of Earth-Superhero, or have the universes merged by that point in the future?

Trey said...

It's on Earth-Parody with Space Ghost Coast to Coast--and possibly the Laff-o-Lympics.

Duggy said...

I'm assuming the crossover by DC you're talking about is "Future Quest" and not a "Hanna Barbera Beyond" crossover (too soon, I think) or a classic Hanna Barbera crossover (which you're fleshing out nicely...

Trey said...

It is indeed. I inadvertently left out the link.