Many thanks to one of my favorite sites, Toon Zone, for this press release about Warner Brothers’ latest venture with the Hanna-Barbera properties. You remember Hanna-Barbera, don’t you? Yogi Bear? The Flintstones? All of those cartoons we watched when we were kids, plus some that are still enjoying unflagging popularity even today, like Scooby Doo and the gang.
Well, Warner Brothers appears to have found the perfect way to please both the nostalgic parents and their hip kids: A new website, Saturday Morning Forever:
Saturday Morning Forever will offer two full hours of cartoons per week, comprised of approximately 80 percent classic Hanna-Barbera shorts and 20 percent new, original content. Tweens, teens and teens-at-heart can watch classic programs such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Yogi Bear, among others at www.SMF-TV.com, as well as download screensavers and other content, all at no cost.
“Saturday Morning Forever aims to bring the classic Hanna-Barbera characters into the online world of today’s teens and tweens. Its original content re-imagines the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons with a nod to the media-savvy teen/tween audience,” said Sam Ades, Director of Brand Strategy, Warner Bros. Advanced Digital Services.
And while they were at it, they decided to expand the existing site, as well:
In addition to Saturday Morning Forever, several new interactive components have been added to the new Hanna-Barbera.com, including games, quizzes, polls, trivia contests, sweepstakes and more.
That sounds pretty good to me. But wait, sweepstakes? Tell us more about winning fabulous prizes, please!
The “Saturday Morning Forever Ultimate Prize Pack” sweepstakes is being sponsored by Post Cereal and Sprint. One grand prize winner will receive a prize package worth more than $4000, including a Sprint Power Vision Phone FUSIC by LG, a year’s supply of Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles Cereal, a plasma screen HDTV, a DVD Player, the Entire Hanna-Barbera cartoon DVD collection, and more. Also, Hanna-Barbera.com is running 52 weeks of “Free Prize Inside” sweepstakes, with one winner selected per week, and prizes valuing up to $50 each.
Really, what more could you want? Great cartoons online for both you and the kids, games to play, stuff to win—I think the kids and I have just found another web destination we can all agree upon. Check it out; maybe one of your long-lost favorite “old time” cartoons is on there, just waiting to be rediscovered.