Yabba Dabba Doo! Everyone’s favorite modern stone-age family The Flintstones and animated mystery sleuths Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Are making their highly-anticipated debut on DVD. Collectible box sets of the first seasons of two of television’s classic and most historic animated series, will be available from Warner Home Video (WHV) on March 16, 2004 for $64.92 (SRP) each. The two separate “Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection” sets mark the first time ever every episode from the two Hanna-Barbera series’ first seasons will be available on DVD.
Both The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Are considered to be two of the most successful animated television series in history. The two programs were created by television legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who, under their pioneering production company Hanna-Barbera, created some of television’s most enduring series, including The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
In addition to all 28 half-hour episodes of its entire first season, exclusive special features included with The Flintstones four disc DVD set will be:
- “All About The Flintstones,” a close look at the history of the series
- “The Flagstones: The Lost Pilot”
- “Wacky Inventions” featurette chronicling the many pre-historic amenities afforded to Bedrock
- Early network television advertisements and promotional spots
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Special features supplementing the program’s re-mastered 25 half-hour episodes of seasons one and two include:
- “Scooby-Doo’s Ultimate Fans” featurette
- “Funky Fashions” featurette
- “Scooby-Doo Street Smarts,” detailing fans’ favorite cases
- “Take the Scooby Challenge” trivia
- “Get The Picture: How to Draw Scooby-Doo and the Gang”
- “America Loves Scooby-Doo” music video
Special packaging for the “Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection” sets of The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Will be presented in limited edition 4-disc box sets featuring transparent slipcases designed to resemble a vintage animation cel from each series, adding additional value to the products.
Further, the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? DVD set will include a “Movie Cash” promotional certificate good for a ticket to see Warner Bros.’ Feature film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, scheduled to premiere in theaters March 26, 2004.
The Flintstones made television history as the first ever animated program to air in primetime. The colorful sitcom targeted to adults and children alike, documented the lives of The Flintstones, a working class family headed by father Fred, wife Wilma and pet dog Dino, all of whom found themselves in humorous situations with neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. Legendary voice artist Mel Blanc gave life to Barney Rubble and Dino throughout the program’s run.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Instantly secured a strong and loyal audience. The program follows the travels of loyal friends Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, Velma and their dog Scooby-Doo, who travel in their van “The Mystery Machine” solving cases. The hit program, which features broadcast legend Casey Kasem as Shaggy, went on to become one of the most successful animated television programs in history, spawning spin-off series, specials, consumer products and live action feature films. Warner Bros. released Scooby-Doo, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini, in theaters worldwide 2002. In March, Warner Bros. will release the film’s sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. That same month, on March 9, WHV will release What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Volume 2: Safari, So Goodi!, on DVD and VHS. The title is the second release of episodes from the contemporary version of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, which airs each Saturday morning on KIDS WB!
“The Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones franchises are two of the most valuable properties in the Warner Home Video library. Previous home entertainment releases built around these famous programs have performed exceedingly well and we anticipate an even greater success for these exciting titles making their long anticipated debuts on DVD,” said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice-President Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. “The original series of The Flintstones and What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Have entertained and pleased the hearts of generations, and now people will be able to enjoy this classic series in the comfort of their own homes whenever they wish."