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From the '50s to mid 2000s, Hanna Barbera cultivated a colorful band of memorable characters from their innumerable amount of series (most of them rehashed versions of Scooby Doo, but still). You'll be surprised to learn (if you don't know these already) some tidbits about these iconic figures.

7. Jane Jetson was a Teen Mom

In this futuristic show, Jane's a thirty-three year old mother (mentioned in the first episode) to two children. Her youngest being Elroy who's six, and Judy who's sixteen. This means that she was only seventeen when Judy was born. And to makes matters worse, George is seven years her senior. :/

6. Smurfette was Based off Peyo's Daughter

The creator of the comics (where the show comes from, duh) modeled the spunky character after his five year old daughter Veronique Culliford.

5. Yogi Bear was Inspired by Yogi Berra

It is said that Yogi's name was taken from New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra. In the '50s, Berra actually sued HB for defamation, but they stated there was no connection. Berra eventually dropped the suit, and years later sources confirmed that the name was indeed borrowed from him.

4. The Voice of Scooby Doo was Brought to You by Smoking!

From '69 to '96, Don Messick was the voice behind the beloved Great Dane Scooby Doo. While speaking at an charity event in London (in '97), Messick vocally exhibited all his famous characters with the exception of Scooby. He explained that since he quit smoking, he could no longer procure the rasp needed to voice the talking mutt.

3. Shaggy and Velma were a Couple (in the Original Series)

In the 1969 cartoon, the writers initially paired off Shaggy and Velma as bf and gf in its earlier episodes. If you look back at some shows, you can clearly see them together at dances and when the gang split up. At some point this concept was abandoned, and it wasn't until the series Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated that they became a full fledged item.

2. Wilma and Betty's Signature Laugh was Brought to You by Smoking, Again!

In the first Prime Time animated show, Wilma and Betty's memorable closed-mouthed laughter were the result of Jean Vander Pyl (Wilma), and Bea Benderet (Betty) being smokers. Whenever they'd chuckle they'd cough. So, to solve this they would instead close their mouths while giggling. And this also brought us the main reason why Rosie O'Donnell was cast as Betty in the live action Flintstones movie. See? Smoking doesn't just cause death, it also causes bad casting.

1. Josie and the Pussycats was a Real Band!

In the '70s, Hanna Barbera put together their own real life version of the band, to sing the characters' voices on the cartoon, and produce an album full of radio singles. The show, including its spin off, only lasted two seasons. Fortunately, this was the first Saturday morning cartoon to feature an African-American woman.


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