We knew HBO Max was doing something “new” with the classic lineup of Hanna-Barbera characters, we just didn’t know what to expect. And to be honest, with the name C.H. Greenblatt overhead, we really should’ve seen it coming. Welcome to Jellystone, where Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo are quack doctors serving the craziest town in the world.
The trailer, released today, is an overload of obscure midcentury characters, from Huckleberry Hound to Magilla Gorilla to even Shazzan the genie. Basically, if a character existed in the 60s or 70s and was created by the Hanna-Barbera studio, they will turn up here in distorted Greenblatt form (except Scooby Doo, who was too profitable and powerful to be dragged into this). And no, your ears do not deceive you: Jabberjaw is female now.
Some people have looked at this cartoon and had the reaction “this is Thundercats Roar again, it’s doomed to fail.” Not really a fair comparison. Thundercats Roar was an attempt to make something ridiculous out of something cool, so it was set up to flop before it even got started. The characters in Jellystone, however, were meant to be funny. That task was more difficult back when they were new and under the thumb of Saturday Morning network censors. But now, on HBO Max, Boo Boo gets a chainsaw!
And to be honest, Boo Boo with a chainsaw is kind of funny, and a lot of the spontaneous lines in the trailer got a laugh out of us. We say: give it a shot.
Jellystone stars the voices of (deep breath) Jeff Bergman as Yogi, Mr. Jinks, Wally Gator, and Lippy the Lion; Jim Conroy as Huckleberry Hound and Captain Caveman; Georgie Kidder as Auggie Doggie and others; Grace Helbig as Cindy Bear and others; Niccole Thurman as Jabberjaw, Squiddly Diddly and others; Thomas Lennon as Top Cat; Ron Funches as Shag Rugg; Bernardo de Paula as Quick Draw / El Kabong; Dana Snyder as Snagglepuss and others; Katie Grober as Yakky Doodle; Paul F. Tompkins as Magilla Gorilla; Jenny Lorenzo as Bobbie Looey and others; Fajer Al-Kaisi as Shazzan and Hadji; Lesley Nicol as Winsome Witch; Ulka Simone Mohanty as Loopy De Loop; and Andrew Frankel as Jonny Quest.
The ink-and-paint insanity begins July 29 on HBO Max.