8 Responses to “Hanna-Barbera Character Bibles”

  1. malbird

    THe bibles were made to provide a back story on all of the characters. So do you know example “Shaggy” from Scooby Doo’s middle name is Norbert? Where did they all grow up, how did they meet etc? They ere only distributed internally in the studio and the set were stage one, (others were planned but then the Merger started with Warners and everything got scrapped). They were overseen by Russell Hicks who has now moved on to be a very senior exec at Nickelodeon, he really was a shining star at the studio. These were implemented when Fred Seibert was the president, and free thinking and creativity were the order of the day…with input from Bill and Joe themselves, who in their 80’s came to the studio every day and were a pleasure and an honor to work with.

    • Allee Willis

      Wonderful detail! Thanks. If possible, would be great to get a close-up of one of those pages so the text is readable. I don’t know if people realize how much work goes into character development.

  2. MeshuggaMel

    Does the bible give a deeper understand of what Shaggy means when he says “Zoinks!” And what does it say about Scrappy? Is his appearance one of the signs of the coming Apocalypse?

  3. malbird

    I think “Zoinks!” is just an exclamation of surprise. It gives a bio on Scrappy and background as it does the other characters, but remember this doesn’t give opinion, as to whether these characters were popular or successful.