Joseph Barbera Dies at 95 – Teamed With William Hanna To Produce Flinstones Scooby Doo and The Jetsons

Joseph Barbera Dies at 95 – Teamed With William Hanna To Produce Flinstones Scooby Doo and The Jetsons

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Joe Barbera died Monday of natural causes at his home in Studio City near Los Angeles California. His wife Sheila was by his side. Barbera worked on cartoons such as Cubby Bear, Rainbow Parades, and The Flinstones and also co produced Tom and Jerry.

Early in his career Joe Barbera worked on cartoons for Van Beuren Studios. After the studio closed down in 1936 he was hired in 1937 by the MGM cartoon factory. The same year another animator named Bill Hanna was hired on at MGM.

The following year he teamed up with William Hanna to direct theatrical short cartoons. Barbera was the storyboard/layout artist, and Hanna was in charge of the timing. Their first venture was Puss Gets the Boot (1940), the first Tom and Jerry film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject.

Hanna and Barbera's 17-year partnership on the Tom & Jerry series resulted in 7 Academy Awards for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject, and 14 total nominations, more than any other character-based theatrical animated series. In 1955 the duo were placed in charge of MGM’s animation division.

After MGM closed their animation division in 1955, the two began to produce the series The Ruff & Reddy Show, under the company name H-B Enterprises, soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions. In the 1960’s they became the most successful television cartoon studio. They produced hit television programs, such as “The Flintstones”, “The Jetsons”, “Jonny Quest”, and “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”

Hanna, who died in 2001, once said he was never a good artist but his partner could "capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I've ever known." After Hanna's death, Barbera remained active as an executive producer for Warner Bros. Animation on television series such as “What's New, Scooby-Doo?” and “Tom and Jerry Tales”.

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By nancy Connors
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