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Old 12-19-06, 09:19 AM   #1
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Thank You for the Cartoons, Mr. Barbera

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Joseph Barbera, the man who gave us our lovely childhood cartoons, “Tom and Jerry” and “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo”, has passed away.

Joseph Barbera died of natural causes, at 95, in his home in Studio City, California. Together with William Hanna he co-founded the Hanna-Barbera production company, which was active between 1957 and 2001.

Hanna-Barbera produced such memorable cartoon series as “The Flintstones”, “The Jetsons”, “The Huckleberry Hound Show”, “The Yogi Bear Show”, “Jonny Quest”, “Wacky Races”, “Scooby-Doo”, and “Smurfs”, all of which have traveled the world over, entertaining and fascinating millions of children.

Indeed, who on this planet has not heard of those two wacky pals, the lovable Tom and Jerry? The cartoon was extremely successful from the very beginning, both with critics and the audience. In the 1940s, “Tom and Jerry” cartoons received five Academy Awards for Best Short Subject: Cartoons and won others in later years.

Joseph Barbera was born in Manhattan, in 1911. He first tried to be a cartoonist for a magazine called The NY Hits Magazine, during the Great Depression, but it didn’t work. He became an animator and scriptwriter for the Van Beuren Studio in 1932 and worked on several cartoons, including “Cubby Bear” and “Rainbow Parades”. When Van Beuren closed down in 1936, Barbera moved over to the MGM studios.

He teamed up with William Hanna in 1938 to direct theatrical short cartoons. Their first creation was titled “Puss Gets the Boot” (1940), the first Tom and Jerry film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject.

In their 17 years of “Tom and Jerry” partnership, the two artists witnessed 14 nominations for Academy Awards, which in itself is a record. Among the cartoons that received the coveted award are “The Yankee Doodle Mouse”, “Mouse Trouble”, “Quiet Please!” and “The Cat Concerto”.

Other remarkable critical acknowledgement for the two partners has been the acceptance of eight Emmys, including the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1988.

William Hanna died in 2001, at 90; Barbera continued to do what he loved best, as an executive producer for Warner Bros. Animation on television series such as “What's New, Scooby-Doo?” and “Tom and Jerry Tales”. He also played a very big part in the animated “The Karateguard”, released in 2005, a short Tom and Jerry cartoon.

Mr. Barbera, thank you for my wonderful childhood cartoons. Rest in peace.


Who was your favorite Hanna-Barbera character?
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Old 12-19-06, 11:02 AM   #2
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Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny, et al) epitaph on his head stone - "That's all, folks!"

I hope the find something similarly suitable for Mr. Barbera.
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Scooby Doo, Dune Buggy is a close second.

That sucks, I grew up not just watching the toons, but drawing them to. Most art teachers hated me.
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Old 12-19-06, 02:08 PM   #4
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Scooby Dobby Doo!
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Old 12-19-06, 02:33 PM   #5
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Ummmmm lemee think....















Jerry Mouse, maybe?
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Old 12-19-06, 02:50 PM   #6
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The odd part is I can name almost all the characters in that poster (60's kid) though I watch almost no TV now.

Hanna Barbera, along with other animation teams, faced a big problem in the late 50's- the market for syndicated TV cartoon series was growing, and the hand-drawn cell-by-cell animation they had done so well with the Tom & Jerry cartoons wouldn't work for a TV series- it was far too expensive and slow. Some companies solved the problem by moving the production to where labor was cheaper (Rocky and Bullwinkle was drawn in Mexico, IIRC). Some TV networks bought animated series from Japan (i.e. Astro Boy and others) which were relatively inexpensive at the time. HB solved the problem by drastically simplifying the animation itself, going for a simple "stock" collection of character movements, background scenes, and bold colors that made it possible to crank out a weekly TV series at much lower cost. All those early HB cartoons have that same look.

The Flintstones and Jetsons started out as prime time TV, aimed as much at adults as children. Anyone else remember Fred Flintstone hawking Winston Cigarettes in the commercial breaks? They never actually showed him smoking, but in silhouette with the telltale smoke curling above his head. Pretty amazing to think about it now!

As to favorites:

An early favorite of mine was Huckleberry Hound. Gentle philosopher with a Texas drawl, bumbled his way through the cartoons never quite figuring out why nothing he did ever went according to plan. He wasn't as flashy as the later characters, so HB kind of dropped him after awhile.

Another early favorite was Hokey Wolf, a side character in one of the series- can't remember which. He was a smooth talker who swindled people out of everything he could get.

And, of course, Yogi Bear!

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Old 12-19-06, 03:13 PM   #7
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Scooby Dobby Doo!
nope should be yabba dabba do.
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I always loved Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, and scooby-doo, Yogi, QUick-draw McGraw.
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Wow. I remember too many of his characters to list.

He did great work. I'll remember him as long as I'm around.
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Just put me in the middle of a Betty Rubble, Judy Jetson, and Smurfette sangwich.


My guy was the hairy guy with the club. What the hell was his name!!! AARRGGGHH!
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I think Top Cat was my all-time favorite. So many different characters and voices in that pack of feral felines! I believe Top Cat was fashioned after Phil Silvers.

Another way H-B saved money was to reduce the number of cells per second of film. The cartoons were a bit more jerky, but they still worked. Compare H-B cartoons to the flowing MGM cartoons.
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Just put me in the middle of a Betty Rubble, Judy Jetson, and Smurfette sangwich.


My guy was the hairy guy with the club. What the hell was his name!!! AARRGGGHH!
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YESSS!!!! How could I forget that. I was on an infinite mind-loop of 'abominable snowman' and couldn't kick it.

Now I can rest easy. Thank you, good citizen.
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My guy was the hairy guy with the club. What the hell was his name!!! AARRGGGHH!
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Thank You, Mr. Barbera!!!





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Oh, I forgot Johnny Quest! Another favorite!

...and I mean the original prime-time version.
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