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Fire Me Boy!
12-19-2006, 07:37 AM
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RIP Joe Barbera...



Joe Barbera, who entertained millions of children as half of Hanna-Barbera team, mourned

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna were hired within a month of each other in 1937 by the MGM cartoon factory. They soon hit on the idea of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry.

"When we started, people said, 'Cat and mouse? That's old stuff,"' Barbera recalled in a 1993 interview with The Associated Press. "They said it had been done by everybody – Felix the Cat, Ignatz the Cat, not to mention Mickey Mouse.

"But I felt that in any country you wouldn't need dialogue to understand the plot. All you needed was a cat and mouse, and everybody knew what was going to happen."

In the decades since, Hanna-Barbera entertained generations of children, filling movie and TV screens with such animated series as "Tom and Jerry," "The Flintstones," "Yogi Bear," "Huckleberry Hound and Friends," "Top Cat," "Scooby-Doo," "Johnny Quest," "The Jetsons" and "Animal Follies."

Barbera died Monday of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said. He was 95. His longtime collaborator, Hanna, died in 2001.

"Joe's contributions to both the animation and television industries are without parallel – he has been personally responsible for entertaining countless millions of viewers across the globe," said friend, colleague and Warner animation President Sander Schwartz.

The "Tom and Jerry" cartoons won seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters. Hanna-Barbera received eight Emmy Awards, including the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Jerry's dance with Gene Kelly in "Anchors Aweigh" has become a screen classic and Fred Flintstone's "yabba dabba doo" and Yogi's "smarter than the average bear" became part of the language.

Their strengths melded perfectly, critic Leonard Maltin wrote in his book "Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons." Barbera brought the comic gags and skilled drawing, while Hanna brought warmth and a keen sense of timing.

"This writing-directing team may hold a record for producing consistently superior cartoons using the same characters year after year – without a break or change in routine," Maltin wrote.

Hanna 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."

The two first teamed cat and mouse in the short "Puss Gets the Boot." It earned an Oscar nomination, and MGM let the pair keep experimenting until the full-fledged Tom and Jerry characters eventually were born.

After MGM folded its animation department in the mid-1950s, Hanna and Barbera were forced to go into business for themselves. With television's sharply lower budgets, their new cartoons put more stress on verbal wit rather than the detailed – and expensive – action featured in theatrical cartoons.

Like "The Simpsons" three decades later, "The Flintstones" found success in prime-time TV by not limiting its reach to children. The program, a parody of "The Honeymooners," was among the 20 most popular shows on television during the 1960-61 season. "The Jetsons," which debuted in 1962, offered a futuristic mirror image of the Flintstones.

"It was a family comedy with everyday situations and problems that we window-dressed with gimmicks and inventions," Barbera once said. "Our stories were such a contrast to many of the animated series that are straight destruction and blasting away for a solid half-hour."

The show ran just one season on network TV but was often rerun, and the characters were revived in the 1980s in a syndicated show. Barbera said he liked the freedom syndication gave the producers, with none of the meddling from network executives.

The influence of Hanna-Barbera was felt for decades. In 2002 and again in 2004, characters from the cartoon series "Scooby-Doo" were brought to the big screen in films that combined live actors and animation.

Neither Hanna, born in 1910, nor Barbera, born in 1911, set out to be cartoonists. Hanna, who had studied engineering and journalism, originally went into animation because he needed a job.

Barbera, who grew up in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, originally went into banking. Soon, however, he turned his doodles into magazine cartoons and then into a job as an animator.

In addition to his wife, Barbera is survived by three children from a previous marriage, Jayne, Neal and Lynn.

Bill Parcells
12-19-2006, 08:21 AM
I grew up watching most of those cartoons..RIP

StcChief
12-19-2006, 08:50 AM
RIP..

Yep. back when cartoons were funny.

FAX
12-19-2006, 08:53 AM
Not your average animator.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Barbera.

FAX

gblowfish
12-19-2006, 09:56 AM
Check out the list of cartoons this guy worked on.

The team of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera are second only to Warner's Loony Tunes in the annals of Cartoon Lore.

Some very forgettable, but some serious classics like the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, Scooby Doo and Quick Draw McGraw

Rest in Peace, Joe.

1950's

* Ruff & Reddy Show (1957)
* Huckleberry Hound (1958)
* Pixie & Dixie with Mr Jinx (1958)
* Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy (1959)
* Quick Draw McGraw (1959)
* Snooper & Blabber (1959)
* Loopy De Loop (1959)

1960's

* Yakky Doodle (1960)
* Yogi Bear (1960)
* Flintstones (1960)
* Hokey Wolf (1960)
* Snagglepuss (1960)
* Top Cat (1961)
* Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har (1962)
* Touché Turtle & Dum Dum (1962)
* Wally Gator (1962)
* Jetsons (1962)
* Magilla Gorilla (1963)
* Ricochet Rabbit & Droopalong (1963)
* Breezly & Sneezly (1963)
* Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse (1963)
* Peter Potamus & So So (1964)
* Yippee, Yappee, & Yahoeey (1964)
* Adventures of Jonny Quest (1964)
* Atom Ant (1965)
* Precious Pupp (1965)
* Hillbilly Bears (1965)
* Secret Squirrel (1965)
* Squiddly Diddly (1965)
* Winsome Witch (1965)
* Sinbad Jr (1965)
* Laurel & Hardy (1966)
* Space Kidettes (1966)
* Space Ghost (1966)
* Dino Boy (1966)
* Frankenstein Jr (1966)
* Impossibles (1966)
* Abbott & Costello (1967)
* Herculoids (1967)
* Young Samson & Goliath (1967)
* Fantastic Four (1967)
* Moby Dick (1967)
* Mighty Mightor (1967)
* Birdman (1967)
* Galaxy Trio (1967)
* Shazzan (1967)
* Banana Splits (1968)
* Three Musketeers (1968)
* Arabian Knights (1968)
* Micro Ventures (1968)
* Danger Island (1968)
* Adventures Of Gulliver (1968)
* New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1968)
* Wacky Races (1968)
* Perils Of Penelope Pitstop (1969)
* Cattanooga Cats (1969)
* Motormouse & Autocat (1969)
* Around the World in 79 Days (1969)
* It's The Wolf (1969)
* Scooby-Doo Where Are You (1969)
* Dastardly & Muttley and their Flying Machines (1969)

1970's

* Where's Huddles? (1970)
* Harlem Globetrotters (1970)
* Josie & the Pussycats (1970)
* Pebbles & Bamm Bamm (1971)
* Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch (1971)
* Funky Phantom (1971)
* Sealab 2020 (1972)
* Roman Holidays (1972)
* Amazing Chan & the Chan Clan (1972)
* Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space (1972)
* Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972)
* Jeannie & Babu (1973)
* New Scooby Doo Movies (1973)
* Speed Buggy (1973)
* Yogi's Gang (1973)
* Addams Family (1973)
* Goober & the Ghost Chasers (1973)
* Inch High Private Eye (1973)
* Butch Cassidy & the Sun Dance Kids (1973)
* Superfriends (1973)
* Peter Puck (1973)
* Hong Kong Phooey (1974)
* These are the Days (1974)
* Devlin (1974)
* Valley of the Dinosaurs (1974)
* Wheelie & the Chopper Bunch (1974)
* Partridge Family: 2200 AD (1974)
* Grape Ape (1975)
* Dynomutt, Dog Wonder & Blue Falcon (1976)
* Jabberjaw (1976)
* Mumbly (1976)
* Clue Club (1976)
* C.B. Bears (1977)
* Shake, Rattle, & Roll (1977)
* Skatebirds (1977)
* Undercover Elephant (1977)
* Heyyyyy It's the King (1977)
* Posse Impossible (1977)
* Wonder Wheels (1977)
* Three Robotic Stooges (1977)
* Blast Off Buzzard (1977)
* Scooby's All Star Laff A Lympics (1977)
* Captain Caveman & the Teenangels (1977)
* Yogi's Space Race (1978)
* Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978)
* Galloping Ghost (1978)
* Buford Files (1978)
* Godzilla (1978)
* Jana of the Jungle (1978)
* All New Popeye Hour (1978)
* Dinky Dog (1978)
* Scooby's All Stars (1978)
* New Shmoo (1979)
* Super Globetrotters (1979)
* Casper & the Angels (1979)
* Thing (1979)
* Scooby & Scrappy-Doo (1979)

1980's

* Scooby's Laff A Lympics (1980)
* Bedrock Cops (1980)
* Dino and the Cavemouse (1980)
* Frankenstones (1980)
* Captain Caveman (1980)
* Drak Pak (1980)
* Fonz & the Happy Days Gang (1980)
* Richie Rich (1980)
* Space Stars (1981)
* Astro & the Space Mutts (1981)
* Teen Force (1981)
* Kwicky Koala (1981)
* Dirty Dawg (1981)
* Crazy Claws (1981)
* Bungle Brothers (1981)
* Smurfs (1981)
* Laverne & Shirley (1981)
* Private Olive Oyl (1981)
* Trollkins (1981)
* Mork & Mindy (1982)
* Little Rascals (1982)
* Pac-Man (1982)
* Shirt Tales (1982)
* Gary Coleman Show (1982)
* Dukes (1983)
* Mochichis (1983)
* Biskitts (1983)
* Snorks (1984)
* Pink Panther & Sons (1984)
* Challenge of the GoBots (1984)
* Super Powers Team: Galatic Guardians (1985)
* Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985)
* Galtar & the Golden Lance (1985)
* Paw Paws (1985)
* Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo (1986)
* Pound Puppies (1986)
* Wildfire (1986)
* Foofur (1986)
* Flintstone Kids (1986)
* Captain Caveman & Son (1986)
* Sky Commanders (1987)
* A Pup Named Scooby Doo (1988)
* Popeye and Son (1987)
* New Yogi Bear Show (1988)
* Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (1988)
* Fantastic Max (1988)
* Adventures of Don Coyote (1989)

1990's

* Captain Planet (1990)
* Gravedale High (1990)
* Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990)
* Tom and Jerry Kids (1990)
* Pirates of Dark Water (1990)
* Fender Bender (1990)
* Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone (1990)
* Monster Tails (1990)
* Young Robin Hood (1991)
* Yo, Yogi! (1991)
* Capital Critters (1992)
* Fish Police (1992)
* Droopy, Master Detective (1993)
* Screwball Squirrel (1993)
* SWAT KATS (1993)
* Two Stupid Dogs (1993)
* What A Cartoon (1993)
* Super Ted (1994) originally from (1983) in Canada
* Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1995)
* Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1997)
* Cartoon Planet (1997)
* Johnny Bravo (1997)
* Cow and Chicken (1997)
* Dexter's Laboratory (1997)
* PowerPuff Girls (1998)
* Ed, Edd, and Eddy (1999)

Mr. Laz
12-19-2006, 11:29 AM
when i grew up Hanna-barbera cartoons dominated television .




:(


R.I.P

FAX
12-19-2006, 11:35 AM
It's funny how the cartoon names changed over the years. It's like they ran out of crazy, cute names and just said, "What the hell, name it."

We went from

"Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy" and "Ricochet Rabbit & Droopalong"

To

"Two Stupid Dogs" and "Cow and Chicken".

FAX

Mr. Laz
12-19-2006, 11:42 AM
pretty sure he did "The Animal Olymipics" too



[/edit] nope ... guess not.

'Animalympics' was directed by Steven Lisberger and produced by him and Donald Kushner, with Peggy Flook as associate producer. The art direction was done by John Norton, Roger Allers and Peter Mueller. Lisberger also wrote the screenplay, together with Michael Fremer.

klg61
12-19-2006, 11:57 AM
those were the best cartoon days of all..sad day..

Frazod
12-19-2006, 12:04 PM
I personally always liked the Warner Bros. cartoons better, but there's definitely some quality stuff and good memories on that list.

I loved Johnny Quest. The only Saturday morning cartoon I can remember that featured regular, serious, death-resulting violence. Too bad none of the various monsters ever ate Bandit, though - he was annoying. :grr:

morphius
12-19-2006, 12:13 PM
And another exit stage left...


RIP

ChiefsOne
12-19-2006, 01:06 PM
His cartoons are the best, all the stuff out there now sux.

Gonzo
12-19-2006, 01:08 PM
Well, at least he did'nt get kabongged.

RIP