'Yogi Bear,' 'Flintstones' Creator Barbera Dies

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.

    With his longtime partner, Bill Hanna, Barbera first found success creating the highly successful Tom and Jerry cartoons. The antics of the battling cat and mouse went on to win seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters.

    The partners, who had first teamed up while working at MGM in the 1930s, went on to a new realm of success in the 1950s with a witty series of animated TV comedies, including "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons," "Yogi Bear," "Scooby-Doo" and "Huckleberry Hound and Friends."

    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.

    Classic Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
    'The Flintstones'
    'The Jetsons'
    'Scooby Doo'
    'Captain Caveman'
    "From the Stone Age to the Space Age and from prime time to Saturday mornings, syndication and cable, the characters he created with his late partner, William Hanna, are not only animated superstars, but also a very beloved part of American pop culture. While he will be missed by his family and friends, Joe will live on through his work," Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said Monday.

    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."

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

    Yogi's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper
    Jerry was borrowed for the mostly live-action musical "Anchors Aweigh," dancing with Gene Kelly in a scene that become a screen classic.

    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 cartoon.
  2. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    Yogi was the best. "F-ck the ranger, Boo Boo..."
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    That really is too bad. Definitely childhood memories watching those 'toons. I <3 Tom and Jerry. Had no real clue that they were made by the same folks.
  4. dllavaneras macrumors 68000


    Feb 12, 2005
    Caracas, Venezuela
    This is sad :( I grew up watching those cartoons!
    I should go and see Boomerang for a while, for nostalgic reasons...
  5. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    I grew up on all that stuff...Yogi Bear...Johnny Quest.... They don't make 'em like that anymore. :(

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