Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Joe Barbera 1911 - 2006 R.I.P.

One of the last great animation people of the Golden Age has past away at the age of 95.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061218/en_nm/barbera_dc_1
Joe Barbera was the other half responsible for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio. (Bill Hanna passed away in 2001)
The team was paired together for the first time at MGM studios in the early 1940s. That would lead to the creation of Tom & Jerry.
After the cartoon division closed down, Hanna and Barbera were quick to round up the artists they worked with and started to develop cartoons for television. Hanna Barbera became famous for their use of stylized animation which would reuse animation cycles and backgrounds.
Ironically, I created this little HB tribute animation just a little while ago.

The studio was responsible for such stars as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, among a thousand others.
R.I.P. Joe and thanks for the memories.

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