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Hannabarbera

William Hanna and Joe Barbera.

Hanna-Barbera Productions (sometimes simply known as Hanna-Barbera, or H-B) is the term for the company founded by William Hanna and Joe Barbera. Their partnership began in the 1940s while producing Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts for MGM. In 1957, when MGM's theatrical shorts division disbanded, Hanna and Barbera formed their own TV animation company. The company's outuput was extremely popular for over 30 years, and heavily influenced the style of cartoons on the air by other animation companies.

Shortly thereafter, changing tastes in animation, coupled with the lack of involvement of the two creators, caused Hanna-Barbera to close up shop and be replaced by Cartoon Network Studios. (Some Cartoon Network shows, such as Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast started under the H-B banner but moved over to the CN banner.) While some shows (such as Scooby-Doo) use the H-B logo, they are in fact produced by Warner Bros. Television Animation. However, Hanna-Barbera's name continues to be used in branding on some productions and on merchandise for its familiar characters.

H-B drew criticism for devaluing the art of animation through the use of limited animation for TV budgets. However, millions of children were entertained by their cartoons and retain fond memories of the characters and situations to this day. The duo were also responsible for launching and/or sustaining the careers of many noteble voice actors, including Daws Butler, Don Messick and Mel Blanc.

Note: Hanna-Barbera does not include DreamWorks Animation, neither is to Pixar.


Filmography

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-present, Cartoon Network)
  • Be Cool, Scooby Doo! (2015-present, Cartoon Network)
  • The Tom and Jerry Show (2014-present, Cartoon Network)
  • Wacky Races (Upcoming)
  • S.C.O.O.B. (Upcoming)

(Programs marked with an asterisk (*) continued production under Cartoon Network Studios after the absorption of Hanna-Barbera into Warner Bros. Animation.) Hanna Barbera New Leeder Ehean smith

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