Cartoon pioneer Joe Barbera dies

By Colin Mahan

Dec 19, 2006

Joseph Barbera, who along with his partner Bill Hanna created a slew of animated TV staples, died Monday at his home of natural causes. He was 95.

Barbera and Hanna met while working at MGM animation studios in the 1930s, where they created the characters Tom and Jerry. The Tom and Jerry shorts won seven academy awards.

In the 1950s they formed their own animation studio, Hanna/Barbera, out of the ashes of MGM's animation house. Hanna/Barbera went on to create the TV classics The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Huckleberry Hound, and many others.

The cartoons dominated children's viewing for decades. Catchphrases like "Yaba Daba Doo" and "Zoiks, Scoob" worked their way into the pop culture lexicon.

"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 Barry Meyer said in a statement on Monday.

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  • CF3689 Mar 12, 2009

    R.I.P. Joe:( you made some awsome cartoons

  • squirrelboyfan Apr 07, 2007

    It is so bad to see a good cartoon maker die.

  • C0mputerboy Mar 16, 2007

    a tragety to the world everybody will miss you very much,in fact the whole world will

  • prankster_33 Jan 13, 2007

    R.I.P... The good thing about doing the work that he done is that he would never be forgoten. He well live on in his animations.

  • Bandage2 Jan 02, 2007

    RIP greatest cartoonist to ever live

  • metaflex Jan 02, 2007

    rip great man and shows loved them all

  • peekone Jan 02, 2007

    William Hanna, not bill smh.


  • kpkp1234 Jan 01, 2007

    legends never truly die. he'll live on in the hearts of millions. people will think of him every time they watch one of his shows. he had a good long life. he died happy. RIP, Joe. we'll miss ya.

  • n5d25d90 Dec 29, 2006

    RIP Joe

  • UnfortunateDog Dec 29, 2006

    Rest in peace. :(

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