Cartoon pioneer Joe Barbera dies

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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Mar 12, 2009
R.I.P. Joe:( you made some awsome cartoons
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Apr 07, 2007
It is so bad to see a good cartoon maker die.
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Mar 16, 2007
a tragety to the world everybody will miss you very much,in fact the whole world will
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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.
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Jan 02, 2007
RIP greatest cartoonist to ever live
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Jan 02, 2007
rip great man and shows loved them all
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Jan 02, 2007
William Hanna, not bill smh.

rip
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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.
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Dec 29, 2006
RIP Joe
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Dec 29, 2006
Rest in peace. :(
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Dec 29, 2006
RIP. Btw, it's Will Hanna not Bill.
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Dec 29, 2006
None of these current cartoons could compare to Hanna0Barbera classics.



Thank you, Joe Barbera. Your shows will forever be known as classics. Rest in Peace.
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Dec 29, 2006
We'll miss ya, Joe!
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Dec 28, 2006
RIP. He was the best :(
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Dec 28, 2006
Hanna-Barbera were the greatest cartoon creators ever! Until William Hanna died in 2001, the duo combined for more than 50 years making classic cartoon characters, from "Tom & Jerry" in movies (which won them an Oscar) to TV, where they created superstars like Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and the Smurfs. They were the reason that so many children looked forward to Saturday mornings. Hanna-Barbera cartoons dominated TV from the late '60s to the early '80s. As part of that lucky generation, I'd like to say a big "Thank You" and offer my deepest prayers and thoughts. God Bless You, Joe!
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Dec 27, 2006
Since they first opened in 1957, Hanna-Barbera's shows have been reviled by critics and animation purists partly for their content but mainly for their technique. That's as may be, but playing devil's advocate, they had some good stuff that have stood the test of time, and it is to Joe Barbera's credit that he would roll up his sleeves and take a pencil in hand to help animators with a project.



Joe Barbera went with his boots on, having made a Tom & Jerry cartoon this past year ("The Karate Guard") and executive producer of the CW's "Tom & Jerry Tales." He was truly one of the industry's titans.
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Dec 26, 2006
Such a pity... RIP
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Dec 26, 2006
we lost a good one RIP
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Dec 26, 2006
R.I.P.
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Dec 26, 2006
pfft natural causes, today's animation is what really killed him nfdslfdsnfnskfdfdlfdsdlf!!!!!



RIP best cartoonist ever. you did not only draw cartoons, you drew us in to them.
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Dec 26, 2006
It just makes me sad I love this cartoons and own most of them. Disney cartoons and hanna/barbera cartoons are MY cartoons. (sob)
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Dec 25, 2006
I love all cartoons so i will miss for pioneer of them GoodBye we don't forget u
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Dec 25, 2006
A true legend. He will be greatly missed but thankfully his talents will be admired and enjoyed for generations to come.
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Dec 25, 2006
RIP.. greatest shows and creator.. entertained my childhood. 10x for everything.
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Dec 23, 2006
The H.B team are the true icons in the cartoon world and I am proud of the countless hours of entertainment that they gave the world.
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Dec 22, 2006
Barbera's cartoons are really what made Cartoon Network worth it's salt. Today there's nothing but crap on it. I mean yeah, sure they have a new type of Scooby Doo series, but I liked the original.
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Dec 22, 2006
What a life and career. His and Hanna's work are immortal. RIP.
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Dec 22, 2006
RIP
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Dec 22, 2006
-tear- he was a legend
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Dec 22, 2006
Legends never die. Hanna/Barbara will live on. When I have children, I'll let them watch those cartoon untill the moment they start watching them, themselves! But serious: classic creations like Scooby Doo and The Flintstones are legendary, and may not be forgotton, ever!
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Dec 22, 2006
The man is legendary.
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Dec 22, 2006
Your cartoons were the best thats all I would watch when I was little was Flintstones, Scooby, Jetsons, etc. etc. Rest in Peace
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Dec 22, 2006
RIP, you helped me through many hours of home-bound misery. Scoob & the gang, Tom & Jerry, etc helped keep me "sane". You'll be missed.
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Dec 22, 2006
A cartoon creator legend that'll never be missed.
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Dec 22, 2006
SAD NEWS I LIKE HIS CARTOONS THEY ARE GOOD CARTOONS
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Dec 22, 2006
For an amazing list of H-B shows (not just those that JB was responsible for), visit http://www.wingnuttoons.com/Hanna_Barbera.html
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Dec 21, 2006
What a bummer! He played a bigger part in everyone's life than I think he could ever had for seen and many years to come. You will be missed, peace be with you.
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Dec 20, 2006
He definitely lived a good-long,successfull life.I hope he will rest in peace forever. :(
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Dec 20, 2006
Oh, terrible loss. I used to watch Flinstones and Scooby Doo a lot when I was young. Rest in Peace, Barbera. :(
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Dec 20, 2006
RIP a ledgend lost :(
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Dec 20, 2006
That's too bad, I liked his work. At least he lived a very long life. R.I.P.
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Dec 20, 2006
Damn. It seems like everyone is dieing now
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Dec 20, 2006
i will definetly miss him. hanna and barbera cartoons are some of my favourites. i absolutely love scooby doo. i will surely miss him :(
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Dec 20, 2006
Awe man, no more Scooby Doo :(, RIP
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Dec 20, 2006
I grew up watching his shows. Now when I look at them, I'll always think of these two guys that inspired so many animators out there.



RIP
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Dec 20, 2006
Such a sad sad loss.
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Dec 20, 2006
:(
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Dec 20, 2006
I great loss. He has entertained 5 generation and his legacy will be to entertain all future generations. Few men have left a greater legacy.
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Dec 20, 2006
I loved the cartoons were created by Mr. Barbera and Mr. Hanna. From The Flintstones to The Jetsons they were great.
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Dec 20, 2006
I grew up with his cartoons and even though I have not watched them in a long time, they brought me great joy. May Barbera's legacy live on in those cartoons for many generations to come. God rest his soul.
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