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Monday, December 18, 2006

R.I.P. Joe Barbera

Joe Barbera, co-creator of some of the longest lasting cartoon series ever, died Monday in California.  His longtime business partner, Bill Hanna died in 2001. 

Co-Creator of such classics as Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, and The Jetsons, Joe Barbera started out as a banker.  However his on-the-job doodling led to a stint first as a magazine writer and later as an animator. 

Except for the Flintstones, a cartoon that ran prime-time in the ’60’s, Hanna-Barbera didn’t enjoy a great deal of success within the American network television hierarchy.  But as The Jetsons took off in syndication, Joe Barbera quickly learned that syndication was the way to go.  Scooby-doo continued in Syndication and on Cartoon Network, which purchased Hanna-Barbera through Turner Broadcasting.

Joe Barbera was the jokester of the Hanna-Barbera duo, and his slapstick comedy, simply for the sake of comedy, will be sorely missed today.  

Good bye, Joe Barbera. 

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 9:50 pm  

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