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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

R.I.P. JOE BARBERA

Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95. Barbera died of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said.

With his longtime partner, Bill Hanna, Barbera first found success creating the highly successful Tom and Jerry cartoons. The antics of the battling cat and mouse went on to win seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters.

"From the Stone Age to the Space Age and from primetime 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 CEO Barry Meyer said Monday.

10 Comments:

Blogger Walrus Gumboot said...

He will be missed by me too.

I grew up on their stuff... yes, I'm that old!


"Yabba dabba doo"!!!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Dragulf said...

Sadly, I only remember those cartoons in spanish. I used to like the raceing ones the best. I forgot what they were called.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Walrus Gumboot said...

Dargulf - Are you thinking of Speed Racer?

9:26 AM  
Blogger Italian Stallion said...

I'm gonna smoke a yabba dabba doobie in rememberance of him.........

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Dragulf said...

Wally, all the HB toons would be racing and the bad guys would cheat and throw oil slicks and use jet rockets to get ahead but the good guys always beat them somehow.

Speed Racer SUCKED! Most boring show ever! Gimme Mazinger anyday!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Zanna said...

Does anyone remember Kimba the white lion?

2:05 PM  
Anonymous bionic bunny! said...

me, too, gumbo.
not to mention all the cool japanese cartoons on weekday mornings... speed racer, kimba, amazing three, others i can't remember.

crusader rabbit, sinbad the sailor, popeye, beany and cecil...

those just show my age. i know b& c was bob clampett, the others i don't know.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Walrus Gumboot said...

Dragulf, I agree... Speed Racer did suck.

Zanna, no on remembering Kimba.

Bunny, are we really THAT old?

Bunny, if you want, go to my virtually non-existent site, (linked below) click "message me" type a few lines in the space provided and we can talk about this age thing??

http://www.xanga.com/WallyGumboot

3:18 PM  
Anonymous bionic bunny! said...

z-
that was one of my all time favorites! god help me, i even rememeber the theme song!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous bionic bunny! said...

i remember it, too.

4:39 PM  

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