Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Lenburg, Jeff. William Hanna & Joseph Barbera: The Sultans of Saturday Morning. Legends of Animation, New York, Chelsea House, 2001

PDF / 169 pages / Eng / 1604138378 / 978-1604138375

If I must pick a cartoon of my childhood, probably will be one made by Hanna-Barbera. And I suspect the same will happen to many of you. This book comes to celebrate the life and the amazing career achievements of the american genius duet.

Bill Hanna. His humble beginnings as a janitor at Harman & Ising studio. Working his way up: cel-washer, supervisor, inking and coloring, Music Department, storyline and storyboards. Directing his first cartoon at 23 years old!!!. The life Of Joseph Barbera. Joe's difficult childhood.
Some weird twists of fate: Pugilist, Banking Career, Cartoonist. Job as an inker at Fleischers. Second chance, The Van Beuren Studio, first time as an animator: Rainbow Parades, Cubby Bear, and Tom and Jerry (no... not that ones). Third chance!!! Paul Terry's: Farmer Al Falfa, Kiko the Kangaroo... Finally Both at MGM: Working under Fred Quimby's animation department. Captain and the Kids. The birth of Tom and Jerry. Monumental Success. 7 Best Short Oscars, 21 Academy Award nominations. The decline of MGM cartoons (Farewell to the Golden Age).

The department is closed. A new begining: The Hanna Barbera Animation Studio. Surviving on TV: reducing the costs. The Ruff & Reddy Show. Back to the top of the World The Huckleberry Hound Show. Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Pixie and Dixie, Quick Draw McGraw, Magilla Gorilla, Wally Gator, The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, Space Ghost,Jossie and the Pussycats, Scooby-Doo... The charming 80's... This is the end my friends (by pelida77)

"To make people laugh. That's all we're trying to do." (Joe Barbera)

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