Monday, December 18, 2006

A Huge Chunk of My Childhood: Dead at 95

Joe Barbara, one half of the Hanna-Barbara team, died today. He's partly responsible for justa about every popular (non Warner Bros.) cartoon you can think of from the 50s on: Tom and Jerry, The Fantastic Four, Scooby Doo, Josie and the Pussy Cats (et. al), Top Cat, The Jetsons, the "Laff" olympics, the Herculoids, the Flintstones, Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles (jesus, what a name!), Harvey Birdman, Johnny Quest, Yogi the Bear, and the ever lovin' Super Friends.

Just to name a few.

I would go so far as to say, as a child, the ONLY cartoons i saw that weren't Hanna-Barbara were either WB, Popeye, or Bullwinkle. perhaps no one else will ever dominate a medium like that ever again.


Anonymous said...

Man, talk abuot somebody who touched lives. Everybody grew up watching Hanna-Barbera. In fact, last night I turned on the Flintstones for my kids and we had a blast. Scooby-Doo is also a favorite. And I watched an old Jonny Quest episode. Jeez, what would Boomerang show without Hanna-Barbera? It's like the HB network.

Anonymous said...

Request for commentary.

Would you offer some thoughts on the Hugo Chavez Oil for the Poor of America program?

Polly said...

will do my best to do a few here in the next day or so.