Tuesday, December 19, 2006

In Memorial

I am doing too many of these lately...

The bio of Joseph Barbera
at NNDB descibes him as " a banker who doodled", indeed that is how he began his career. After his first payed work Joseph Barbera's rise was less than meteroric. Turned down for an interview by Walt Disney himself, Barbera wound up working for Terrytoons, the company responsible for the operatic Mighty Mouse.

Moving on to MGM, 1957, Barbera was teamed with another unknown, William Hanna, for the production of Puss Gets the Boot staring Gene Kelly and Jerry the Mouse in a dance number that pre-saged "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Once the two cartoonists moved off on their own, the rest is ..... history. A VERY brief list follows but a much more complete one can be found at "Wingnutoons":

Huckleberry Hound (1958)
Yogi Bear (1960)
Flintstones (1960)
Josie & the Pussycats (1970)
Scooby's All Star Laff A Lympics (1977)
Flintstone Kids (1986)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1997)
Johnny Bravo (1997)
Dexter's Laboratory (1997)

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