Joseph Barbera

Highest Rated: 76% Charlotte's Web (1973)
Birthday: Mar 24, 1911
Birthplace: Not Available
For over four decades, Joseph Barbera reigned, along with his partner William Hanna, as one of the princes of American animation, second only to Walt Disney. Over the years, Hanna and Barbera created so many inimitable cartoon legends that their resumé reads like a laundry list of American television icons: Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Huckleberry Hound, the Smurfs, and many, many others. Born on March 24, 1911, in Manhattan, the son of an Italian immigrant, Joseph Roland Barbera came of age in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he demonstrated an incredible propensity for artistry as a young man. After high school, Barbera studied at the American Institute of Banking, before the sale of one of his illustrations to Collier's magazine turned his head in the direction of work as a full-time cartoonist; deeply inspired, Barbera wrote a letter to Walt Disney, requesting employment. Disney responded, and agreed to contact Barbera and meet with him on his next trip to New York, but never followed through on this promise. .Undiscouraged, Barbera signed on with one of Disney's rivals, Max Fleischer, but the stint lasted less than a week. Barbera then went to work for the Van Beuren Studios from 1932-1936, then the Terrytoon Studios, in New Rochelle, NY. Not one year later, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer's animation department in Culver City, CA, caught a glimpse of Barbera's work and, sensing the depths of his talent, instantly hired the prodigious young man to work in their animation department. At MGM, Barbera's supervisors paired him up with Hanna, a seasoned animator, score composer, and librettist, and the two set to work turning out animated adaptations of Katzenjammer Kids shorts. In the process, they became fast friends as well. Both men felt dissatisfied with the subjects at hand, however, and convinced the department heads to let them devise, script, illustrate, and animate their own short subjects. This resulted in the 1940 short Puss Gets the Boot, which later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short. Puss Gets the Boot lost that year to Rudolf Ising's The Milky Way, but the warm public reception to Puss paved the way for a seemingly limitless period of work for Hanna and Barbera at Metro -- their job security further anchored by additional Oscar nominations and wins for shorts. These included -- among others -- Yankee Doodle Mouse in 1943, Mouse Trouble in 1944, Quiet Please! in 1945, The Cat Concerto in 1946. The Oscar nods wrapped with the 1957 short One Droopy Knight; in the interim, the Tom and Jerry series spawned 113 individual episodes. Meanwhile, significant changes occurred at MGM. Hanna and Barbera were first promoted to heads of the animation department; then, in 1955, the department closed altogether, inspiring the two men to strike out on their own, full-time. They turned to H-B Enterprises and reinvented the outfit as a base for animated television series. One of Hanna-Barbera's key innovations during this period involved a now-standard technique called "limited animation," where the animators reduced the number of drawings per minute from around 1,000 to about 300, making the prospect of a weekly animated series a highly feasible one. H-B debuted with its first weekly, The Ruff & Reddy Show, in 1957, then produced The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958). The program won an Emmy and yielded a spin-off, The Yogi Bear Show, about a now-notorious bear with a penchant for swiping "pic-a-nic" baskets from unsuspecting tourists in Jellystone Park. If Hanna and Barbera admitted that Honeymooners mainstay Ed Norton inspired Yogi, they took the success of the series as a cue, unofficially revamping the entire Honeymooners series in animated form for their next project. That effort, The Flintstones -- about two Stone Age couples raising their children in the town of Bedrock -- reinvented the sitcom formula within an animated context. Its initial prime-time run laste

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jonny Quest Executive Producer 2012
14% Top Cat:The Movie (UK) Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Tom And Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Screenwriter 2010
No Score Yet Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show Director 2008
No Score Yet Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy! Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy? Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Executive Producer Screenwriter 2005
22% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Executive Producer $84.1M 2004
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico Executive Producer 2003
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire Executive Producer 2003
30% Scooby-Doo Executive Producer $153.4M 2002
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Executive Producer Producer 2001
No Score Yet Cartoon Crack-Ups Director 2001
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Executive Producer Himself 2000
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet A Flintstones Christmas Carol Producer 1994
22% The Flintstones Man in Mersandes Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Jonny's Golden Quest Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther Executive Producer 1991
27% The Jetsons Producer Director 1990
20% Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet Cyrano Producer 1988
No Score Yet Rockin' with Judy Jetson Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Executive Producer 1987
17% Gobots - Battle of the Rock Lords Executive Producer 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet The Jetsons Producer 1985
No Score Yet Heidi's Song Screenwriter Producer 1982
No Score Yet Christmas Comes to PacLand Executive Producer 1982
No Score Yet Yogi's First Christmas Producer 1980
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S. Producer 1979
No Score Yet KISS Meets the Phantom Producer Executive Producer 1978
No Score Yet The Gathering Executive Producer 1977
50% Mother, Jugs and Speed Producer Executive Producer 1976
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Executive Producer 1975
76% Charlotte's Web Producer 1973
No Score Yet 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Producer Director 1973
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters Director 1972
No Score Yet Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies Director 1972
No Score Yet The Perils of Penelope Pitstop Director 1969
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Producer 1967
No Score Yet The Man Called Flintstone Director Producer 1966
No Score Yet Hey There, It's Yogi Bear Director Producer Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet The Cat Concerto Director 1947

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
2000-2018
Screenwriter
  • 2018
  • 2007
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  • 2000
No Score Yet The Smurfs
1981-1989
Producer Executive Producer
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
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  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Jetsons
1962-1987
Producer Director
  • 1987
  • 1985
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Josie and the Pussycats
1970-1971
Director
  • 1970
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 1965
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  • 1963
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No Score Yet The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda
Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Magilla Gorilla Show
1965
Creator
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry
Producer Screenwriter Director
No Score Yet Yo, Yogi!
1992
Executive Producer

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