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Joseph Barbera

Highest Rated:   76% Charlotte's Web (1973)
Lowest Rated:   15% Top Cat:The Movie (UK) (2011)
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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 si

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
  • Executive Producer
2012
15% 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 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 Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy?
  • Screenwriter
2005
21% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Executive Producer
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
2002
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2001
No Score Yet Cartoon Crack-Ups
  • Director
2001
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
  • Executive Producer
1996
21% 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: The Creation
  • 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
21% The Jetsons
  • Director
  • Producer
1990
No Score Yet Cyrano
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Rockin' with Judy Jetson
  • Executive Producer
1988
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: Jonah
  • 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
  • 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
1978
No Score Yet The Gathering
  • Executive Producer
1977
50% Mother, Jugs and Speed
  • Executive Producer
1976
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans
  • Executive Producer
1975
76% Charlotte's Web
  • Producer
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 The Man Called Flintstone
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
  • Producer
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet The Cat Concerto
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Flintstones - A Page Right Out of History
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director

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