William Hanna

Highest Rated: 76% Charlotte's Web (1973)
Birthday: Jul 14, 1910
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of a construction superintendent for the Sante Fe railway stations, William Hanna was obliged to move around quite a bit as a youngster. Influenced by the preponderance of professional writers on his mother's side of the family, Hanna gravitated towards the creative arts in high school. He played saxophone in a dance band, then majored in journalism and engineering at Compton (California) Junior College. While looking for work in the early stages of the Depression, he landed a backstage engineering job at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. Hanna's brother-in-law, who worked for a Hollywood lab called Pacific Title, tipped him off to a job opening at the Harman-Ising cartoon studios. From 1931 onward, Hanna contributed story ideas to Harman-Ising's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, produced on behalf of Leon Schlesinger and Warner Bros. He also wrote the music and lyrics for several of the catchy tunes heard in these animated endeavors. When Harman-Ising moved to MGM, they took Hanna along as a story editor. And when MGM formed its own animation department in 1937, Hanna was hired by department head Fred Quimby. It was while under the MGM banner that Hanna formed a copacetic (and, as it turned out, lifelong) partnership with cartoon director Joseph Barbera. While both men did a little bit of everything in their cartoon collaborations, Hanna regarded himself as the director and story man, while Barbera preferred to work out the various gags. Hanna-Barbera's most lasting contribution to the MGM operation was their "Tom and Jerry" series, which earned seven Academy Awards over a 20-year period. In 1957, MGM disbanded its cartoon unit, whereupon Hanna and Barbera formed their own company for the purposes of turning out TV animation. No one who has been born after 1950 needs to be reminded of the vast Hanna-Barbera TV output: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, The Banana Splits and Scooby-Doo constitute but the tip of the iceberg. Busy as they were with their TV commitments, Hanna-Barbera occasionally found time to return to theatrical-feature work, including A Man Called Flintstone (1966), Charlotte's Web (1972) and Heidi's Song (1982). Even after selling their studio, both Hanna and Barbera remained active in the cartoon field; as recently as 1993, Hanna served as co-producer for the animated feature Once Upon a Forest. Though he's received a multitude of industry honors, it is said William Hanna is proudest of his 1985 "Distinguished Eagle Scout" award from the Boys Scouts of America, an organization with which he'd been associated since 1919.

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 Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy? Screenwriter 2005
30% Scooby-Doo Executive Producer $153.4M 2002
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets Batman Director 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 Himself Executive Producer 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 Executive Producer Executive in Boardroom 1994
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Director 1993
22% Once Upon a Forest Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet I Yabba-Dabba Do! Director 1993
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 The Jetsons Producer 1985
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 Heidi's Song Producer 1982
No Score Yet Christmas Comes to PacLand Executive Producer 1982
No Score Yet Liar's Moon Executive Producer 1981
No Score Yet Yogi's First Christmas Producer 1980
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 The Smurfs
1981-1989
Executive Producer Producer
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Jetsons
1962-1987
Director Producer
  • 1987
  • 1985
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
Director Screenwriter Producer
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Director Producer
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Academy Awards® Animation Collection

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