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William Hanna

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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE 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 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
$153.3M 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
21% 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
19% 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: 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
  • 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: Jonah
  • 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jonny Quest
1964-1965
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Academy Awards® Animation Collection
  • Actor

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