Yogi Bear Creator Met His Maker; Says Heaven Is A Lot Like Jellystone Park, Great Pie & Rangers Can’t Do Shit

LOS ANGELES – Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoonyogi-bear-show-05.jpg characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95. Barbera died of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said. With his longtime partner, Bill Hanna, Barbera first found success creating the highly successful Tom and Jerry cartoons. The partners, who teamed up while working at MGM in the 1930s, then went on to a whole new realm of success in the 1960s with a witty series of animated TV comedies, including “The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons,” “Yogi Bear,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Huckleberry Hound and Friends.”
Hanna, who had studied engineering and journalism, originally went into animation because he needed a job. Although not the hit factory it was in the ’50s and ’60s, the Hanna-Barbera studio remained active through the years. It eventually became a subsidiary of Great American Communications Co., and in 1991 it was purchased by a partnership including Turner Broadcasting System, which used the studio’s library when it launched cable TV’s Cartoon Network in 1992. Turner is now part of Time Warner.
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