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Friday - March 23, 2001
- William Hanna Passes Away
- Disney's Atlantis Receives a "PG" Rating
- Frank and Ollie Win "Friz" Award
- News Link of the Day - Cartoon Pioneer William Hanna Dead at 90


William Hanna Passes Away
(by digitalmediafx.com) William Hanna passed away on Thursday at his home in North Hollywood. He was 90 years old. Hanna and Joseph Barbera together founded Hanna-Barbera Studios and were famous for their cartoon creations like The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, The Jetsons, and Yogi Bear.

Hanna started cartooning in the early 1930’s, leaving an engineering career to pursue his passion. In the late 1930’s he hooked up with Barbera and in 1957 they formed Hanna-Barbera Studios, now owned by Warner Bros. Warner Bros. held a special 90th birthday celebration for Hanna on July 16, 2000.

In 1960, Hanna and Barbera’s cartoon, Huckleberry Hound and Friends, became the first animated series to ever win an Emmy Award. In total the team of Hanna-Barbera won eight Emmys.

Hanna continued to work well into his 80’s. He was the executive producer for Once Upon a Forest, a 1993 animated musical from Fox Family. In addition he directed two ABC specials in the 90’s called “I Yabba-Dabba-Doo” and “Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby”.

Hanna is respected by animators and animation enthusiasts across the world and will be dearly missed.

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Disney's Atlantis Receives a "PG" Rating - Osmosis Release Date Changed
(by digitalmediafx.com) Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire has received a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for "action violence." This means that over the summer months there will be four straight animated films hitting theaters rated PG or PG-13 (Shrek, Atlantis, Final Fantasy, and Osmosis Jones).

In other animated movie news, Warner Bros. has moved the release of Osmosis Jones back a week so that it doesn't compete with Rush Hour 2 and The Princess Diaries. The new August 10 release date will now put it in direct competition with American Pie 2, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

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Frank and Ollie Win "Friz" Award
(by digitalmediafx.com) Having a hard time keeping up with all the award ceremonies these days? In the most recent announcement, famous Disney animation pioneers Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston have won a "Friz" award, presented by the Santa Clarita International Film Festival.

Frank and Ollie were introduced by a short video narrated by top contemporary Disney animator Glen Keane that detailed their storied animation career and creative partnership at the children's picture powerhouse. During the awards ceremony, Frank and Ollie shared a microphone, realting tidbits from their 40 years at Disney.

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News Link of the Day - Cartoon Pioneer William Hanna Dead at 90

According to CNN:

"Animation pioneer William Hanna, who with partner Joseph Barbera created such beloved cartoon characters as Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry, died Thursday. He was 90.

Hanna died at his North Hollywood home with Violet, his wife of 65 years, at his side, said Sarah Carragher, a spokeswoman for Warner Bros., which owns Hanna-Barbera Studios. She said he had been in declining health for the last few years..."

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