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Hanna Passes Away
Hanna started cartooning in the early 1930s, leaving an engineering career to pursue his passion. In the late 1930s 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 Barberas 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 80s. 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 90s 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.
Receives a "PG" Rating - Osmosis Release Date Changed
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.
Frank and Ollie
Win "Friz" Award
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
News Link of the
Day - Cartoon Pioneer William Hanna Dead at 90
"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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