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OBITUARY

12/29/2006 07:00:00 PM Eastern

Animation legend Joseph Barbera, co-chairman
and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Studios, died Dec. 18 at his Studio City,
Calif., home. He was 95.

Hanna-Barbera, founded in 1944, was subsequently sold and, in 1991, was
bought by Turner Broadcasting, which used its 300-plus cartoon-series library
as the basis for Cartoon Network. During the late '90s, Hanna-Barbera primarily
produced new material for it.

In 1996, Turner was bought out by Time Warner and, with the death of
co-founder William Hanna in 2001, Hanna-Barbera was absorbed into Warner Bros.
Animation.

Barbera and Hanna created hundreds of cartoon characters during their
60-plus-year partnership, some of them the world's most recognizable
characters: Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, The Jetsons,
Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear.

The pair teamed up when they were hired at MGM in 1937, Barbera as an
animator/writer and Hanna as a director/story editor. Their first collaboration
was Puss Gets the Boot, which led to the creation of Tom
and Jerry.

When MGM closed its animation department, Hanna and Barbera formed
Hanna-Barbera Studios, one of the first independent animation studios to
produce series TV. Its second production, The Huckleberry Hound
Show
, won the studio its first Emmy, the first time an animated
series had been so honored.

Barbera is survived by his wife, Sheila, and three children.

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