Monday, December 18, 2006

Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera Dies

Yahoo! News reports:

Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon 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 antics of the battling cat and mouse went on to win seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters.

Hanna-Barbera was responsible for the animated Lucy and Desi openings of "I Love Lucy" and "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour." This is a sad day for cartoon fans everywhere.

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