Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Joe Barbera, 1911-2006

Drawn! passes on the report that Joe Barbera died yesterday.

Hanna-Barbera made many of my least favorite cartoons and many of my favorites as well. A lot of that was timing. The studio put out a lot of low-budget fare, and although story was their emphasis (as opposed to Disney cartoons, which emphasized character) the stories were often very formulaic. But there was also a wildness to a lot of their best work that made some H-B cartoons very fun for a kid to watch.

John Kricfalusi wrote of the best critiques I have read about a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. It's about the painting of the backgrounds in Yogi Bear cartoons. Read it here.

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