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    Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home - AP 12/18/06

    Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home
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    Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home

    LOS ANGELES - 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.

    The partners, who had first teamed up while working at MGM in the 1930s, then went on to a whole new realm of success in the 1950s with a witty series of animated TV comedies, including "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons," "Yogi Bear," "Scooby-Doo" and "Huckleberry Hound and Friends."


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    Re: Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home - AP 12/18/06

    This is such sad news. I had the good fortune of working at Hanna Barbera in the late 80s and it was such a unique experience. They were not owned by Warner Bros. and it felt like working for a small company. Maybe this is the way Disney was when Walt was still around.

    As a lowly Production Assistant I called Bill & Joe's secretaries and simply said I work there and want to meet them. I was immediately scheduled for an appointment with each. I went in with my camera, got a picture and talked for a little bit. They weren't too busy to talk to me, even though I had no good reason to meet them other than I wanted to for fun.

    It was a creative machine where the corporate world didn't dominate the creativity. Maybe it wasn't quality feature films like Snow White, but thru their own simplistic and cost effective animation the certainly brightened my world with The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and countless others.

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    Re: Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home - AP 12/18/06

    The amazing thing is that his work will continue to be recognized... I for one am extremely thankfull for the lot of it... It made for an amazing childhood. Something to be shared with children today...
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    Re: Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home - AP 12/18/06

    95 years.
    Wow.

    May he rest in peace in that "Jellystone Park" in the sky.

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    Re: Joe Barbera, half of Yogi Bear creator team, dies at LA home - AP 12/18/06

    Sad .

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