You know it’s a special evening when Yogi Bear is handing out hors d’oeuvres.
Golden voices and golden oldies took center stage Tuesday night as the Cartoon Network feted legendary animators Joseph Barbera and William Hanna at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.
Their complete library — from Huckleberry Hound to Quick Draw McGraw — now have a permanent home on Boomerang, a cable net to debut on April 1. “We’re incredibly lucky,” Barbera said. “When we started out, we just wanted to draw something fun.”
While Tom Cat, Jonny Quest and Magilla Gorilla were there only in spirit (and via video clips), their contribution to pop culture was hardly overlooked. “Any star would kill to be as popular as ‘Tom & Jerry,’ ” Cartoon Network prexy Betty Cohen said.
The highlight, of course, was putting faces to some of TV’s most notable voices. Joining emcee (and CNN anchor) Jim Moret to honor the duo were Casey Kasem (“Scooby Doo’s” Shaggy); Gary Owens (“Space Ghost”); Janet Waldo (“The Jetsons’ ” Jane); Henry Corden (Fred Flintstone) and June Foray (Jokey Smurf).
Also tooned up were Tony Curtis, Gordon Clapp, helmer Brian Levant and producer Bruce Cohen.
Yabba Dabba Doo!