William Hanna & Joseph Barbera

TV Titans

William Hanna and Joseph Barbera ushered in the original age of TV animation, bringing to life primetime series such as “The Jetsons” and “The Flintstones.” Writer Hanna and cartoonist Barbera paired in the 1940s at MGM, where they collaborated on shorts such as “Tom & Jerry.” The duo moved over to TV in the late 1950s, creating “Ruff and Reddy,” quickly followed by “Huckleberry Hound” and “Quick Draw McGraw.” All of those shows were syndicated — but Hanna and Barbera discovered that adults comprised much of their audience. That’s when they set out to create the primetime “Flintstones.”

Their prdigious output includes “Scooby Doo,” “Yogi Bear” and “The Smurfs.” Turner bought Hanna-Barbera in the early 1990s and used the company’s library to launch Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

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