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Joe Barbara Passes Away at Age 95

Joe Barbera, one half of comedy duo Hanna-Barbera, died yesterday (18-Dec-2006) aged 95.
The cartoonist, who worked with Bill Hanna to create the classic characters Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry, died of natural causes at home, with his wife Sheila by his bedside.
Hanna, who died in 2001, said that Barbera could “capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I’ve ever known.”

The pair first teamed up at MGM studios in the 1930s, and created the international hit ‘Tom and Jerry’. The battling cat and mouse animated duo earned Barbera and Hanna seven Oscars.

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said “His cartoons were not only animated superstars, but also a very beloved part of American pop culture spanning the Stone Age to the Space Age and from primetime to Saturday mornings, syndication and cable. While he will be missed by his family and friends, Barbera will live on through his work.”
The animator is survived by his wife and three children from a previous marriage, Jayne, Neal and Lynn.
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