William Hanna

William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, cartoon artist, and musician[1] whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people for much of the 20th century.

After working odd jobs in the first months of the Great Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Hanna met Joseph Barbera. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, creating and/or producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear. In 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner in 1996; Hanna and Barbera stayed on as advisors.

Tom and Jerry won seven Academy Awards, while Hanna and Barbera were nominated for two others and won eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoons have become cultural icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books, and toys. Hanna-Barbera's shows had a worldwide audience of over 300 million people in their 1960s heyday, and have been translated into more than 28 languages.

William Hanna
William Hanna 1977
Hanna in 1977
Born
William Denby Hanna

July 14, 1910
DiedMarch 22, 2001 (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting placeAscension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California, U.S.
OccupationVoice actor, animator, director, producer, cartoonist, musician
Years active1930–2001
Spouse(s)
Violet Blanch Wogatzke (m. 1936)
Children2

Early and personal life

William Hanna was born to William John and Avice Joyce (Denby) Hanna on July 14, 1910 in Melrose, New Mexico.[2]:5 He was the third of seven children and the only son. Hanna claimed there was no "war between the sexes" nor sibling rivalry in their home.[2]:5[3] Hanna described his family as "a red-blooded, Irish-American family".[2]:9 His father was a construction superintendent for railroads as well as water and sewer systems throughout the western regions of America, requiring the family to move frequently.[2]:6

When Hanna was three years old, the family moved to Baker City, Oregon, where his father worked on the Balm Creek Dam. It was here that Hanna developed his love of the outdoors.[2]:6[4] The family moved to Logan, Utah, before moving to San Pedro, California, in 1917.[5]:67 During the next two years they moved several times before eventually settling in Watts, California, in 1919.[2]:10

In 1922, while living in Watts, he joined Scouting.[2]:11 He attended Compton High School from 1925 through 1928, where he played the saxophone in a dance band.[6] His passion for music carried over into his career; he helped write songs for his cartoons, including the theme for The Flintstones.[5]:67–68[7][8][9] Hanna became an Eagle Scout as a youth and remained active in Scouting throughout his life.[5]:67–68[10] As an adult, he served as a Scoutmaster and was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with their Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1985.[4][5]:120[11] Despite his numerous career-related awards, Hanna was most proud of this Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.[6] His interests also included sailing and singing in a barbershop quartet.[9][12][13] Hanna studied both journalism and structural engineering at Compton City College,[7][14]:6 but had to drop out of college with the onset of the Great Depression.[15]

On August 7, 1936, Hanna married Violet Blanch Wogatzke (July 23, 1913 – July 10, 2014), and they had a marriage lasting over 64 years, until his death. The marriage produced two children,[2]:29 David William and Bonnie Jean,[10] and seven grandchildren.[16] In 1996, Hanna, with assistance from Los Angeles writer Tom Ito, published his autobiography—Joe Barbera had published his two years earlier.[5]

Early career

After dropping out of college, Hanna worked briefly as a construction engineer and helped build the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.[7][14]:6 He lost that job during the Great Depression and found another at a car wash. His sister's boyfriend encouraged him to apply for a job at Pacific Title and Art, which produced title cards for motion pictures.[17] While working there, Hanna's talent for drawing became evident, and in 1930 he joined the Harman and Ising animation studio, which had created the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series.[1] Despite a lack of formal training, Hanna soon became head of their ink and paint department. Besides inking and painting, Hanna also wrote songs and lyrics.[1] For the first several years of Hanna's employment, the studio partnered with Pacific Title and Art's Leon Schlesinger, who released the Harman-Ising output through Warner Bros. When Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising chose to break with Schlesinger and begin producing cartoons independently for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1933, Hanna was one of the employees who followed them.[1][18]

Hanna was given the opportunity to direct his first cartoon in 1936; the result was To Spring, part of the Harman-Ising Happy Harmonies series.[4] The following year, MGM decided to terminate their partnership with Harman-Ising and bring production in-house.[5]:68 Hanna was among the first people MGM hired away from Harman-Ising to their new cartoon studio. During 1938–1939, he served as a senior director on MGM's Captain and the Kids series, based upon the comic strip of the same name (an alternate version of the Katzenjammer Kids that had resulted from a 1914 lawsuit). The series did not do well; consequently, Hanna was demoted to a story man and the series was canceled.[5]:68–69 Hanna's desk at MGM was opposite that of Joseph Barbera, who had previously worked at Terrytoons. The two quickly realized they would make a good team.[2]:Foreword By 1939 they had solidified a partnership that would last over 60 years.[1][18] Hanna and Barbera worked alongside animation director Tex Avery, who had created Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny for Warner Bros. and directed Droopy cartoons at MGM.[2]:33[19]:18

Tom and Jerry

In 1940, Hanna and Barbera jointly directed Puss Gets the Boot, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject.[20][21] The studio wanted a diversified cartoon portfolio, so despite the success of Puss Gets the Boot, Hanna and Barbera's supervisor, Fred Quimby, did not want to produce more cat and mouse cartoons.[5]:75–76 Surprised by the success of Puss Gets the Boot, Hanna and Barbera ignored Quimby's resistance[2]:45 and continued developing the cat-and-mouse theme. By this time, however, Hanna wanted to return to working for Ising, to whom he felt very loyal. Hanna and Barbera met with Quimby, who discovered that although Ising had taken sole credit for producing Puss Gets the Boot, he never actually worked on it. Quimby, who had wanted to start a new animation unit independent of Ising, then gave Hanna and Barbera permission to pursue their cat-and-mouse idea. The result was their most famous creation, Tom and Jerry.[5]:78–79

Modeled after the Puss Gets the Boot characters with slight differences, the series followed Jerry, the rodent who continually outwitted his feline foe, Tom.[4][12] Hanna said they settled on the cat and mouse theme for this cartoon because: "We knew we needed two characters. We thought we needed conflict, and chase and action. And a cat after a mouse seemed like a good, basic thought."[7] The revamped characters first appeared in 1941's The Midnight Snack.[2]:46 Over the next 17 years Hanna and Barbera worked almost exclusively on Tom and Jerry,[20] directing more than 114 highly popular cartoon shorts.[22] During World War II they also made animated training films.[5]:92–93 Tom and Jerry relied mostly on motion instead of dialog.[18] Despite its popularity, Tom and Jerry has often been criticized as excessively violent.[23]:42[24]:134 Nonetheless, the series won its first Academy Award for the 11th short, The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)—a war-time adventure.[4] Tom and Jerry was ultimately nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning 7.[25] No other character-based theatrical animated series has won more awards, nor has any other series featuring the same characters.[1][26] Tom and Jerry also made guest appearances in several of MGM's live-action films, including Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Invitation to the Dance (1956) with Gene Kelly, and Dangerous When Wet (1953) with Esther Williams.[15][26][27]

Quimby accepted each Academy Award for Tom and Jerry without inviting Hanna and Barbera onstage. The cartoons were also released with Quimby listed as the sole producer, following the same practice for which he had condemned Ising.[5]:83–84 When Quimby retired in late 1955, Hanna and Barbera were placed in charge of MGM's animation division.[1][28] As the studio began to lose more revenue due to television,[9][17] MGM soon realized that re-releasing old cartoons was far more profitable than producing new ones.[5]:2–3, 109 In 1957, MGM ordered Hanna and Barbera's business manager to close the cartoon division and lay off everyone by a phone call.[5]:2–3, 109 Hanna and Barbera found the no-notice closing puzzling because Tom and Jerry had been so successful.[26]

Television

During his last year at MGM, Hanna branched out into television, forming the short-lived company Shield Productions with fellow animator Jay Ward,[29] :27–29 who had created the series Crusader Rabbit. Their partnership soon ended, and in 1957 Hanna reteamed with Joseph Barbera to produce cartoons for television and theatrical release.[12] The two brought different skills to the company; Barbera was a skilled gag writer and sketch artist, while Hanna had a gift for timing, story construction, and recruiting top artists. Major business decisions would be made together, though each year the title of president alternated between them.[2]:77, 146[5]:120[28] A coin toss determined that Hanna would have precedence in the naming of the new company,[2]:Foreword first called H-B Enterprises but soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions.[9][28] Barbera and Hanna's MGM colleague George Sidney, the director of Anchors Aweigh, became the third partner and business manager in the company, and arranged a deal for distribution and working capital with Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures, who took part ownership of the new studio.[2]:81–83

The first offering from the new company was The Ruff & Reddy Show,[12] a series which detailed the friendship between a dog and cat.[10] Despite a lukewarm response for their first theatrical venture, Loopy De Loop, Hanna-Barbera soon established themselves with two successful television series: The Huckleberry Hound Show and The Yogi Bear Show. A 1960 survey showed that half of the viewers of Huckleberry Hound were adults. This prompted the company to create a new animated series, The Flintstones.[27][30] A parody of The Honeymooners, the new show followed a typical Stone Age family with home appliances, talking animals, and celebrity guests. With an audience of both children and adults, The Flintstones became the first animated prime-time show to be a hit.[10][27][31] Fred Flintstone's signature exclamation "yabba dabba doo" soon entered everyday usage,[27][32] and the show boosted the studio to the top of the TV cartoon field.[15] The company later produced a space-age version of The Flintstones, known as The Jetsons. Although both shows reappeared in the 1970s and 1980s, The Flintstones was far more popular.[10]

By the late 1960s, Hanna-Barbera Productions was the most successful television animation studio in the business. The Hanna-Barbera studio produced over 3,000 animated half-hour television shows.[27] Among the more than 100 cartoon series and specials they produced were: Atom Ant, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (an imitation of the earlier Spike and Tyke MGM cartoons), Jonny Quest, Josie and the Pussycats, Magilla Gorilla, Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks, Quick Draw McGraw, and Top Cat.[8][26] Top Cat was based on Phil Silvers's character Sgt. Bilko,[33] though it has been erroneously reported that Sgt. Bilko was the basis for Yogi Bear.[18] The Hanna-Barbera studio also produced Scooby-Doo (1969–91) and The Smurfs (1981–89).[12] The company also produced animated specials based on Alice in Wonderland, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as the feature-length film Charlotte's Web (1973).[5]:228–230

As popular as their cartoons were with 1960s audiences, they were disliked by artists.[34] Television programs had lower budgets than theatrical animation, and this economic reality caused many animation studios to go out of business in the 1950s and 1960s, putting many people in the industry out of work.[18][30] Hanna-Barbera was key in the development of limited animation,[35]:75[36]:54 which allowed television animation to be more cost-effective,[8][12][26] but also reduced quality.[34] Hanna and Barbera had first experimented with these techniques in the early days of Tom and Jerry.[5]:74, 115 To reduce the cost of each episode, shows often focused more on character dialogue than detailed animation.[18][34] The number of drawings for a seven-minute cartoon decreased from 14,000 to nearly 2,000, and the company implemented innovative techniques such as rapid background changes to improve viewing.[30] Reviewers criticized the change from vivid, detailed animation to repetitive movements by two-dimensional characters.[34] Barbera once said that their choice was to adapt to the television budgets or change careers.[35]:75[36]:54 The new style did not limit the success of their animated shows, enabling Hanna–Barbera to stay in business, providing employment to many who would otherwise have been out of work.[30] Limited animation became the standard for television animation, and continues to be used today in television programs such as The Simpsons and South Park.[3][34]

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Hanna, semior artist Iwao Takamoto, studio employee, and Joseph Barbera at Hanna's birthday celebration at the studio, July 14, 1996. One of the few existing photos of the three together.

In 1966, Hanna-Barbera Productions was sold to Taft Broadcasting (renamed Great American Communications in 1987) for $12 million.[5]:162, 235–236 Hanna and Barbera remained at the head of the company until 1991.[37]:16[38][39]:151 At that point, the company was sold to the Turner Broadcasting System for an estimated $320 million,[40] which itself merged with Time Warner, owners of Warner Bros., in 1996.[10] This began a close association with the Cartoon Network. Hanna and Barbera continued to advise their former company and periodically worked on new Hanna-Barbera shows, including The Cartoon Cartoon Show series and hit silver screen versions of The Flintstones (1994) and Scooby-Doo (2002).[13][27][41]

Death

Hanna died of esophageal cancer at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on March 22, 2001. He was 90 years old.[42] After his death, Cartoon Network aired a 20-second segment with black dots tracing Hanna's portrait with the words "We'll miss you – Cartoon Network" fading in on the right-hand side. This same type of tribute was done for Chuck Jones in 2002 and Hanna's partner, Joseph Barbera in 2006, when each of them died. However, Barbera, unlike the other two, had an audio clip of his voice playing in his Cartoon Network tribute. Hanna is buried at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

Legacy

Most of the cartoons Hanna and Barbera created revolved around close friendship or partnership; this theme is evident with Tom and Jerry, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Wilma Flintstone, and Betty Rubble, Ruff and Reddy, The Jetsons (such as George Jetson for example) family and Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers, as well as Cartoon Network characters that Hanna-Barbera created such as Johnny Bravo and Carl, Jake Clawson/Razor and Chance Furlong/T-Bone, Cow and Chicken and their schoolmates Flem and Earl, I.M. Weasel and I.R. Babboon, Dexter and his supercomputers, and the Powerpuff Girls. These may have been a reflection of the close business friendship and partnership that Hanna and Barbera shared for almost 60 years.[1][2]:214 Professionally, they balanced each other's strengths and weaknesses very well,[3][15][27] but Hanna and Barbera traveled in completely different social circles. Hanna's personal friends primarily included other animators; Barbera tended to socialize with Hollywood celebrities.[2]:52–53 Their division of work roles complemented each other but they rarely talked outside of work since Hanna was interested in the outdoors and Barbera liked beaches, good food and drink.[5]:120–121 Nevertheless, in their long partnership, in which they worked with over 2,000 animated characters, Hanna and Barbera rarely exchanged a cross word.[12] Barbera said: "We understood each other perfectly, and each of us had deep respect for the other's work."[20]

Hanna is considered one of the all-time great animators and on a par with Tex Avery.[31] Hanna and Barbera were among the most successful animators on the cinema screen and successfully adapted to the change television brought to the industry.[43] Leonard Maltin says the Hanna–Barbera team "[may] hold a record for producing consistently superior cartoons using the same characters year after year—without a break or change in routine. Their characters are not only animated superstars, but also a very beloved part of American pop culture".[27][44] They are often considered as Walt Disney's only rivals as cartoonists.[12][45]

Hanna and Barbera had a lasting impact on television animation.[37]:16 Cartoons they created often make greatest lists.[10][46] Many of their characters have appeared in film, books, toys, and other media.[13] During the 1960s their TV shows had a worldwide audience of over 300 million people and have since been translated into more than 20 languages.[30] The works of Hanna and Barbera also have been recognized for their music, such as The Cat Concerto (1946) and Johann Mouse (1952), called "masterpieces of animation" in part due to their use of classical music.[1][23]:34[24]:133

In all, the Hanna–Barbera team won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards,[47][48]:32 including the 1960 award for The Huckleberry Hound Show, which was the first Emmy awarded to an animated series.[10][27] They also won these awards: Golden Globe for Television Achievement (1960),[47] Golden IKE Award—Pacific Pioneers in Broadcasting (1983), Pioneer Award—Broadcast Music Incorporated (1987), Iris Award—NATPE Men of the Year (1988), Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association Award for Lifetime Achievement (1988), Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (1988), Jackie Coogan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Youth through Entertainment Youth in Film (1988), Frederic W. Ziv Award for Outstanding Achievement in Telecommunications—Broadcasting Division College—Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati (1989), stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1976), several Annie Awards,[2]:170 several environmental awards, and were recipients of numerous other accolades prior to their induction into the Television Hall of Fame in 1994.[2]:171[10][27] In March 2005 the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Warner Bros. Animation dedicated a wall sculpture at the Television Academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood to Hanna and Barbera.[49] Hanna's audio of Tom Cat's screams have been reused recently in the new 2014 Tom and Jerry Show.

See also

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Further reading

  • Cawley, John; Jim Korkis (1990). The Encyclopedia of Cartoon Superstars: From a to (Almost Z). Las Vegas, NV: Pioneer. ISBN 1-55698-269-0.
  • Erickson, Hal (1987). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949–1993. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-0029-3.
  • Horn, Maurice (1980). The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishing. ISBN 0-87754-088-8.
  • Lenburg, Jeff (2011). William Hanna and Joseph Barbera: The Sultans of Saturday Morning. New York, NY: Chelsea House. ISBN 1-60413-837-8.
  • Mallory, Michael (1987). Hanna Barbera Cartoons. Englewood, NJ: Universe. ISBN 0-88363-108-3.
  • Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New York, NY: New American Library. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.

External links

Barbecue Brawl

The Barbecue Brawl is a 1956 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It was released on December 14, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Blue Cat Blues

Blue Cat Blues is a 1956 one-reel animated Tom and Jerry cartoon directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It was released on November 16, 1956 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was also produced in CinemaScope.

Casanova Cat

Casanova Cat is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 55th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby.

Cat Napping

Cat Napping is a 1951 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 62nd Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby.

Joseph Barbera

Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BERR-ə; Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century.

He was born to Italian immigrants in New York City, where he lived, attended college, and began his career through his young adult years. After working odd jobs and as a banker, Barbera joined Van Beuren Studios in 1932 and subsequently Terrytoons in 1936. In 1937, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Barbera met William Hanna. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, after MGM dissolved their animation department, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons. In 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner, owners of Warner Bros., in 1996; Hanna and Barbera stayed on as advisors.

Tom and Jerry won seven Academy Awards, while Hannah and Barbera were nominated for two others and won eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoon shows have become cultural icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books, and toys. Hanna-Barbera's shows had a worldwide audience of over 300 million people in the 1960s and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Mouse Trouble

Mouse Trouble is a 1944 American one-reel animated cartoon short and is the 17th Tom and Jerry short produced by Fred Quimby. It was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with music direction by Scott Bradley The cartoon was animated by Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, Ken Muse and Pete Burness. Mouse Trouble won the 1944 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, the second consecutive award bestowed upon the series. It was released in theatres on November 23, 1944 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and reissued on December 12, 1951.

Neapolitan Mouse

The Neapolitan Mouse is a 1954 one-reel animated Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Ed Barge, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson and Kenneth Muse, with backgrounds by John Didrik Johnsen. It was released on October 2, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Puss Gets the Boot

Puss Gets the Boot is a 1940 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the first short in the Tom and Jerry cartoon series, though the duo are not identified as such in this short. It was directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Rudolf Ising, and produced by Rudolf Ising and Fred Quimby. As was the practice of MGM shorts at the time, only Rudolf Ising is credited. It was released to theaters on February 10, 1940 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Quiet Please!

Quiet Please! is a 1945 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 22nd Tom and Jerry short, which won the 1945 Oscar for Best Short Subject: Cartoons, making it the third consecutive win for the series. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, and Ed Barge.

The cartoon features a speaking Tom, a rarity in the original series. In this film, Tom sings Brahms' Lullaby while he puts Spike to sleep, and later ominously says to Jerry, "One custard pie?! Let me have it!"

Robin Hoodwinked

Robin Hoodwinked is a 1958 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short released after the MGM cartoon studio had effectively closed down. It was the penultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon to be directed (and produced) by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It also marked the final appearance of Nibbles (a.k.a. Tuffy), who first appeared in The Milky Waif. The cartoon was released on June 6, 1958, animated by Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci, Lewis Marshall and James Escalante with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.

Robin Hoodwinked is reminiscent of the "Mouseketeer" cartoons, except here, Tuffy (Nibbles) speaks in a hybrid of Saxon/Cockney English (with a very poor accent) as opposed to French.

Royal Cat Nap

Royal Cat Nap is the 111th one-reel animated Tom and Jerry released cartoon, created in 1958 directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with music by Scott Bradley. The animation was credited to Carlo Vinci, Lewis Marshall and Kenneth Muse, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. It was the last of four Mouseketeer shorts and also the only Mouseketeer short not produced by Fred Quimby, which were a send-up of the famous Three Musketeers novel and film(s), beginning with the Academy Award-winning short The Two Mouseketeers in 1952. It was released on March 7, 1958 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and is also one of the very last Tom and Jerry shorts in the Hanna-Barbera era.

Saturday Evening Puss

Saturday Evening Puss is a 1950 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 48th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera who created the cat and mouse duo ten years earlier. The cartoon was produced by Fred Quimby, scored by Scott Bradley and animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. It is notable for being the only cartoon in the entire series to feature Mammy's face on-screen, though only for a split second.

The Cat Concerto

The Cat Concerto is a 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 29th Tom and Jerry short, released to theatres on April 26, 1947. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with musical supervision by Scott Bradley, and animation by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge and Irven Spence and additional animation by Richard Bickenbach (uncredited).

Following its release, it was met with critical acclaim, and is considered one of the best Tom and Jerry cartoons ever. It won the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. In 1994, it was voted #42 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. The short won the duo their fourth consecutive Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The short also appears in Empire Magazine's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time list as the number 434.

The Invisible Mouse

The Invisible Mouse is a 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 33rd Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. The episode is a parody of The Invisible Man written by H. G. Wells. It was released on September 27, 1947. Spike makes a cameo appearance at the end.

The Lonesome Mouse

The Lonesome Mouse is a 1943 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 10th Tom and Jerry cartoon released. It contains the first speaking role of the cat and mouse duo, and the only one with signficant dialogue between the two main characters. Both Tom and Jerry were voiced by William Hanna. It was created and released in 1943, and re-released to theatres on November 26, 1949. It was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby.

The animators of the cartoon were not credited (typically for Pre-1943 MGM Cartoons), and this was the last Tom and Jerry cartoon to follow this practice. All future Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts credited the animators. The original opening theme was "Runnin' Wild", as heard in Barney Bear's Wild Honey. It was replaced by the later Tom and Jerry theme (used the next time originally on the 1949 'Love that Pup' and on all Hanna-Barbara episodes into the 1950's and even widely used in the early 60's by Gene Deitch) on the re-issue. This cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, George Gordon, Jack Zander and Irven Spence, with additional animation by Pete Burness and Al Grandmain.

The Midnight Snack

The Midnight Snack is a 1941 Tom and Jerry cartoon produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with musical supervision by Scott Bradley. It is the second cartoon in the series and the first in which the characters have their familiar names.

The Mouse Comes to Dinner

The Mouse Comes to Dinner is a 1945 American one-reel animated cartoon, the 18th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby.

The Two Mouseketeers

The Two Mouseketeers is a 1952 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 65th Tom and Jerry short, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on March 15, 1952 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cartoon was animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse and Irven Spence. Musical supervision was done by Scott Bradley, using a version of the theme music by Nelson Eddy and The Sportsmen Quartet named "Soldier of Fortune", from the movie The Girl of the Golden West. The character of Nibbles was voiced by six-year-old Francoise Brun-Cottan.

The Two Mouseketeers won the series' sixth Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Such was the cartoon's success, that Hanna and Barbera created a total of four adventures in the Mouseketeers series; the second, 1954's Touché, Pussy Cat! received an Oscar nomination.

The Vanishing Duck

The Vanishing Duck is a 1958 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It is one of the very last cartoons in the Hanna-Barbera era. The cartoon was animated by Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci and James Escalante, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. Red Coffey, William Hanna, June Foray and George O'Hanlon provided the voices for this film. It was released on May 2, 1958 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and marks the final appearance of Quacker, who appeared in seven previous Tom and Jerry shorts. As such, The Vanishing Duck is the third to the last Tom and Jerry short of the Hanna and Barbera era. O'Hanlon would go on to star as the voice of George Jetson on the ABC-TV animated series, The Jetsons, also produced by Hanna-Barbera four years later. The cartoon has a similar premise to an earlier film, The Invisible Mouse, released in 1947.

This short is one of the select few in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry.

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