In 1972, Hanna-Barbera opened an animation studio in Australia, with the Hamlyn Group acquiring a 50% stake in 1974. Hamlyn was acquired by James Hardie Industries. In 1988, Hanna-Barbera Australia bought itself out from Hardie and Taft Broadcasting, with the studio changing its name to Southern Star Group.
- Company Origins in The 1950s
- Success in The 1960s
- Decline in The 1970s and 1980s
- Acquisition by Taft and Turner in The Late 1980s-90s
- Further Reading
From the beginning of their careers as animators at MGM studios in the 1940s, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna set out to unseat Walt Disney as the premiere producer of cartoons and children’s entertainment. In fact, the pair did manage to upstage Mickey Mouse with the creation of the cat and mouse cartoon characters, Tom and Jerry, in 1940. These short subject Tom and Jerry cartoons were to be nominated for 14 Academy Awards and would win seven Oscars, the first such achievement by a company other than Disney. Joe Barbera modeled Tom and Jerry cartoons on the chase scenes featured in the great silent films of Charles Chaplin and the Keystone Cops. The simple formula of Tom and Jerry was succeeded by greater animation challenges, such as the combination of live-action and animation pioneered by Hanna and Barbera in collaboration with dancer Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh in 1945 and again with swimming star Esther Williams in the 1952 MGM musical Dangerous When Wet. Despite the succes...
In 1959 Huckleberry Hound became the first animated television production to win an Emmy Award for children’s programming. According to Joseph Barbera, the Emmy represented something more to the animation team than had the seven Oscars won by Tom and Jerryin that Hanna and Barbera were now the producers of their works and collected the awards as pioneers in a new medium. Where Disney had turned up its nose at the budgets available in television, which permitted only $30 per foot of film rather than the $200 per foot to which movie animators were accustomed, Hanna-Barbera saw a niche where it could outflank Disney. In 1960 Hanna-Barbera launched the first half-hour cartoon show to air during primetime. The concept was to put an animated, half-hour situation comedy series in the same time slot normally occupied by live action shows. Popular sit-com writers were hired to draft the scripts in conjunction with writers, such as Barbera himself, who understood how to make cartoons work. Th...
By 1970 Hanna-Barbera stood virtually unchallenged in television cartoons. The company had secured the top three Saturday morning Nielsen ratings and controlled 80 percent of children’s television programming. Moreover, as an independent company, it was free to sell its shows to the highest bidding network. But this position was to erode for several reasons as the 1970s progressed. First, Hanna-Barbera was itself partly responsible for allowing cartoon quality to suffer. Limited animation began to look simply cheap to an increasingly sophisticated audience for cartoons. Moreover, competition also increased during the 1970s, with old theatrical cartoons finding a new home on Saturday mornings and with the attraction of imaginative techniques used by a new breed of animators who were more in touch with the young audience of the late 1970s. In the 1980s founders Hanna and Barbera, both now in their seventies, remained the driving force behind the company. By the end of the decade the c...
In 1987, the Great American Communications Group bought Hanna-Barbera, hiring 35 year-old David Kirschner as CEO and president of its new subsidiary. Great American president Carl Lindner took a great risk with Kirschner, who had little executive experience and had only produced two films, but after a decade in which it appeared that Hanna and Barbera had run out of ideas, youth seemed to be the remedy. Kirschner’s approach to Hanna-Barbera was to soft peddle any of its stock characters that he considered too dated, and hence unmarketable for licensing purposes, and to rejuvenate some of the older characters with new production values. In 1990 the company launched the animated feature Jetsons: The Movie, a project that had been under development before the Kirschner’s hiring and one that marked the last time Hanna and Barbera would work together as director and producer. Unfortunately, the film failed to gain a significant audience. And as a result of poor response to the marketing...
Barbera, Joseph, My Life in ’Toons, Atlanta: Turner Publishing Inc., 1994. Blow, Richard, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Business Month, November, 1990, pp. 50–56. “Faces Behind the Figures,” Forbes, May 1, 1971, p. 40. Goldman, Kevin, “Mammoth Marketers and Merchandisers are Leaving No Flintstones Unturned,” Wall Street Journal, February 22, 1994, p. B1. Gross, Amy, “Shaking up Hanna-Barbera,” Adweek’s Marketing Week, November, 26, 1990, p. 38. Haddad, Charles, “Hanna-Barbera Trying to Revive Creative Spark,” Atlanta Journal and Constitution, April 24, 1994, p. R1. Ono, Yumiko, “Focus on Japan,” Wall Street Journal, September 1, 1992, p. B1. Pearl, Daniel, “Turner to Start a Round-the-Clock Cartoon Network,” Wall Street Journal, February 19, 1992, p. B10. ——, “TNT Veteran Turns Talents to Cartoons,” Wall Street Journal, October 6, 1992, p. B1. —Donald C. McManus
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FS: Up until the time Turner Broadcasting bought Hanna-Barbera, it was essentially an independent studio whose planning cycle had to be nine months. You got a pickup in January, and you put it on...
Jan 26, 2015 · Seibert: Ted Turner bought Hanna-Barbera for its library of 3300 cartoons so he could start Cartoon Network. I was bored being in the agency business and Fred/Alan started having competitors in ...
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Thundarr the Barbarianand more, other times released by Kids Klassics and Worldvision Home Video.
Series of packages of 300 tittles released by Worldvision Home Video and then Turner Home Entertainmentin 1990.
In 1991, the titles released clamshell "Hanna-Barbera Home Video" releases packaging. Starting in 1993, the clamshell "Character Potrait" such the release of Dink, The Little Dinosaur, The Flintstones, Dayzie-Head Mayzie and more.
Series packaging 600 titles by Warner Home Video.
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Movies packaging Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry original movies on DVD, Blu-ray & VHS.
Hanna-Barbera Home Classics
In April 7, 2012, Warner Home Videt announced that some home classics on DVD & Blu-ray.
Dec 27, 2000 · In 1991 Ted Turner bought Hanna-Barbera and when Turner merged with Time Warner, Hanna-Barbera became part of the deal. They had to leave their beautiful old studio building to move to the...
By Fred Seibert. One of my proudest working days was when I became the President of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1992. The coolest job at the coolest place. When I first started traveling to LA in the late 70s I’d get a chill going past the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons building, wondering what kind of magic went on behind the imposing concrete screens.
Cartoon Network was suppose to launch our version separately from John and Cosmo's, but when Warner Bros. bought Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network, decisions were made, or not made, and that is why you have the differences."
Tom And Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale is an animated film that was directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. The movie casts the highly popular Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the mouse) as the two leading characters. Tchaikovsky's popular ballet number ‘The Nutcracker' is used to some good extent as the background music in the film.