That Great Pic-a-nic Basket in the Sky

Joe Barbera, half of the legendary Hanna-Barbera cartoon team, passed away yesterday at the age of 95. The winner of several Academy Awards (seven for Tom and Jerry alone), Barbera and his partner Bill Hanna, who passed in 2001, were the creative forces behind Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, and the Flintstones. Hanna-Barbera cartoons, in my opinion, were never as good as the old Warner Brothers ones, but I defy you to find anyone from my generation who doesn’t know what “zoinks,” “Scooby Snacks,” and “Hey Boo Boo!” refer to. Hanna-Barbera cartoons were an important part of your typical Gen X-er’s balanced Saturday morning breakfast.


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