Dec 18

Goodbye Joe!

Category: Journal

Today is a sad day as Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera and co-creater of animated characters as the Yogi bear, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and the Jetsons, died today Dec. 18, 2006.

I just want to pay tribute to a man who has heavily influenced my life. Without his cartoons that i fell in love with, most favourite being The Flintstones, i might not have ever got into the career i now pursue. He helped create a love for cartoons and character in me that is still infectious to this day. Also many of the technics that he helped develop for animation i now use extensively in my own work daily.

It is sad to see another great animator pass away, but he has left a legacy that will live on forever and countless children and adults(i think i fall in this category) will enjoy for years to come. Goodbye Joe! you will be missed, and thank you for your wonderful cartoons!

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  1. Kerry Roberts says...
    December 27th, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    I couldn’t agree more Troy, and I think it’s important that we ALWAYS honour the pioneers who come before us. Whether it’s in the field of animation or music or movie making or video game production or whatever, it is always the rebels among us who kick down the door of innovation because they’re not afraid of what the mainstream might think of them…then before long their ideas BECOME maistream and the new generations bask in the afterglow of their predecessor’s hard-fought victory.
    Joseph Barbera was one such predecessor/innovator who deserves a salute and a moment of acknowledgment for not only pioneering new methods of animation production, but also for his wonderful sense of creativity and vision. Hanna-Barbera studios were the first to cleverly weave the odd adult joke into an otherwise child-targeted medium. Most of those jokes I didn’t get the first time around, but only after watching those shows again years later with my son did I catch them, and that’s where I realized the true genius of these pioneers.
    Joseph Barbera will be missed but his spirit will live on as kids of all ages continue to be entertained by the work he dedicated his life to.

  2. Troy says...
    December 27th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    Wow Kerry very well said. I look forward to watching all those shows with my son.

    Joe was a man who till his last days was still very much involved with his “art”. Truly and inspiration!

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