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Joseph Barbera dies at age 95

Slightly off-topic obit announcement, but who can argue that Joseph Barbera hasn’t influenced us at some level, at some point in our lives. Along with William Hanna, Joseph and William created the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry. Joseph passed away at the age of 95.

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#1 Charles Brubaker
December/19/2006
@ 12:56 am

It’s not TOO off topic if you remember that alot of Hanna-Barbera properties had newspaper comics for some time (“The Flintstones,” “Yogi Bear,” even “Tom and Jerry” had a newspaper strip)

#2 Alan Gardner
December/19/2006
@ 1:01 am

Actually, I didn’t know about the newspaper version of those cartoons. Now I do.

#3 Rania
December/10/2012
@ 9:57 pm

Two things strtaed happening at Hanna-Barberra after the Flintstones became such a smash hit,Instead of taking more risks, the artwork on the other shows became more static and standardized, and the storylines became carbon copies of average live action sitcoms. The shows became very cookie cutter in that the same situations would pop up on other shows, just the characters and settings would change. Instead of each show being fully fleshed out and unique, the exact same character types would just be plugged into a new show. This didn’t happen with a show like the Flintstones where the entire world they inhabited was part of the show. While the show focused primarily on Fred and Barney,and usually their wives, the other characters, even some of the neighbors and Lodge brothers were well thought out and made Bedrock seem more like a real place.Poor George Jetson, on the other hand, doesn’t have a single friend other than his domineering boss. Considering that the show is based in the future, most of the gadget gags are fairly routine, and lack the basic humor of the animal-prop gags that were used in the Flintstones. The futurististic design of the show was pretty solid, though, and I think it influenced a lot of other modern design. It also had its share of great but underdeveloped characters.But Ultimately, this is a show that should have spent a little more time in developement, it might have lasted for more than one season.

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