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William Hanna was half of the cartoon-producing team of Hanna-Barbera, who created Tom & Jerry, Yogi Bear and The Flintstones.
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In the late 1960s, Hanna and Barbera scored another big hit with Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Later they also produced the critically acclaimed Charlotte's Web (1973),
an animated film adaptation of E. B. White's popular children's book. Some of their later projects included
Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space and
The Smurfs. In all, the pair is believed to have produced more than 3,000 half-hour shows and 150 television series, according to the
Los Angeles Times. For most of their projects, Hanna tackled the directorial duties and worked on the timing while Barbera did much of the writing. They both served as producers. As their business grew, Hanna became more involved in administrative responsibilities as well.
Hanna died on March 22, 2001, in Hollywood, California. He has left an indelible mark on popular culture, producing the shows that many generations have grown up watching. Hanna will be remembered for the immortal characters he helped create and for revolutionizing the field of animation.
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