Joe Barbera (1911-2006)

19 Dec

It saddens me to no end to hear that one of my heros, Joe Barbera passed away today. I can’t put into words how much I admire his work and career. His MGM cartoons and early Hanna-Barbera shows are among my favorite cartoons ever created. I can only offer sympathies to his family and friends. Rest In Peace. Here’s some pics of Joe at work at MGM and Hanna-Barbera studios, and an early Hanna/Barbera directed MGM cartoon “The Goose Goes South”.

Huckleberry Hound crew.

Bill and Joe acting out “Two Little Indians” for Fred Quimby.
Acting out “Mouse In Manhattan”.


6 Responses to “Joe Barbera (1911-2006)”

  1. ryan December 19, 2006 at 7:00 am #

    cool! i wonder why i had never seen this cartoon before.. is it rare?

  2. David Gerstein December 19, 2006 at 8:37 am #


    Sorry to be a party-pooper, but that’s an edited version of the cartoon. The original short features several sequences of stereotypical black hillbillies as well as white ones.
    Unfortunately, it’s edited not only on TV, but also on the recent DVD release.

  3. Kevin Langley December 20, 2006 at 3:21 am #

    Thanks for the info David. I wasn’t aware that there were edits to this cartoon.

  4. Anonymous December 20, 2006 at 4:43 am #

    Hey, Kevin. Off topic from this post, but back in June you had mentioned in a comment that you thought you had a copy of the MGM cartoon “Bats in the Belfry”. If you have it, could you please post it? I can’t seem to find it anywhere, and it is so good!



  5. Kevin Langley December 20, 2006 at 5:05 am #

    Tara- I believe I do have it on disc somewhere. I’ll look for it. If and when I find it I’ll post it.

  6. Jorge Garrido December 22, 2006 at 4:13 am #

    Joe truly was a legend and his passing is sad. He’ll be missed.

    Only Bill Melendez is left. 😦

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