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'Fast and noisy' cartoon memories
Joseph Barbera, who created cartoon characters including Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones with his partner William Hanna, has died aged 95.

His work left a lasting impression on Peter Lord, one of the founding directors of the company behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations.

Peter Lord
Most recently, Mr Lord's company made animated film Flushed Away
I was brought up on Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

I still remember the impact of seeing, for the first time, The Huckleberry Hound Show.

To a child in the late '50s, whose previous TV experience mostly consisted of the polite nannies who presented Watch With Mother, it was like a religious experience to see a show that was fast, noisy, modern and - as it seemed to me - incredibly sophisticated.

If we'd had colour TV, I daresay I'd have been blown away by that too.

Hanna and Barbera's surprising achievement was to give us great animated comedy without a great deal of animation.

With great design, wonderful vocal performances and superb sound effects they created a string of utterly memorable comedies - the first animated sitcoms.

Only much later, when I was a committed fan of Yogi Bear, the Jetsons, Top Cat et al, did I realise that the creators of all my favourite TV comedies were also the inventors of the wonderful, fully-animated Tom and Jerry.

Joseph Barbera talks about his cartoons

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