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Thursday, 29 March, 2001, 09:33 GMT 10:33 UK
Your tributes to cartoonist William Hanna
The legendary US animator William Hanna has died at the age of 90.
He was half of the Hanna-Barbera duo with Joseph Barbera, who created some of the most famous and instantly recognisable cartoons of the last half century.
Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, the Flintstones and The Hair Bear Bunch -among many others- became the staple diet of cartoons for several generations of children all over the world.
Did you grow up with Hanna-Barbera cartoons? What did you think of them? Send us your tributes to William Hanna.
This page is now closed. Your tributes:
Grace Ho How Lian, Bedok, Singapore
My favourite cartoon, being Russian Jewish, has got to be Yogi Bear because Ranger Smith always wants to send Yogi to Siberia.
I am really saddened by his death as others are. My whole family have grown up with the cartoons such as Scooby Doo, The Flintstones and Wacky Races. I'm 13 and I've watched many of his greatest cartoons. I think the very first cartoon I saw was The Flintstones, as my parents had bought a video for me and my brother to watch. My all time favourites have to be The Flintstones, Scooby Doo and Dick Dastardly and Muttley. He will be greatly missed.
His cartoons (of which I believe Tom and Jerry was the weakest) were good alternatives to the boring, romantic nature of some Walt Disney cartoons. Their sense of humour was rather European and they were full-length mirrors of modern time. Remember Top Cat?
Sunil Thankamushy, USA
It is remarkable how he made fun of the adult world in a way perceivable by children. Nowadays, is there a cartoon to depict a relationship nearly as well as Hanna did with Fred and Wilma Flintstone? No, modern animators can't find anything humorous in such things, preferring the absurd (a la "Cow and Chicken") and violence.
Like all of us, I and my family grew up with Tom and Jerry. Even as a grandparent now, I can't resist watching them. He has brought joy not only to the children, but that child today has grown up to become a grandparent. He brought joy to millions of people, where religion or race did not have any barrier. Many, many thanks to him and may his soul rest in peace.
Go Puppy Power! I join your other correspondents in their tributes to Bill Hanna. However, I must act as the lone voice in support of Scrappy Doo. Scrappy remains an underestimated talent!
Hanna Barbera cartoons are loved not only in the great countries such as US or UK or Europe. Coming from a Third World country, my life was filled with Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones and what not. I used to fight with my small sister for those cartoons - even just a few years ago and I'm 24 now.
I must admit, sitting here, I find it hard to imagine a world without Tom & Jerry. I think, in terms of modern culture, these characters have more significance than, for example, Shakespearean characters.
I've always loved Hanna-Barbera cartoons, ever since I was little. They've brought me so much happiness over the years. Bill, you will be missed greatly.
Thank you Bill for your outstanding work during all these years. I cannot imagine my childhood without Scooby Doo, or with out any of your great cartoons, me, my child and my grandchildren would like to say: You're Yaba Daba great!
The Flintstones were great because they could entertain the whole family. It's a good thing to have a laugh with your Mum and Dad. Thanks, Bill!
Jean Collins, Mexico
The cartoon network will never be the same ever again. The loss of such a gallant genius can never be overcome!
Words are not enough to tell how much love the old and new generations have for you, in fact your cartoons are the only things I still remember from my childhood, you have enriched our imaginations with sweet and funny values, we will never forget you.
Bill Wilson, USA
I'm 60 years old and love all the early and recent Hanna-Barbera cartoons. My son was a writer on "Dexter's Laboratory" which started before Hanna-Barbera became the Cartoon Network.
They may not have had the big budgets of Disney, but the simple, honest fun of Scooby Doo, The Flintstones and Wacky Races and the timeless comic brilliance of Tom and Jerry, knock today's mindless toy and commercial tie-ins for six!
Thank-you for the pleasure you have given to millions of children over the years (and indeed many grown-ups too)!
Tiffany Harris, Scotland
Growing up as a child would never have been the same without Fred, yogi, Tom and Jerry just before bedtime! Thanks for the joy they brought us then and now. You may have left us now but the memories will continue. Rest peacefully friend.
Bill Hanna showed us some magical cartoon moments and he realised that what people wanted was to be entertained by things that were fun.
I got out an old Tom and Jerry video from my childhood recently and watched it. Either I haven't grown up or those cartoons are just incredibly funny. The quality of them shows true craftsmanship.
William Hanna may have left but his work will live on. He has given both my Husband and I great memories of our childhood. He gave my children endless hours of great fun. We love Tom and Jerry and still watch them to this day, they rule!
Who didn't grow up loving Scooby Doo, the Flintstones and Tom and Jerry? William Hanna was a great man who has given joy to millions of children all over the world, and his legacy will continue to give joy to millions more children for generations to come.
Gerry, N. Ireland
It's sad when anyone dies, but, alas,
that does not necessarily raise their work,
however influential, to the level of genius.
The Hanna-Barbera cartoons used
simplistic repeating backgrounds, repetitive
action frames, and character stereotypes
to provide mindless entertainment.
Despite my being a child of the 1980s, I always loved the work of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, especially the likes of "Hong Kong Phooey", "Wacky Races", and of course, the timeless classic, "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" Okay, Scooby Doo BEFORE Scrappy Doo was introduced...
Mat Allen, UK
Considering how much laughter and joy he gave to kids (and kids at heart) all over the world for over half a century, Bill Hanna is certainly one of the greatest figures of 20th century. RIP, and thank you...
Clearly a man who was "smarter than the average bear"! The likes of the Flintstones is obviously the inspiration behind the only good modern cartoon, "The Simpsons". He gave us "pesky kids" many hours of pleasure.
Richard Gardener, UK
What sad news. My childhood was all the richer for Scooby (though not Scrappy!), Captain Caveman, Hong Kong Fuey and his clever cat, Top Cat, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home and all the rest. I agree with the others, the cartoons the kids watch today are nothing in comparison.
I remember one particular Tom and Jerry cartoon centred around a pool table. The gags were totally hilarious and showed a great deal of originality and comic genius.
It's one of my fondest memories from my childhood as I remember my two brothers and I, paralysed from laughter on the floor with aching stomach muscles, almost unable to breath, tears streaming down our red faces for a good 15 minutes!
Thank you, William Hanna.
Hong Kong Phooey was the MAN.
Although he is dead,
"Tom & Jerry" remains forever in my heart.
Mike Collins, UK
Even as an adult I can't resist watching
Tom and Jerry and I passed this
tradition on to my daughter Hamsatu.
RIP William Hanna.
Thank you ...
The man who gives children laughter will never be forgotten.
He certainly was smarter than the average bear
A sad loss to the world. His cartoons are timeless and enjoyable for all ages. For those of us who grew up watching them they will forever be an indelible part of our childhood. May he rest in peace.
Mark B, UK
William Hanna was the founder of simple, entertaining cartoons which were always pleasing to the eye. Today's cartoons make me feel like a pensioner; they're extremely complicated, look harsh and angular, are aggressive and more infuriatingly, ALWAYS have a 'moral of the story' ending. And by the way, what is Pokemon all about?
The early episodes of the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo were fantastic. I've always wondered though how much input he had later on when a lot of these cartoons started going down-hill. Why did Tom and Jerry start stalling? Why was Scrappy Doo introduced? Who gave the go-ahead to turn the Flintstones (and Scooby Doo) into Hollywood flopbusters? The work of William Hanna was incredible, but I do think that external forces spoiled his creativity.
William Hanna RIP
Long live the Fintstones, Yogi and Cie.
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