Barbera’s cartoon legacy

Mar 10, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The appearance of the Homeward Hounds on an episode of What’s New Scooby-Doo? later this season could launch the latest in a long line of successful series from 91-year-old cartoon legend Joseph Barbera. In his heyday, along with partner William Hanna, with whom he formed Hanna-Barbera Cartoons in 1957, Mr. Barbera was the creative force behind more than 6,000 animated titles, starring such now-classic characters as the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Scooby-Doo, Quick Draw McGraw and Jonny Quest.
Now under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Animation, the animation guru still comes to the office every day and continues to develop and pitch new show ideas. “The creative process and all that goes along with it has always invigorated me,” Mr. Barbera said. “The idea of retiring just doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t plan on stepping out of the race. I look forward to coming into the office every day and being with this great group of people who are so energetic and creative, and who really love what they do. That’s what keeps me going: dreaming and inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming and inventing and hoping.”