R.I.P. Joe Barbera, 95

Yogi Bear creator Joe Barbera dies at 95

LOS ANGELES - Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.

Barbera died of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said.

With his longtime partner, Bill Hanna, Barbera first found success creating the highly successful Tom and Jerry cartoons. The antics of the battling cat and mouse went on to win seven Academy Awards, more than any other series with the same characters.

The partners, who teamed up while working at MGM in the 1930s, then went on to a whole new realm of success in the 1960s with a witty series of animated TV comedies, including “The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons,” “Yogi Bear,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Huckleberry Hound and Friends.”

Wow. I had no idea he was still around, even. Good ol’ Hanna Barbera :/

I can still close my eyes and visualize that Hanna-Barbera logo at the end of so many cartoons. And the weird sound that accompanied that swooshing star is burned into my memory.

Exit, stage left.

I grew up watching their cartoons and that was already long after they were in syndication. I’m sure multitudes of others did too. They gave me a ton of laughs that are irreplaceable.

Rest in peace Joe.

Sounds like he had a good run. Loved most of their stuff, one of the first ‘brands’ I think I ever noticed.

RIP, dude who made my childhood fun.