William Hanna

William Denby "Bill" Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, television director, television producer, and cartoon artist, whose movie and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century. When he was a young child, Hanna's family moved frequently, but they settled in Compton, California, by 1919. There, Hanna became an Eagle Scout. Hanna graduated from Compton High School in 1928. He briefly attended Compton City College but dropped out at the onset of the Great Depression.After working odd jobs in the first months of the Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Hanna met Joseph Barbera. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry and live action films. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear. In 1967, Hanna–Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner, owners ...

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Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964)

Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo are shipped off to the San Diego Zoo by Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith who is tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick" basket stealing. Yogi escapes by convincing a bear named Cornpone to switch places with him and go to sunny California ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Daws Butler  •  Don Messick  •  Julie Bennett  •  Mel Blanc

Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo are shipped off to the San Diego Zoo by Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith who is tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick" basket stealing. Yogi escapes by convincing a bear named Cornpone to switch places with him and go to sunny California ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Daws Butler  •  Don Messick  •  Julie Bennett  •  Mel Blanc

The Flintstones (1994)

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Rick Moranis  •  Rosie O'Donnell

The Man Called Flintstone (1966)

In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred Flintstone, who just happens to look like him. The trip takes Fred to Paris and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Paul Frees  •  Harvey Korman  •  Alan Reed  •  Mel Blanc

In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred Flintstone, who just happens to look like him. The trip takes Fred to Paris and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Paul Frees  •  Harvey Korman  •  Alan Reed  •  Mel Blanc

Jetsons: The Movie (1990)

George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  George O'Hanlon  •  Mel Blanc  •  Penny Singleton  •  Tiffany

George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  George O'Hanlon  •  Mel Blanc  •  Penny Singleton  •  Tiffany

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

The Flintstones are at it again. The Flintstones and the Rubbles head for Rock Vegas with Fred hoping to court the lovely Wilma. Nothing will stand in the way of love, except for the conniving Chip Rockefeller who is the playboy born in Baysville but who has made ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Mark Addy  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Kristen Johnston  •  Jane Krakowski

The Flintstones are at it again. The Flintstones and the Rubbles head for Rock Vegas with Fred hoping to court the lovely Wilma. Nothing will stand in the way of love, except for the conniving Chip Rockefeller who is the playboy born in Baysville but who has made ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Mark Addy  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Kristen Johnston  •  Jane Krakowski

The Cat Concerto (1947)

Tom enters from stage left in white tie and tails, sits at the piano, gets his focus as the orchestra in the pit beneath him warms up, and begins to play Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." Unbeknownst to Tom and the audience, Jerry is asleep across several of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

Tom enters from stage left in white tie and tails, sits at the piano, gets his focus as the orchestra in the pit beneath him warms up, and begins to play Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." Unbeknownst to Tom and the audience, Jerry is asleep across several of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

I Yabba Dabba Do! (1993)

A grown-up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm decide to get married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Jean Vander Pyl  •  Frank Welker  •  Henry Corden  •  B. J. Ward

A grown-up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm decide to get married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Jean Vander Pyl  •  Frank Welker  •  Henry Corden  •  B. J. Ward

The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

Puss Gets the Boot (1940)

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera  •  Rudolf Ising
CAST:  Lillian Randolph

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera  •  Rudolf Ising
CAST:  Lillian Randolph

Solid Serenade (1946)

Near a house is a doghouse labeled "Killer" with a dog (Spike) in it. Tom pokes his head over the wall and spots a female cat (Toodles Galore) in the window. Tom brings along his double bass, then wakes up Spike and neutralizes him by whacking him in the head with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Ira "Buck" Woods  •  William Hanna  •  Billy Bletcher

Near a house is a doghouse labeled "Killer" with a dog (Spike) in it. Tom pokes his head over the wall and spots a female cat (Toodles Galore) in the window. Tom brings along his double bass, then wakes up Spike and neutralizes him by whacking him in the head with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Ira "Buck" Woods  •  William Hanna  •  Billy Bletcher

Johann Mouse (1953)

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the housecat played his master's music. This forced the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Hans Conried

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the housecat played his master's music. This forced the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Hans Conried

The Two Mouseketeers (1952)

This Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in 18th century France. Tom, who is a soldier in a castle, is assigned to guard the food laid out on a banquet table. Jerry and a smaller mouse companion, two wandering "mouseketeers," make the situation miserable for Tom as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Francoise Brun-Cottan

This Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in 18th century France. Tom, who is a soldier in a castle, is assigned to guard the food laid out on a banquet table. Jerry and a smaller mouse companion, two wandering "mouseketeers," make the situation miserable for Tom as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Francoise Brun-Cottan

Mouse Trouble (1944)

Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Harry Lang

Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Harry Lang

Quiet Please! (1945)

The family dog warns Tom not to make any noise so he can take a nap. Jerry hears this and immediately devises plans to ensure that the dog's nap will be interrupted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Billy Bletcher

The family dog warns Tom not to make any noise so he can take a nap. Jerry hears this and immediately devises plans to ensure that the dog's nap will be interrupted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Billy Bletcher

Officer Pooch (1941)

Officer Pooch is called out to rescue a kitten that is repeatedly chased up telephone poles and trees by an aggressive little dog.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

Officer Pooch is called out to rescue a kitten that is repeatedly chased up telephone poles and trees by an aggressive little dog.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST: 

Good Will to Men (1955)

A group of young mice is in the ruins of a church, practicing singing for an upcoming service. After singing an adulterated version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the mice wonder about the last line, "Good will to men." One of them asks the chorus master, an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Daws Butler

A group of young mice is in the ruins of a church, practicing singing for an upcoming service. After singing an adulterated version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the mice wonder about the last line, "Good will to men." One of them asks the chorus master, an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Daws Butler

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases (2000)

A compilation of 14 Tom and Jerry original classic shorts: Yankee Doodle Mouse; Salt Water Tabby; Tee For Two; Mice Follies; The Cat Concerto; Solid Serenade; Zoot Cat; Johann Mouse; Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Mouse; Mouse in Manhattan; Jerry and the Lion; The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Lee Tockar

A compilation of 14 Tom and Jerry original classic shorts: Yankee Doodle Mouse; Salt Water Tabby; Tee For Two; Mice Follies; The Cat Concerto; Solid Serenade; Zoot Cat; Johann Mouse; Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Mouse; Mouse in Manhattan; Jerry and the Lion; The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Lee Tockar

Downhearted Duckling (1954)

Jerry's little duckling friend is depressed because he's just read The Ugly Duckling and thinks that he's ugly. Jerry does his best to help. Tom gets involved when the suicidal duck offers himself as a meal and Jerry keeps saving him. Jerry tries a makeover: mud ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Red Coffee

Jerry's little duckling friend is depressed because he's just read The Ugly Duckling and thinks that he's ugly. Jerry does his best to help. Tom gets involved when the suicidal duck offers himself as a meal and Jerry keeps saving him. Jerry tries a makeover: mud ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Red Coffee

Make Mine Freedom (1948)

This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Billy Bletcher  •  Daws Butler

This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Billy Bletcher  •  Daws Butler

Southbound Duckling (1955)

Jerry's little duckling friend has packed his bag and is all set to fly south for the winter despite the book Jerry keeps showing him that points out that domestic ducks do not fly south, and despite his obvious inability to fly at all. But that doesn't stop him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Red Coffee

Jerry's little duckling friend has packed his bag and is all set to fly south for the winter despite the book Jerry keeps showing him that points out that domestic ducks do not fly south, and despite his obvious inability to fly at all. But that doesn't stop him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Red Coffee
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