William Hanna

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  • Birth Name: William Denby Hanna
  • Birth Place: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
  • Died: March 22, 2001
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Executive producer, Lyricist, Composer
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Fast Facts

  • With partner Joseph Barbera, built an animation empire, creating such classic cartoons as Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Jonny Quest, the Smurfs, and many, many others.
  • In 1930, began working at the Harman-Ising cartoon studios, providing story ideas, music and lyrics for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, and becoming an MGM story editor and director when Harman-Ising moved to that studio.
  • In 1937, MGM formed its own animation department led by Fred Quimby, who hired Hanna and teamed him with Barbera.
  • Melded animation with live-action films, such as when Jerry the mouse danced with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh (1945) and swam with both cartoon co-star Tom and aquatic actress Esther Williams in Dangerous When Wet (1953).
  • Earned multiple Oscar awards and nominations, prompting a promotion to head of MGM's animation department; when that department was shuttered in 1957, Barbera and Hanna were free to build their company, Hanna-Barbera Productions, for animated TV series.
  • Developed a production technique called "limited animation" that made cartoons more efficient to produce on a larger scale, thereby facilitating the creation of their weekly series.
  • His Emmy-winning cartoon The Last of the Curlews (1972) became the first ABC Afterschool Special.

Awards

  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/Factual: Winner
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Cartoon): Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Violet Hanna — Wife
  • Bonnie Jean Hanna Williams — Daughter
  • Avice Joyce Hanna — Mother
  • William John Hanna — Father
  • David William Hanna — Son

College

  • Attended Compton Junior College, Compton, California, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: William Denby Hanna
  • Birth Place: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
  • Died: March 22, 2001
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Executive producer, Lyricist, Composer

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