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'Tooning Out: Yogi Bear's Creator Dead at 95
Joseph Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that gave us the misadventures of Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo and so many other memorable charcters, died on Monday of natural causes. He was 95. See Reuters for the full obit.... Chris Hayward, an Emmy-winning writer who helped develop characters for the Rocky and His Friends TV show, died of cancer on Nov. 20. He was 81.
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The Definitive Ranking of The Simpsons, Peanuts, and More Old Cartoons From Your ChildhoodOf all the fantastical things TV brings into our lives, nothing indulges the imagination quite like cartoons. Whether timely (South Park) or timeless (Looney Tunes), animation can truly take us anywhere. The rules — and the budgets — of conventional television don't apply. In short, we just can't help being drawn to them. In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, we present our list of the best and, often quite literally, the brightest:
DVD Pick of the Week: May 15, 2007Wow, March 15 is loaded with Warner releases! They have ER Season 7, The War at Home Season 1, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Volume 6, Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 2, and Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection, which aired as part of Tom and Jerry. That's five releases on one day!All right, time to get right to it: American Dad Volume 2 is my pick of the week for May 15. I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of this show, but the DVDs are pretty good. I prefer Family Guy over American Dad; I (more…)
Mr. Peabody Dogs the Big ScreenPer Variety, DreamWorks Animation is developing a CGI feature based on Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the time-traveling duo that first boarded their WABAC time machine in 1959, as part of the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon series. The maiden theatrical voyage for the genius dog and his "pet boy" ? boy, did this item suddenly adopt inappropriately homoerotic undertones ? will be helmed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little).