"I just hope they remember I was the creator of some very warm and loving, funny characters that made everybody happy and smile."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Joseph Barbera (1911-2006) discusses his start as a young animator at the Van Beuren Studios in New York, before his move to California and MGM's cartoon studio. He recalls working for executive Fred Quimby, and his eventual partnership with William Hanna at MGM. This collaboration with Hanna ultimately led to their own cartoon production company, and Barbera shares many stories about the creation of some of their more memorable characters, including: Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and the Smurfs. B-roll consists of a few Hanna-Barbera related photos including an early studio still with Daws Butler, Don Messick, William Hanna, and Joe Barbera. Leonard Maltin conducted the interview on February 26, 1997 in Studio City, CA.