Joe Barbera, who with Bill Hanna created such classic cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry, died Monday at the age of 95, the Associated Press reports.
Barbera died of natural causes at his home with wife Sheila at his side, a Warner Bros. spokesman tells AP.
As the animation team Hanna-Barbera, he and his partner produced a slew of animated TV classics – including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and Friends, Space Ghost, and many others.
Hanna, who died in 2001, said that Barbera could “capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I’ve ever known.” The pair first teamed up at MGM in the 1930s, experiencing their first success with the cat-and-mouse capers starring Tom & Jerry. The battling cartoon duo went on to earn Barbera and Hanna seven Academy Awards.
Their characters were “not only animated superstars, but also a very beloved part of American pop culture,” said Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, adding that their creations spanned from “the Stone Age to the Space Age and from primetime to Saturday mornings, syndication and cable. While he will be missed by his family and friends, (Barbera) will live on through his work.”
Barbera is survived by his wife and three children from a previous marriage, Jayne, Neal and Lynn.