December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

by Michael Mallory

Their humor ran to eye-poking, and their animation practically shouted, “Economy first!” But since joining forces in 1938, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera have created pantheon of cartoon immortals—including Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear—whose influence nearly rivals Uncle Walt’s. It’s hard to say who might need plot summaries of every episode of Jonny Quest, but the many full-color pictures are pleasingly nostalgic, and who knew that stars like Jodie Foster and Cheryl Ladd lent their voices to HB characters? (Hugh Lauter Levin, $60)

Bottom Line: Yabba-Dabba-Doo!—if you’re crazy for cartoons

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