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The Hanna-Barbera Treasury [Hardcover]

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Describes how Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera became a team and explores how they created their most beloved characters and shows, including "Tom and Jerry," "Huckleberry Hound," "The Jetsons," and "Jonny Quest."

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Pages   153
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 10.5" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   3.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2007
Publisher   Insight Editions
ISBN  1933784288  
ISBN13  9781933784281  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! General Editor, Jerry Beck, has extensive and senior experience in the film industry, and has become one of the top names in the business. He has written numerous books on animation including "I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat: 50 Years of Sylvester and Tweety" (Henry Holt, 1991). Beck has taught at UCLA and conducted seminars for the American Film Institute, New York University, and at the School of Visual Arts. He has been an animation consultant for Walt Disney Television Animation, has compiled many collector's editions of cartoons for Columbia House, VCI Entertainment, and even formed Cartoon Research Co. to write books, consult on animation projects, and various other supply methods for cartoons, new features, and TV series.

Jerry Beck currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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On of the trends among higher end collector's books over the past couple of years have been to pack them with all sorts of extra treasures and trinkets. I guess since if DVD's have extra features, why not books as well. The latest such book is Insight Editions' The Hanna-Barbera Treasury which spotlights the legendary animation company with a look at their history, its many famous cartoons and characters, and including all types of interesting memorabilia.

The studio was formed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera in 1944 as they worked for the MGM studios producing the Tom & Jerry series of cartoons. The HB animation of that time period easily rivals the best animation being produced by Disney or Warner Brothers and the Tom & Jerry cartoons still hold up well sixty years later. But what really made HB great was their embrace of the new medium of television, and their realization that they had to sacrifice some quality to remain profitable. Many animation studios folded in the 1950's when it became so cost prohibitive to produce cartoons.

Hanna-Barbera decided to start stressing characters over animation. It gave them a bit of an undeserved bad rap from animation snobs who frowned upon their repetitive animation techniques. But, simply put, they did what they had to do to remain profitable and as a result, created some of the most memorable characters in animation history. Even Disney cannot boast as many notable characters as the HB studio. The book takes a look at two dozen of their most famous characters in chronological order, beginning with Tom & Jerry in the 1940's. The history and creation of each show is covered with all sorts of interesting stories and anecdotes. Rare photos of period merchandise are also pictured as well as those "extras" I spoke of earlier.

The studio's most prolific period was the 50's and 60's and leading things off was that irresistible, laid-back pooch, Huckleberry Hound. Huck was literally the first prime time cartoon star, often rating in the top 10 TV shows in many cities. Huck also produced the first animated spin-off series, Yogi Bear. The extras in this section are reproductions of puzzle cards, which reflect Huck's many different occupations.

Yogi Bear appeared on the Huckleberry Hound show in 1957 and got his own TV show in 1961, and his own big screen theatrical film "Hey There, it's Yogi Bear" in 1964. You'll see early production sketches of the character which vary fairly radically from the finished product. The Yogi section comes packed with a mini, facsimile coloring book.

The 1960's was simply incredible for the Hanna-Barbera studio. The 60's saw the birth of characters such as Snagglepuss, The Jetson's, The Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Atom Ant, Birdman, Space Ghost, and Wacky Races.

The Flintstones remain one of the great pop culture Icons of the 60's, with a plethora of mass-merchandising products, everything from books to toys and comic books to vitamins. The Flintstones section includes a repro animation cell, sketch guides, and more puzzle cards.

The 70's saw the rise of perhaps the studios most popular and enduring character, Scooby Doo! It's also here that the book unfortunately concludes. This is the one drawback to the book. The 70's featured a lot of memorable characters who are omitted: Hong Kong Phooey, Captain Caveman, Josie & the Pussycats, and Dynomutt are all left out of the book. The Hanna-Barbera Treasury is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to all their shows but rather a spotlight on their biggest stars. While I would have liked to have seen more coverage of the 1970's, hopefully this means there will eventually be a volume 2.
LOVE everything but the cover...  Feb 21, 2008
GREAT Vintage look at HANNA-BARBERA and the BEST H-B book out there. I am possibly doing the RANKIN/BASS TREASURY with the same publisher! EXCELLENT QUALITY!
H B Classics  Jan 10, 2008
The Hanna Barbera Treasury

The team of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera are legends in the animation industry. Their production of Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, Magilla Gorilla, Top Cat, Huckelberry Hound, Space Ghost, Hong Kong Fooey, The Jetsons and Wacky Races over three decades has branded any H-B Production with a quality few can achieve.

Animation industry expert, Jerry Beck, has compiled an, a very impressive tome that celebrates the achievments of the H-B Studio. Insight Editions, as their previous books attest, have collaborated enthusiastically and the result is stunning! Every page is a testament to the creativity the team was able to capture on celluloid. Even the first page, with a collage of Jetsons, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and Flintstones with postcard style art cards is indicative of the care taken.

Mr Beck provides a short biography of the pair to start the book off, and from there, it's all entertainment and side trips down memory lane. I love the Noah's Ark mural on page 15 that includes all of their characters. The negative shots are pretty cool too. A short discussion of the process of animation is included as well as a fascinating discussio of the voice actors behind the faces.

That is just the warm up act. The rest of the book winds up to 10,000 rpm and keeps on humming with feature sections on each character/show the studio created. Licensed goods, animation art, and rare images of the characters themselves decorate the pages and book. Intelligent design is the keyword for the sections as imaginative fold outs, paste ins and mini coloring books add the cool factor to the whole book. There are animation cels, stickers, postcards, coloring books, playing cards, how to build your dream home, story boards, a mini comic book, and a mask. I had to tell myself...I am an adult...I am an adult...

I cannot praise the book enough, nor verbalize my appreciation of Mr Beck's research and presentation. Give this book and Insight Editions an award NOW!

Look for it at your favorite bookstore or online at [...].

Tim Lasiuta

Yabba Dabba Doo
One of the reviews for this book said this and I quote: "Nice to Look At, But There Are MANY Factual Errors" What a line of Bull. I am also a Hanna Barbera fan. If a reviewer is going to make such a stupid comment, then, WHY DIDN'T HE BACK IT UP WITH FACTS IN HIS REVIEW!!!

The second negative comment and I quote is..."Great Looking- Short on entertainment". After making the statement short on entertainment he or she went on to explain all the entertaining segments this book has.

If the reviewers are going to down anything related to THE HANNA BARERA TREASURY, at least supply the readers with facts and not fantasy and incorrect information.

Man, am I angry...This is one of the most entertaining books on cartoons and the life and times of two cartoon icons...Hanna and Barbera were the best. I'll end with this question. Who in today's world of cartoons without using CGI or Computer technology could ever accomplish what these two geniuses' did. Even Walt Disney didn't have that luxury in his time. As a footnote Disney's work was the best, however, as a human being during the time he lived he gave the impression of a racist. Just look at the old tapes of the "MICKEY MOUSE CLUB". You won't find ethnic diversity in any of Disney's early works. In fact many of his cartoons during his life are banned, as they should be. Some of Disney's most disturbing early works even had a step 'N' fetched theme. Thank goodness times have changed and the Disney enterprise realized Walt's shortcomings. Research Walt Disney for yourself and you'll see I am not making this up. Come on...Prove me wrong!!!

Great Looking- Short on entertainment  Dec 31, 2007
This is a book that is kind of cool if you like Hanna Barbara artwork. It's filled with great drawings, and images of various Hanna Barbara merchandise. One really cool aspect of this book is that many of the pages have some sort of pull-out "something-or-other" including mini reproductions of Hanna Barbara comics, coloring books, storyboards, model sheets, and even masks.

The only problem with this book is that other than the artwork, the book is useless. It is filled with text, but mostly that text is used to give you a brief summary of the various Hanna Barbara cartoons. I'm sorry but I already know the premise of Yogi Bear, but the book treats you like you've never hear of these cartoons. Couldn't they have used that space to give us interesting facts about the production of these cartoons?

If you are expecting anything more than just a pretty book to pull out now and then, don't buy this book.

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