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Hanna-Barbera Productions
Hanna-Barbera Productions
Logo used from 1974 to 1979 when Fred and Barney Meet the Thing was in production
Current Name Warner Bros. Animation
Role Animation Studio
Predecessor(s) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Successor(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Founded July 7, 1957
Fate Folded into Warner Bros. Animation (2001)
Key Figure(s) William Hanna (Founder)
Joseph Barbera (Founder)
George Sidney (Founder)
Parent Company Taft Broadcasting (1966–1991)
Turner Broadcasting System (1991–1996)
Time Warner (1996–2001)

Hanna-Barbera was an animation company that created Fantastic Four and Fred and Barney Meet the Thing. It was founded by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and George Sidney. It has also been known by simply Hanna-Barbera, H-B Enterprises, H-B Production Company, and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.. For much of the 20th Century, it was one of the most prominent animation companies in the United States.

History

The company was started by several animators at MGM, who mostly worked on Tom & Jerry. Founder George Sidney sold the company to Taft Broadcasting in 1966. When the studio declined in 1991, it was sold to Turner Broadcasting System who used the company's catalogue to fill Cartoon Network. Hanna and Barbera continued working with the company as consultants. When TBS merged with Time Warner, Hanna-Barbera was absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation.

Since Warner Bros. owns DC Comics, the main competitor of Marvel Comics, it is unlikely that Fantastic Four and Fred and Barney Meet the Thing will ever be released on home video.

Several notable works include The Ruff & Reddy Show, Quick Draw McGraw, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, The Secret Squirrel Show, The Magilla Gorilla Show, The Flintstones, The Atom Ant Show, A Laurel and Hardy Cartoon, Space Ghost, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Harlem Globe Trotters, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, Josie and the Pussycats, Sealab 2020, Charlotte's Web, Speed Buggy, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Yogi's Gang, The Addams Family, Super Friends, Hong Kong Phooey, The New Tom & Jerry Show, Dinky Dog, The All-New Popeye Hour, Godzilla, Space Stars, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Ri¢hie Ri¢h, The Dukes, Pac-Man, Pink Panther and Sons, The Pound Puppies, Challenge of the GoBots, The Jetsons, The Flintstone Kids, Snorks, Fantastic Max, The Smurfs, Paddington Bear, Gravedale High, Tom & Jerry Kids Show, and The Cartoon Cartoon Show.

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