Yabba Dabba Do!
|Joe Barbera leading a script reading. Both Bill Hanna and Barbera were craftsmen who got involved with the production.|
|The life-sized cutouts were very real and helped to create the proper mood for the voice actors.|
From then on, while Disney animated films were still the best in the business, the quality of the animation suffered. If you look carefully at Disney films after "Sleeping Beauty," beginning with "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" in 1961, you see faint black lines around all the characters - that is the Xerographic effect.
|An Inker working on Fred. This would later be sent out to be colored in.|
|Merchandising was a huge for television animation. Here, Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound roll off the line, to be sold under the Avon brand.|
The show became a huge hit, airing in prime time and spawning all sorts of continuations, sequels, spin-offs or whatever you wanted to call more of the same thing.
|Bill Hanna oversees the production of the soundtrack. Notice the clock about to strike noon, almost lunchtime, got to get the work done.|
|Mel Blanc and Alan Reed.|
It was located in a dumpy, windowless, one-story brick building (which still exists) at 3501 Cahuenga (before they move down the street a couple of years later). Employees affectionately called it "The Bunker." It could barely fit 50 employees, so having the ladies work from home both induced them to sign up and also gave them a place to work. Compared to this first building, the later Hanna-Barbera Studios buildings were lavish.
|Joe Barbera and family at home in the Hollywood Hills.|
|A story meeting, apparently for Harebrain Hare and Lippy the Lion, being led by Hanna and Barbera. In attendance are Warren Foster (standing), Dan Gordon, Alan Dinehart, Michael Maltese, and Alex Lovy.|
|A cel painter trying to hurry things along.|
|The Hanna-Barbera Studios on Cahuenga.|
After forty years at 3400 Cahuenga Boulevard, the Hanna-Barbera lot was closed and studio operations were moved into the same office tower as the Warner Bros. Television Animation division in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, adjacent to the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The old crew, including Joe, Bill, secretary Maggie, and many, many others returned for one last "class photo" in 1997.
|Cameraman Frank Paiker, a longtime veteran of the business, shooting a scene. He is using what was known as a Rostrum camera.|
|Several inkers working from one of their bedrooms.|
|Bill Hanna grilling some steaks.|
|Animator Carlo Vinci mimicking what he is working on.|
|Joe Barbera reviewing some sketches by Ed Benedict.|
|The studio bowling team heading out.|