Thursday, April 19, 2012

HANNA AND BARBERA


When Cartoon Network flew me to LA for 3 months
to begin production on the pilot for Kenny and the Chimp,
I missed getting to work in the iconic Hanna Barbera
building by only a couple months.

No, instead of getting to work at the studio where Scooby Doo,
Johnny Quest and Smurfs was done,
I ended up in a building attached to the nearly deserted mall where
Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed:


But it wasn't so bad...

Because they put my office directly next to Bill Hanna's.
And just around the corner from Joe Barbera's.


And I was all like...

WHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAT?!

I mean...
I could just pop into their offices and hang out.
Ask questions.
Listen to stories.
Sometimes they'd stop by MY office and check out
the drawings of Kenny and Chimp on my wall.
Mr. Hanna even cut the cake for my 30th birthday.

So on one of my trips back to NYC,
I grabbed my Tom and Jerry book:


And I asked them to sign it:




Unfortunately, these legends have long since passed.
But man, am I honored I got to meet them.

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Mariana =] said...

WHAT?! You got to meet the Hanna-Barbera guys?! =O
When I was little I use to watch practically all of their shows!! You were really lucky to meet them =D

Bouncer15111 said...

Cool! They even have about two references in Fusion Fall: There is a place in game called the Hani-Baba Temple, and there are mant things in the game called Totems and they have markings on them. If you look closely you can see that they are classic characters like Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone, George Jetson, and Yogi Bear. There are more but I'm not sure if any Tom & Jerry characters are on there. Would you like me to send you pics of them?

brianna14 said...

Whoa, that's amazing! People like Hanna and Barbera inspire me to become a better artist. Consider yourself a lucky man, I would have given anything to meet those guys!

Michael Dave said...

Oh, I like Tom & Jerry.