Hanna-Barbera, the creators of Tom & Jerry, found themselves at a crossroad in a changing time. What would follow led to the birth of one of animation's most famous studios.
Jay Ward, following his success with Crusader Rabbit, began planning his next hit series. It would be a long ten years, but it eventually bore two iconic characters, Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Yogi Bear proved to be a popular character on the Huckleberry Hound Show, so Hanna-Barbera gave him his own show in 1961. At the same time, HB produced a new series for prime-time called Top Cat.
Normal women are all over cartoons from the time that I was a kid and they all make an impact. I realize that I have not including everyone, but these are the famous women who have stuck with me over the years: Betty Rubble The wife of the...
Mr. Magoo! Popeye! Gumby! Rocky and Bullwinkle! Beetle Bailey! Check out some of the earliest animated Christmas specials and episodes from the early 60's!
Walt Disney advertised his theme park before it was built to attract people. The recent Mickey Mouse shorts did something similar by referencing the theme parks through its episodes.
Hokey Smoke! The new book by Darrell Van Citters about Jay Ward Productions, the creators of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is a complete triumph. It's a great look back at the artwork made for their shows.
Crusader Rabbit, created by Alex Anderson and Jay Ward, was television's first original cartoon and an important milestone, shaping the groundwork for how we view TV animation today.
In the late 1960's, two pop culture icons (King Kong and Smokey the Bear), as well as the works of Hans Christian Anderson and other fairy tales got the Rankin/Bass treatment.
Born in 1952, I am from that generation that were the first to become television addicts. Our television, with the tiny screen, was installed in our home with much excitement, and cartoons appeared before our eyes