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Rest In Peace, Joseph Barbera

It is with great sadness that we report the death of legendary cartoon creator, Joseph Barbera. Barbera co-founded the Hanna-Barbera cartoon company almost 50 years ago, back in a time when we weren’t importing cartoons from Japan. The company was widely known for creating such classics as ‘Scooby-Doo’ and ‘The Flintstones.’.

Along with creating Scooby and Fred Flintstone, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were also responsible for ‘Tom and Jerry’. They received acclaim for getting the cat and mouse to dance alongside Gene Kelly on the big screen in Anchors Aweigh.

Barbera lived to be the ripe old age of 95 and though no specific cause of death has been reported, Reuters stated that he died in his home with his family.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.