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William Hanna

By Jordan Clayton

            I chose William Hanna as my famous animator because he along with Joseph Barbera created my and my dads favorite shows including Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones. and Scooby Doo. During his career, Hanna won numerous awards. He  won several Emmys, including one for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming in 1973. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave Hanna and Barbera the prestigious Governors Award in 1988.

    Hanna was born on July 14, 1910, Melrose, New Mexico. Before he was a famous animator, he would create animated shorts to be be shown before the main attraction in movies in 1937. In that same year he joined with Babera and worked for MGM animation. They won a award for there first animated short, Tom and Jerry in 1940. Once MGM animations closed in 1957, the duo created their own studios. In 1960 The Flintstones came out, their first official show. Hanna died on March 22, 2001, in Hollywood, California.