Hanna-Barbera Glory Days
In 1979 Cartoonist Profiles magazine ran this little photo feature on Animation Production at Hanna-Barbera. If nothing else it drives home just how much the industry has changed in the past 27 years. Here longtime animation veteran Harry Love gives a lesson in timing to a room teaming with eager young students. (See anybody you know --or perhaps even yourself in this photo?) ...And you know the lesson must involve the Flintstones 'cause he's holding a Fred and Barney model sheet!
Wow, check out all the "That '70's Show" fashions and hair in this shot. (Looks like my High school annual actually...)
Now what character is this...and who's he designing? (Kinda looks like George Clooney on the right.)
"Animator" hell! Isn't that the great Carlo Vinci animatin' classic Flintstone here? (This shot obviously came from deeper in the archives --just look at the cars in the parking lot outside!)
Cartoon geniuses still in their prime.
Today's generation of animation student might well wonder what any of the equipment in this room is actually used for.
Joe, here apparently wearing John Travolta's suit from Saturday Night Fever, keeps 'em enthralled! (Yet another fine group of animation students on the road to wealth and fame!)
Ah, one of the lovely ink-and-paint girls! Anybody know who this is? (I'm guessing this is probably an older shot too, since the character on the cel she's holding up looks suspiciously like ol' Injun Joe from 1968's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.)
As much as I would've liked to have been, I wasn't around H-B back then...but I bet somebody reading this probably was. Any further insight or clarification concerning the folks and rooms presented in this photo essay would be greatly appreciated.
Otherwise, my thanks to Jud Hurd for the original article and photos, and Joe and Bill for the original inspiration.