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A Cast Of Friends
For more than sixty years, Bill Hanna has made entertaining children and the young at heart his ”business.” In A Cast of Friends, he offers an engaging look at his decades in animation and at the people who helped make it all possible. Hanna shares his memories of the tough and wild years at the beginning of animation, working with such legendary colleagues as Tex Avery an ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 3rd 2000 by Da Capo Press
(first published April 1996)
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"Along with longtime partner Joe Barbera, William Hanna created The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and about a million interchangeable cartoons (remember Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels?) that sucked many a Saturday morning for the kiddie me. This book was a short, sometimes interesting look into the animation biz as he and Barbera adapted it to the TV age. Hanna was more of a businessman than a true creative, however, and it shows in the way he approaches this memoir. At times, his bland affirmatio ...more
This was a very enjoyable look into the life and work of cartoon director Bill Hanna. I would have liked more facts and history about the many Saturday morning cartoons that his company made. Overall, it's a fun look into the world of cartoon production. If you are a "toonhead" like I am, I think you will enjoy reading it.