William Hanna

William Hanna

  • Born on
    • July 14th, 1910
  • Died on
    • March 22nd, 2001
William Denby "Bill" Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, television director, television producer, and cartoon artist, whose movie and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century. When he was a young child, Hanna's family moved frequently, but they settled in Compton, California, by 1919. There, Hanna became an Eagle Scout. Hanna graduated from Compton High School in 1928. He briefly attended Compton City College but dropped out at the onset of the Great Depression.After working odd jobs in the first months of the Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Hanna met Joseph Barbera. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry and live action films. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear. In 1967, Hanna–Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner, owners of Warner Bros., in 1996; Hanna and Barbera stayed on as advisors.Hanna and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoons have become cultural icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books, and toys. Hanna–Barbera's shows have a global audience of over 300 million people and have been translated into more than 20 languages.


Director (121 Credits)

2000Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases
2000Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers
1993I Yabba-Dabba Do!
1990Jetsons: The Movie
1969Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
1969Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines
1966The Man Called Flintstone
1965The Secret Squirrel Show
1964Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
1959Quick Draw McGraw
1958Happy Go Ducky
1958Robin Hoodwinked
1958Royal Cat Nap
1958Tot Watchers
1958The Vanishing Duck
1957Mucho Mouse
1957Timid Tabby
1957Tom's Photo Finish
1956Blue Cat Blues
1956Barbecue Brawl
1956Busy Buddies
1956Down Beat Bear
1956The Flying Sorceress
1956Muscle Beach Tom
1955Designs on Jerry
1955Mouse for Sale
1955Pecos Pest
1955Pup on a Picnic
1955Smarty Cat
1955Southbound Duckling
1955That's My Mommy
1955Tom and Chérie
1954Baby Butch
1954Downhearted Duckling
1954Little School Mouse
1954Mice Follies
1954Neapolitan Mouse
1954Pet Peeve
1954Posse Cat
1954Puppy Tale
1954Touché, Pussy Cat!
1954Hic-cup Pup
1953Johann Mouse
1953Jerry and Jumbo
1953Just Ducky
1953Life with Tom
1953The Missing Mouse
1953That's My Pup!
1953Two Little Indians
1952Smitten Kitten
1952The Two Mouseketeers
1952Cruise Cat
1952The Duck Doctor
1952Fit to Be Tied
1952The Flying Cat
1952Little Runaway
1952Push-Button Kitty
1952Triplet Trouble
1952The Dog House
1951His Mouse Friday
1951Casanova Cat
1951Cat Napping
1951Jerry's Cousin
1951Jerry and the Goldfish
1951Nit-Witty Kitty
1951Sleepy-Time Tom
1951Slicked-up Pup
1950Cue Ball Cat
1950The Framed Cat
1950Jerry and the Lion
1950Little Quacker
1950Saturday Evening Puss
1950Safety Second
1950Texas Tom
1950Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl
1949The Cat and the Mermouse
1949Hatch Up Your Troubles
1949Heavenly Puss
1949Jerry's Diary
1949Love That Pup
1949Polka-Dot Puss
1949Tennis Chumps
1948Mouse Cleaning
1948The Truce Hurts
1948Old Rockin' Chair Tom
1948Kitty Foiled
1948The Little Orphan
1948Professor Tom
1947The Cat Concerto
1947Cat Fishin'
1947Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
1947Salt Water Tabby
1947A Mouse in the House
1947The Invisible Mouse
1947Part Time Pal
1946Solid Serenade
1946Trap Happy
1946Springtime for Thomas
1946The Milky Waif
1945Tee for Two
1945Quiet Please!
1945Flirty Birdy
1945The Mouse Comes to Dinner
1945Mouse in Manhattan
1944Puttin' on the Dog
1944Mouse Trouble
1944The Bodyguard
1944The Zoot Cat
1944The Million Dollar Cat
1943Sufferin' Cats!
1943The Yankee Doodle Mouse
1943The Lonesome Mouse
1943Baby Puss
1942Dog Trouble
1942Puss n' Toots
1942The Bowling Alley-Cat
1942Fraidy Cat
1942Fine Feathered Friend
1941The Midnight Snack
1941The Night Before Christmas
1940Puss Gets the Boot

Acting (20 Credits)

2021Tom and Jerry as Tom / Jerry (archive sounds) (uncredited)
2006Tom and Jerry in Shiver Me Whiskers as Tom / Jerry (voice) (archive sound)
2000The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas as Special Appearance
1994The Flintstones as Executive in Boardroom
1993I Yabba-Dabba Do! as William
1992MGM: When the Lion Roars
1950Saturday Evening Puss as Tom
1949Bad Luck Blackie as Large Dog Scream (voice)
1948The Truce Hurts as Tom / Butch (voice)
1946Trap Happy as Tom (voice)
1946Solid Serenade as Tom (screaming voice)
1945The Mouse Comes to Dinner as Tom
1945Quiet Please! as Tom (voice) (uncredited)
1944The Zoot Cat as Tom (voice)
1944The Million Dollar Cat as Tom
1943Sufferin' Cats! as Tom's Devil / Tom / Meathead's Yelps (voice) (uncredited)
1943The Lonesome Mouse
1943Baby Puss as Tom (voice)
1942Fraidy Cat as Tom / Jerry (voice) (uncredited)
1940Puss Gets the Boot as Jinx (voice) (uncredited)


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