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The Hanna-Barbera Treasury Hardcover – November 20, 2007
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Like most other fans of the Hanna-Barbera library, I was excited to hear that animation historian Jerry Beck was writing a book about Hanna-Barbera's early years. After being disappointed in other H-B coffee-table-type books, I thought, "Finally! Someone who knows his stuff is going to get it right!" Well, guess what? He didn't. There are TONS of factual errors in this book. I'm starting a list and will forward it to anyone that cares, but to start:
1. Page 61, photo 15 is called out in the caption text as a Limited Edition recreation of a Quick Draw McGraw cartoon episode title card. This is wrong. It's the actual title card used in production, which was signed by Bill & Joe. The H-B Animation Art division never re-created this piece.
2. Since Snagglepuss was given his own segment on "The Yogi Bear Show," his fur color has always been pink (except when he first appeared on "The Quick Draw McGraw Show," in which case it was more of an orange color). Jerry Beck states (Caption text, Page 67) that the color is actually purple. Huh? Purple? Other than the covers of a few Coloring and/or Sticker Books released by Western Publishing, it's always been pink. The Hanna-Barbera studio paint code, since 1961 has always been: XRR-1, which is pink. Perhaps the proof reader was sick that day.
3. Page 75 calls out a background layout as being art for a collectible plate. Wrong. It's the original background layout for the Flintstones episode titled, "The Gruesomes.Read more ›
This book may not sound that big at 157 pages, but what you can't tell from that number is that every oversized page is PACKED with photos of REAL production artwork (not those awful fakey-fake publicity "cels.") -- most of which was apparently photographed from original archival artwork! There are pictures of storyboards, layouts, animation drawings, model sheets, development sketches, character designs, etc...stuff that has never seen the light of day until now. I've been waiting for someone to put together this kind of book for ages.
There are also tons of beautiful photos of vintage H-B collectable and toys, like plastic dolls and View-Master reels. If you remember the groundbreaking art direction in Chip Kidd's Batman Animated art book from the nineties, you can imagine what this looks like.
The other feature that really expands the page-count is that there are tons of little envelopes and pockets and pamphlets bound into this book that contain beautiful facsimiles of trading cards, full-color 12-page mini-comic book reprints, Model sheets, storyboard sequences and vintage activity-book pages.Read more ›
The studio was formed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera in 1944 as they worked for the MGM studios producing the Tom & Jerry series of cartoons. The HB animation of that time period easily rivals the best animation being produced by Disney or Warner Brothers and the Tom & Jerry cartoons still hold up well sixty years later. But what really made HB great was their embrace of the new medium of television, and their realization that they had to sacrifice some quality to remain profitable. Many animation studios folded in the 1950's when it became so cost prohibitive to produce cartoons.
Hanna-Barbera decided to start stressing characters over animation. It gave them a bit of an undeserved bad rap from animation snobs who frowned upon their repetitive animation techniques. But, simply put, they did what they had to do to remain profitable and as a result, created some of the most memorable characters in animation history. Even Disney cannot boast as many notable characters as the HB studio. The book takes a look at two dozen of their most famous characters in chronological order, beginning with Tom & Jerry in the 1940's. The history and creation of each show is covered with all sorts of interesting stories and anecdotes. Rare photos of period merchandise are also pictured as well as those "extras" I spoke of earlier.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for more artwork on the most popular shows, instead they littered the book with a bunch of stuff taped/glued to the pages.Published 5 months ago by daniel Schier
My Hanna Barbera Treasury arrived in a timely fashion. It came packed in premium packaging with protective padding. All pages and inserts intact. No marks, like new. Read morePublished 22 months ago by EasternShoreGal
If Your A Fan Get This Book. It Includes So Many Reproduction Of Souveniers At The Time Its Worth It For That Alone. Simply A Amazing Book.Published on April 1, 2014 by MIKE JACOBSEN
This is a beautiful book to browse through, better on visuals than text, but then that is its purpose--it's titled as a Treasury, not a history. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Jon Abbott
I LOVE looking through this book. It's just so much fun. Almost every page has some kind of ephemera to take out or flip etc. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Stop Motion Maniac
Got this for my kids my oldes love it and carries it around all the time. She loves animation and the all the Hanna-barbera cantoons.Published on January 6, 2011 by evmelo
This book has to be the greatest book I have ever purchased.
It not only covers all the different kinds of Hanna Barbera characters,
but it has all kinds of extra... Read more