What was the deal with Hanna and Barbera?
When Hanna and Barbers started, they were producing Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts, which were quality-level cartoons. Why did they go from that to producing a lot of crappy stuff for TV? Because it was cheaper?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Actually, Joesph Hanna and William Barbera were LAID OFF from MGM because the studio wanted to make cheaper cartoons!
Of course, this action also resulted in Hanna and Barbera suing MGM for ownership of Tom and Jerry, but that's another story.
Hanna and Barbera went looking for new employment. But when they discovered that other movies studios were doing what MGM was, the duo decided to form their own animation studio and started making cartoons for TV.
But while the networks wanted the shows, they were not willing to pay what the movie studios once spent for good productions. So that's why the Hanna-Barbera Studios had to start economizing.
The rest, as they say, is history.