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Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (simply known as Hanna-Barbera and also referred to as H-B Enterprises, H-B Production Company and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons) was an American animation studio that dominated American television animation for nearly four decades in the mid-to-late 20th century. It was formed in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (creators of Tom and Jerry) and live-action director George Sidney in partnership with Columbia Pictures' Screen Gems television division. The company was sold to Taft Broadcasting in late 1966, and spent the next two decades as a subsidiary of the parent and its successors. Hanna-Barbera was known not only for its vast variety of series and characters, but for building upon and popularizing the concepts and uses of limited animation. For over thirty years, Hanna-Barbera produced many successful animated shows, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs. In addition to winning seven Oscars, Hanna and Barbera won eight Emmy Awards,a Golden Globe Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other merits. The company's fortunes declined in the mid-eighties after the profitability of Saturday morning cartoons was eclipsed by weekday afternoon syndication. Hanna-Barbera was purchased from Taft (by then named Great American Broadcasting) in late 1991 by Turner Broadcasting System, who used much of its back catalog to program its new channel, Cartoon Network.Read More

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Virgil Ross began his animation career in 1920 with Winkler Studios in the late 1920s, then went on to Ub Iwerks, where he rose from the rank of in-betweener to animator and worked with Tex Avery. In 1935, Ross and Avery left Ub Iwerks and joined Warner Bros. Ross and Avery created the first Bugs Bunny animated short, "A Wild Hare" in 1940, which brought Bugs his first Oscar nomination. After stints with other Warner Bros. directors such as Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett, Ross, in 1942, began a long career with Friz Freleng s unit, where he animated over 230 cartoons, many of which were nominated for Oscars. In fact, four Ross-animated cartoons won Oscars - "Tweety Pie" (1947), "Speedy Gonzales" (1955), "Birds Anonymous" (1957), and "Knighty Knight Bugs" (1958). "Knighty Knight Bugs" was Bugs Bunny s only Oscar-winning performance. Known for bringing personality into the characters he animated, Ross style is said to be one of the finest examples of personality animation in the world. Ross, who died in 1996, had said his favorite animation effort was "Rhapsody Rabbit," in which he played some of the cartoon s classical music and honky-tonk tunes.Read More

Harry Potter Art

Born and raised in southern California Jim grew up surrounded by art and architects. His southern California influence is prevalent in his work. The Ocean, Surfing and the movie studios are a major part in his life and career. Jim has worked with most of the Movie and animation studios in southern California and continues to work with Disney and Warner Bros. on a regular basis. He has been painting and designing for the entertainment and advertising business for over two decades. But beyond his excellent artistic skills, his greatest talent lies in his artistic skills. His talent as an artist is being able to take ideas and thematically bring it to visual reality. He has been associated with artists devoted to this kind of acumen ability. As a byproduct of his years as an instructor at the prestigious Art Center College of Design (since 1985) he has a strong connection to artistic diversity as well as a careful observation of the changing world of art and how art interrelates with technology. His experience and knowledge cross many boundaries into Print, Film, Animation, and the fine arts. His extensive client list includes Disney, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount pictures, Queen Mary, Radio City Music Hall, Castle Theater, Fox Pictures, and Gotcha Sportswear. His Palette of oils has inspired him to create a new look that has energized his love of the old painters with the combination of the great Walt Disney Studios. Read More

The Wizard Of Oz

Looking back, it makes perfect sense that Alex Ross would become one of the world s most pre-eminent and well-respected comic book artists. It s a job he s been preparing for nearly all his life. Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex made his artistic debut at three when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew the contents of a television commercial he d seen moments before. Ross came from an artistic family: his mother was a commercial artist and his grandfather, he recalls, "built working wooden toys and loved drawing." When Ross discovered Spider-Man on an episode of The Electric Company, his life was changed forever. "I just fell in love with the notion that there were colorful characters like this, performing good, sometimes fantastic deeds," Ross says. "I guess I knew this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to bring these characters to life." Some cynics might confuse this attitude with escapism. For Ross, it s just the opposite. "It s a fun environment to be in," he admits. "Superheroes are a mixture of every form of fiction ľ myth , science-fiction, mystery and magic ľ all in one giant pot. The best characters embody virtues we may try to find in ourselves." Ross is quick to credit his father Clark, a minister, with laying the moral framework that allowed him to appreciate the routinely good deeds performed by the likes of Superman and Spider-Man. "My dad has given aid -- physical aid, not just financial -- to a number of charities and causes. He s helped at homeless shelters. He used to run a children s shelter...Read More

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Born on July 4th, 1964 to the daughter of General Motors vice chairman Oscar Lundin. A Birmingham Michigan native Mark was an artist at the age of 3 and a filmmaker by the age of 10. An Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) graduate in 1989 Mark began a career as an editorial and book cover illustrator but soon combined his creative passions for art and film in the animation industry as an art director and production designer (The Iron Giant). Mark then set out to write and direct his own work. The result was the multi-award winning live-action short Apple Jack. Mark is currently developing several film projects.Read More