Paley Center Celebrates Hanna-Barbera’s 70th Anniversary

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is hosting a 70th anniversary celebration of Hanna-Barbera Studio, on Saturday, August 22 at 4:30 p.m. Jerry Eisenberg (The Flintstones), Willie Ito (Yogi Bear), Tony Benedict (The Jetsons) and Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents) are among the panelists scheduled to discuss the famous studio and its lasting legacy. The event will also include a special book signing for Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters with authors Barbara Takamoto, Michael Mallory and Willie Ito.

Paley Center visitors can also enjoy a gallery exhibit featuring rare HB animation artifacts and special screenings of Hanna-Barbera classics including The Jetsons, Hong Kong Phooey, The Banana Splits, Yogi Bear and more.

Among the exhibit’s must-see items:

‘ The first doodles of the Scooby gang drawn by Iwao Takamoto that contain an extra character that was later deleted. 


‘ A watercolor background imagining for the Smurfs created by Toby Bluth.


‘ Original designs for the Jetsons before the final ones were approved.

‘ Sketches of the Hall of Justice from Superfriends. 


‘ Photos from voice recordings featuring the casts of shows, such as The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Partridge Family, 2200 A.D., and Johnny Bravo. 


‘ Behind-the-scenes photos from Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, C.H.O.M.P.S., The Banana Splits, and the Legends of the Superheroes Roast.

To learn more about this wonderful exhibit, which runs August 12-September 20, and read an appreciation of the studio penned by animator Van Partible (Johnny Bravo), visit www.paleycenter.org/yabba-dabba-doo-a-70th-anniversary-salute-to-hanna-barbera.