The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts will pay tribute to the driving force behind latter 20th century cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera with a new exhibition, “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning,” on view November 12 through May 29, 2017. The show celebrates the artistic legacy of series including The Yogi Bear Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest and Scooby-Doo.
“We are happy to present the first museum exhibition on the work of Hanna-Barbera,” says Jesse Kowalski, the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions. “This show will provide a comprehensive look into the animation team that collaborated for more than 60 years. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with a team of the most gifted animators and writers in the business, created thousands of memorable characters over the years. They brought animation from the theater into the home, forever changing the landscape of American television and popular culture.”
“Hanna Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning” will focus primarily on the golden years of the studio—from the premiere of their first cartoon, The Ruff and Reddy Show, in 1957 and The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958 to the debut of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1969. Hanna and Barbera’s early work on Tom and Jerry will be explored, in addition to the scores of TV and film animation and live-action projects created by the studio between 1970 and 2005. Included within the exhibition will be original animation art, sketches, model sheets, photographs, archival materials, toys and other commercial products, videos, and an interactive installation that will draw from the vast library of sound effects created by Hanna-Barbera.
More information on the Norman Rockwell Museum available at www.nrm.org.