Warner Bros. Studios has announced the establishment of a new scholarship to be awarded in honor of the late Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and the animation legacy of both Hanna-Barbera Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Each year, a graduating high school senior enrolling in a college, university or trade school to study animation will receive $10,000, disbursed annually in equal amounts over the course of enrollment.
In addition to the annual disbursement, the scholarship winner will be offered four consecutive, paid summer internships at Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank while in college.
“We’re proud to honor these pioneers of animation and hope this new program will extend the Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera legacy through the nurturing and education of future generations of animators,” says Warner Bros. Animation President Sander Schwartz.
Applicants for the The Warner Bros. Hanna-Barbera Animation Scholarship will will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including their passion and talent for a career in animation and demonstrated financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.0 upon graduation is required. Eligible students must complete the application and return it, along with support materials, no later than 5 p.m. on April 11. Short-listed applicants may be asked to complete a short interview, and the winner will be notified in early May. Applications and more information can be obtained by calling 818-977-7469 or emailing Gary.Miereanu@WarnerBros.com.
Working for MGM, Barbera and Hanna created the beloved cat-and-mouse team of Tom and Jerry in 1940. While the theatrical shorts won seven Academy Awards (and 14 nominations), it was their work in television that established them as true innovators of animation. Working on budgets a fraction of the size they were used to dealing with at MGM, the duo designed a system for limited animation and introduced generations to such indelible characters as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, The Flintstones and the Jetsons, to name a few. Hanna passed away in 2001 and Barbera moved on to the light box in the sky in December of 2006.
Turner Broadcasting acquired the Hanna-Barbera library in 1991, changing the name of the studio first to H-B Productions Co., then Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Inc. The library eventually found a home on Cartoon Network, where new Hanna-Barbera productions are developed under the Cartoon Network Studios banner.
Warner Bros. Animation has been producing enduring original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinkin’ in the Bathtub. The studio also oversees the creative use of and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries.