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William Hanna

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Hey Doc, Try this Cartoon Trivia1. When he was a young child, Hanna's family moved frequently, but they settled in Los Angeles by 1919. There, Hanna became an Eagle Scout. He remained active in Scouting throughout his life. As an adult, he served as a Scoutmaster and was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with their Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1985.

  • True or False?

2. He attended Compton High School from 1925 through 1928, where he played the in a dance band. What instrument did he play?

  • Drum
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet

3. After dropping out of college, Hanna worked briefly as a construction engineer and helped build the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. He lost that job during the Great Depression and found another at a car wash. His sister's boyfriend encouraged him to apply for a job at the cartoon studio Pacific Art and Title. While working there, Hanna's talent for drawing became evident, and in 1930 he joined the Harman and Ising animation studio, which had created Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

  • True or False?

4. Hanna was given the opportunity to direct his first cartoon in 1936; the result was part of the Harman-Ising Happy Harmonies series. What was the cartoon?

  • To Spring
  • To Fall
  • To Summer

5. What series won its first Academy Award for the 11th short, The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), a war-time adventure?

  • Tom and Jerry
  • Huckleberry Hound
  • Biff and Bob

6. Hanna branched out into television, forming the short-lived company Shield Productions. Who was his partner?

  • Joseph Barbera
  • Jay Ward
  • Tex Avery

7. A coin toss determined that Hanna would have precedence in the naming of the new company, first called H-B Enterprises but soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions.

  • True or False?

8. In 1966, Hanna-Barbera Productions was sold to Taft Broadcasting (renamed Great American Communications in 1987). How much did the sell Hanna-Barbera for?

  • $12 million
  • $16 million
  • $24 million

9. In all, the Hanna-Barbera team won 7 Academy Awards. How many Emmy Awards did they win?

  • 2 Emmy Awards
  • 6 Emmy Awards
  • 8 Emmy Awards

10. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera�s cartoons have become cultural icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books, and toys. Hanna-Barbera's shows have a global audience of over 300 million people and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

  • True or False?

Check Your Answer

  1. True
  2. Saxophone
  3. True
  4. To Spring
  5. Tom and Jerry
  6. Jay Ward
  7. True
  8. $12 million
  9. 8 Emmy Awards
  10. True

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