The Paley Center will be honoring the Dynamic Duo.
Hanna-Barbera, says [Mike] Henry, [co-creator of The Cleveland Show] "laid the foundation for people being fans of animation. . . . All the people, I am sure, who have created all the current animated shows grew up watching these shows. Our shows wouldn't be there without them kind of pioneering the medium."
The closest I got to Hanna-Barbera in the company's glory days was picketing outside its walls during the '82 TAG strike. But I visited the studio a lot during the Seibert era, when it was still humming along on Cahuenga Boulevard. The linoleum halls resonated with history, even as the production pace slowed a bit.
Although BIll and Joe weren't the first cartoonists to create television-style animation, they were the team that made it viable and profitable. H & B were the guys who built an empire on original teevee animation, and molded the brains of several generations of American youngsters, some of whom now make cartoons themselves.
The studio and its founders are gone, but their creations continue to resonate across various 21st century distribution platforms. In our present Corporatist age, we won't see their like again, but Hanna and Barbera hammered together most of the animation signposts which others now follow.
All in all, a pretty decent legacy.