1950s

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The 1950s is the decade William Hanna and Joseph Barbera founded Hanna-Barbera.

At the beginning of the decade, they continued to direct (and later also produce) Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts for MGM Animation, while also producing their Droopy shorts in 1956. Both series ended ceased production in 1957 when MGM shut down its animation studio. Hanna and Barbera, wasting no time, set up their own studio and created their first cartoon series, The Ruff and Reddy Show, debuting straight to television—via Screen Gems—in 1957. But their first successful cartoon was The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958. Also in 1959, having not forgotten their roots, Hanna and Barbera used their new studio to begin creating a new series of theatrical shorts called Loopy De Loop, distributed through Columbia Pictures.

Because of the success of The Huckleberry Hound Show, Hanna-Barbera later created The Quick Draw McGraw Show in 1959, which also became a huge hit.

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