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The "Swirling Star" logo used for Jetsons: The Movie in 1990.

Hanna-Barbera, also known as HB Enterprises, Hanna-Barbera Productions, and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, was an animation studio founded in 1957 by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, with financial backing by film director George Sidney. Sidney formed a friendship with Barbera and Hanna when they worked at MGM as animation directors during the 1940s, and when MGM's animation department closed down, Sidney helped form a deal with Screen Gems, the television arm of Columbia Pictures, which led to the creation of Hanna-Barbera. In the 1990s, it also gained its own spin-off studio with Cartoon Network Studios, which become its own full-fledged studio when Hanna-Barbera was dismantled.

Hanna-Barbera had never been an independent studio, always having been a subsidiary of another company. In 1966, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting (later known as Great American Broadcasting), until 1991 when it was bought by Turner Entertainment Company. It was finally bought by Time Warner when it merged with Turner in 1996, where it remains today, although only as a brand name. The studio continued to operate until 2002, when it was finally shut down after Hanna died, with Warner Bros. Animation officially taking over. It remains as an in-name-only subsidiary of Warner Bros.

Hanna-Barbera worked as an in-house studio until the beginning of the 1970s when they outsourced to Australia (which eventually led to its own independent off-shoot known as Hanna-Barbera Australia until the late '80s), and then to South Korea by the end of the '70s. They also used other animation outlets in Spain and the Philippines in the '80s.

In 2021, Cartoon Network Studios Europe rebranded itself as Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.


In 1963, a larger building of the studio was built in Los Angeles, California. The building was designed by architect Arthur Froehlich, and was made in a clean Mid-Century Modern style. It was horizontally oriented, with flat roofs and dramatic perforated concrete screens, and protected by a small guard station.[1]



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  1. ^ [1]. Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved October 23, 2022.