William Hanna

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William Hanna
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Years active at MGM: 1940-1958
Years active at Hanna-Barbera: 1957-2001
Characters played: Tom Cat
Jerry Mouse
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Hanna guesting on I Yabba-Dabba Do!

William Denby Hanna was an American animator, voice actor, cartoonist, and musician. He was one of the two founders behind Hanna-Barbera, along with Joseph Barbera.

Hanna died from throat cancer on March 22, 2001, at the age of 90.

Crew credits


20th century


  • In the Red Razors arc of the comic 2000AD, a group of Sov-Block mercenary enforcers called themselves the Spooky Doo Gang, due to owning a dog called Spooky who resembled a green Scooby-Doo. Daphne's doppelganger is called Hannah, in reference to Hanna.
  • Hanna was one of three contestants in a 1975 episode of To Tell the Truth, where the panelists had to guess the correct Hanna.
  • There is a character resembling Hanna at the beginning of the film Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf.
  • In the film I Yabba-Dabba Do!, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm put Barbera and Hanna's names on an invitation to their wedding reception, with them showing up and voicing themselves. In the sequel, Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, they sent flowers to the couple after the birth of their twins, Roxy and Chip.
  • In the Animaniacs segment "Back in Style," Thaddeus Plotz, the CEO of Warner Bros., loaned the Warner siblings to Phil and Shmoe, who were known for making cartoons of limited animation.
  • The film Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase is in memory of him.
  • A special Cartoon Network bumper was made in his memory.
  • The Web Premiere Toons short, "The Pitch," was made in his memory.
  • In the film Scoob!, there is a barbershop named Hanna's Barber Shop.