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Did you watch cartoons as a kid? Which were your favorites? Do you STILL watch them?

Well, today would have been the 101st birthday of William Hanna, one of the great television cartoonists. Along with his partner Joseph Barbera, they, and their studio, created the classic cartoon series Tom and Jerry, The Huckleberry Hound Show, Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, and more. They won seven Academy Awards and five Emmys.

Along with the books read to us as children, Saturday morning cartoons were some of the first “stories” many of us listened to. Friendship, conflict, character development, description, good vs. evil – all these elements of a good story were introduced to many of us through the television shows of this man. Of course, I didn’t notice as I sat, butt glued to the chair and eyes to the TV set, but there’s little doubt those “stories” influenced us.

So, happy birthday, William Hanna.

Who is your favorite cartoon character (Hanna-Barbera or otherwise)? Why? If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?

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