Joseph Barbera was an Italian-American director, producer, storyboard artist, cartoon artist, but most prominently known for being an animator. His film and television cartoon characters have entertained millions of audiences worldwide for a majority of the 20th century.
As Joseph Barbera transitioned into his art career, he moved to New York City and joined Van Beuren Studios in 1932 and Terrytoons in 1936. A year later, 1947, he moved to California while working with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). This was Joseph Barbera's big bang, where he met William Hanna. The two of the people collaborated, produced and animated Tom and Jerry. After his contract with MGM ended, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera combined to create Hanna-Barbera, a successful television animation studio. They produced: The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons.
Joseph Barbera died from old age at 95-years old, in his house in Studio City, Los Angeles on December 18 2006. Joseph Barbera had a 70-year career in animation and is a legend in the industry.