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For Joseph Barbera's cameo in Johnny Bravo, see Joe Barbera (Johnny Bravo).
Joseph Barbera
Joseph Barbera
Birthname Joseph Rolland Barbera
Gender Male
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown
Date of birth (1911-03-24)March 24, 1911
Place of birth Delancey Street, New York City, New York, United States
Date of death December 18, 2006(2006-12-18) (aged 95)
Place of death Studio City, California, United States
Relatives Jayne Barbera (daughter);
Neal Barbera (son)
Occupation Producer, director, voice director, writer

Joseph "Joe" Barbera was an animator, director, and producer. After directing several theatrical shorts for MGM's Tom and Jerry, with William Hanna, they went onto established their own animation studio, Hanna-Barbera, creating such well-known household cartoon characters and shows of the 20th century, such as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

He directed the first two series of Scooby-Doo, before stepping down, while continuing to produce all productions involving the Scooby-Doo character until his death at 95 on December 18, 2006, due to natural causes.

Crew credits

TV series

TV specials

TV films

Direct-to-video films

Theatrical films


Joe Barbera unmasked

Barbera's cameo.

  • In the TV film, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Barbera and Hanna aren't credited as executive producers, instead, something that they "present".
  • He has a cameo in the Johnny Bravo/Scooby-Doo crossover episode, Bravo Dooby-Doo, where he is one of the extra disguises of worn by Jebidisa Bravo.
  • Mr. B from What's New, Scooby-Doo? is also modelled on him; "Mr. B" was one of Barbera's nicknames.[1]
  • Hanna and Barbera are not credited for having involvement for the first direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Instead, they are given sole credit for creating the characters, while half true, their company only animated them; their true creators were Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. In fact, Hanna himself said (via archive footage) on the Mystery Inc. Yearbook featurette (passed around a few of the DVDs in the early to mid 2000s) that it was a team effort. Later films would say "Based on Characters Created By Hanna-Barbera Productions".


  1. Evanier, Mark (March 22, 2002). "Mr. B.". News From Me. Retrieved December 17, 2015.

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