William Hanna

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William Hanna
William Hanna
Birthname William Denby Hanna
Gender Male
Hair White
Date of birth (1910-07-14)July 14, 1910
Place of birth Melrose, New Mexico, United States
Date of death March 22, 2001(2001-03-22) (aged 90)
Place of death North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Animator, producer, director

William "Bill" Hanna was an animator, director, and producer. After directing several theatrical shorts for MGM's Tom and Jerry, with Joseph Barbera, 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 90 on March 22, 2001, due to esophageal cancer. The direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase was dedicated to him. After this, the company was fully absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation.

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Theatrical films


  • He has a cameo in the telefilm, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, sitting (and cheering) among the crowd watching the Tyler County car race.
  • 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. Ruegger, Tom (July 30, 2010). "Scooby's First Wild Take". Cartoonatics. Retrieved March 20, 2014.

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