Animation Legend Joseph Barbera Dies

Animation legend Joseph Barbera died today in Los Angeles, Reuters reports. He was 96.

With his partner William Hanna, Barbera changed the face of television, creating and producing such series as "Tom & Jerry," "Yogi Bear," "Scooby-Doo," "The Jetsons" and "The Flintstones," which was the first original animated show to air in prime time.   Barbera's influence on the creative community can never be overstated, as obituaries and other tributes will show over the next few days, such as this heartfelt posting by Mark Evanier on his official site.

Barbera was 96.

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