then became associated with the Van Beruren Studio in 1932
after unsuccessfully working as a magazine cartoonist. After
the duo worked on Gallopin' Gals they collaborated again
on Puss Gets the Boot, the first in the Tom and Jerry series
in 1939 which originally used human characters instead of
the familiar cat and mouse. The Tom and Jerry series was
a huge success earning Hanna & Barbera 7 Academy Awards
during the next 18 years in over 200 Tom and Jerry cartoons.
During the 1940's, the duo then won critical acclaim when
thier cartoon characters danced with Gene Kelly in the motion
picture Anchors Away and Invitation to Dance, and with Esther
Williams in the film Dangerous When Wet. Hanna-Barbera were
now inseparable. They continued to design more cartoons
(over 2000 characters) which include Huckleberry Hound,
Yogi and Boo-Boo, the Flinstones, Jonny Quest, the Smurfs,
and the canine we have grown to love, Scooby-Doo.