Job Animator director producer
Years active 1932-2001
Top Roles Bill Hanna, Tom Cat, Vocal Effects, Tom, Tom
Top GenresAnimation, Family, Comedy, Short Films, Adventure, Action
Top TopicsAviation
Top Collaborators , , ,
Shares birthday with Annabella, George Tobias, George Sherman  see more..

William Hanna Overview:

Producer, William Hanna, was born William Denby Hanna on Jul 14, 1910 in Melrose, NM. Hanna died at the age of 90 on Mar 22, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Hanna was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best Animated Short FilmGood Will to MenN/ANominated
1957Best Animated Short FilmOne Droopy Knight (1957)N/ANominated
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Hanna was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame .

BlogHub Articles:

Puss Gets the Boot (1940, and Joseph Barbera)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 20, 2018 From The Stop Button

Until the exceptionally racist caricature of ?Mammy Two-Shoes? arrives, the most distinguishing thing about Puss Gets the Boot is the exceptional cruelty of the cat. Puss is the first Tom and Jerry cartoon, before Tom is named Tom (he?s Jasper here) and Jerry doesn?t get an onscreen name. For the fi... Read full article


Old Smokey (1938, )

on Jan 21, 2012 From The Stop Button

Technically speaking, Old Smokey is a fantastic cartoon. The animation and the backgrounds are both excellent. Hanna composes some great shots, as well as the camera “movements.” But it’s not a fun cartoon. There are no gags, because there’s real danger. A house is on fire an... Read full article


The Goose Goes South (1941, and Joseph Barbera)

on Oct 11, 2011 From The Stop Button

There aren?t any real gags in The Goose Goes South until the finish. And that gag is sort of predictable. The cartoon concerns a goose who can?t fly and therefore has to find other ways south for the winter. The uncredited narrator explains the goose?s problem and describes some of his adventures. B... Read full article


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William Hanna Quotes:

[last lines]
Tom: Gee, I'm throwin' away a million dollars. But I'm happy!


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William Hanna Facts
Longtime partner of Joseph Barbera.

Before entering animation, he had a strong background in music. He claimed that this aided in his mastery of animation timing and direction.

Though never credited, Hanna provided all of the screams and yelps of Tom in the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons.

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