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'Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale' Latest From Hanna-Barbera

26 Jul, 2007 By: Billy Gil



SAN DIEGO — The upcoming DTV Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, previewed at this year's Comic-Con, was among the last projects co-creator Joseph Barbera worked on. He contributed to the story concept before his death last December.

The film, set to the music of The Nutcracker, streets Oct. 2 (prebook Aug. 14) at $19.98 from Warner Home Video.

“It was a project that was very close to him, and we hope that he would have enjoyed [the final product],” said Spike Brandt, the film's producer.

Panelists at the show related stories about working with Barbera and William Hanna over the years.

Moderator and animation author Tom Sitio said the two were like a “married couple who [knew] each other so well they finish[ed] each other's sentences.”

Longtime Hanna-Barbera director Andrea Romano said Barbera was a workhorse who did what had to be done to keep up with the studio's frenetic pace. At one point they were shooting two to four episodes a day of 12 series they were producing.

Hanna-Barbera Cartoons author Michael Mallory said between the two of them, Hanna and Barbera could do anything. Of Hanna he said, “He could still do [the voice of Tom] at 88.”

Gary Owens, who voiced the Hanna-Barbera character Space Ghost from 1966 from 1994, said, “The had euphoria in everything they did.”

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