50 years ago today, the CBC aired a profile of the Hanna-Barbera studio. Here’s the TV listing from the Montreal Gazette about it.
Cartoonists Star Hour-Long “Close-Up”
In Hollywood, Anoinette Bower examines the work of two men who turn out eight film cartoons a week; in Canada, Douglas Leiterman seeks out the secrets behind a vast network of eavesdropping by wire tapping; in England, Elaine Grand delves into the problems surrounding Paul Robeson.
These are some of the subjects that will be discussed when Close-Up moves into its hour-long summer format starting Tuesday, July 4 at 10 p.m. EDT on the CBC-TV network.
On the opening program of the summer edition, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera are hosts to Antoinette Bower amid the hectic but “big happy family” atmosphere of their vast studios in Hollywood. They discuss the teamwork involved in creating such famous characters as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw and The Flintstones.
On the same program, Close-Up’s Bob Quintrell interviews Charlie Schultz [sic], creator of the comic strip, Peanuts, at his rural California estate.
A report on wiretapping, and interviews with people who make their living by this illicit trade, is being directed by Douglas Leiterman, for showing on Close-Up, July 11. Elaine Grand’s interview with Paul Robeson will be shown at the end of August.
Other subjects for Close-Up studies include two young entertainers, Anne Bancroft, star of the Broadway play The Miracle Worker, and Peter O’Toole, who has been selected to play the title role in the movie Lawrence of Arabia; Morocco; India; euthanasia; and June Callwood’s interview with Ethel Waters in California.
A series of profiles on prominent Canadians will be conducted by Percy Saltzman and shown on Close-Up throughout the summer.
You can watch part of the segment below. It’s a shame the CBC never posted the whole thing (or the segment with Schulz). The bald man taking a big drag off a smoke at the beginning is Alex Lovy, working on a storyboard. I don’t know who the Yogi animator or the left-handed Flintstones background guy are.