Warner Bros. Animation

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Warner Bros. Animation
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Founded 1980
President Sam Register
Notable Works Looney Tunes

Warner Bros. Animation is the film and television animation subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

History

After Warner Bros. shut down its cartoon studio in 1969, the company began focusing on distributing compilation features derived from its library of cartoons. The first of these was 1975's Bugs Bunny Superstar, which showcased eleven Bugs Bunny cartoons and interviews with the cartoons' creators. Compilation cartoon movies with a central theme, starting with Chuck Jones' The Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Movie (a.k.a. The Great American Chase) in 1979. Friz Freleng hemled a number of TV specials which culled clips from classic cartoons with new animation in a unified story for each show.

Freleng left in 1986, with Steven S. Greene and Kathleen Helppie-Shipley helming taking charge of animated fare. Their first full-fledged venture was 1990's Tiny Toon Adventures, which had animation farmed out to numerous studios but had the stories and direction done at a studio in Sherman Oaks under the aegis of Tom Ruegger (who had previously worked at Hanna-Barbera on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo). Many TV shows, most notably Batman: The Animated Series and Freakazoid! followed.

In 1996, Warner Bros. parent company Time Warner bought Turner Feature Animation (which produced the ill-fated animated feature Cats Don't Dance) and the library of cartoons from Hanna-Barbera Productions. In 1998, WB Animation started a series of made-for-video animated features of what is arguably Hanna-Barbera's most profitable icon, Scooby-Doo, and they would use him in three new TV series henceforth (What's New Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated). Through its purchase of Turner Entertainment, Time Warner also acquired ownership of the pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library, allowing WB Animation to focus on a new series of Tom and Jerry features. Time Warner also owns DC Comics and with the success of the 1992 Batman show, WB Animation has built a library of video and TV features with DC's roster of superheroes.

List of shows produced by Warner Bros. Animation