The L.A. birthplace of the FLINTSTONES has been saved, reports THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The City Council approved a plan that will preserve all three of the historic Hanna-Barbera animation studio buildings.
"This was really the birthplace of TV animation," said Ken Bernstein, the Los Angeles Conservancy's director of preservation issues. He hailed the City Council's May 25, 2004 approval of a plan that saves the buildings, which were denied historic landmark status in 1997.
"We came up with a system and a style of animation that would allow us to produce cartoons for the limited dollars of the television market," Joe Barbera, 93, said in a letter last year urging that the studio be preserved.
The McGregor Co., which acquired the property in 2002, worked closely with city officials to preserve the buildings, said company partner Bill McGregor. The buildings will host office space, a health club and a luxury apartment building.