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What Makes A Team?

What Makes A Team?

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Published by Fred Seibert
Written by Bill Burnett
Creative Director
Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.
Written by Bill Burnett
Creative Director
Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.

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Published by: Fred Seibert on Aug 19, 2008
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Laurel and Hardy. Lennon and McCartney. Hanna and Barbera. What makesthese teams great? Is it that both partners were talented? Yeah, but that's not enough.Putting two talented people together can just as often be a disaster. (Who remembers thecomedy team of Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton?) The secret to a successful teamseems to be the way the two members complement each other. That's complement withan "e," meaning "to complete." (Of course, Lennon & McCartney may havecomplimented each other very often as well, but that's another matter.) What one partylacks the other supplies. Or, the talents of one individual help to bring out the best in theother.Look at some of the great pair-ups. Even physically, Laurel and Hardy were agreat match: fat and skinny. Likewise their personalities fit like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Stan Laurel's childlike innocence and Babe Hardy's bombastic oafishness.Completely different, and yet each giving what the other lacked. It's been long debatedwhat it was that made The Beatles one of the most popular, and enduring, musical actsof our time. And what made their song writing outlast the hype of Beatlemania.Perhaps Paul McCartney's sweeter, romantic sensibilities were just what was needed totemper John Lennon's rebellious rock 'n roll attitude. Or, was it John's energy thatredeemed Paul's sentimentalityWhich brings us to the team nearest and dearest to our hearts: Hanna and Barbera.William Hanna, a quiet spoken, California musician and story man with prodigiousorganizational skills and a razor-sharp sense of comedy timing. Joseph Barbera, anextroverted, energetic New Yorker and a terrific draftsman with an uncanny skill for 

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